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.
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.
I have been on audible for a few months. I have downloaded over 6 books and this one is simply a great book. The narrator is awesome, making characters distinguishable fron one another, and Daniel Suarez backs it up with a great techno-thrilling plot. The plot gets to be a stretch, but let your mind go, and you'll enjoy it. I highly recommend it to those that are geeky gamers, to tech heads.
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.
I was completely engulfed by this book. I literally found reasons to drive to listen to it. As a computer engineer for over 17 years and having weather the loads of misunderstanding of technology in media; this was awesome. Also very believable to a point which I can not get into with spoilers. Only draw back as it has been said here, it ends rather suddenly.
Daniel please write the second much faster. How is next week for a release with you?
I got this book after hearing an interview of the author.
In the interview he said that all on the tech in the novel does now exist, and could (if used by the right people) do exactly what is laid out in the novel.
Listen to the story, and let the fact that it may come true keep you up at night.
The story got off to a strong start, modulo a ridiculous "how to execute a date rape" scene. As I got three-quarters of the way into this book, I kept asking myself "How can Suarez tie all this stuff up?" When I got to the end, I got the answer: "He couldn't." Worse, he didn't even try. Lame attempt at a cliff-hanger. Left me completely unsatisfied.
This book, Daemon is an amazing technology thriller. I'm almost finished with Part 1 of the 2 Part Audio book and can't stop listening to it!
If you are interested in computers or technology this is THE book to read (listen to). The content is very smart and accurate.
The Technology press have given the book very high acclaim and reviews. Rumor from article reviews has indicated the government is carefully reviewing the book and believes its study may assist in preventing future technology threats.
This is an amazing book and the best I've listened to in a long time! Daniel Suarez is clearly an author to follow. He is the Michael Crichton of Tech Thrillers in my eyes!
Daemon starts out with a gripping murder-mystery and just keeps building. The mystery is addicting and the action is exciting. I think the latter is saying something - I've read and listened to many authors who can do everything right, with the exception of an action sequence. Daniel Suarez has plenty with great payoffs.
The characters are pretty one-dimensional, but I didn't mind at all. The author didn't resort to cliches or behaviors so contrary to human condition as to burst the suspension-of-disbelief bubble. So for me, all is well - "at worst, do no harm" etc. I just thought I'd mention that point for the sake of calibration; this isn't a review of 'The Great Gatsby' (incredible characterization there, by the by).
Back to Daemon - the novel also provides some intriguing ideas about the near-future applications of interactive, inter-connective technologies. I can't go into detail without ruining anything - l'll just finish by saying that it instills hope and awe toward the possible, as good sci fi always has.
I like action, gore, zombies, and non-fiction.
...because this book sucks! It's barely listenable, let alone comparable to Crichton. The characters are shallow, the plot is at the same time predictable, formulaic, and meandering. At the same time, the narration is annoying. I *hate* two-person narration. I really should learn not to trust those $5 sales.