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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 September 2012
After having read Suarez' previous two books, the well written, truly captivating and very exciting Daemon/Freedom combo, I was sure I was in for another fast paced techno joyride.

But I was disappointed.

Kill Decision has a pretty similar setup, the same fundamental premises with autonomous gizmos and man-machine battles as well as a lot of technological ingredients that reminds of its predecessors, but it has a very slow start - unlike Daemon that starts with a gripping jolt of action and suspense - and only develops slowly and with very weak characters. It's littered with way too many details in the wrong places. Do I need the Latin name of the trees, the precise model number of the cars and the make and model of all helicopters, guns and other gear? Do I need ad verbatim Chinese and Swedish dialog.
No, I don't.
The book appears overly researched to me, and it seems like Suarez hasn't wanted to waste any of his thorough preparation, so a lot of unnecessary facts and details have found their way into the book.

It takes a long time for the characters to develop into something that I can engage with, and even then some of the main characters are still pretty two dimensional and not someone that I can become genuinely interested in. The orphaned mercenary Odin the female professor with the many boyfriends... oh, man! So many stories could have been told that would have made them much more interesting. The scene where the kora-playing soldier talks about middle eastern heavy rock and death metal is a good example of what gives a character some depth. I really miss more of that.

The book does gain momentum, and the concept of autonomous drones is used with skill and well orchestrated. I read it to the end - which by the way is so obviously open that it reeks "sequel". A sequel that I will probably not buy.

If you like science/tech stories and haven't read Daemon/Freedom, do so. But only go for this title if you are contempt with much less excitement and writing that doesn't quite live up to what the author is clearly capable of.
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on 20 November 2014
This is an excellent book. If you see Daniel Suarez on TED talks you'll realise that he knows what he is talking about and is passionate about the dangers of runaway technology, in particular robot systems that act without human instruction. This is a fictional book about it could happen.

It is a rollicking ride, the story gripping and enough technical description to make it believable for me as an interested and intelligent, but not a sophisticated IT specialist.

I really enjoyed the book.The only reason I gave it 4 rather than five is that the emotional interactions are a bit wooden and some of the characters a bit stereotypical. However the plot is well developed and maintains interest to the last.

If you're interested in robots and how intelligent, purpose driven entities might develop then this is a fascinating contribution to that subject.
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on 12 June 2015
Daniel is confirmed as my go to guy for techno thrillers.
It is obvious from the technology involved that this has been written after the two Daemon books. The technology is more in keeping with what has being going on over the last few years.

Seeing the complexity and variety of Open Source software available for controlling model flying machines (drones) and what some people are making them do on YouTube, it is very easy to believe that this story could happen now.

I was going to call the review Flying Mechanical Ants but that sounds unbelievable and silly and the story isn't. Read it, you won't regret it.
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on 13 May 2015
I loved Daemon - and I also loved this, in a different way. The drone tech ideas are clever and thought-provoking (and I keep seeing them coming true in headlines...). I thought the characters were the opposite of stereotypical (as someone else said) - the female prof protagonist's appearance is never mentioned! (unlike her male companion) Highly unusual and refreshing, I thought. It's sad that's so rare, but well done Suarez, she's a great character. The drones are chilling - lingered in my thoughts for ages.
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on 7 March 2013
Very interesting explanation and usage ideas for new technologies.
The pages turned themselves and I didn't feel like I was wading through technocratic diatribe.
It would be nice to see the author follow this up with a book that shows things from the perspective of a community actively attempting to stay off the grid post-Snowden in rural Africa, Columbia, but having a huge impact on the planet. Such as a decentralised technically adept but privacy conscious Holon.
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on 29 April 2014
Chillingly prophetic. And I'm very tempted to acquire some ravens now. Maybe not a bunch of scary killer ants though
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on 16 April 2014
Nothing could live up to the genius of Suarez's "Daemon" so inevitably this book comes across as slightly disappointing; but its concepts are brilliant as ever. As with "Daemon", this book portrays a believable future in which technology drastically alters the world.

Readable, and recommended, although if you're a grammar nerd you might struggle a bit with the occasional mistake that completely spoils the scene.
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on 28 February 2014
Excellent & frightening book. ?Shape of things to come. Let's hope not. A well researched, fast paced, action-packed thriller! Well worth a read.
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on 3 April 2014
Yet another excellent Daniel Suarez book. Couldn't put it down. Looking forward to getting Influx, however not yet on kindle in the UK.
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on 15 May 2015
Engaging, thought provoking and a jolly good read. Suarez never fails to deliver.
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