“I liked this book and think Suarez is a promising author. However it just was not as good as the "Daemon/Freedom" set he put out a couple of years ago. the plotting was not as tight or well thought out and some of the dialog was Sorkinesque in its speechifying. In the end I like his work for the technical insights and ideas he brings forth, not for the actual literary merit. i am more interested in anumber of the books he cites at the end, although he could use more science and less SOG stuff.
The ending makes me believe a follow up could be in works since i still don't know who the enenmy were and a UN treaty on Robo-war seems pretty lame as a finale. Extra points for the use of hitech ravens.”
“Suarez seems to be transitioning from sci-fi to thriller with this book. The result is disappointing: his first 2 books were edgy, stylish and unpredictable, while this one has little to distinguish it from the mainstream techno-pablum that Tom Clancy has been cranking out the past 15 years. Kill Decision reminded me of why I stopped reading Tom Clancy. ”Dan wrote this review Sunday, October 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fast paced story that was scary in its prediction of autonomous drones becoming the defacto means of warrring and falling into the wrong hands. The concept of ants as a method of warring and the crows as friends made this a fascinating tale to tell. Suarez overloads us with facts and information but keeps it mostly in check. A flat period in Mexico is odd around some well constructed action scenes. The finale off the coast of Pakistan is argued but feels disconnected with the rest of the plot but nonetheless grips us with its tense count down. Suarez has just got better.”Harrcross wrote this review Saturday, September 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Continuing the fast paced style of his previous 2 books ("Daemon" and "Freedom") this story is all about military drones being used to attack U.S. territory by unknown forces. The catch is that the enemy may not be your typical foreign evil bad guy which makes the story different.
Great characters for the most part and an amazing level of detail regarding the description of drones, weapons and military technology. Look up some recent news about military drones and the plot of this book will seem like it was based on reality.”
“Superb. That is all that needs to be said. This was nearly as hard to put down as Daemon for me, and the ideas and visuals put across are very interesting indeed. One can only imagine what a swarm of thousands of autonomous drones would look like, but there is no imagining the fear such an event could inspire.”Wayne M wrote this review Sunday, July 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Unmarked drones are attacking America, causing many deaths and havoc to take place. This leads to an unlikely alliance between Odin, a special force Sargent and a woman who studies warrior ants--I kid you not! This book isn't as good as his first, Daemon, which I loved, but did keep me interested all the way with good twists and turns. I recommend it and give it 4 1/2 stars.”Gerard Z wrote this review Friday, July 27, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Kill Decision is a non-stop action thriller featuring advanced technology and an all too plausible near future scenario. This book drops you right in the middle of the action with a high-tech drone attack and just keeps going. The first part of the book contains a lot of information on high-tech warfare and some background science, which was as fascinating as the action sequences. Once this information is established, the action comes even faster in an almost non-stop ride to the finish.
This is a classic page-turner that doesn’t let you go until you’ve reached the end. Author Daniel Suarez does a great job making you feel that no one and nowhere is safe. This fuels the sense of danger and excitement. Paranoia, after all, is just smart when everyone really is out to get you.
The heroes are convincing and dedicated while the bad guys are nebulous and operate in shadow. You could nit-pick on some characterization which isn’t really all that deep, but the concepts and the action are what this novel is about and it is more than worth it. If you like high-adrenaline action that doesn’t let up paired with plausible and frightening technology development, you are going to love this book. Highly recommended.”
“If quadcopters can play a James Bond song, it’s not far fetched that tens of thousands of them could become an autonomously controlled weapon controlled by software that simulates the intelligence of weaver ants. Toss in some perfluorocarbon tracers to simulate a pheromone matrix, a bunch of guns, face recognition software, and bad guys and by page 267 about all you can say is “fuck!”
I love Daniel Suarez - I think he may be one of the best “near term science fiction writer” alive today. His previous two books – Daemon and Freedom(TM) were superb, but Kill Decision really nails it and takes you to a much more real, and completely terrifying place. He’s got new characters, better action and dialogue, deep science that is well explained, and very scary scenarios that play out in a “I can’t put this book down” way.
As I’ve said many times recently, the machines have already taken over and are just waiting patiently for us to catch up with them. I’m optimistic about the machines – they won’t emerge in a terrifying terminator future hell bent on exterminating us. Instead, we – the humans – are the problem. We’ve been trying to kill each other since the beginning of time and when the biological (in this case software based on weaver ants) merges with the machines (quadcopters with guns) bad shit happens. And once again the humans created all the bad shit.
As my first book of summer, this was a great place to start. I finished about half of it last night and Amy said I whined in the night with bad dreams, so it did it’s job. Daniel – wow – awesome.”