Daemon is a high-tech thriller that starts with a local murder mystery and escalates to the impending collapse of human society.
Suarez is clearly a software systems geek with first-hand knowledge of online MMO gaming, security, encryption, and AI. (It takes one to know one.)
The scope and depth of Daemon are on par with a classic Clancy thriller, and his story-telling is easily as good. Be warned, however, that the blistering pace of the storyline slams right into the last page of the book without a tidy ending; Suarez has set himself up for a sequel.
- There is a far amount of profanity and a considerable amount of graphic violence.
- There is an extremely graphic episode in a rave where drugs are used to sexually exploit a 17-year-old girl by a group of men. This "XXX" scene does nothing to advance the plot, save to show you how evil one of the bad guys is. You can easily skip it and miss nothing of the story. Unfortunately, I suspect Suarez rather enjoyed writing that chapter.
I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.
Now I know what it would sound like if my twelve year old grandson wrote a novel- an audio book version of a car chase. This book is based on a fascinating premise and with some tight editing and some writing lessons could have been a decent book. As it was I spent a good deal of time checking the length as it seemed very, very long. If you choose this book do yourself a favor and choose the ABRIDGED version- it might help. The reader did a good job of attempting to handle the many, many characters and the car, motorcycle, and autobot chases.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
This book has received many glowing reviews, but it would take wiser minds than mine to figure out how or why. The narrator sounded like Mr. Moviefone. Half of the book is just a phone book's worth of technical lingo that will mean nothing to non-programmers (if it means anything to them) and the plot is just offensively absurd.
This is not my typical book review, but this was not a typical book. It was hopelessly bad, and I can't find anything more thoughtful to say on a book that lacked any redeemable qualities.
Awful. Just... awful.
Avid audiobook addict!
This book will never win any literary awards, and it will seem quite dated in a few years, but it was extremely fun for a computer geek like me! Very cutting-edge stuff. Non-high-tech lovers would probably find the excessive technical descriptions tiresome. The character development is lousy, but then again if you're looking for good literature this isn't the place.
Wow, I'm sorry, but this was painful to endure to the end. Written with all the depth and maturity of a precocious, sun-starved, puffy-thighed 13-year-old techno-nurd.
The narrator was also abysmally gee-whizzy though I will say he fit perfectly with the tone of the book.
How could this book _possibly_ have rated 4 stars up to this point?!
The narrator begins each line by stating the characters name then follows with a painfully boring reading of the line. This is the very worst narration of any audio book I have ever tried to listen to. I have no idea of the quality of the story. The reading was so distracting I gave up early on.
This book was writen to be a bad movie.
Lots of tech lingo with weak clich? characters. Big mean FBI guys and perverted evil nerd villains. Don't waste your time.
I loved this book until the ending. The ending was so horrible that it ruined the rest of the book for me. I will not read the sequel and will never read anything else that Daniel Suarez writes. Yes, it was that bad.
The reader who narrates and the voices for the daemon are well done, though.
A little background on me - I'm a veteran video game programmer, Lead Programmer at a successful development house in Woodland Hills (a description which strangely enough matches one of the first victims in the book).
First: the story. The author seems to go out of his way to include as many technical terms as possible, and it feels forced. The terms are all used properly, so it's a step above CSI, but it's still pointless and silly. I felt like the author was combing wikipedia and Wired just looking for any recent technological developments he could use to sound current. As for the details and capabilities of video game engines, it's stupidly unrealistic.
The writing itself is amateurish. Sentence structure rarely varies from the "subject verb object" structure, the scenarios are contrived and juvenile, and the overall story gets increasingly implausible as the book goes on.
As for the narration, I really can't understand what other reviewers enjoy about this reader. He sounds like a bad b-movie actor - melodramatic and over the top. He reads too quickly, and his voices are just insulting. Every computer programmer or gamer sounds like a surfer dude, every cop has the stereotypical low gravely voice, and his foreign accents are painful.
The reader actually sounds like a typical video game voiceover actor, which might be appropriate but isn't pleasing to listen to for hours on end.