The beginning of the book is fantastic and very compelling. As it continues it looses luster, and the whole concept of the novel seems ridiculous (super smart AI unleashed by a dead guy to rule the world). I thought this was initially a hook, and that there would be an explanation or twist... nope. 10 hours I'm going to pull the plug.
I, too, did not like the end of this book, I thought maybe I hadn't downloaded the whole thing!! but having said that..it was a great read, and I enjoyed the reader. Not being very technical, and not playing computer games didn't matter, I didn't feel left out of that, still a good book. Abrupt end, but wouldn't keep me from recommending it.
The writing is so well crafted that it is easy to forget that Suarez is an IT professional and not a novelist. His story is brilliant. It almost seems, however, that while the first half of the book was compellingly driven by the story, the second half was driven by the need to get it done. In this second half, while the writing remains competent, the story loses its edge. Nevertheless, it is a good listen and I would recommend it to friends except those who are completely non-geekly. As usual with products from audible.com, the production values of the recording are quite good.
I was pretty impressed that being a geek I could appreciate the authenticity of the technology used in the book only mildly dumbed down for general consumption. A good story and a good balance to the geek community.
Even though yet unpublished, this book is only the first part of something longer. Initially I really liked it, but it began to get tiring toward the end. Also, this feels very much like a first book: it has an unpolished feeling and seems like it was thrown together too quickly. Given these limitations, I quite enjoyed the concept and most of this book. I doubt I will go on to read the next book when it is published.
Overall, I say this is a book to skip. One that had a lot of potential, but that fails to reach even part of that potential.
Pros: Compelling idea; very well produced as far as sound quality, computer voices, etc. Mostly accurate with its tech talk, especially in the first half and in regards to gaming.
Cons: (most of this review)
Really bad ending. I am fine with open ended books, often some of the best books end in an open way. But it is open in a bad way . . . just makes no sense. It is one of those audio books that you notice has about 30 minutes left and feels like it is half way done. I was sure there must be a 3rd and 4th part, but there was not.
The tech talk, accurate as it is much of the time (more so in first half when it covers existing technology, etc) it is SO OVERUSED. I make my living in computer security and network design and found this to by excessively techie for no reason.
It had a lot of potential, it just falls so short. Almost like a draft that needs about another 6 months of work.
Thought the book was very good for the most part. I found the author misused a couple of terms, but they were close enough for artistic license. What I found disappointing was the ending which I felt was very unresolved in many ways. I would recommend the book and think it was a novel concept, just wish the author had made different choices with the ending.
Took a chance and really liked it. Thought the creative "tech" spin was very interesting and believable. A little "The Matrix" meets modern day mystery.
Definitely worth the credit.
I thought the writing was great and overall a great listen. Too many loose ends left open, and while I don't need it all wrapped in a pretty little bow, but it was left wide open. I'm sure there will be another
Reviewing this book from a geeks prospective I thought it was fun and awesome. What it describes could easily happen as computing power expands.
I agree the ending was a bit of a let down, but any smart reader can spot the setup of a sequel when they see it and of course there will be a Daemon two.
When the ending is too good most of the time that means there is no sequel, when almost every major character is left hanging, duh!
Computer people in practiculiar will enjoy and be scared by this book.
I highly recommend it and look for two number II