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
"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)
The concept of the book is really good, and there are some promising elements and scenes. However, I never really cared about any of the characters and so many of them are full of clichés. There are also many scenes in which I was like... "OK OK, I get it already!...Move on!"
In the end it was good enough to finish, but I am unlikely to move onto "Freedom".
After reading many books, I've thought to myself, "I could've written that"--even though I couldn't. This book...wow...I couldn't have written it because I couldn't have imagined it. My interactions with computers are mundane, and this book made me realize that the computer "revolution" has barely begun. This story is both thought-provoking and action packed.
Since I just finished Influx prior to this it's hard to place. But I'd put it in my top ten books (which I'll include whole series as a single book).
There is no one scene in this book that really moved me more than another as I felt the story kept rolling along at a good pace. But if I had to pick one it would probably be the set of scenes at the mansion in the early parts of the book where the Feds tried to breach the house.
Sebeck was my early favorite but as a techie myself I ended up liking Ross much more. Sebeck's lack of tech savvy and his flaring emotions made me like him less and less as the book moved on. I'll also say that while Gragg's character did evolve some in the book and the level of disgust I have with him is palatable, Gragg as a character is pretty good. Often we find ourselves liking the good guy or the anti-hero, but we often over look a well crafted villain. My final comment is that I feel that Sobol was way too built up as this all seeing all knowing genius. My hope is that we find out that he was only the conductor of this plot not the sole inventor and implementer.
I would love to see this made into a movie, but only by someone with real world technical expertise otherwise it would just be Hollywood fluff and that would ruin the story. As for a tag line...hmm..."The fall of Rome for the modern age."
The best part of the story was the action and detail of the technology used and how the characters used it.I didn't like how the story portrayed computers as only used for evil or nefarious reasons. It made you feel like all computer hackers are identity thieves.
The ending was good. It left the story open for the next book but closed it up enough to make me happy.
Jon Ross and Detective Sebeck
Maybe....the negativity towards technology would probably make me wait for Netflix to get it .
This book is worth a listen but keep in mind that most computer geniuses are not anything like the characters in the book. Not everyone smart with a computer is an identity thief.The narration was very good. His voice for Sebeck was exactly how I would imagine a detective from the suburbs in his predicament would sound.
Must be read with the sequel. A great thriller. On par with Ken Follet's best works.
The unnecessary and graphic sexual content at the beginning of the book could easily be removed. It added nothing to the story and prevents me from recommending this book to work colleagues. Gross. Get past that and it is a first-rate eye-opening warning about modern society.
How the hell should I know? I've only heard it, not read it
hmmm, I'd say it keep me engaged, I wasn't hinging on every word, but overall very nicely paced!
The 'computer' style voiceover
not in particular
Excellent novel, well worth the price to listen to and quite thought provoking.
Small business owner, avid reader and listener, occasional writer.
I am a big fan of SciFi and its child Cyberpunk. Like all of the best examples of the genres, Daemon takes what is possible and stretches it to what is plausible, if unlikely. The story moves along at a brisk, nearly breakneck, pace. For all of us that are coders,makers, and geeks this book will resonate at frequencies only we hear.
Hit's the ground running and don't let up till the last pages.
Nothing sacred no one is safe.
Agent Roy "Tripwire" Merritt
Yeah, RAFO don't wanna spoil it. Great book
This story is so incredibly devious and intricate.
I loved how real world technology and many aspects of MMORPGs came together so seamlessly.
Jeff Gurner really gives you a lot of insight into what any given character is feeling at that moment. He makes the story easy to follow with different voices for different characters. The listener never gets confused or taken out of the story by wondering who is talking or why.
There were points when I laughed, got excited or nervous for a character, and even shed a tear here and there. The writing is excellent.
I have listened to Deamon, Freedom tm, Kill Decision, and Influx. All written by Daniel Suarez, all narrated by Jeff Gurner, and all of them are thrilling, suspenseful, and just plain fun. I recommend them all!
Really creative premise: that artificial intelligence in gaming could cross over to (infect and dominate?) real world actions and control. Some outlandish implementation (knife wielding robot motorcycles) and way too much detailed gore and violence ("fetishized" as one other reviewer put it). Although I am a software developer, I am not a game player so maybe all that intense detail comes with that territory. Anyway, the overall ideas are great, the characterization is thin, and the ending shockingly abrupt. It is definitely part 1 of a series; don't even think of reading the first book unless you want to finish the second. And I did just buy the second half (Freedom) and hope the silly and gory details don't outweigh the creative thought. It looks like the premise is getting expanded to a really interesting commentary on the military industrial complex's growing control over the world's economy and politics, rendering the political process (and democratic governments) a sham that simply pacifies an unknowing public. Are we all going through the motions watching a phony show (Matrix anyone?) while the real action is behind the scenes in some hybrid AI networked reality?
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