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)
This book uses current technology, events and situations to deliver a vision of what could very easily happen. The naration is top knotch, the producers picked just the right people. Best book I've read in the past 6 months and I'm already started the sequel.
I do want to address something a previous reviewer said, regarding rape. Yes, there is a scene of the rape of a 17 year old girl. However, this scene is used to build the character of the one behind it. If every book with mentions of rape were to be given such negative reviews, there would definitely be a lot less material out there. It does not in any detract from the story.
Computer programmer in the Bay Area of California.
Best audiobook I've heard to date, with fantastic narration and gripping story. The technical details were right on and plausible. Occasionally the story slipped into cliche but overall a very enjoyable experience and left me wanting more. Fortunately there's a sequel!
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This was truly a great listen. I read other reviews and almost missed this and the Freedom sequel. I am not a gamer but love the world created here and can not wait for more. This is true Sifi with a realworld feel. 5 stars and more.
I picked up the book after hearing about it on TWIT. I don't often write reviews but this book was really good, modern and plausible as hell. When i finished Daemon i wanted more. Now seeing there is a sequel made my day.
Who do you chose? An artificial intelligence with no emotional drive, or the selfish Govt already in place. This book is awesome. You start off thinking how evil this Daemon is, and then about halfway through you start to understand the Daemon's point of view. By the end, I could see myself accepting the Daemon's offer. Great book.
Remember Hari Seldon from Foundation? Remember Colossus from The Forbin Project? You'll find echoes of them both in this two volume (Daemon & Freedom(TM)) narrative. Fascinating and riveting account of a possible new digital world.
I have to say that Jeff Gurner's reading is amazing! The range of dramatic voices and vocal effects really drew me into the characters. It was almost radio-play like.
OldDogEyes in CO
Right down my alley... got me thinking about this whole cloud computing movement that we are in today... Great first book Daniel!
I live and work with IT. This book is intriguing and fascinating. From a technical stand point this is a very well written and research book. The technical aspects are very correct in the book with few if any factual errors how things works. I read many books based on technology that have had numerous flaws because of lack of knowledge or understand about the networking and computer technology how it works. But this is not the case with this book. There are of course some aspects that might not be plausible today but they are not far off what could be achieved so as a tech specialist this was fun read. I loved this book the story is intense and it was hard for me to put down this book. Narration is very good (at times reading slightly to fast) with great sound effects. I would recommend this book highly. Already downloading the next book and hope to see more from this author.
Huge fan of snow crash and the traveler and other, but this book reminds me of the original star trek.....futuristic subject matter but like Aesop's fables the map can be overlaid today with real insight. Cannot wait for the sequel...and yes a HUGE disappointment when it ended.......BUT I WILL WAIT.....hey Audible where is his first book.....if as good as this one lets get it here.
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