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Kill Decision

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  10,485 ratings  ·  829 reviews
The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez’s status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy—a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future.

Unmanned weaponized drones already exist—they’re widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, bestselling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 19th 2012 by Dutton
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May 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I never realized this before but when the machines finally become self-aware and Skynet launches its attack on humanity, I’ve got the perfect place to hole up nearby. So while you all are being enslaved by robots, I’ll be safe in SubTropolis with a lifetime supply of liquor and books. Don’t bother knocking. I won’t let you in, and I’ll just turn up the music to drown out your screams.

I knew from Daniel Suarez’s previous books, Daemon and Freedom (TM), that he gives good techno-thriller with some
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my fourth by Daniel Suarez and I'm constantly surprised at how versatile he is.

This one is a straight Techno-Thriller, right down to the tight and crafty combat cell, nifty science-types, and even a great little section of programmers. But most of all, it's all about the explosions, the close calls, the gunfire, and the smells.

The smells? Oh yes. I won't give away anything plot related because learning and discovery is the name of the game for this novel... but suffice to say: swarming i
Paul O'Neill
Oct 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid read, great ending and premise. Loved hugin and munin!!

This is one of those books that can easily be turned into a great film. One for any Crichton fans out there and I'll definitely be checking out more of Suarez.
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the 4th book I've reviewed by this author. The other 3 I gave 5 stars and rave reviews.... I suppose you've already noticed the rating I have given this one.

So, what happened?

Here we have a great talented writer and a premise that should make a great book. If I had been asked (before I read this) what science fiction writers would i choose to deal with the idea of robots or AIs being given the ability to make autonomous kill decisions Mr. Suarez would have been on that list. This is an i
David Sven
I really wanted to like this - but it just didn't grab me. At 175 pages in I feel I've given it as much of a chance as I'm prepared to. It's disappointing because I liked both Daemon (my review as well as its sequel Freedom TM (

So what went wrong here? Unfulfilled expectations. The whole autonomous killing drone thing just didn't do it for me. For a start, I'm pretty sure we had an AI driven drone or two between
Dre Mosley
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I would have given it 2.5 stars.

If you're like me, you were probably really excited to hear that Suarez was coming out with a new book. His first two novels, "Daemon" and "Freedom" were top notch tech thrillers that I read really quickly; I just couldn't put them down. When I heard that he had a new book coming, I was really excited.

Well, I finally got around to reading it, and I must say that I'm disappointed. Was it a bad book? No. Was it a smartly written book? You could say that. Was it comp
Nimrod Daniel
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: techno_thriller
It's the first audiobook that I finish !!!

I must admit that listening to the first chapter made me very enthusiastic about the book, Jeff Gurner made it sounds like it's a scene taken from a great thriller movie. The second and maybe the third chapters were great, but from that until the ~30% mark most of the chapters were a bit boring and not much happened. Only about 30% through the events started to pick up again. The second half of the book felt like a very good thriller.

Nathan Gilliatt
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I started recommending Kill Decision to my friends before I was halfway through it. Now that I've finished it, I have a longer list of people to recommend it to. Suarez writes a knockout thriller, and yes, it really should be opening in theaters everywhere before long. It's more military, and less cyberpunk, than his previous books, so it's going to appeal to a somewhat different set of folks as a novel. However...

I'm recommending Kill Decision to people because it raises serious issues that des
aPriL does feral sometimes
Oh, dear. This is a mess. In my opinion.

I loved Daemon/Freedom. I eagerly opened this one and, well, yuch. It was awfully choppy, with too short and quick action scenes, no character development, or meaningful emotion. There were conversations that made no sense or were dropped with no explanation early in the first ten or so chapters. Then, about a third into the book, at first I thought I was losing interest because I've never been in the military and the toys were not clear to me. But when I
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

The drones are coming! The drones are coming!

OK, confession: I love techno thrillers. I absolutely love them. They can be uber-corny, with the worst, most unrealistic plot lines ever, and I would still consume the novel as if it’s the most interesting thing I’ve ever read. I think as readers, we all have that one genre that just rarely does no wrong. For me, it’s books like Kill Decision.

Luckily for me, every Suarez novel I’ve read has been freaking enjoyable, and this one is no e
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Just finished this and my first impressions are this is a super fun read. I was curious how Daniel Suarez was going to deal with this topic and he came up with some great material that was presented in a unique way. I also think that he is evolving as a writer as he had some better characters and in particularly I thought the character interactions where much better then his first two books, which I also liked a lot. I don't want to give to many plot details out but it is a fast paced techno thr ...more
Zacaro Caro
BOTTOM LINE/moved to the top: If this book has a sequel, I won't read it. But if Suarez writes another book that's not a sequel I'd buy it before it hits the shelves and read it as soon as I could.

This book was a let down. Deamon was great! I mean, I don't read books more than once usually but I read Freedom TM and Deamon more than once. They provide a fun window into a possible, even if not plausible, world of technology that was fun to explore.

This book has some uncovered plot holes the size
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Eric by: Sword and Laser
The elements are all here for a great thriller -- an interesting, tension-filled plot extrapolated from fundamentally sound scientific and technological ideas, plenty of action, and characters with believable motivations. I especially liked the interplay between the two leads, myrmecologist Linda McKinney and a Master Sergeant code-named Odin, who come together from opposing ends of the spectrum in an attempt to stop the autonomous drone threat. The only aspect that was somewhat lacking was the ...more
After reading this, all I can say is:

This book was incredible. It was so engaging on all fronts. Everything was described in detail and some times I mind that, but when it's something that helps me learn new things, I gobble it up like a chocolate cake. I don't think I can come up with a good review for this book right after I've finished it. Maybe later, if I can wrap my head around all that I read.

It wasn't a one-sitting read for me because it covered so much in a single chapter. There were s
Amy Sturgis
This is a solid thriller, sort of a next-generation Tom Clancy work, well grounded in some excellent and compelling science - not just about unmanned, weaponized drones and what they might mean for future warfare, but also about key characteristics of ant behavior (and how they might be modeled/mimicked for battle) and the intelligence of/symbiosis with ravens. I particularly appreciated the political science involved, from the acknowledgment that contemporary governmental power ultimately rests ...more
Like his first two books, 'Kill Decision' is a non-stop edge-of-your-seat thrill jam. Suarez's grasp of bleeding-edge technology and modern warfare coupled with his ability to develop likable (and despicable) characters gives the reader a great read. His story development and his ability to shock and surprise the reader often comes into play. Our story begins with a series of mysterious airborne drone attacks that appear to be the work of the US military - except the US military has no knowledg ...more
Carl-johan Sveningsson
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Absolutely riveting and terrifyingly plausible, Kill Decision has ruined me several nights of sleep. There's more action and I would say an improved style from Suarez, it gripped me from several perspectives as he manage to somehow weave in fascinating topics. The lack of a top rating is due to compared to Daemon/FreedomTM, the autonomous drone topic carries more narrow implications, and I would have appreciated a slightly less Hollywood style drama. Having corresponded some with Daniel, I glanc ...more
Sean Randall
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
"A covert military operation with a wiki."

This is ultra-modern, sleek, and extremely intriguing. The technology is outstanding, the automated sniper stations rather impressed me, and the whole theory of behavioral swarming models influencing technological combat was really quite interesting.

21 was my favourite chapter, where the team have their first big run-in with a swarm, and although the ending was very predictable, the action was nevertheless very well done.
Oscar E.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kill Decision is 100% action. It is a tale of power, geopolitics, crowd manipulation, and secret warfare. The novel provides several insights into near-future military drones. If you are a fan of the military thriller sub-genre and you have a good understanding of technology concepts, you will enjoy this book.
William Crosby
Oct 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Technothriller. One of my favorite genres.
J.F. Penn
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, sci-fi
Weaponized unmanned drones are already here. But what if they were autonomous, swarming packs? Taking deadly technology to the next level, Suarez must be the King of technothriller
Jul 28, 2014 added it
Really enjoyed this book.
Suarez has become a must read when ever new books come out.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Said it once, here I am saying it again: go read all of Suarez's books!
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
During January this year, I was witness to a most interesting event. It was a cool weekday morning, and I had just stepped out of the elevator onto the floor where the offices for my department are located when, lo and behold, I looked out the windows lining the hallway and watched as none other than Jeremy Renner dashed over the roofs of the residential area just behind my university, pursued by cameras. The sight, of course, would have been startling on any other day, but I already knew what w ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning started out so great but once the story finally settled on the true main characters it became extremely boring. The characters were bland, cliche, and uninteresting. Most of the time it felt less like a novel and more of a thesis paper on drone warfare. I’ve read 2 of Suarez’s book before this and they were both great. Such a disappointment.
Ed Adams
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense thriller that has a feasible scenario, especially if you lean towards conspiracy theories. The characters are a little like GIJoe's squad. It can be comic book-ish at times but don't let that dissuade you. It's fun.
Daryl Spitzer
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't go wrong with Daniel Suarez
Patrick O'Hannigan
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining and thought-provoking thriller that wears the formidable research behind it lightly. I would have given it the highest possible rating if I hadn't struggled with suspension of disbelief in a few instances.

I think drone technology is headed the way Mr. Suarez conjectures, but I also think that Odin and his special forces team seemed to have both astonishing resources and (with one unfortunate exception) preternatural luck, because normal people would have died several tim
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We already live in a world where autonomous drone aircraft can surveil the combat theater. Currently those drones require remote direction from a human in order to deploy weapons. What would be the consequences if we gave that kill decision to the drone, to be made completely autonomously? Further, what if drones were so simple we could make thousands of them from spare parts for next to no cost? Finally, what if we tweaked the AI of these drones to simulate one of the most aggressive insect col ...more
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Suarez's first two books, Daemon and Freedom TM, were about the dangers of making efficiency the highest virtue in society. This new book Kill Decision is about the danger of making efficiency the highest virtue in warfare, specifically through the use of automated combat drones. Is there such a thing as being too good at making war; so good that it places a species in existential peril? Suarez makes the cases that there is, that autonomy in warfare is imminent and that it is just as dang ...more
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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and Sci-Fi thrillers focus on technology-driven ...more

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