Huge fan of snow crash and the traveler and other, but this book reminds me of the original star trek.....futuristic subject matter but like Aesop's fables the map can be overlaid today with real insight. Cannot wait for the sequel...and yes a HUGE disappointment when it ended.......BUT I WILL WAIT.....hey Audible where is his first book.....if as good as this one lets get it here.
Set in a day after tommorrow setting Daemon Like Snow Crash and The Traveler before it paints a familar picture filled with modern and next-gen technology. The productions use a single narrator who is supplemented by a computerized voice when speaking for the titular Daemon. The story not without it's problem which don't detract from the plot is fast moving and leaves a backdoor for the future volume which hopefully will resolve the tale.
This book managed to keep my attention the entire time I listened to it. I also loved the narrator and sound effects. One of the best books I have listened to in awhile.
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Even though yet unpublished, this book is only the first part of something longer.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.