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)
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Highly recommended! If you like adventure thrillers, you will like this novel. The author wrote with authority about computer systems and gaming, which gave the plot credibility. Of course, now that the author has given the world his idea, can it be long before the gamer/computer establishment tries to implement it? The ending leaves questions: What's next for the female Black genius who was blinded? What's next for Ross? What's next for the Major? What's next for Sebeck? Perhaps the author has a sequel in mind? Hope so!
I am not a complete tech geek nor do I normally read anything that could be considered Sci-Fi. That being said I thought the story was incredible and somewhat plausible. I HIGHLY recommend !!
Maybe if you can skip the gaming part
The win of the machine over the humen
He was OK
Insightful Scary Sobering
It is a stand alone book
made me Angry
It is a must read and afterwards you will want to become a hacker or buy a gun or both for self preservation.
Techie friends would love this, but even non technical friends would find it enjoyable as most of the very technical stuff is explained well.
First off I thoroghly enjoyed this book. That being said, if you are looking for a deep story with timelessness that will be appreciated for generations this is probably not the book for you. If however, like me you are simply looking for a fun fast paced and timely thriller then this book will likely be just the ticket. The character development was just deep enough to draw you into the characters without slowing down the story. The story itself was very unique and clearly though out and planned very well. I love the way the author makes it so easy to believe in this autonomous computer virus that can kill at will! Creative, fast paced, shocking and fun fun fun!
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I liked Loki the best. Sure he was a "bad guy" but sometimes we find ourselves enjoying the bad guys right? I think I like him the most becasuse he acted as the face and body of the virus and was eventually in charge of that wild chase scene!
I usually listen to audiobooks during my daily commute. A select few books will find themselves being listened to as I sit on the couch with the dog. This was one of those books! I kept wondering what was going to happen next and never wanted to stop!
sounds effects and voice acting really surrounds you in this story. well done
the fact that this could really happen with our current technology is so striking. really pulls you in
He does such a great job. I've read the 2nd part of this series and Kill decision. He has done an outstanding job. Now I'm wondering what other books he has read just to get the same level of experience.
Daemon.. its only a matter of time...
This clever story is further strengthened by a superb reader.
An appealing aspect of this book is its talented use of the expositional technique of "incluing". Throughout the story, the technological information we need for effective comprehension is skillfully positioned and presented to smoothly maintain the action and storyline without sudden stops to explain or clarify.
Hang on for a riveting experience.
The degree to which the story was believable now. This could be happening right now and would you realize it was happening...
How much advanced planning had been done and would justice be served...
Roy's entry into the compound but it was one among many favorite scenes
The beginning of the story is pretty complicated and takes some concentration to keep all the pieces together, but don't be thrown off the story is absolutely gripping.
VFX Editor/Assistant Editor/Digital Artist
Suarez continues to be my favorite author in the contemporary tech/SciFi genre. Weaving reality-based tech data, geopolitics, and conjecture into a fast-paced, and extremely engaging narrative.
I read Suarez's books and think that someday, very soon, people will look back at the work and say, "They thought he was writing fiction."
Kill decision, and Freedom (TM)
Heinrich Boerner ... "I do so enjoy my work."
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