This book is a continuation from Daemon, picking up then bringing closure to the characters and events of the previous work. Daemon has become one of my favorite books, though the open ending always left me wanting for more... until now.
Suarez is an excellent writer. Granted, some of his political and philosophical views are not particularly subtle, at times nearly overshadowing the rest of the work. Despite this weakness, his characters and plot are extremely well done and engaging. From a story standpoint, this book is excellent, though I doubt it would have nearly the impact on those unfamiliar with its prequel.
Gurner's reading is first rate. His rate, tone, pacing, and pitch are all very good. His voices he uses for different characters works well, and isn't distracting. I am hoping to see more readings from him in the future, as he is on my short list of best narrators I have encountered through Audible.
The two stories together follow several characters, including a police detective, an identity-stealing Russian hacker, an NSA cryptology expert, and various other military and misfit characters. At the back of these characters, driving the story, is a dead genius and his global computer virus he has unleashed. Battle lines are drawn and redrawn as governments and corporations scramble to maintain the status-quo while others, working with the dead genius' virus, seek to create a new society. Not only is who will win in question, but who should win.
Daemon was on of those books that I could not stop listening to, so I was anxious to listen to the second book. It started off as suspenseful and gripping as the first - but after the first couple of course, it seemed like it was dragging on, and the back and forth with the various characters got to be a little confusing. Overall pretty good, but not as a good as Daemon by a long shot.
Step into a pseudo-reality where a dieing man's wish is to wake up the world and provide them the tools to break down 20th century archaic methods and introduce 21st century people-first, ultra-democratic initiatives. Ones that take advantage of digital reality and give everyone the chance to empower themselves. Several characters find themselves waking to this new world and battle to either destroy it or control it.
This book, along with Daemon, were the best I had listened to since the Traveller. Incredible science fiction writing where everything discussed could really happen. I was blown away and tell everyone I know that this is the book to read. Where are more books from this author?!
Fantastic. Just... Fantastic!
I really should listen to it again and daemon the first of the two books. I was just retelling part of the book when recommending it to a friend and how much I enjoyed the story.
I thought it was original, exciting, and the author is obviously interested in technology.
I have listened to Jeff Gurner's telling of Daemon and in both stories I get wrapped up in the story that I forget that it is being read by one person
This book is the sequel to "Daemon", by the same author. Daemon was SO good, that I was hesitant to listen to this book for fear that it would not stand up. I was wrong.
Although a very different style of book, at least for the first half, "Freedom (TM)" picks up where Daemon left off. And very quickly you find yourself sucked back into Suarez's world all over again.
If you haven't listened to Daemon yet, it is an absolute prerequisite. If you've listened to Daemon, you need to listen to Freedom (TM)!
Freedom (TM) is the second book of the fast-paced, exciting and hugely intriguing story about a possible future not too far off. There is a solid and incredibly exciting plot with a rich variety of interesting and unlikely heroes, set against terrifying villains with near unlimited resources. The ideas Suarez proposes are surprisingly original, yet seem not only likely - but almost inevitable. The performance is good in general, but some of the voices Jeff Gurner uses get a little distracting at points. Still - one of the best audio books I've ever listened to!
Daniel Suarez continue to amaze us with his techno story creativity. I love all the references to recent events and news stories that I've followed the last few years, everything from the genetic engineering and destruction of our food supply, to commentary about what freedom really is. Freedom TM is already a classic, close to reality technical thriller about corporatism, human relations, and politics.
Gripping story, well read by an excellent narrator. I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait for the next one.
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
I will definitely be buying the next book by Daniel Suarez. I loved this series. Definitely start with the first book, Daemon, because this book builds on it. The overall plot was incredible. It brought in many elements of the "real" world and spun them into the building blocks of a "new" world. Well done! I want more!
I am 66 years old and have over 700 books in my audible library. Daemon was the FIRST book in my entire life I immediately REREAD! I have since reread both books 8 times.....not at all like me, never, ever done this before but the books talk to what is currently broken in our country and what it may take to FIX! What a wake up call. At first I thought some of the things were pure sci fi but after watching a discovery channel program that talked about green lazers to blind opponents and seeing the effect Facebook and Twitter (Darknet in books) have had on public outcry in some countriews, it may not be as big a stretch as once thought. And the moving away from current supply on demand just speaks to the lack of concern our business have for the health of our planet, not to mention the inability to withstand a catastrophy.
BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ......I CHECK MONTHLY FOR ANY MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR!