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.
Being a 'geek' myself as well as a huge Michael Crichton fan I fell right into this book and found it enjoyable beginning to end. While not as technologically thorough or intricate as most Crichton stories there is still plenty to love here.
Character development isn't deep but enough is there for you to develop a vested interest in the fate of these people.
The action towards the end of the book becomes a little far fetched but never dull and it remains compelling. By the end of the story Suarez has given the reader much more to think about that simple cyber-security.
Narration is excellent and the effects used on the Daemon really add a life to the story that you would not get otherwise.
I wanted to address the extremely shallow and unintelligent complaint a user by the name of 'Ted' wrote about a rape scene early on in the story.
Apparently this user knows the author on a personal enough level to know his exact intent with this scene, as well as his desire to partake in such actions.
In reality any competent reader will interpret the scene as relevant social commentary on the origin of a main antagonist in the story. Its relevance only grows as the novel progresses and the author expands his point of view of the current state of society through the Daemon's story.
But as 'Ted' has shown, not all readers are competent.
A 'Block User' feature would go a long way Audible!
The sequel to Daemon, Freedom(TM), is available on audible as well. I am quite thankful that it is available immediately as the end of Daemon is really just the beginning. I feel for anyone who had to wait for Suarez to complete the sequel!
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 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?
Daemon is a very political tale in the tradition of 1984. All of the reviews I have read miss this point. The ending is extremely appropriate viewed in this light and the story is particularly relevant in the light of our current social/political/economic turmoil. I can see this as a Hollywood movie that would be filled with gratuitous violence and miss the true message. This is a really really good book and lots of fun as well.
(Tom, not Jennifer) I was hoping for a good, "this could really happen today" thriller. The plot summary made it sound like this would be it, but that is definitely not the case. The story started out believable, but by mid book, became pure fantasy.
Also, I had a hard time trying to figure out which characters I was supposed to like. I got the feeling from the writing that the author wants you to like Gragg, the cyber punk. He seems like he might be likable to hackers and teenagers, but anyone who has a credit card or a daughter will hate this guy right from the start.
The narrator was much too dramatic, and very stereotypical with the characters voices. This added to my trouble with really getting behind any of the hero cops, because they all sounded like a bunch of angry morons. The lead bad guys sounded very intelligent and sophisticated, and the secondary bad guys all sounded like they came right out of Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure.
On the plus side, technically, the book is very accurate with computer jargon. For someone familiar with IT, it's obvious the author knows what he's talking about, and for those not familiar, it's not overkill, and there is enough explanation of the technology that it shouldn't put anyone off for being confusing. If you are looking for a good techno video game style thriller like Resident Evil, but without zombies, this may be it.
I absolutely loved this book! It is the best techno-thriller I think I have ever read. Okay, maybe next to "Ready Player One," but definitely close to the top. It shows just how vulnerable we as a society are to computer hackers. I hope the right people in our government read this book and take the appropriate steps to prevent something like this from happening.
The book starts with the death of a successful gaming programmer, Matthew Sobol, who happens to be a genius and CEO of a multi million dollar company. He has embedded a type of sleeper program called a 'demon' in his games, which are played by millions of people around the world. The program activates when monitored news feeds report on Sobol's death. This sets in motion a series of events that ultimately make the "Daemon' the most powerful force in the world. This all to real scenario has the potential to bring every country in the world to its knees. The more dependent we become on technology, the higher the potential for sabotage.
I can always tell when I find a great read, because I simultaneously can't wait to find out what happens next and don't want the book to end. Such was the case with "Daemon." Luckily, there is a sequel, which I can't help but to read next. I highly recommend Daemon to anyone interested in technology, video games, or just plain excitement!
It started out as a real story about real people. It ended up with video game action and cardboard people. I ended up at high speed play just to get through the book. It does not inspire me to read the sequel. Narration is top notch.