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)
Wow, this book is absolutely amazing and incredibly great. Very entertain and enjoyable. I'm 28. I couldn't stop listening. Riveting. It has a sense of reality and speak truth through fiction. a MUST READ FOR TECHNOLOGY AND POLITICALLY INCLINED. I REALLY LOVED IT. I'm listening to the squeal now.
I'm glad that I went with my geek-sense and bought this audiobook. The reviews are really hard to trust on this one, so my advice is to ignore the reviews (even this one) and go with the premise of the book, which it does deliver. Opinions are hard to trust, but let's look at the facts:
If many of the following words are part of your everyday vocabulary then you will probably love this book: first-person shooter, WEP, WAP, Hacking, SQL injection, VOIP, encryption...etc
This a book written for technology geeks and gamers. If you are neither, then you may not understand half of what is going on in the story, and the genius of the villain.
If you dislike any or all of the following then you may not enjoy the book:
profanity, minor sexuality, blood, technology
There are a few things to clear up in this story:
(1) By definition, there is no gratuitous rape scene. "Rape: any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person." There is sexuality in which people may or may not have been taken advantage of, but the notion of consent is really up in the air. It may be criminal, but it's not violent, and it's only as graphic as your imagination.
(2) The ending doesn't suck: technically nothing gets resolved in the end, but it's meant to be like that for various reasons. If you have seen Ghost in the Shell, or the Lawnmower Man, then you will see similar endings. If you liked those movies then you'll also like Daemon btw.
(3) The characters are good: We don't go that deep into the character development, but you get to see the archetypes clearly and the real development is the understanding of the villain and seeing things from his point of view.
(4) The story is not implausible: If you have understanding of technology and computer processes, then you will not see this as a complete fantasy, but rather a concept that is intriguing because it's built mostly on technology that exists today, but is not yet all accessible.
I'm not a prude, or at least I don't think I am, but the volume of profanity with emphasis on the F word was overwhelming. I understand how injection of some of the more colorful language sprinkled sparangly can give the characters the image the authnor wants us to imagine, but I was continuously distracted by all the language. The plot is interesting, but I find it rather far fetched -- good for a fiction novel. However, how did it end? I'm not really sure. Save your credit or dollars and move on to another. I am a fan of Leo LaPorte, referenced in another review, and disappointed that he recommended it. No stars for me.
I haven't had this much fun reading a fictional book in a very long time.
Daniel Suarez tells an apocalyptic story that when you read it, you'll be convinced that it is entirely plausible for today.
I've recommended this book to several friends and they've all been blown away by it.
Suspend some belief? Sure. Ignore some of the inaccurate techo-jargon? Yup. Overall however, this was a really great and fast paced read. Even though there is quite a bit of techo-jargon, I did not feel it slowed down the book, and the author goes out of his way to make sure it's explained to the non-geek listeners. The overall theme and events give you something to think about as more of our life and personal information end up on the Internet.
This is a must read for any fan of thrillers. Correct in every possible way with technology. Even the concepts that seem far fetched are really just connecting the dots on current technology.
The book starts as a typical murder mystery. The hero seems to be a cop looking for a tech-savvy killer, but soon the author turns the tables on you and you are then rooting for the killer! The narrator is excellent. He has enough change in voice with characters that you can believe that they are different actors (minus females of course).
Finally, when you finish this book and its sequel Freedom (TM). You wonder, not when this will happen, but rather why has it not happened. READ AND FIND OUT!
Yes this is a science fiction book and like most books of this type many things are beyond belief but I do believe most of the things discribed in the book could be acomplished someday and yes the ending is a cliffhanger.
With the above in mind I did found it entertaining and I don't regrete listing to it at all and most of you shouldnn't either.
This novel was terrific in every way. First and foremost, it was a fascinating, creative story about the internet, it's possibilities and capabilities. Second, it was one of the most exciting, riveting fictional stories I've "read" in years. The narration was great and added to the realism of the story. The ending....well, I'll say only that it was sudden.
- As a SciFi / Military reader it is a great book, a little slow through the first chapters, but it's well worth it by the end... Note: It's a cliff hanger ending, so if you can stand that type of ending then buy Freedom(tm) with it...
- As a programmer it one of the better hacker books i have read and of course it's over the top it's SciFi but it's not as annoying as most hacker/programmer books, at least the author get the programmer jargon right so your not constantly popping out of "suspended disbelief". It seems the author might have talked to a real hacker or two, not script kitty or corp security professionals..
- You maker's fair people out there, this is your dream book :)
Daniel Suarez manages to captivate & keep you drenched in his book while also making you think about how dependent we are on today's technology. This book gives listeners the ability to imagine the possibilities that we have created in today's technological world for machines to rule us. Mind blowing this audio book truly keeps the listener tuned in.
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