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 least helpful reviewer on audible.
While this wasn't a perfect book it was extremely entertaining. It took only a little while to get used to the tempo and narrative. I enjoyed it so much that I immediately started listening to the sequel.
I could say more, but it's not necessary. Just do your ears a favor and listen to this audio book.
Without giving away anything, I do want to say that my favorite character was introduced in the very last chapter. You'll know him when you meet him.
The descriptions of the technology involved are solid, if somewhat simplistic, but at times it feels forced. The drama and thriller aspects are a bit thin. The beureaucrats, politicians and law enforcement feel like paper characters at times. Suarez does not, however, become too cliche and the story does feel like it has some life to it. I would have preferred a "slightly" more possible scope for the daemon, or perhaps more expansive explanation of the "how" this gigantic intelligence was created, but overall the book was above average.
if you work in information technology, you may find this akin to some of the absurdities that Hollywood produces regarding technology. However, everything described in the book is technically possible and makes for a great story.
Started off a little shaky for me but the reader has great technique with character switching. Really enjoyed the story and im looking forward to seeing what else the author has to offer
Great execution. Enthralling and the reader was very good as well.
Good introduction to this unfamiliar to me writer. Twists and turns I was not expecting.
A great listen! A bit of a lull just before the middle, but I'm so happy I went back to finish it. The ideas and technology are straight from the tech news headlines and put together in a creative and believable way.
This was an interesting read. The ideas expressed kept me intrigued. I'm not sure where it is going but feel like it is a great start to a series. My only problems with it are: 1) there are a lot of characters to keep with and 2) there doesn't seem to be a clear protagonist or villian. I guess this could be classified as man versus machine story, but instead of one man, it is many and the machine is made up of humans as well. Going to try the next book and see if it lives up to expectations!
Yup, already to #2
Yes, it was something new, with a twist
They were all believably different
"It's not just a game....anymore"
I was totallly into it. I can see why some people might have a hard time following it if you've never played any online games, or PC video games. I was as immersed in the story as some of the characters were in their games. Great thing is, it was a totally plausible.
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