I haven't had this much fun reading a fictional book in a very long time.
Daniel Suarez tells an apocalyptic story that when you read it, you'll be convinced that it is entirely plausible for today.
I've recommended this book to several friends and they've all been blown away by it.
Suspend some belief? Sure. Ignore some of the inaccurate techo-jargon? Yup. Overall however, this was a really great and fast paced read. Even though there is quite a bit of techo-jargon, I did not feel it slowed down the book, and the author goes out of his way to make sure it's explained to the non-geek listeners. The overall theme and events give you something to think about as more of our life and personal information end up on the Internet.
This is a must read for any fan of thrillers. Correct in every possible way with technology. Even the concepts that seem far fetched are really just connecting the dots on current technology.
The book starts as a typical murder mystery. The hero seems to be a cop looking for a tech-savvy killer, but soon the author turns the tables on you and you are then rooting for the killer! The narrator is excellent. He has enough change in voice with characters that you can believe that they are different actors (minus females of course).
Finally, when you finish this book and its sequel Freedom (TM). You wonder, not when this will happen, but rather why has it not happened. READ AND FIND OUT!
Yes this is a science fiction book and like most books of this type many things are beyond belief but I do believe most of the things discribed in the book could be acomplished someday and yes the ending is a cliffhanger.
With the above in mind I did found it entertaining and I don't regrete listing to it at all and most of you shouldnn't either.
This novel was terrific in every way. First and foremost, it was a fascinating, creative story about the internet, it's possibilities and capabilities. Second, it was one of the most exciting, riveting fictional stories I've "read" in years. The narration was great and added to the realism of the story. The ending....well, I'll say only that it was sudden.
- As a SciFi / Military reader it is a great book, a little slow through the first chapters, but it's well worth it by the end... Note: It's a cliff hanger ending, so if you can stand that type of ending then buy Freedom(tm) with it...
- As a programmer it one of the better hacker books i have read and of course it's over the top it's SciFi but it's not as annoying as most hacker/programmer books, at least the author get the programmer jargon right so your not constantly popping out of "suspended disbelief". It seems the author might have talked to a real hacker or two, not script kitty or corp security professionals..
- You maker's fair people out there, this is your dream book :)
Daniel Suarez manages to captivate & keep you drenched in his book while also making you think about how dependent we are on today's technology. This book gives listeners the ability to imagine the possibilities that we have created in today's technological world for machines to rule us. Mind blowing this audio book truly keeps the listener tuned in.
I'll start off with the good stuff- this story is fun and entertaining, and certainly interesting. It starts off as a murder mystery and then grows from there into a great cyber-tech-based thriller. It brings in game technology, computer technology, and network technology, and it feels a bit like nouveau-cyberpunk.
The plot doesn't quite go where I expected, but in a good way. The book doesn't just fall into the trappings of good guy v. bad guy, there are a number of twists and turns that I did not expect and that I did not see coming.
The book leaves the end dangling, think of the end to "Fellowship of the Ring" and you got it. Be warned - if you like this book, you will be buying the sequel, "Freedom (TM)".
Now the bad stuff- The writing is not great. It tells the story, but feels forced at times. It seems like it *tries* to be creative and descriptive, instead of just being creative and descriptive.
The women in his story seem like they were written by a 15 year old, as do the few sexual scenes in the book.
The depiction of women is just the worst case of a general 2-dimensionality to all the characters. They all seem like caricatures of themselves, though this might be due to the narration.
The narration- each character's voice is acted out by the voice actor, which makes it easier to tell which character is talking, but it brought me out of the story at times. Young guys sound like frat boy bros, and women sound like a guy dressed up as a woman on Halloween as a joke. The "hard boiled" detective has a batmanesque growl to his voice, and the big, black, former drug kingpin sounds like the old spice guy.
I am not sure if it was the voice acting, the writing, or a combination of the two that made the characters sound flat to me.
All this said, I did enjoy the book, and I will be getting the sequel. Like I said, the story is entertaining.
Although I did not love Jeff Gurner (the narrator) right away, I learned to appreciate his ability to distinguish all these different characters. But the story is incredible. It's gripping, smart, fast-paced, thorough (without being laborious), edgy and creative. I can't recommend it enough!
I really tried, but I just couldn't bare reading this any more; The rave party was total vomit. Some things just don't need to be spelled out even to establish how low a character can sink. The chapters following that never really get this book off the grown. I came back a few times, but it never got any better. I wish I could get my money back...