I have been waiting to listen to this book for years; it was previously unavailable for my region. I wasn't disappointed. Daniel Suarez masters science fiction.
Sometimes I wonder whether his descriptions of technology are too specific, (e.g., cat5 cables etc), but at least it doesn't sound ridiculous. And I love the little bits of personality he puts in as he describes characters thoughts in tense situations.
I guess I'd better listen to the next one!
Yes, as a matter of fact I am relistening now as I type this review.
The Darknet. While not a "character", the concept was riveting when I first read this book. Now it is becoming a reality. Between HoloLens, Magic Leap, and the Occulus, we are going to have a virtual internet displayed in our field of vision.
This one was tough for me to rate. I really wanted to give it 4 stars because it was interesting, exciting and fabulously narrated. However, I downgraded it a star for a few reasons. The biggest reason was the fact that it didn't really end. I wouldn't say it was a cliffhanger exactly, but the story did not wrap up; nothing came to a conclusion and I felt cheated. I knew there was another book in the series, but for some reason I didn't think it was one of those series where you HAD to read the 2nd book in order to get the complete story. I thought the next book was going to be a "related story" with some of the same characters in a different situation. When I started this book I really thought it was going to be a complete book. I am not used to thriller series being a continuing saga, so I was surprised when that's what it turned out to be. Grrr... If I had know ahead of time that I was signing up for a 2 book deal, I probably would have skipped it (or at least prepared myself for having to read about 900 pages to get the full story). Another negative, in my opinion, were the detailed descriptions of violence. I'm OK with violence, I just don't feel a need to read all the gory details...and there was more than I cared for in this book. There is also quite a bit of technical "mumbo jumbo" for us lay-people. Sometimes it was too much and I zoned out a bit. There were also a few other plot things that irritated me but I don't want to mention those as they would be spoilers. Overall, I enjoyed listening to this book and was very impressed by the narrator, but I'm not sure it's worth having to commit to 2 books to get the whole story. Not sure if I'm going to read the next one or not. If I do, I won't do it right away.
sound effects add alot to story
love books with multiple narrators and sound effects,dramatizion. Especially books portraying modern technology,sci fy, or medical technology, or any modern technology regardless or disicipline. I think it adds greatly to any book that is trying to portray modern technology of any kind. Any recommendations appreciated.
This book is certainly entertaining. And a lot of work and imagination went into it. I can even get the appeal, and maybe imagine I understand some of the underlying message? But then something is just kinda of wrong with it. The premise is a little far fetched, the technical characterizations a little trite and patronizing. But don't thing those are the biggest flaws. I sense that at some fundamental level, the story is just plain "wrong". I don't think the author really understands people, human behavior, and how most of us would react to something like this. Perhaps it is just an over confidence in technology. But there is something amoral about the whole story, which if it were on the level of a 1984 or Brave New World, which it isn't, might be easier to take. Instead it just kinda of feels like "hollywood" in a book. Techno for techno sake, gore for gore sake, and superficial characters and motivations to thread together a pretty engaging story line that takes you from one "cool scene" to the next. It certainly isn't "deep".