Here is the propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times best seller Daemon.
In one of the most buzzed-about debuts of 2009, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of a new world order, controlled by the Daemon, an insidious computer program unleashed by a hi-tech wunderkind, Daemon captured the attention of the tech community, became a New York Times and Indie best seller, and left readers hungry for more. Well, more is here, and it's even more gripping than its predecessor.
In the opening chapters of Freedom, the Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful - though reluctant - operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.
In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.
©2010 Penguin; ©2010 Daniel Suarez
No, I read the book before the Audible version arrived. The Audible versions lack dictionary, work look-up, etc.however when you have a great reader their inflections can add a lot to the stories. For some reason I find myself laughing out load at times when listening to books but rarely when reading.
Yes. Between Daemon and Freedom I really began to like some of the characters. Hard to say without a spoiler.
So far this is my favorite but Jeff does read for over 30 other titles including some Star Wars books and some Mark Sullivan thrillers.
Remember, if you're not playing the game, it's playing you...
Favorite line: "Hi. If you're watching this video, it means you've just tried to...." Read or listen to the story and I think you'll agree..
It is easy to recognize this dystopia...not so different from the present. The quandary is what to do about it, This book brings you into a world where small community based groups have a plan, can make things happen...and they do not end up in some duel to the death. The beauty of this book is that it is not heavy handed. It feels real in its descriptions of the problems and inspires you to be one of the group that can see their way clear of the horror created by the powers that be. The trilogy is terrific and all should be read.
yes. I did not want to put it down but did not want for it to end, either.
it made me hopeful. It made me want to engage in the world and join with others to take the world back.
Suarez has solidified himself as one of my favorite authors. In this sequel to the Daemon the same characters are back but have been transformed by the Daemon. Sebeck, Ross, Merrit, Phillips - are characters you come to attain deep admiration and respect for the more you read. He takes the antagonist in book one and flips it on its head so you see things from an alternate perspective and shows how even our thoughts and beliefs about systems and technologies evolve. His references to technology are very well utilized and add many suprises to the work. If you ever wondered how life would be like with augmented reality Suarez does a good job describing it. This book has great ideas and inspires great ideas. It's defenitley on my top 5 books ever read along with the Daemon.
Sci-Fi, Fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers with sarcasm are my favorites.
Freedom by Daniel Suarez narrated by Jeff Gurner is the perfect end of the the Daemon story. It has everything excitement, action, tech, gaming, detectives, mystery, greed, love, altruism, horror, honor, and humanity.
Human, being totally stubborn & set in their ways, definitely need a push to evolve. Sadly it will probably take a sever crisis for this to occur, Daemon/Forbin Project type event (computer), a world war, being attacked by aliens, environmental disaster, or other crisis. BUT... humans can surprise you so maybe just a growing awareness of the environment and tolerance might be the key.
Well worth the credits.
It's a great sequel to Daemon which peaked the curiosity to the max. As with any great first book the credit goes to the original so Daemon is the better book by any means but its incomplete and you have to listen to Freedon to get to the end and its a fun ride too.
This book is the conclusion to Daniel Suarez's Daemon. He really delivers with this book, bringing the story to a resounding conclusion. While fictional, this story spins a tale about the fast paced development of technology, the rise of the corporation and the decline of the nation-state and its potential outcome which feels very realistic. Matthew Sobel, a dead technological genius, initiated the events that have unfolded through the course of Suarez's two books. While he's the original bad guy, in Freedom it becomes apparent that he's not the only one and in fact, he may not have been a bad guy at all.
Suarez expertly weaves multiple threads of the story together, keeping you on the edge of your seat, and bringing it all together in the end. The main narrator does a great job with both books. I like that they have female voice for the "news" statements.
Having read the first book I decided to plunge into the second one immediately. I’m glad I did because I wasn't disappointed. I also don’t have to try to remember all the events from the first book that led to the second book. The storyline picks up right where it left off. We continue to see the government blind and not seeing what the special interest groups are doing. We corporations doing all they can to remain in power. We see sheep-people being let by special interest and corporations to their new ‘enslavement.’ This book really continues to pull the covers off what most people don’t even want to consider possible. This moves from a tech angle to relating to what is really happening around the world. It is sad that if you combine this book with ‘Aftershocks (2nd edition)’ you get a clear pictures. How did two authors reach the same conclusion? Wait! It’s more than two. Read the book and watch the news to see the parallels. Remember: “If you’re not playing the game, then the game is playing you!”
As with Daemon, the choice of Jeff Gurner to narrate this book is perfect, and the production value is wonderful. That and once again the technology used in this story is so believable because it's all real and possible today!
When listening to Jeff read this book, I can see the characters just as surely as I was watching them in a movie (which needs to happen by the way...come on hollywood!!). Jeff is a talented actor and really brings this story to life much much better than my own imagination could when reading to myself.
There were many things in this story that I long to happen in real life. How amazing would it be to be able to build a fully functional world wide darknet that exists within but totally independent of surrounding society? How Utopian would it be to have communities working towards the common good using clean energy and building fully functional independent "holen's"? In so may ways on so many levels, I see in this story the world I would love to live in. Too bad I probably won't see it come to pass in my lifetime.
In replacing our modern way of life and creating a new way of life for people on the darknet, there are natural political tensions that are brought up in this book. The author does a good job not being preachy, but does show that there are many better ways for a society to live and sustain itself other than the corrupted ways we live dictated by money grubbing corporations.
I would definitively recommend this book to anyone, not just my friends. This book is a very well thought out, make you think, story. It creates a world just like ours and plays out what would happen if a new world was presented before us.
Very difficult, with so many people and places, I would have to say the last time Seabeck meets with Sobel. I knew what he would say, but just shows how crazy and ingenious Sobel was.
One of the best performances I have heard. He does an outstanding job and will be looking for more audio books he has read.
I wanted to...but it was just too tough, a long audio book but couldn't wait to get back to it.
This might be my favorite book of all time! I love the premise and the story was wonderfully presented to me.
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