The story is terribly told with exaggerated characters that lack any form of subtlety. The lack of subtlety paired with the barrage of technical data that does nothing to advanced the story makes it unbearable. I have been a technical computer professional for over15 years and I really don't need to know the syn and ack of every technical discussion. Yes he knows his tech, but telling me every details is superfluous and does nothing to add to the plot. Surprisingly the female NSA computer expert is believable but the rest are cliche, cartoonish, and laughable. The portrayal of non-computer geeks, is stereotypical at best, but are more accurately just insulting. I think there are some good ideas in the plot but it was told so terribly that it is impossible to appreciate it.
Matrix fans will love it!! Well read and great story, narrative was a tad clunky to start, but it evens out about 2 chapters in.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
While this wasn't a perfect book it was extremely entertaining. It took only a little while to get used to the tempo and narrative. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately started listening to the sequel.
I could say more, but it's not necessary. Just do your ears a favor and listen to this audio book.
Without giving away anything, I do want to say that my favorite character was introduced in the very last chapter. You'll know him when you meet him.
The descriptions of the technology involved are solid, if somewhat simplistic, but at times it feels forced. The drama and thriller aspects are a bit thin. The beureaucrats, politicians and law enforcement feel like paper characters at times. Suarez does not, however, become too cliche and the story does feel like it has some life to it. I would have preferred a "slightly" more possible scope for the daemon, or perhaps more expansive explanation of the "how" this gigantic intelligence was created, but overall the book was above average.
if you work in information technology, you may find this akin to some of the absurdities that Hollywood produces regarding technology. However, everything described in the book is technically possible and makes for a great story.