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)
Yeah I agree that this is like a B-movie, but it's still an interesting story. The funny thing is, I tried to read the paperback, but found the writing so terrible that I just couldn't get into it, however, as an audiobook it was much better. The writing's bad, but the story's great. If you're into techy sci fi it's a must listen, just don't try to read it!
I had a hard time getting used to the mechanical style of the narrator at first, but his voice and style soon won me over. I work in tech and was really impressed with the author's research and vision for technologies potential for evil. l don't want to print a spoiler, so all I will say is that I enjoyed the ride, but was left unfulfilled in the end.
This is your classic action movie except that the premise is very realistic, and the moral flexibility of the daemon gets more interesting as the book goes on. I'm a big nerd and was impressed with the accuracy of the technology - surely not all stuff that could be done today, but much of it is a natural extension of what is possible.
I highly recommend reading the sequel as well - arguably better than this one in the way it really makes you question the role of society and technology in society. While this one is mostly just a action packed thriller with some somewhat interesting characters, the next one takes a step back and messes with the roles of good and evil.
This is just what I look for in an audiobook: fun, fast, a bit silly, and great for a commute. The only thing that isn't over-the-top in the book is the technology; Suarez really knows his stuff. He keeps everything as plausible as could be given a nearly unthinkable premise. If you are a fan of someone like William Gibson, but could stand to listen to something that doesn't take itself quite so seriously, you really should give this a chance. The production is really great as well. The actors do a great job, as well as the engineers. But be warned -- if you like this, you HAVE to listen to the sequel. I haven't felt this sense of longing at an ending since the Sopranos.
Daemon is the story of an AI application released upon the death of a programmer. The story maintains a fast moving pace all the way to the finish. The book doesn't pass the Bechdel Test, but trying to discern the program's larger purpose from the many subplots is very engaging.
This techno thriller was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It keeps the action well paced and has few if any slow moments. The author really did his homework on this book and had some very creative ideas that one day could manifest. Be advised that this is book 1 of 2 for this story and that his book "Freedom TM" will be required to finish the story.
I am not a gamer nor do I know much about computers, but I really enjoyed the book a lot. I know that some said it was violent and graphic, and I agree that it was, but for me, those things made it interesting. I do a lot of mundane chores at times, so a book that can have my brain in another world, one that I really can't otherwise imagine, is a gift. I am downloading the sequel as I write this.
Very poor narrator. Female narrator for the computer voice was terrific, however. Can't find her name here, but she deserves some sort of award.
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