Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez

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From the New York Times Bestselling author of Daemon comes a terrifying, breathtaking,and all-too-plausible vision of the world's near future.

It's no secret that America relies on remotely piloted drones to target adversaries overseas.  But now fifty other nations are developing drones of their own, and the next generation of unmanned weapons are much scarier: autonomous drones that acquire and destroy targets without direct human intervention.

Bestselling author Daniel Suarez--dubbed the "heir to Michael Crichton" by Publishers Weekly - imagines--a shocking but all-too-possible world of autonomous swarming drones and the dawn of anonymous warfare with his new tech-thriller Kill Decision.

In Kill Decision, Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist whose research focuses on African weaver ants--one of the most organized and aggressive species on earth.  The chemical-based communication of weaver ants allows vast colonies to act as a single, collective intelligence, killing anything that enters their territory.  What McKinney doesn't know is that her research has been stolen by unknown forces who have co-opted her software model to power an army of autonomous swarming drones--and recent attacks on the U.S. homeland indicate where that swarm might be released.

Saved from a drone attack herself by a secretive Special Ops soldier known as Odin, McKinney is suddenly propelled into a war she never dreamed existed. Together, McKinney and Odin must slow the spread of these swarming weapons long enough for the world to recognize their destructive power--and stay alive long enough to discover who is behind them.

McKinney knows the stakes go far beyond her own fate. For thousands of years the 'kill decision' in war has been in human hands, and offloading that responsibility to mass-produced, insect-like machines would bring unintended, possibly irreversible, consequences for us all.

A cutting-edge thriller with important contemporary relevance, Kill Decision is an adrenaline-filled page-turner that will shock readers
with its realism and frightening plausibility.

About Daniel Suarez

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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon and Freedom™, and an independent systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. An avid gamer and technologist, he lives in Los Angeles.
Published July 19, 2012 by Dutton Adult. 513 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this Crichton-esque thriller, a female scientist specializing in ant intelligence is drawn into a nightmarish plot involving swarming drones launching terrorist strikes on U.S. soil—on their own, not as programmed by humans.

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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 af...

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Odin and his team of skilled military enforcers already had distaste for the use of drones in warfare, a fact that makes them perfect candidates to get to the bottom of who would be behind utilizing these drones for their own deadly agenda.

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Daemon Website ISFDB Bibliography SF Site Review: Freedom™ SF Site Review: Daemon 'And they can change the public conversation if necessary, modify public perceptions -- rewrite reality in real time.

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And it’s this idea of electronic jamming and losing control of a drone that brings me back to the subject of the new book and a key question it raises: Should drones be given full autonomy in the theater of war, removing the kill decision from a human operator and instead installing it in a drone...

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Business Week

Odin, the book’s hero, is on a mission to discover who’s behind a series of attacks on U.S. soil by aerial vehicles that are not only unmanned but also unsupervised—“drones that fly themselves and make a kill decision without direct human involvement.” Meanwhile, Marta hustles on behalf of aerosp...

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Daniel Suarez's new thriller, "Kill Decision," asks what would happen if artificial intelligence could acquire a target without any human involvement.

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