A page turner...or ehh...one of those audio books you can't stop listening to. It's a good story with fast paced action and lots of mystery. Perhaps there are some deeper lessons about the partnerships between corporations and governments. It makes some anthropological claims you can agree or disagree with about man's free will. As the story unfolds and the prophetic claims of the Daemon come true, notice your own longing for them to not really be true. That will show you a truer sense of your humanity than what is written. Nietzsche would enjoy this Godless will to power.
Demon and its sequel Freedom TM take Sci-Fi to a whole new level. This story is fast paced and takes twists and turns that you didn't see coming.
If I didn't know better I would have thought this book was written by Scott Sigler.
No. He's a good narrator.
I want more!
The reviews and blurbs led me to expect a Michael Crichton like book, where the author pushes a researched understanding of a serious issue to a gripping and plausible (with a little suspension of disbelief) thriller. The book seemed to keep its promise at the start, but the story degenerates and becomes more bombastic and less plausible with each chapter. It ends with a semi-coherent plot twist suggesting a battle between corporations and a computer system where governments are no longer relevant, plus a long battle scene involving self-repairing killer race robo-motorcycles suitable more for a teenage fantasy than a novel that is supposed to have a kernel of seriousness. It seemed written more to be a high budget B-movie than a thriller for its thought and craft rather than its big explosions. The sudden, irresolute and poorly developed ending cries out, as another reviewer suggested, "$$equel." I started off feeling engaged, but ended feeling manipulated.
Yes - the first time, suspense keeps you racing through to follow the story. In subsequent reads you notice details & subplots and reflect on the implications of Suarez's revelations.
First it is a well-crafted and entertaining story. But it also explains so much and so well the terrifying plunge the One-Percenters (and especially the .01 Plutocrats) are driving our society through. Richard Clarke (former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism) has been warning of the dangers through 3 presidents' administrations; Billy O'Brien (former Director of Cybersecurity at the White House) has endorsed the legitimacy of Suarez's warnings, woven into a fiction novel.
Thought you were paranoid walking out of the theater after Alien and Mad Max? Just wait and see how scared you are after watching Daemon!
Interesting twist on AI taking over the world. More believable than other AI style books. Really enjoyed the book. Good characters and good narration add to the already interesting story. Would definitely recommend.
I never thought cyber thriller would be enticing but the author did a great job keeping it believable as a possibility.
I'd listen again. Will listen again. it's a good direction for a story. From inside the game; Tron/Duke Nukem' hybrid story with great story telling.
Yes - and I have. There are potions of the storyline that are clever.
Move it along a bit.
He does a nice job in the narration.
Yes - at times I questioned it, but overall I think yes.
Overall, a good book and a very good listen. Thank you Audible!
Among the top three, and I've listened to about 20.
I loved the scene when they were trying to storm the "daemon stronghold".
Wow. What a guy - he doesn't hold back in his acting for the microphone! Loved every character he portrayed.
The Future is Here - and it's not what you think it is.
This is one of the best stories ever told. I really was engaged, from beginning to end. I'm an instant Daniel Suarez fan. Thank you!
I commute daily for work. My brother introduced me to audio books to allow me to get quality entertainment while captive on the highways.
I recommend this book to anyone that grew up in the 80's with the dawn of computers and is now seeing the frustrations of economic life.
The plot twists and turns through the path of two main 'hero's'. Which one will be the real hero is the question.
Good voice, didnt lull me to sleep. However, I still smirk when gun shots are read as 'boom'.
One sitting would be too long at 15hours. I listened to it over a week at about 2 hours a day. I didnt mind when traffic was snarled up as I just got to hear more.
Just downloaded the sequel, Freedom. I hope that it is true to a great start.