Since his first two books are in my top 10 list, I was incredibly optimistic about this new novel from Daniel Suarez, and ended up purchasing both the Kindle book and the Audible audiobook. Unfortunately, while it was good, it was nowhere near as good as Daemon and Freedom.
Essentially, it's a similar near-term tech thriller. Sci-Fi, but nothing which doesn't exist today, or at least nothing which couldn't exist today. Unfortunately some of the tech in this is just silly, and some is basically trivial descriptions of current systems. There were some potentially-interesting subplots, but they were basically ignored after being introduced.
The characters, just like in Daemon and Freedom, weren't really the strong point -- kind of two dimensional, although not really cliche. There were some glimmers of hope from secondary/minor characters.
Ultimately, this would be a great summer blockbuster movie; great enough that people will clamor for a novelization of the movie based on a book...
I really enjoyed listening to this narrator. A lot of enthusiasm, quick and alert to read so
well. I felt that he was having a good time reading this book. He made me smile a few times, which didn't take away from the story at all.
So much truth and completely believable. It could actually be right around the corner for us. If not already happening. Just look at the news. Some bits are from a good imagination, but the book held my attention from beginning to end. I agree it is a lot like Michael Crichton, but more realistic.
A very nice break from the last 5 or 6 that I purchased and just couldn't like at all.
This was an interesting listen as well as a fast moving story. I never landed up caring much for the protagonists though. Not sure why. The narrator was excellent. A good buy especially if you like the 'science' in "Science Fiction'
Traveller of Worlds
Yes. The Author is too close to the signs of times in development of drone operations. This is pertinent information people aspiring to make significant decisions of our future war fighting resources need to know and prepare to face; in force and by the OPFOR.
Like a Clancy novel, the action is fast and well constructed. And, also as like Tom Clancy, this man is writing out of our current and near future play books in his weave story. The deep river is another animal all together.
The ravens - I've looked back over my life and see interactions I've had with their species in entirely new light. I intend to cultivate future relationships.
Yes, but too long and too much valuable information for one sitting. Heck of a good road book if I was recommending to a long distance traveller.
Suarez just gets better and better. If you haven't read his two previous offerings here on Audible, get them.
Southern IT guy that is a christian and loves scifi. I hated all the reading in school, found out later in life that I love being read to.
Daniel Saurez creates a compelling story that is grounded in today's events. Jeff Gurner is a great narrator because you don't feel lost among the characters voices as he narrates. Highly suggest!
Military techno thriller
The first attack by the micro hunter-killer drones.
One of his best, which is a very high bar.
If you like this Suarez's previous novels you will like this one. And if you like this genre I also think you will like this. It was a believable and interesting plot, interesting science (swarming AI as a weapon), technology, politics, and military action. It has some surprises and moves along at a good pace.
I really liked Jeff Gurner's narration. His voice characterizations were skillful and believable. In one part he does a guy with a Jewish accent speaking Chinese! Brilliant. His reading was perfect for this novel.
I do think that this book was almost as good as Daemon - in fact, maybe just as good. And Daemon is one of my all time favorites. The story is especially timely as we hear about all of the snooping and spying that is going on around the world.
The protagonist this time is a woman and she is portrayed as a person. There are not endless descriptions of her appearance with the man drooling over her. In fact, I think there is more discussion of the lead man's appearance than of hers.
The weaving of interesting science into the action is as well done as it was in Daemon. I am interested in insects so I found that part to be a lot of fun.
The ending was fine but leads me to believe there will be a sequel.
The story is pretty interesting and has a great premise. There is a bit of political leaning from the author, but didn't feel preachy. Main female character felt unrealistic and made a few odd choices, and the reader could have made things worse because he read her in a way that she constantly sounded upset/whiny.
I like the subject and the way it was paced. Suarez has an issue with suddenly making huge jarring leaps in time, but this book had the leaps but wasn't quite as jarring...but still some lost time that felt odd. The action was very well put together and didn't have many "video game injuries" (like when someone gets shot a few time, but can still fully function).
Thoroughly enjoyable read.
Yes, I will listen to this again in a few years. Daniel Suarez does it again, Couldn't stop listening to this book!
There are two main characters in this book - Odin and Professor McKinney. I'll say I like Odin more, because he's got this "Die Hard" refuses to die even when the odds are stacked 1000-1 against him quality. He does not give up.
I don't want to spoil it. But the climax was pretty good.
No, neither laugh nor cry. But I couldn't stop listening to it. I had to listen to it before going to bed, and listen to it over lunch at work. Went through the book in 3-4 days.
Daniel Suarez is an amazing writer, and Jeff Gurner does a good job bringing the book to life as the narrator. I would buy any book Daniel Suarez writes.
Absolutely, it's the rare, if not only book, for which I've wanted to pen a review.
Having worked in various military, tech and science areas at various points in my life I can say that Mr. Suarez is a master at capturing the mentality and character of those environments and the people who populate them. I loved the book and will likely listen to it again and recommend it to friends.
Given my background it won't be surprising that I feel I need to criticize here.
Be aware that literary license is taken throughout this book, sometimes to the point of being a bit didactic to those familiar with the specific topic at hand, but Mr. Suarez does a good job at keeping this in check while also making the story assessable to a wider audience.
To me it's clear Mr. Suarez is most comfortable with the tech world, less so with the scientific community and even less so with the military. For example, I find it unlikely that even the most elite special ops personal, especially those targeting the tech area, are also masters of close combat, comfortable with all manner of machines and equipment, and in extreme physical and mental fitness (and in some cases also thoughtful and good looking). It takes a lot of time to master and maintain these skills, and some might even be mutually exclusive given that one only has so much time in a life, which is why a team like that in the book is likely to be much larger than is portrayed.
Also, the scientists in the book aren't nearly argumentative enough. They depend more on expansive knowledge (detailed properties of chemicals or other obscure facts) than on the power of basic scientific problem solving for my taste. But again, that's only going to occur to you if you work with such people.
Still, there isn't too much hyperbole or unrealistic plot conveniences moving this story, which I appreciate a lot.
Please write more Mr. Suarez.