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)
Working in the tech industry after working for the government this book points out exactly what ‘could’ happen. Look at STUXNET that was designed to attack Iran and has been modified by other ‘governments’ to attack other countries. What stops someone or a group of people from doing the same thing? Everyone applauded the creation of these ‘targeted BOTS’ and then feared what would happen if they were turned against us. Look at the recent news (2013) of people leaving the WiFi on, on their phones and when they connect to an open WiFi points all their data can be stolen or worse. Why isn't all WiFi encrypted by default with no way to not have it encrypted? Why aren't WiFi access points requiring people to change the default admin passwords? Because if we did then when we have to create the next STUXNET we’d have to build it with the ability to get past the encryption. Then what happens when it’s turned back on us? This book makes us take a real hard look at this very real possibility. It also takes a look at why the government doesn't want this. Ever here of Patriot Act? It further goes into why corporations don’t want to do this. It will cost them too much in tech support for forgotten passwords. We've even seen CISCO setup WiFi where you plug it in and they remotely manage it. People said no, and here we are. Can a program with human help attain what the author talks about? Yes. Read the book and understand why this is true.
I LOVED this book. Couldn't stop listening to it - I am a computer and gadget geek and found the story believable and almost kinda scary. Gets a little out of hand towards the end, but for the most part well worth the credit and the read!
It does look like the author is setting the story up for a sequel, so hope thats true :)
Even if you are not a Techie, I think it is still a good read so by the way, he explains things pretty well, although I think it is a richer experience if you are an avid gamer or Techie.
to be honest at 1st I strongly considered returning the book audible within the 1st hour. Wow I'm so glad I stuck with it into a terrific book. At 1st the narrator annoyed me slightly which may have been my problem at 1st. Honestly the narrator grew on me so much so when I finished this book and what I'll call part 2 freedom I downloaded a book narrated by the same narrator just because I enjoyed his performance. The author Daniel did a very good job developing the characters. The good guys, the bad guys. By the end the bad guys, seem like the good guys.
Had to see what happened next
slow for me at 1st but grew on me to the point were I very much enjoyed it
Jeff Gurner does a great job of narrating this book. He seemlessly moves between characters and handles difficult portions of the text with ease.
I think the most memorable event in the book was the seige at Sobel's mansion. Its when you begin to glimpse the full magnitude of what he has set in motion.
I haven't listened to any of his other performances but I will definitely be looking forward to listening to another of his projects.
Yes, I found I couldn't put it down.
This book along with the sequel Freedom is one I highly recommend. I've actually already listened to both of them twice and I expect at some point in the future I will do so again. Mr. Suarez has done an excellent job with this book, the story is great, very original. The minute you start listening to it, it pulls you and you can't put it down.
Suarez did a great job of mixing realty and his fictive sci-fi extensions. His Daemon isn't HAL. It's not a thinking computer. It's fiction firmly grounded in what is possible now and extended from there in a plausible fashion. It made for a very believable and thought provoking narrative that I thoroughly enjoyed.
First thing that pops to mind is the Killer Robot Humvee... that's all I care to spoil for the readers though.
I'd have to say the Daemon's minions Grag/Loki and Mr. Taylor(the convict) would have to be my favorites. They had the most opportunity to interact directly with the demon and their narratives were where we really got a feel for being in a world where the Daemon exists. Plus, I'm a black hat as a rule, so I gravitated to the conventional antagonists.
Yes. I generally listen on my way to and from work. It's about and hour and half each day and I found that I wanted to carry Daemon into the house and listen while I was doing housework and cooking dinner as well. It was a thoroughly engaging text.
If you're looking for a thriller that hits you with big ideas as well as suspense and action, look no further. I'm recommending Suarez to all my friends. Home the second book holds up as well as the first.
The story is well crafted and unfolds at a decent pace. The violence is gruesome and intense. The characters are memorable. The audio performance is excellent with a mechanical sound added when robots are talking. Very immersive listen. The story takes place in a pseudo-present time frame but has some technology that is way ahead of our time. Technology involved is strong augmented reality and artificial intelligence. Video games also play a prominent part in this plot.
There is one issue that I had with it, which is by the time you are 45 min from the end, you will be wondering : "How in the heck will Suarez be able to wrap all of this up in such a short time." The answer is HE DOESN'T! I feel very sorry for the folks who read this book when it first came out because they had to wait years for the resolve of the finale. What I am saying is you will have to buy his other book "Freedom TM" to get resolution.
If you like the themes of this story but want a less graphically violent text and something more humorous and playful, try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.
This book is just an amazing tale about plausible although it can be seen as far fetched for some. I listened to it so many times I almost know it by heart. A great read (listen) experience.
John for his quick thinking
Yes although it's long but very entertaining
Wow, this was the quickest I have ever listened to a 15+ hour story. This was so full of action and had such a pace of action that I could not stop listening to this remarkable story! I normally don't like modern sci fi stories, opting for the futuristic earth/other planet stories for my entertainment and almost didn't listen to this story this weekend. I sucked it up and went ahead and started listening to it. Well, 24 hours later and I am done and about to order Freedom, the sequel! Wonderful read for anyone, even people like me that are not computer geeks or have never played the violent video/computer games this story is based upon.
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