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)
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.
It might be because I grew up on a computer and spent many years both as a gamer and professional hacker, but I really enjoyed this book. I was so excited to see how it ended that I bought Freedom TM before I finished so I could just keep going.
This is a well written and engaging thriller a level above Crichton in plot finesse and technical sophistication. The fact that it was published in 2009 makes it downright prescient.
This is only my second review. Now that I know that positive reviewers are asked about similar books, I am going to read other positive reviews to see what other books might be similar.
A great sense of the rhythm and pace of the story and of the character's speech.
Not, one, no.
The is a roller coaster of a plot with well developed characters and cool technology details.
Just a guy trying to make sense of it all.....
As I am interested in the techno-thriller genre and am always on the look out for new talent, I downloaded/listened to this book. Initially, one aspect that grabbed my attention was that the author either is, or used to be, in my field of work! I've always felt that an imaginative and enterprising person writing creatively could lend more street cred to a novel set in their line of work. Suarez's work is true to the genre, as the form and style are set in a comfortable platform to spin the yarn. Obviously, the man wants to sell books by appealing to a large audience and adhering to the tried and true framework of most mystery thrillers is a good way to do that. But apart from that, he dazzles with his technical acumen. While the technology he uses in the book is all real world stuff, the way in which the technology is being used is where the willing suspension of disbelief comes in. But the cool slickness of how the technology is used and portrayed is very intriguing. I think this book would be entertaining for someone who isn't in the industry, but techies will enjoy The Daemon, as well as the second novel from Suarez, Freedom. He raises some very interesting questions about the possible roles some of this technology will play in the coming years.
Jurassic Park/State of Fear - Michael Crichton: Reason being that both authors portray breakthroughs in technology as being both reason for celebration and great concern, and that we need to always look at how this or any technology will affect our lives both now and in the future.
Masterful reading by a true professional! His performance only served to enhance the story and didn't detract from it. This is ideal when listening to audio books.
Technology now has a mind of its own.... 8-)
I really enjoyed the production and sounds in between the chapters, as well as the changes in voice quality to emulate speakers! Very creative and well done!
i bought this book due to the great reviews and honestly i was enjoying the beginning until i realized what the goal was - the world be ran by a dead man...seriously? give me a break. Really hard to believe - I hope!
Jeff Gurner did a great performance but the story itself is a bit much for my taste.
First this isn't a "complete" book. It's like someone took a book and ripped it in half around the middle to sell as 2 books, the second book being Freedom(tm). There's no resolutions to any of the story lines the book just stops and you have to read book 2.
That being said, I originally gave this book 4 stars. It's a nice fast-paced action thriller that's hard to put down. A lot of the reviewers here talk about how technically accurate it is. That isn't true, it's every bit as bad as 1980's hacker movies, but since it's a thriller and not a computer book, that really doesn't hurt it much, it was just a disappointment after reading the reviews here and expecting something else.
The reason I say to avoid it is book 2. Book 2 is a horrible political rant with no real story and 1 dimensional characters that just try to prove the author's ranting. Even though Daemon is a good listen, since it's half a book you're stuck with part 2 which is total crap..
Eerie reality or fiction
Life after death has a new interpretation.
Multi-voices for main characters and great intonation and pace
Liked all the "moments"
We may already be living with the Daemon.....
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