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 listened to this story over a period of a couple of weeks of travel. I was really intrigued by how the story started. It was clear that the author has a good grasp (or at least the appearance of a grasp) on computer technology. There was a struggle between the ethic undertone of the story and the sheer overwhelming technology involved. I really tried to suspend my disbelief. I am a tech guy, so I was intrigued. However, the story ended in such a way that I almost got whiplast. it was if the author just said, "OK, I"m tired of writing. Here is a mystical pathway to follow. Adios" Very unsatisfactory "conclusion to a very convoluted story.
Yes...Suarez's two other books.
I actually wrote to the author to thank him for his story!
I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.
This was entertaining and engrossing. Maybe an 8 out of 10.
Sobel, he was the brains of the operation.
I appreciate the descriptions of how the technology works to carry out Sobel's plans.
The reader could go a bit slower, especially since the content requires so much thinking and imagining. I also found the technology aspects much more believable than the human participation. But... I'd actually enjoy seeing this as a movie.
Can't say - haven't read print version.
The way the plot unfolded. Lots of twists in ways I never expected, and I did try to anticipate some of them and failed. The author is very creative and knows how to appeal to the techlust generation.
His narration helped to give each character a greater personality through their dialect and spoken attitude.
I wouldn't say extreme, but it did get me motivated to accept such a world changing event as a global darknet. I was rooting for it and excited to see it succeed. AI is pretty nifty.
Loved this book, and the next one is even better. This first book is slightly more unrealistic than the second, but not to the point where it'll turn you away. It's written by an author that has a pretty good understanding of technology, and appeals to techies.
What a great book. Refreshing point of view. The way the story is written, you can see everything unfolding in the real world.
As soon as I finished this book, I bought the sequel!
You will too.
This is my favorite audible book so far. It took me a while to listen to it. It started off with a nice pace, but at times it got a little overly done with the details. I'm all for details when describing things in books, but there were quite a few times when I found myself muttering "yeah, yeah... I got it already" while listening to this book. That made it sort of hard to listen to at times. However, once the story got back on its way, I was happy again.
The buildup of characters is fantastic. I lost a few names while carrying on through the book because there are a few characters going on throughout the book, so sometimes when a name was brought up, I found myself saying "Who is he? Is he new? Did they mention him at some point already?" This is probably more my fault than anything, since I can only keep a stack of 3-4 characters in my head at any given time.
I was slightly displeased with the ending, I never got a clear understanding of what Sobol's intentions were, but I'm hoping it leaves room for a sequel. Overall, I'm very pleased with the book. I will certainly give it another listen in the near future and maybe pick up more characters and not forget them as easily as the book goes on.
Fast paced thriller, man pitting wits against technology makes for a really good listen! At times in this novel you find yourself unsure whether what the heroes are experiencing is real or just computerized visions. Well worth a read.
Aires male -- often butts head against reality
You don't really notice the fact that there are almost no women, and for anyone who cares, a few less-than-positive references to gays. The story-telling is so powerful and the wordimagery so accessible to the imagination that I wanted more immediately. The ending, which I won't spoil, does hint at a sequel. I hope there is one. This book is everything sci-fi can and should be: a speculation on the future of the human species that engages us and leaves us thinking rather than just entertained.
So I have to come clean, I am writing this review after listening to this book and the sequel. This book was good and although it had a few moments of self serving political opinion, it was tolerable. I found this book to be really good. The story was believeable, the characters were good and the suspense worked for me. Overall, a great cautionary tale about the dangers of technology in the wrong hands.
The audio performance was awesome. Better than anything else I have listened to. I loved reading the book too, but this was nice to hear the story during my daily commute.
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