Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez’s status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy—a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future.
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.
hands to hold him off. “And if by some miracle I manage to do this? What then—you kill me and dump me in the Everglades?” “Is there anything in my past behavior that leads you to believe I would kill for no reason? You know damn well that shopkeeper in Dushanbe was a bomb maker. That he strapped bombs to kids.” They sat staring at each other for several moments, Evans breathing heavily. “There are big issues on the line—not just national defense, but the future of the human race, and
them about. McKinney just now realized how perilous landing on the ship would be. Her nervousness about the imminent hijacking and drones faded in importance as the chopper lurched, dropped, and yawed to the side. Odin shook his head. “Jesus, Foxy, you still remember how to fly this thing?” “That helipad wasn’t meant for a chopper this size—and they’re going full steam.” “Well, land this goddamned thing. We don’t have the fuel to mess around.” Several crew members waved them away
pumps are keeping up.” More gunfire. “How about you? Over.” Odin looked out to the horizon at the indistinct outline of a ship in the distance. “We need ten more minutes. What’s your current position?” “About sixteen miles north-northwest of you.” “If you think the ship can’t make the distance to the Maersk, abort and head out of the colony’s territory.” “So far we’re holding up. But I copy that. Out.” They reached the end of the container field and looked at the bridge tower
Pentagon known that these were drone strikes, as opposed to planted bombs?” “That’s not clear, Jenna, but word came this morning of a classified multibillion-dollar emergency defense appropriation that would clear the way for mass-production of the type of Manta Ray autonomous drone that proved so successful over Utah last night. That legislation will no doubt be fast-tracked in light of recent events.” McKinney nodded. “That’s what this is about.” He watched, saying nothing. The
.” “Jenna, the Pentagon points to the scalability of these drones. They can be deployed in large numbers without the need of a human operator and ground control station.” “Automating combat aircraft sounds like a troubling shift.” “Actually, Pentagon officials stress that there’s always a human in the loop to make what they call the ‘kill decision’—whether to shoot or not. But the benefit of these autonomous drones is that, unlike human operators, they’re ever-vigilant—and this is