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)
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.
I zipped through this book in a little over a week. From the first chapter I was hooked. I had to listen to it everywhere I went - catching a moment here and there just to find out what happens next. It just doesn't let up. Someone commented on a weak finish. All I have to say about that is the ending was pure adrenalin. All the characters were very genuine - the heroes are flawed and even the villains have admirable traits. About 3/4 through the book you begin to wonder which cause is truly righteous. As I read I was amazed at how the abstract world (dimensions) can have a drastic effect on the physical world through the daemon's utilization of technology. The shocking part is that these technologies exist today and are constantly monitoring our digital activity. This book is highly entertaining and though provoking - I can't wait to read Freedom.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites with some Romance thrown in for fun.
It took me several tries to actually listen to more than a couple of chapters of Daemon, but I finally didn't have anything else exciting to read so decided to stick it out. GLAD I DID.
I starts out like a purely detective/murder novel but grows to include more cyberspace and the world seen from both sides, the virus/parasite and the humans (those trying to battle it & those protecting & enabling it).
There are some great scenes of individual characters showing extreme courage in the face of insurmountable odds while battling not only the other side (virus or human) but some of their own.
The book includes lots of excitement, action, tech, gaming, cop, mystery, greed, altruism, and relationships.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It captivated me right from the start. It is a fast-pace, thrilling story with very complex characters. I can't wait to read the sequel: Freedom.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
This book & 'Freedom' are two of the better books I've read in a long time that has nothing to do with historical fiction, medieval family honor, space battles, & alien/zombie attacks. This book with its follow-up 'Freedom' & 'Killing Decision' - which is a different book & characters but a great concept, I would compare it to a much better literary version of anything by Michael Crichton. Crichton wrote a book that touched on a similar subject in 'Killing Decision' but I have yet read an thriller author better than Suarez in quite some time.
In Daemon u see how the whole process starts & how maybe living like nomads in the deserts with no technology might be cool... JUST KIDDING!!! Ugh! I couldn't imagine trying to keep our tech level the same as it was when the saints or gospels were still walking the earth... seriously... anyways, the main character, Matt Sobol who was a computer game designer dies, but because he is a complete wizard with anything techno based he weaves his will into a complex 'game' that puts the way the world is run into question... without spoiling the book its almost like he puts the ability into those smart enough to figure out what he is doing to essentially hit Control-ALT-Delete buttons on the earth.
I highly recommend this book & if u get this book just go ahead & buy the next in the series as well because u can't have one without the other. Suarez poses interesting questions to everyone reading the book, 'what would I do if I had to make this decision or had this type of ability?' The way it builds up steam also shows u how scary it is to have too much technology controlling everything we do, especially something as simple as banking or transportation or the DMV... well actually the DMV is still in the stone ages lol...The narrator who I have not heard much of, or at least haven't recognized his voice does an excellent job with both books as well.... but BUY THIS BOOK.... U WON"T BE DISAPPOINTED!!
The story is unique and not predictable. I also really enjoyed the production - high praise for the computer voice.
For the me, the audible version brings a much more vivid image of the story. The production value on this was very good.
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