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S2E2: Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez

"Unmanned weaponized drones already exist--they're widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, bestselling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact and the real science behind it one step further, with frightening results.


Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned--and thanks to her research, automated--drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the 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, because for thousands of years the "kill decision" during battle has remained in the hands of humans--and off-loading that responsibility to machines will bring unintended, possibly irreversible, consequences. But as forces even McKinney and Odin don't understand begin to gather, and death rains down from above, it may already be too late to save humankind from destruction at the hands of our own technology." - Synopsis from Amazon.com

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  • Terri F.

    a good book if your taste runs to action/adventure with little characterization

    March 2, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fully enjoyable evening with good company and good discussion. Looking forward to the next meetup.

    1 · March 2, 2014

  • Raymond C.

    I might drop in tonight, since I'm finally free for a meetup! I hope it's ok - meetup was completely down yesterday evening so I couldn't RSVP.

    February 28, 2014

    • Ellen

      We have been missing you!

      February 28, 2014

    • Leslie

      Raymond - Yes, that's fine.

      February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree that the first half is slogged by acronyms and slow plot/character development. I encourage anyone that hasn't gotten at least half-way, to speed read to the end. The philisophical concept should alone make for some good discussion, regardless of the author's other shortcomings....

    1 · February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Finished the book early-liked it AND Knowlwoods?! HUZZAH!!

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Ellen

      Done. Should be an interesting discussion Friday nite. I think I will ck out the Ted talk.

      2 · February 23, 2014

    • Leslie

      Daniel Suarez is a professional IT consultant, so his expertise is more on the tech side than the military side. I agree with Dan, it is a fun (and quick) read from there!

      February 25, 2014

  • Leslie

    Apparently, Daniel Suarez did a TED talk on drones and the "kill decision". I haven't watched it yet because I haven't quite finished the book, but I'm looking forward to it.

    1 · February 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool video Leslie! Thanks :)

      1 · February 25, 2014

    • Leslie

      Yeah, I watched it last night, and it is really interesting!

      February 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone! Just a quick reminder to fill out my survey if you have a moment. Five $20 gift cards will be awarded tomorrow night, so don't miss a chance to get your next book club selection paid for:)

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BookClubs_Motivation

    1 · February 22, 2014

  • Leslie

    Every time I open this book in iBooks, it wants me to sign into the Apple store. If I hit cancel, it just takes me to the book, so I can't figure out why it asks me sign in. I've never noticed this with an iBook before. Anyone else had this issue?

    February 19, 2014

    • Leslie

      Okay; I'll give it a shot.

      February 21, 2014

    • Shy M.

      Daniel Suarez called me, Lisa, and he said stop putting another author's work on his discussion page. ;-)

      2 · February 4, 2014

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