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Daemon | [Daniel Suarez]

Daemon

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.
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Publisher's Summary

Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer - the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy - or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . .

Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

©2009 Daniel Suarez; (P)2009 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills, and cyber suspense....A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Andrew La Mesa, CA, USA 02-11-09
    Andrew La Mesa, CA, USA 02-11-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Just short of Great"

    I heard about this book the day I heard Michael Creighton died. Suarez is a worthy successor. The pace gallops along,one learns about, and understands, the implications of high tech, and it just plain fun to read. Is it too techie for some? Maybe, but everything is explained well and is real (not like, say, teleporters in Star Trek). Only disappointment is the end--not that it is illogical or doesn't make sense--in that it is something of a letdown considering how the book builds up and up.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lynn, MA, United States 05-20-09
    Michael Lynn, MA, United States 05-20-09
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    "Please write faster"

    I was completely engulfed by this book. I literally found reasons to drive to listen to it. As a computer engineer for over 17 years and having weather the loads of misunderstanding of technology in media; this was awesome. Also very believable to a point which I can not get into with spoilers. Only draw back as it has been said here, it ends rather suddenly.

    Daniel please write the second much faster. How is next week for a release with you?

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-30-09
    Rose Huntington Beach, CA, United States 09-30-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Sequel?????"

    Firstly, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very well written and thought out storyline. However, as other have said, I did not know it was part one of what appears to be a series???? The ending was clever, and again, well done, but it just flat out ended abruptly with no warning. I sat there for a couple of minutes feeling a bit taken advantage of...Sequel$$, however I'm over it and can't wait for the sequel! Let's just hope it has a complete ending in book two and he doesn't leave us stranded again. Jeff Gurner was exceptional with the narration and I will look to see what else he has read.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-31-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 07-31-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "BEWARE! WARNING! THIS IS ONLY THE 1st PART!!!"

    Yes I've given Daemon 5 stars BUT… After a 16 hour listen…. This thing doesn't have an ending!!! It just ends mid-story with every plot-throbbing thread untied! Apparently it should stop with that Audible Voice Saying, "Audible hopes you've enjoyed THIS PART OF this book."!

    Well, I did enjoy this part. It s whirlwind of action adventure (if frenzied in its movie herky- jerkies, especially toward the beginning of the 15th hours). If you like hot-season blockbusters well this is a man-flick pimped out in surround-sound, HD, 3D, and iMax frenzy. It razzels, it dazzles, it leaves you stinking of GSR, testosterone sweat, and a little deaf from the crack of explosions.

    Oh… that's a good thing. Another good thing is the legitimacy which Suarez establishes in his comfort with video gaming. Games, which like the CGI of those summer tent-pole flicks, feed young (and not so young) men who are hot wired to crave a fix of this stuff.BTW, the cast of this book are not the stars, nope, it's driven by effects not characters. Expect comic-thin characters and roller-coaster techno rides with a sic-fi whirl of enigma-puzzles.

    Okay, I'm off to download Part II of Daemon, a book by Suarez entitled Freedom that's also narrated by the way-competent Jeff Gurner. BUT THIS THING BETTER END THERE! Or Audible will have to add a truth in labeling comment… "BEWARE, THIS IS ONLY ONE PART IN A MULTI PART EPIC… YOU WILL NOT BE SATISFIED."

    Frankly, I think they should have bundled these two together into one long listen. Instead they've got me paying twice for what is really one book (at least I hope so).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-12-13
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Good thriller but..."
    Any additional comments?

    A genius software developer’s death triggers a computer virus that threatens to take control of the world. It’s pretty much non-stop action. The cutting-edge technical stuff kept it interesting, plus there are the seeds of some interesting ideas. I've started the sequel, “Freedom TM.” On the downside, the characters are never developed enough to care about anyone; it fails Question 2 in the Bechdel test (there’s never a conversation between two women) and there's a gang rape scene where the woman is made to seem like she wants it (it's not sympathetic to the rapists, it's more part of the action, but it's questionable).

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan CA, United States 10-01-12
    Ryan CA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Entertaining and thought provoking! Ideal sci-fi!"

    Daemon starts out with a gripping murder-mystery and just keeps building. The mystery is addicting and the action is exciting. I think the latter is saying something - I've read and listened to many authors who can do everything right, with the exception of an action sequence. Daniel Suarez has plenty with great payoffs.

    The characters are pretty one-dimensional, but I didn't mind at all. The author didn't resort to cliches or behaviors so contrary to human condition as to burst the suspension-of-disbelief bubble. So for me, all is well - "at worst, do no harm" etc. I just thought I'd mention that point for the sake of calibration; this isn't a review of 'The Great Gatsby' (incredible characterization there, by the by).

    Back to Daemon - the novel also provides some intriguing ideas about the near-future applications of interactive, inter-connective technologies. I can't go into detail without ruining anything - l'll just finish by saying that it instills hope and awe toward the possible, as good sci fi always has.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Los Gatos, CA, USA 04-23-10
    Brad Los Gatos, CA, USA 04-23-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great start...."

    The story got off to a strong start, modulo a ridiculous "how to execute a date rape" scene. As I got three-quarters of the way into this book, I kept asking myself "How can Suarez tie all this stuff up?" When I got to the end, I got the answer: "He couldn't." Worse, he didn't even try. Lame attempt at a cliff-hanger. Left me completely unsatisfied.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Sean P 02-20-10
    Sean P 02-20-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Book, Great Narrator, Great Oral Rendition"

    I have been on audible for a few months. I have downloaded over 6 books and this one is simply a great book. The narrator is awesome, making characters distinguishable fron one another, and Daniel Suarez backs it up with a great techno-thrilling plot. The plot gets to be a stretch, but let your mind go, and you'll enjoy it. I highly recommend it to those that are geeky gamers, to tech heads.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Westminster, CA, United States 06-02-09
    Mark Westminster, CA, United States 06-02-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow! Talk about a page turner!"

    What a super story! Put this selection on your Wish List!

    If you're a geek you'll like the tech. If you're not a geek but you can spell PC you'll appreciate the tech and like the rest.

    The action is really well done. The characters are believable. The government bureaucracy is typical.

    Jeff Gurner (narrator) is really very good. Some of his character voices sound a little fake (cartoonish) but still very good. He's a narrator I'll look for in further selections.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Stufflebeam Phx. AZ United States 02-02-09
    Richard Stufflebeam Phx. AZ United States 02-02-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Real world techno-thriller"

    I got this book after hearing an interview of the author.

    In the interview he said that all on the tech in the novel does now exist, and could (if used by the right people) do exactly what is laid out in the novel.

    Listen to the story, and let the fact that it may come true keep you up at night.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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