i couldn't put it down, so well crafted and a delightfully perfect balance of tech-action ratio so realistic its a little scary and then funny and then, DANG he just did what?!?!?!
I really enjoyed this book. The performance was great and the concept was original and interesting. I recommend it for other sci-fi/tech enthusiasts.
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If you're a hard working, middle class family who's fed up with an American government ran by big, heartless corporations then this book and the one before it will give you hope.
Also, it's a great story! Lots of fun.
"I'm undermining civilization. Ask me how."
Great finish to the Daemon story. I love the mix of technology and characters. Looking forward to more from this author.
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In Freedom ™, Daniel Suarez continues his fictionalized description of the changes that are occurring in our world due to the Internet. His story extends these changes into the realm of (what is at the moment) sci-fi, but his extension is based on such present day realities as the Dark Web, bit-coin, and dark digital anarcho-marketplaces such as Silk Road. It is present day reality to have Dread Pirate Roberts in our digital midst and lawsuits where the federal government is trying to prove, among other things, that this cyber pirate is the real-world man known as Ross William Ulbricht. This means that the technology used by the characters in Freedom ™ is not too far away. This work is not as engrossing as its prequel, Daemon, but it is still worth your money and time. The work contains more discussion of deep philosophical ideas than the first work. In this work, the author imagines the fulfillment the mad programmer’s vision of creating a new, worldwide Utopia – a sort of Jacques Ellul world created by a very well thought out computer virus. The author’s ideas about society and government are put into the mouths of various characters as they travel through the computer game style adventures that comprise the plot of the work. The conceit is that the dead programmer who put this adventure into motion with his computer virus could create a “dark net” program so perfect that it could not be hacked, at least not for a long, long time – long enough to become embedded throughout the world’s computer systems. In the real world, a computer virus that was discovered to be so fundamentally changing human society would be hacked into very quickly. Another conceit is that the “distributed democracy” envisioned would be any better than the representative democracy we now have. Being asked to vote on hundreds of questions each day does not sound enjoyable to me and I would bet that most would simply decline to be involved. Be that as it may, it is easy to suspend disbelief in this story long enough to enjoy it. I found it hard to put down. The reader is good. After one has finished, reality reasserts itself and one quickly realizes that what happened in these two books could never happen in the real world. I have no doubt someone is going to try it, though. Listen to the first work, Daemon, before this book. Enjoy both!
decidedly different from the first installment. expanding on the themes laid by the first book and taking them to an interesting conclusion. only people in the online gaming community can truly appreciate the situations postulated and the irony of the ending.
I first came across Daniel Suarez after Leo Laporte recommended it during his Native advertising for Audible. To be honest I was wary because of his glowing recommendation ( well he is known for telling whoppers just to sell advertised goods on his podcasts.)
I enjoyed influx then found Daemon and enjoyed that. This continued on perfectly and was engaging with perfect reading by Jeff Gurner.
Looking forward to listening to other novels by Suarez.
I am writing a review primarily because I want to acknowledge the exceptional performance by Jeff Gurner. He uses a range of authentic-sounding accents and other vocal variations to create convincing and consistent differences between characters. Every sentence has the emphasis in the right place and every word seems to be correctly pronounced. And the pace is good. After listening to some subpar performances, this was very refreshing.
The story itself we pretty good. Daemon and Freedom TM are basically one story. The first half (Daemon) has a mostly negative arc -- things seem to get worse and worse -- whereas Freedom is more balanced, which I prefer. These novels have some philosophical depth as they pose questions about the nature of good and evil and raise the question of whether apparently bad actions can be justified by some greater good. This is not exactly an original question but it is well-handled as we see cases where the answer is obviously "no" and others where the answer is probably "yes".