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 was skeptical of this story line when I downloaded it, but it turned out to be a good story. Not terribly realistic, but still a good read. I think the best part was that the plot didn't go where I expected it, and instead took a turn in a different direction.
I really don't understand how this book got such high reviewer ratings. It started off very interesting and I was hopeful. I'm now one hour from the end of the book and I can't wait until it ends so that I can legitimately say "I really didn't like this book." It was as if it were written by a geek trying to be cool, or a cool guy trying to sound like a geek. Lots of descriptive violence interspersed with geek speak. Maybe if I were an 18 year old hacker I would have appreciated it more. Narrator was very good, tho.
A page turner...or ehh...one of those audio books you can't stop listening to. It's a good story with fast paced action and lots of mystery. Perhaps there are some deeper lessons about the partnerships between corporations and governments. It makes some anthropological claims you can agree or disagree with about man's free will. As the story unfolds and the prophetic claims of the Daemon come true, notice your own longing for them to not really be true. That will show you a truer sense of your humanity than what is written. Nietzsche would enjoy this Godless will to power.
Demon and its sequel Freedom TM take Sci-Fi to a whole new level. This story is fast paced and takes twists and turns that you didn't see coming.
If I didn't know better I would have thought this book was written by Scott Sigler.
No. He's a good narrator.
I want more!
The reviews and blurbs led me to expect a Michael Crichton like book, where the author pushes a researched understanding of a serious issue to a gripping and plausible (with a little suspension of disbelief) thriller. The book seemed to keep its promise at the start, but the story degenerates and becomes more bombastic and less plausible with each chapter. It ends with a semi-coherent plot twist suggesting a battle between corporations and a computer system where governments are no longer relevant, plus a long battle scene involving self-repairing killer race robo-motorcycles suitable more for a teenage fantasy than a novel that is supposed to have a kernel of seriousness. It seemed written more to be a high budget B-movie than a thriller for its thought and craft rather than its big explosions. The sudden, irresolute and poorly developed ending cries out, as another reviewer suggested, "$$equel." I started off feeling engaged, but ended feeling manipulated.
Yes - the first time, suspense keeps you racing through to follow the story. In subsequent reads you notice details & subplots and reflect on the implications of Suarez's revelations.
First it is a well-crafted and entertaining story. But it also explains so much and so well the terrifying plunge the One-Percenters (and especially the .01 Plutocrats) are driving our society through. Richard Clarke (former National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism) has been warning of the dangers through 3 presidents' administrations; Billy O'Brien (former Director of Cybersecurity at the White House) has endorsed the legitimacy of Suarez's warnings, woven into a fiction novel.
Thought you were paranoid walking out of the theater after Alien and Mad Max? Just wait and see how scared you are after watching Daemon!
Interesting twist on AI taking over the world. More believable than other AI style books. Really enjoyed the book. Good characters and good narration add to the already interesting story. Would definitely recommend.
I never thought cyber thriller would be enticing but the author did a great job keeping it believable as a possibility.
I'd listen again. Will listen again. it's a good direction for a story. From inside the game; Tron/Duke Nukem' hybrid story with great story telling.
Yes - and I have. There are potions of the storyline that are clever.
Move it along a bit.
He does a nice job in the narration.
Yes - at times I questioned it, but overall I think yes.
Overall, a good book and a very good listen. Thank you Audible!
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