- the characters are poorly defined - they are all similar and almost interchangeable- It is missing a plot! The master plan of the super smart vilain unravels slowly, and it is about to take over the world... for no reason but to do it. - there are scenes completely disconnected of the main storyline, which are disturbingly unnecessary - they shows the characters involved underlight that doesn't help understanding their actions in the main story. - the technological aspect are laughably irrelevant. Not sure if they are too detailled or not enough, but they are as interesting as reading a wifi router manual. That is about it, as if the character in a movie would suddenly stop to explain the audience how a piston engine works, and then continue on driving on a highway. And not even in a fun or novative way. That will just make the book sounds very old in a matter of years...- The action scenes might be appealing in a movie theater, as the audience at least get to watch eye-candies CGI action shots, but in a book, if they don't bring to the story or the character development, they are just easy filler. And Daemon is full of super easy filler. - The most amazing achievement of the Super-vilain is to have managed to erase all sense of humor off the surface of the earth... The book lacks a great dose of second degree humor, and tends to take this whole "end of the world will come from the internet threat" too seriously
- work on the characters - we need to feel attached to someone, or at least something. The focus is on the masterplan of the smart bad guy, and we reach a point of not caring at all if he succeeds or not.
Jeff Gurner delivery and performance is clear and enjoyable.
- the main idea is interesting, and would have deserved a much better story integration
Avid listener & reader, love a variety of genres, generally have 4 or five books downloaded & switch them depending on my mood.
Love every book this guy has written. Solid conflicts, well developed characters, interesting fun action and he writes enjoyable stories.
Suspenseful, unexpected, thought-provoking
Constantly had me wondering what was going to happen next
First time hearing Jeff, I found that his performance was very good.
If you haven't read this or Freedom, then you really should.
The plot was engaging through and through. I couldn't buy the second book fast enough.
He was brilliant. I could tell the different characters by the slight nuances in his voice.
The ending. I was having a fit.
This book was by far the best book I've listened to in years. Gripping, imaginative and just the right amount of reality make this fiction a master piece. A friend who does networking for an insurance company told me to give it a read and now I'm telling my friends.
Best? Difficult to say as there were so many excellent parts to this book. I was on edge four hours. The future technology master pieces he dreams up have to my favorite aspect.
There are a lot of great scenes but I think my favorite was the scene where Merit braves the Sobel estate with it's automated killing machines trying to destroy him. His survival of that house was great.
I was a teenager when the first Matrix movie was released and that literally blew my mind as a kid. This book allowed me to relive that feeling. There wasn't a particular moment in the book it was the overall concept that really made this book special.
Great book. I had my wife read it and she had to ask me what a few things meant or what they were. So to be honest it's really targeted for those who have at least some background in IT.
Perhaps if I was not a Software Engineer by trade I could have overlooked some of the gaping holes in the science behind the story. As a reader I am willing to go with the story a bit but great sci-fi, imho, is based largely on real science. In addition, the characters are too extreme to identify with. The story is not without it's moments but was not for me.
Matthew Sobol was an ingenious game designer. His death triggered potential world wide financial destruction. Detective Sergeant Peter Sebeck is determined to foil Sobol's evil plot and keep him from becoming the wealthiest corpse in the world. But Sebeck has to convince skeptical government and military big-wigs, as well as the media, that a computer daemon, not himself, is responsible for the mayhem that follows Sobol's death. It is a hard sell; even though an expert computer gamer comes to his aid. This is a terrific story! And scary because it could become real – to a point.
I give tho story nine out of ten stars. I deduct the tenth star for its over-the-top mayhem. I fear that even Hollywood would blanch at the prospect of committing it to film (digital hard drive).
Being nearly three times thirty years old, I am computer literate but not a gamer. So I bought the book, researched the many terms that were new to me and I listened to the narration several times.
The settings, the government and military response to an invisible threat and the financial machinations in the business sector are spot on. My hat off to Daniel Suarez, the author.
Whenever I finish an amazing book I feel obligated to spread the word. I want to pay the author back in some small way for the enjoyment I got out of his or her work. This is one of those series I have been telling everyone one that will listen to me about. Read. This. Series.
This is one of the tops of the audiobooks I've listened to.
As nearly as possible it's close to Neuromancer in that it deals with the technology accurately and without mistakes that pull you our of the experience. The difference is that this has more action and a quicker pace that doesn't drag in places like Neuromancer.
When the attack on the government's research center kicks off and all the groundwork that the Daemon has done comes to fruition. WOW!
This story has a good premise, but depended a bit too much on so many things just conveniently falling into place to make it work.