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)
I have to say this has to be the best techno-thriller in book or movie form I've ever had the enjoyment to come across. The willful decision by the author to make the technology used in the story realistic makes the story even better. Any time you can make something wild and crazy and almost "unbelievable" and then make it believable by tieing it to real life, you're just going to draw your audience in even further. For me in particular especially as an IT professional and an avid gamer, this was almost a wet dream. And the beauty of it is, the author doesn't require you to already understand those things to enjoy the story, as it's told in a clear way without alienating the "outsider" to such things.
Jeff Gurner does an amazing job on all of Daniel's books, and of course this one is no different. I love the way he reads, and makes the story better for it instead of being a distraction.
I hope Daniel keeps writing books for many years to come. I've read all he's come out with so far, and he never disappoints. Also, this book would make a KILLER movie...get on it Hollywood!
I love how this could actually happen in our world right now. The writing was top notch and flowed easily.
I'd say for the first hour it wasn't too thrilling but after that, it was non-stop and I hated having to stop listening. The weaves of stories/characters made you feel that at each turn you'd think you'd learn more but found another layer that was believable and intriguing
Pete Seabeck, nailed the gritty cop sound.
A technology thriller that won't let go
Suarez surely knows his way with computer networking and computer games ;-)
It is my first performance by Jeff Gurner, he is one of the best narrators for me
The story appeals to technology geeks as much as sociologists; the pace is extremely fast, there is practically no time to rest. I felt sad every time I needed to push the "pause" button. The audio production is fantastic, giving color and life to many different human as well as electronic characters.
This book presents a novel attack on our civilization.
There are four or five "main" characters, who are always doing something exciting. So the story will move to one of the other characters, leaving you on the edge of your seat.
I thought Jeff was great. He made the different characters easy to recognize. Did an amazing job with the german accent of one minor character. Usually we are dealing with one character, so it is pretty easy to follow what is happening.
Yes...but it is too long for that, which is a good thing.
For me, this was an amazing book that combined computers, murder, thrillers, biology.
Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!
An exciting technology thriller! This book packs so much action and intensity into its pages! I am not too into computers, but this story was easy enough to follow and understand. I believe that once being an online gamer of MMORPGs games really helped me to grasp much of the technical gamer talk. I may have been quite confused at times without this personal background! The story seemed limitless regarding how far technology could be pushed - making this a true thrill to read and enjoy. It was impossible to know what could happen next. The characters were engaging. There were people i loved and rooted for, as well as people i loved to hate. Upon finishing Daemon, i immediately downloaded the sequel "FREEDOM" to follow these characters and their experiences to the end! Don't get me wrong, Daemon is able to stand alone and feels complete in the end, but i didn't want my encounters with these characters to end. The second book gives more insight to some possible unanswered questions and is also well worth a read. Enjoy!
The technical aspect of the book with the engaging story line had me from the beginning. Daniel Suarez had to be in the computer industry because he brought excitement to the world of geeks that's rarely seen. Great book
Most memorable for me was the scene at the mansion in the beginning, realizing that the mastermind might be truly as well as truly brilliant.
Jeff Garner does a great job. It really seems like different characters are speaking. He brings the story to life. I am looking for my books to listen to that he's done.
Bravo to Daniel Suarez and Jeff Garner...I've listened to all three books and I am looking for more.
After picking up this audiobook via hearing about it from different sources, I wasn't sure what to expect, and the book started a little differently than I anticipated but got better and better as it went along. It's an intriguing and, at times, frightening story -- frightening in that Suarez never goes so far outside the realm of plausibility that events in the story couldn't actually happen; some more likely than others, but all POSSIBLE.
My main complaint was really with the audiobook performance. I know a number of people really enjoyed Jeff Gurner's performance, and while I appreciated the way he did different voices (which certainly made following conversations easier), most of them were nothing more than exaggerated stereotypes. Several police officers, including one of the main characters, sounded like your generic disgruntled cop right out of a cheesy mystery movie (and the lead, detective Sebeck, sounded at times just like Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid games... that was a little tough to get over). He added southern accents to several of the characters that made them less believable, his attempts at making his voice airy and higher pitched for the females were laughable, and a number of lines were read with inflections that sounded like someone doing their best bad theater actor impression.
As I said, I appreciated the effort, and the narrator parts were fine, but his voices were subpar. I do plan on reading the sequel, "Freedom," but I'll be actually READING that one rather than listening to it.
As I listened to this I had to keep checking back at the publishing date (2009) as Mr Suarez kept describing technology that is on the forefront today (Google Goggles, Autonomous Vehicles). The story is entertaining and completely believable. I could see this happening right now and that scares the crap out of me. My only issue with this production is that some of the voices (mainly Ross and Gragg) were silly...why Gragg sounds like a dumb teenage hick I will never know. Doesn't instill fear like I think Loki should, but it's not a deal breaker.
Can't wait to start the second installment of this series Freedom.
Fast paced techno-thriller. Fun to listen to. However, the techincal language, acronyms, and concepts most of the time were way above me in understanding. And seemed unrealistic. There was so much ot the language and the concept got in the way of the story for me.
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