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Daemon | [Daniel Suarez]

Daemon

Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.
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Publisher's Summary

Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jason Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-07-10
    Jason Toronto, Ontario, Canada 04-07-10 Member Since 2012
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    "A Page Turner"

    It is a must read with a interesting storyline, and surprises, and a good amount of detail on the characters. I found myself, taken driving farther, and running longer, listing to this book. The narration, of the book, is also well done. With unique voices with of all of the characters.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 10-31-09
    hermanous Frederick, MD, United States 10-31-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing Book"

    Really enjoying the concept, the characters, the plot, and the thriller aspect of this, not to mention the underlying humor in the deamon itself.

    a very, very good first-time entry. I look forward to the author's next book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kirby Portsmouth, VA, USA 05-17-09
    Kirby Portsmouth, VA, USA 05-17-09
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    "Cue the sequel"

    Not that it's not an interesting, engrossing novel, but the complete lack of an ending left me with a feeling that I had wasted 15 hours of listening. Clearly the plan is for a series of books and I object to being manipulated this way.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Judy hilo, HI, United States 04-26-09
    Judy hilo, HI, United States 04-26-09 Member Since 2010
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    "Daemon"

    it was a good book until the end. the story was quite believable and i listened attentively to see how it would end. and that's the problem, there was no end, no conclusion, nada.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Livingston, MT, United States 04-08-09
    Bob Livingston, MT, United States 04-08-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Not sure"

    I don't know that I would recomend this one. The narration isn't the best and the story is more than a bit "out there". You have to be very willing to suspend disbelief. Interesting concept, but I don't think I'd suggest it to friends.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Walton, NY, USA 11-07-09
    Ann Walton, NY, USA 11-07-09
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    "Don't Bother"

    I can't for the life of me figure out where all of these five star reviews came from. Boring, ridiculous plot that often veers into the realm of silly.

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ari Goldstein Palo Alto, CA USA 09-27-13
    Ari Goldstein Palo Alto, CA USA 09-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Well crafted modern sci-fi, great story"
    What did you love best about Daemon?

    The book was well thought out. The technology concepts, terms, tools and historical references are all accurate. This speaks well of the author. Additionally, he spent time with digging deep into characters through detailed (not too many details) behavioral patterns, that are true to real world people. Additionally, these people didn't - for the most part - fall out of character. The story reviews and describes technology in detail, not too much, but enough to help the reader 'get' what is important. These technology concepts, IT tools and security concerns are accurate relative to today's information technology world. None of the concepts are using 'far out' literary license where you have to 'go along' with it because it is mostly feasible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not only did the characters stay in character, but the story stayed focused, the style NEVER changed (a common flaw in fiction is for stories to creep in strange directions - maybe when authors seemed to be pressed to complete their works?), the plot build up well paced, and motives of each character are plausible.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favorite?

    Actually all the characters seemed well performed - except for the female voices.

    Jeff did a great job with the different dialects of Southern US people, Eastern US, differing socio-economic classes, and his German accent was fun as well. "I do love my job!"

    I honestly think it is better to have a woman affect the female voices. This is a common complaint from me, since it seems to jerk me out of the story when I hear a man perform a woman's voice. Again, this is not Jeff, but every male performer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The initial scene where they approached the house and started to fight it. I also loved the two characters who were driven to fight hard, stemming from their backgrounds, but almost fearless in their approach.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, and an instant scifi classic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas R Ferguson Toronto, Ontario Canada 12-11-12
    Douglas R Ferguson Toronto, Ontario Canada 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "It will make your mind race"

    This book is highly technical and you have to think carefully about everything that's said. You can believe that something like this could happen. It is a very immersive experience, almost like you are in a giant video game yourself. I liked it so much that I wish it was a trilogy.

    If you like techno stuff, this book will keep you intensely focused. You have to be sharp and you have to do half the work.

    I highly reccomend it.

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    Chris Annandale, NJ, United States 11-08-12
    Chris Annandale, NJ, United States 11-08-12

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    "Audio adds depth to this technically accurate book"

    The audio book rendition of Daemon adds great depth to this already gripping book. The judicious use of subtle production effects and a second narrator make characters and scenarios much more convincing. Even without this, Jeff Gurner's narration is consistent and engaging, though paced slightly quickly.

    Daemon is a surprisingly good first book from new author Daniel Suarez. Its technical accuracy will please critical and knowledgeable listeners. You don't need to suspend much disbelief because all of the technology is realistic. As Daniel has said in interviews, his goal is to write books which are "just on the horizon" of the current time. Will that make this book dated in ten years? James Bond novels are still enjoyable, right?

    Daemon is engulfing, especially in its audio book recording. Recently, a particularly intense chapter had me so engaged that I drove 45 minutes past my highway exit, only noticing my plight when the chapter ended. Thankfully, that just gave me more time in the car to enjoy this great book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory G. van Hartesvelt Northern Michigan 11-07-12
    Gregory G. van Hartesvelt Northern Michigan 11-07-12 Member Since 2012

    Chappy

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    "Fantastic Listen (OMG it's coming to get you next)"

    The captivating aspect of this book is its plausibility. They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. I know just enough about computer architecture and systems that I kept looking for a glitch in the plot where I could say "why don't they just do thus and such," Never did find one. Perhaps if I knew more I would be less worried. Then again, I might be more worried still.

    My only caveat is not to listen to this as you settle into bed expecting to pick it up again the next night if you have to go to work in the morning. The darn thing runs too long to listen to it straight through and get some sleep too. It had me gripped from the begining and almost yelling at the daemon to have some compassion. I find that yelling at books and radio programs to be less effective than I would hope and in the middle of the night to simply upset my wife.

    I'm trying to decide about the follow up books as my sleep system can only adjust so far.

    Read it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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