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".
I thought the disillusionment with current system presented in the first book would be solidified in this one, but it turned out to me more optimistic and humanistic that I expected, given the blood and gore and the complete disregard for human life. Maybe it was put it place for the entertainment without which the books would be cerebral and ultimately boring.
These books are wonderful and fantastical they should make them into a mini TV series. A movie would miss all the wonderfully geeky details.
This is a continuation of the story with epic highs. Very well written to keep you wanting more. If you haven't read Deamon go and read it first. You will not be sorry. Tech meets war meet morality. You be the judge. Is the darknet good or bad?????
Jeff Gurner is simply fantastic. I didn't enjoy the story much, but I appreciated the audio book because of the way he was able to bring it to
If you would enjoy listening to an audio version of a Transformer movie. I would recommend picking this up. I thought a weakness of the first book was that there were two many secondary characters. I thought that this book would focus on the characters that I actually care about: John Ross and Natalie, but instead, I was bombarded with more minor characters.
This story followed the first book Daemon so well, it left me smiling at the possibility of something like this could ever be thought up.
Jeff Gurner is one of the most skilled narrators I've ever heard. An amazing job at effectively changing through so many voices.
Roy Merrit, is all I could say.
Daniel Suarez's vision of the near future is as scary as it is plausible (at least as it is written). The political philosophy (normally a huge turn off for me when forced into a narrative) only added to the story and actually had me pausing the book so that I could think through the implications of what the characters were talking about. Forget Crichton, this guys is the new harbinger of soon to be tech. I love this book.
Just a very different type of story, definitely 21st century story. I think you have to be into or appreciate the technology of today to enjoy it.
Loved the ending.
He was a good narrator. Sometimes many of the characters sounded the same, especially the angry ones
No not really. It was good but not on the edge of my seat type of listen. Very solid read though
I did not like it as much as the first one but it was still a good sequel. I think there will be more. If you like stories like this with technology, D Space then check it out
I was really excited to get into this book after reading Daemon, but this one just fell flat. I'm not sure if this was a case where the author never expected anything to come of his first book so he really didn't have anything for the second or if he just fell flat. You have to suspend your belief in reality to a point when reading fiction, but this one asks you to just throw reality out of the window. The idea is kinda interesting, but the author never really puts much effort into explaining some of the more fantastic aspects of the story, and I suspect its because he had trouble understanding what he was writing while he was writing it. The narration once again is very solid, its just unfortunate that this book couldn't live up to the first one.