Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
It's hard to really discuss this book without giving away too much. While it starts out somewhat plausible, it begins to fall into realm of high tech fiction fantasy. While it is food for thought, a message that we may be tied to closely to our machines, the end is a very extreme what if every thing that can go wrong, does. While the some of the scenarios and technology are possible, the combination's of it all are highly unlikely. I was hoping for something more in the realm of today's standards, a high tech crime drama/mystery.The story is engrossing and compelling, but tends to get lost at times following characters that randomly pop up and adds little to the story. There are some really good action scenes that I was not expecting. It drives me nuts hearing the narrator say daemon, like demon, and not day-mon. There is a lot of techo speak that some people may not understand. It would help to have background in programming, electronics, or networking. The narrator is pretty good, but does not have a lot of different voices to give to all the characters, but he does accents well. Once you can take the book for what it is, it can be a very enjoyable ride. By the end is seems the daemon has the world by the throat, the ending is a cliff hanger for sure, so you will probably want to get the next the book.
This book was thoroughly enjoyable. I liked that the technical terms were not watered down. Any tech savvy person will appreciate that. Not only was it captivating from start to finish but it also has a lot of political nuances that indict our modern economically-based, oligarchical power structures. The discussions about the parasitic nature of international power brokers that pull the strings of world governments were particularly fascinating.
In fact, there is almost a novel within a novel for those who wonder how modern plutocrats could be challenged by the masses. Amazingly enough, those who have never heard of plutocrats or oligarchs will not be put off by these discussions since they are usually presented in the context of video games.
That is the beauty of how the story takes shape. Some characters see what is happening as nothing more than a video game while the major players know that the outcome will shape the future of mankind. I promise that if you read the book, everything I just said will make sense. So strap yourself in, because it's going to be quite a ride.
The writing is mediocre: replete with cliches, weak dialog, and take-you-out-of-the-story social commentary. Gurner reads well but sounds wrong delivering lines like "a corpulent man in his fifties with ill-fitting pants." That had me laughing so hard I had to stop the book to recover. The overall conceit is unbelievable (despite what my fellow "geeks" seem to think) and a handful of the technical details are wrong- although probably to make a point or usher the story along.
Having said that, Daemon has one heck of a plot. If an audiobook has me looking forward to doing dishes or cleaning the yard just so I can hear what happens next, it ranks high in my pantheon of good reads. I have a nicely trimmed yard, thanks to Mr Suarez, and I am downloading the sequel after I submit this review. A previous reviewer called Daemon "enthralling" and I have to agree.
I was blown away by this book, both the writing and the narrator. Not many books can use such techno babble and actual make it sound interesting and legitimate. The whole book flowed quickly, with plenty of twists and turns and down right interesting writing. The narration and voices could not have been better. I was sorry to have ended this book and cant wait to listen to it again!
This story about a videogamer who, before he died, created a program to carry out a conquest of the world is quite fascinating. If you like techno sci fi, you should read/listen to this book.
Although some knowledge about videogames will help understand the story details, it is not a prerequisite (anybody can understand what is going on regardless of technical know how). First of all I just want to say this is one of the best books i have listened to and I have listened to about 20 books from audible so far. I want to address some of the other reviews about their completely exxagerated complaints of the book. The profanity is not as rampant as some have suggested. Some reviewers made it seem like profanity made the entire book. NOT THE CASE. Some characters will cuss but not mindlessly, they cussed simply to express emotion. If a sprinkle of profanity drives you to dislike a book then maybe you should stick to textbooks or religous books. IF YOUR INTO SUPERB NARRATION, MEMORABLE CHARACTERS, EXCELLENT STORY AND DO NOT MIND THE ENDING LEADING YOU TO AN AWESOME NEXT BOOK THEN THIS BOOK IS MANDATORY.
Well written and entertaining. The reviews that described the so called "rape scene" as brutal and graphic are just silly. Spoiler alert... A girl given ecstasy who then takes off her shirt and performs fellatio on several men while being filmed without her consent is not a "brutal rape scene". Sad and unfortunate maybe, but not brutal.
I am an IT Admin so I was excited to find a book related to the IT "underworld". I was expecting a story about a hacker writing programs that caused excessive spam and in general what we at the admin level experience everyday....Man, was I wrong. This book was amazing in the factual details of what really could happen if someone had enough money, motivation, and ability to actually plan and implement this kind of program. It is very graphic so be ready as it holds nothing back when it comes to the details. I did not find any points in this book that made me not want to continue...the ending was a shocker so I am ready for the sequel.