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Kill Decision

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A scientist and a soldier must join forces when combat drones zero in on targets on American soil in this gripping technological thriller from New York Times bestselling author Daniel Suarez.

Linda McKinney studies the social behavior of insects—which leaves her entirely unprepared for the day her research is conscripted to help run an unmanned and automated drone army.

Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into a faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention.

Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power. But as enigmatic forces press the advantage, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save mankind from destruction.

From Publishers Weekly

May 14, 2012 – Perfectly blending nail-biting suspense with accessible science, bestseller Suarez (Daemon) establishes himself as a legitimate heir to Michael Crichton with this gripping present-day thriller. The U.S. military is in an uproar after someone used an unmanned Predator drone to destroy a mosque in Iraq during prayers, killing and wounding thousands. Since the drone bore American markings, the Arab world discounts U.S. declarations of innocence. Advances in technology have allowed such weapons to make a kill decision without direct human involvement. Meanwhile, professor Linda McKinney, an ant expert, has managed to tag each member of an ant colony to study the colony s swarm behavior, but her research in Africa abruptly ends after an attack on her lab. McKinney is rescued by a shadowy figure whose true motives and loyalties are obscure, but who seeks to make use of her findings. Suarez manages to keep the reader genuinely in doubt about which characters will survive, and couples deft plotting with evocative language (e.g., Kinshasa and Brazzaville are essentially Africa s liver circulating the population of the riverine interior through a pitiless Darwinian filter ).

Customer Reviews

Pretty good book

Pretty good book, definitely didn't grab me as much as Daemon or Freedom, but after I got into it it was hard to put down!

Perfect for geeks and tinkerers

Entertaining read which a few nice 'but what if' scenarios around advanced computing, robotics and warfare. Read it next to a pool in Spain which was exactly the right atmosphere: not too complicated but still tickled my brain and imagination a bit.

Loved it! Another techno thrill ride!

A look into the not-too-distant future of robotic warfare. A great read.

Kill Decision
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Jul 19, 2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 512 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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