The story got off to a strong start, modulo a ridiculous "how to execute a date rape" scene. As I got three-quarters of the way into this book, I kept asking myself "How can Suarez tie all this stuff up?" When I got to the end, I got the answer: "He couldn't." Worse, he didn't even try. Lame attempt at a cliff-hanger. Left me completely unsatisfied.
I was looking forward to this book after reading all the great reviews and some favorable comparisons to Ready Player One. Instead of loving it, I ended up hating it. Here are the good points and bad points.
- It's fast paced. Almost like listening to a movie. There are rapid transitions betweens scenes, locations, situations, subplots, etc.
- Rapid fire dialog...again just like a movie.
- Filled to the brim with technology and techno babble (which I actually typically enjoy)
- It's fast paced. Too fast paced. I reads like a bunch of scenes from B-movies strung together in a semi-cohesive fashion. What serves as a good tool for movie making is not good style for writing a book.
- Rapid fire dialog...that is utterly unbelievable. No one talks like this in real life. Such trite lines coming out of the mouths of one dimensional characters is often seen only in B-movies. In the B-movies, at least the acting, scenery and all things visual serve to mitigate the gag-inducing cheesy lines. In this book, you hear a line, groan...hear another line, and groan some more.
- Filled to the brim with technology...but not used in a realistic fashion. The plot is so far fetched that the book leaves the reader thinking..."give me a break". I'm big into science fiction and fantasy so I can readily suspend my disbelief, but with this novel, I give up. Some of the situations were too far fetched and were not even internally coherent. I could say more but don't want to reveal any spoilers.
- Characters were not developed.
I could go on and on. In summary, I dislike this book greatly. Mostly because it was not good, but partly because I was expecting so much more after the glowing reviews. I devoted 15 hours listening to it because it had so much promise at the beginning. If I had known that it wouldn't get any better but only got worse as the book progressed, I would have stopped listening after an hour or two. If you like or love this book after listening to the first 2 or 3 hours, then you will probably love the rest of it, so keep on listening. If you are like me and have some inklings of dislike at the beginning, just stop listening and get a refund...or else you will be sorry like I am.
A genius software developer’s death triggers a computer virus that threatens to take control of the world. It’s pretty much non-stop action. The cutting-edge technical stuff kept it interesting, plus there are the seeds of some interesting ideas. I've started the sequel, “Freedom TM.” On the downside, the characters are never developed enough to care about anyone; it fails Question 2 in the Bechdel test (there’s never a conversation between two women) and there's a gang rape scene where the woman is made to seem like she wants it (it's not sympathetic to the rapists, it's more part of the action, but it's questionable).
I have been on audible for a few months. I have downloaded over 6 books and this one is simply a great book. The narrator is awesome, making characters distinguishable fron one another, and Daniel Suarez backs it up with a great techno-thrilling plot. The plot gets to be a stretch, but let your mind go, and you'll enjoy it. I highly recommend it to those that are geeky gamers, to tech heads.
What a super story! Put this selection on your Wish List!
If you're a geek you'll like the tech. If you're not a geek but you can spell PC you'll appreciate the tech and like the rest.
The action is really well done. The characters are believable. The government bureaucracy is typical.
Jeff Gurner (narrator) is really very good. Some of his character voices sound a little fake (cartoonish) but still very good. He's a narrator I'll look for in further selections.
If you are into computers, have a good technical background, love science fiction, and still watch the movie Hackers from time to time, you will enjoy this audio book. This would be a great movie but would it would suck if it was made on a cheap budget. Well done Daniel Suarez. I will look forward to future books by you. Do I see a sequel in the future?
Wow, there's no middle ground in the reviews for this one, so put me with the pros. A genuinely computer-literate thriller with the tiniest wedge of politics - like the onion in an ice-cold Gibson. I assume this is a first novel, because I enjoyed it so much that I immediately looked for additional work from Suarez and couldn't find any. Get on it Daniel, I want more!
I got this book after hearing an interview of the author.
In the interview he said that all on the tech in the novel does now exist, and could (if used by the right people) do exactly what is laid out in the novel.
Listen to the story, and let the fact that it may come true keep you up at night.
This book, Daemon is an amazing technology thriller. I'm almost finished with Part 1 of the 2 Part Audio book and can't stop listening to it!
If you are interested in computers or technology this is THE book to read (listen to). The content is very smart and accurate.
The Technology press have given the book very high acclaim and reviews. Rumor from article reviews has indicated the government is carefully reviewing the book and believes its study may assist in preventing future technology threats.
This is an amazing book and the best I've listened to in a long time! Daniel Suarez is clearly an author to follow. He is the Michael Crichton of Tech Thrillers in my eyes!