Length: 495 pages
Setting: present day, mostly U.S.
Summary: Odin is the head of a secret team tasked with determining who’s been leading drone attacks against the U.S. The drones are also targeting academics researching components of artificial intelligence. Odin’s team saves Linda McKinney, who developed a swarming model of weaver ants, from an attack. The team tries to obtain an attack drone by using McKinney as bait. Instead, their communications are compromised and a swarm of autonomous drones attack their safehouse. They manage to get away (with some casualties and injuries) and lick their wounds in Mexico. Eventually, they go back on the hunt and find a colony of autonomous drones on a ship ready to start an international incident.
Final thoughts: An intense story that totally makes you paranoid. Who is watching? Is there any electronic privacy? I found it interesting academics were targeted and a model of an ant colony was a key plot element. I loved the fact Odin got his call sign because he had two ravens that helped him in surveillance and finding drones. The technology all seemed plausible, but McKinney was a bit too perfect a fit in the switch from “field biologist” to “field agent”. The tension between herself and Odin was believably presented, though. All in all, an excellent addition to the genre.
Title comes from: A kill decision is done by an agent to switch a drone (or field agent) from passive surveillance to kill a target.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 26/100 in my 100 Book Challenge, and a K in my title Alphabet Soup Challenge
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