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Halfway through this book, i found i knew nothing about any of the characters. Very shallow. By the end of the book, it didn't really matter. It was a clever premise that still cried out to be read(listned to). Well narrated story with a well researched plot that is both entertaining and frightening. Will read the sequel.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
I stopped gaming with SuperNES and Wolfenstein 3D in the early 90's when I got my drivers license. Nevertheless I do get the online gaming concepts and I do have computer networking knowledge that helped me not get lost in the technical terminology contained in this novel. IF YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT PORTS, IP ADDRESSES, VOIP and other basic terms are in the computer networking world are, I think you would NOT get into this book or enjoy it. It is really saturated throughout. The main protagonist is an older guy who is not familiar with gaming and it does help the author explain things, but I feel it is too much too soon for most people. This is part 1 of 2 and I am not sure if I will continue or not. There are a lot of loose ends and unsatisfied conclusions with some characters if I do not... however, most of the characters are ones I haven't become attached too so I don't care what happens to them. The narration is good and I could listen to the book at 2X speed fairly comfortable. Neat concept, but not sure it was pulled off. Hope this helps someone. Later.
I was interested in what the Daemon was doing, how it worked, and what its ultimate goals were and that aspect of the story was pretty good. There were a great many white male characters and the reader went a bit overboard trying to come up with distinctive voices for each and every one of them. It got a bit silly. The stereotypical Square Jawed Super Macho Ex-Military Ultra Patriotic Fearless American Hero thing got really really old as well. The three female characters were even worse. I almost stopped listening several times, but I have to admit I wanted to know what happened in the end. It was kind of worth it.
Reservations be dammed! That's right, I almost didn't read it.
Ever wonder what’s going to become of those "@$(^$#%" kids in your basements playing video games? Well, Suarez has found a place for them and he makes it count. No same old plot line here, you know, the good, the bad and the ugly? Just when your standard character is lined up to save the day—pow! Right in the kisser. You’re hanging a U-turn. What the hell was that? And trust me, you want to know where this one is going. And it won't be where you thought. Just when you think Suarez has stretched technology to the limit, and even a bit beyond, you find out there is more out there and it’s being done. Who knew?
You take your not so typical megalomaniac (Mathew Sobol), throw in the fact that he’s dead, add a pinch of global data mining, GPS guidance systems, computer-generated and programmed manufacturing machines, international banking, global economics, CIA, FBI, name the agency it's in there. Then peel and dice a willing and ready disenfranchised subculture. Simmer slowly with inherent, but predictable corporate greed base. You get the idea, or you will. Sobols plan seems to have predicted the most basic human behavior and uses it to stay one step ahead. Have you ever had the urge to hit the gas when the patrol car’s lights come on behind you, all the while knowing you’ll never outrun his radio? Try outrunning a powerful computer or thousands and you’ll get somewhat of an idea of what all those institutions are up against.
You don’t do Tech? Well me either, that’s why I almost skipped this one. Suarez delivers a plot, plausible characters, and writing that brings a flavor to tech we can actually digest and dare I say, appreciate. There’s no small thinking here; Suarez’s writing is engaging and his ideas are current and provoking. There was a good chance that this book was going to get the five stars out of me but…………………………..
The book just ended, kind of like this review. Grrrrrhhhhh!
He got me. Damn, I want that second book.
A different plot. It's amaeurish and overreaching. I completely agree with the other negative reviewers here. If you are not into virtual gaming don't bother with this book. A teenager would find this a fascinating read.
Overacting. The cliches didn't help.
Disappointment that I spent my credit on it.
I can see why some would love this book. If you are into gaming you will love the concept of this book and what happens in it. But the thought of a Steve Jobs type going terrorist is just too much for me.
Firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very well written and thought out storyline. However, as other have said, I did not know it was part one of what appears to be a series???? The ending was clever, and again, well done, but it just flat out ended abruptly with no warning. I sat there for a couple of minutes feeling a bit taken advantage of...Sequel$$, however I'm over it and can't wait for the sequel! Let's just hope it has a complete ending in book two and he doesn't leave us stranded again. Jeff Gurner was exceptional with the narration and I will look to see what else he has read.
What a super story! Put this selection on your Wish List!
If you're a geek you'll like the tech. If you're not a geek but you can spell PC you'll appreciate the tech and like the rest.
The action is really well done. The characters are believable. The government bureaucracy is typical.
Jeff Gurner (narrator) is really very good. Some of his character voices sound a little fake (cartoonish) but still very good. He's a narrator I'll look for in further selections.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
The premise and execution are decidedly aimed at a much younger demographic but this story grabbed my attention and kept me listening through both books with rapt anticipation. Ruthless and rather horrific it still seemed quite necessary in the war that has to come to wrest the world away from the unscrupulous powers that be.
The seed purveyors that plague the honest farmers are typical of the misuse of the power of patents and a certain amount of violence will be required to overthrow their power. It's but a small part of the story but it kept things in perspective. The uniting of young people in a game type environment to change a corrupt world is a marvelous idea well executed even if the devices used are murderous. In the end it takes an evil to overcome institutionalized evil and then that evil is stripped of power by the people. Wonderful.
This book was not terrible but it seemed like it was written by/for IT professionals (and I am one). The tech is deeply fetishised, sometimes this is interesting like when discussing hacking etc in a semi-realistic way but other times it is just name-dropping brand names of watches and cars. I think I learned more about the characters accessories than their feelings. It holds together mostly on a smaller scale but as the plot widens it goes off the rails a bit in believability and in the characters ability to carry it.
Oh, and there are two girls in it that I can recall, one is a bitch and the other is a two dimensional love interest who gets rescued despite at least giving her an interesting job.
I dunno, maybe I expected a good sci-fi novel and got a 'techo-thriller' instead.
A good editor. Far less exposition and geek speak. The book falls into the usual trap that all those other "in the tradition of 'famous author'", in thinking that the liberal insertion of whatever jargon and technical detail into a thin plot makes for a thrilling inside novel. I'm an insider and I found it tedious. To outsiders it must be clutter that is both excruciatingly boring and utterly unhelpful in moving the story along.The plot in the last third of the book simply became absurd, rendering the government investigative team as utter morons, and the resolution completely predictable.Thats perhaps the biggest criticism of the book. There are no surprises, Mr. Suarez telegraphs every plot advancement and resolution; except when it simply jars into a new, different thread.Performance wise, I felt like I was listening to a never ending Michael Bay movie trailer. Note to Mr. Gurner. Subtly and an even measured cadence makes for an enjoyably listen.
No, huge fan of Stephenson, this is a pale pale imitation
The idea at the core of the book has potential, although in reality its just another variant of the Skynet plot. I'm not sure it could ever be made workable though