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Kill Decision Hardcover – July 19, 2012
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--Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"A confident thriller that leaves us wondering not whether its fictional premise will one day become reality, but when. "
--Kirkus Reviews on Kill Decision"
"A plausible account of how, and more importantly, why, the real 'skynet' might be created."
--Tim O'Reilly, founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc.
"Kill Decision is a fantastic techno-thriller. As someone who has designed combat robots myself, I found the technology depicted both accurate and chilling."
--Alexander Rose, Roboticist & Executive Director of The Long Now Foundation
"Suarez's fiction is closer to reality than most people think."
--Chris Anderson, author & Editor-in-Chief, Wired Magazine
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He's managed to get his mind around the most complex and terrifying military technology of our time, DRONES, and turn it into a thriller that will keep on the edge of your seat.
What is a drone and why is it terrifying? It's a flying robot that can kill with precision. Drones are currently being used across the world from Pakistan to Yemen to the Philippines, to continuously watch and kill people. Already, thousands of people are being killed by drones each year, and that number will rapidly grow beyond everyone's expectations. Why? Moore's law. Drones are going to get very cheap and very smart much faster than anyone anticipates (in the same way cell phones and personal computers got cheap and powerful). That means they will be many, many more of them, used very often, in a plethora of places.
This is where Dan Suarez steps in. He takes this lethal technology and projects it forward in a way that feels right. Why? He (rightly) uses myrmecology (the study of ants, think E.O. Wilson's Sociobiology: The New Synthesis, Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition) as his pattern for the evolution of drone technology.
He then puts it into a fast paced story replete with military special operators (in SAPs), corrupt defense contractors, and lots of very creepy drones -- which combine to keep you on the edge of your seat.
So, BUY this book. Treat yourself to an education, a thrill, and a scare all at the same time.
Read it before you see it in the theaters (this WILL become a movie).
This time around, Suarez is writing about the threat of autonomous drones being used by the military. After several opening scenes which illustrate the dangers of these devices, the story builds around a military man on a secret mission to investigate a series of drone attacks on U.S. soil and a scientist who gets caught up in the action. She researches ant behavior--but it seems that her pure research has other, darker applications. Now these two are teamed up with, well, a team. They need to stay alive, stop the drone attacks, and hopefully get the military to see that machines can't be trusted to make life or death decisions.
Now, that's a fairly sparse synopsis coming from me, and you may have noticed that I used no names. I didn't really see the point. The characters were so superficially drawn that I could barely remember who the supporting characters were, and the male and female protagonists were awfully generic as well. I have to admit that I had a very hard time caring about them or getting invested in their story. Plus, they all had ridiculous monikers like Odin, Mooch, and Foxy. (Or you'd have a character nicknamed Ripper interacting with a character named Ritter. Do you really need to make things that difficult, Mr. Suarez?)
And it wasn't merely the characters that had a generic feel about them; some of the dialogue was downright cringe-worthy. An example: at one point the lady scientist asks the military man why he's drawn to war.Read more ›
So, not so 'near future' as 'tomorrow or the day after' future.
As far as this book is concerned.. exceptionally well written. He's using a Tom Clancy like style and, for a story like this, it works beautifully. Fast paced, (reasonably) believable characters and an excellent plot line.
The only thing that bugs me (and the reason I'm giving this a 4 instead of a 5 star rating) is his trick of getting me to buy the 'whole' story twice. He did this with his first two books (Daemon and Freedom). It's effectively a clever selling technique to make more money. He's not exactly serializing the story like the old SciFi guys used to. He takes a longer story, finds a good break point in the middle, and prints the first book (1/2 the story) at full price, then the second book (finishing the story), also at full price. You'll notice this book is a little short. That's because, I'm betting, he's not done (at least, I hope not. There were some major plot lines left unanswered).
Still, if you like his first two (really one) books, and Tom Clancy's style, you'll love Kill Decision.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Perfect follow up to the first book, I was definitely satisfied and happy the pacing did not falter in the least. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Annie S. Wu
Daniel Suarez has done it again in yet another amazing technology packed thrill ride. 3 books into the 4 he has written and they seem to just get better.Published 13 days ago by Joseph
While Suarez is most certainly the heir to Crichton or any of your favorite hits from the airport bodega, his writing falls short of any accolade that I've seen here. Read morePublished 19 days ago by W. BIGSBY
Best ever. Write your Congressman! Oh, he works for the drone manufacturer. ....never mind !Published 1 month ago by Jeff Cochran
High action, brilliantly researched. Took off one star because I thought it could have been better flushed out with character development, bit honestly, that's probably not what... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Suarez is a very forward thinking and technically informed author. The shock of reading his first novel, Daemon, was palpable. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tommy Paine
I bought this to read before seeing the movie; I liked the Daemon books by Suarez, but this story kicks it all up a notch or two. Easy to see why this one got produced as a movie.Published 3 months ago by G. Norby
What a terrible writer. I gave after 20 pages of unintelligible gibberish with no character development. Avoid this one