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.
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In Freedom ™, Daniel Suarez continues his fictionalized description of the changes that are occurring in our world due to the Internet. His story extends these changes into the realm of (what is at the moment) sci-fi, but his extension is based on such present day realities as the Dark Web, bit-coin, and dark digital anarcho-marketplaces such as Silk Road. It is present day reality to have Dread Pirate Roberts in our digital midst and lawsuits where the federal government is trying to prove, among other things, that this cyber pirate is the real-world man known as Ross William Ulbricht. This means that the technology used by the characters in Freedom ™ is not too far away. This work is not as engrossing as its prequel, Daemon, but it is still worth your money and time. The work contains more discussion of deep philosophical ideas than the first work. In this work, the author imagines the fulfillment the mad programmer’s vision of creating a new, worldwide Utopia – a sort of Jacques Ellul world created by a very well thought out computer virus. The author’s ideas about society and government are put into the mouths of various characters as they travel through the computer game style adventures that comprise the plot of the work. The conceit is that the dead programmer who put this adventure into motion with his computer virus could create a “dark net” program so perfect that it could not be hacked, at least not for a long, long time – long enough to become embedded throughout the world’s computer systems. In the real world, a computer virus that was discovered to be so fundamentally changing human society would be hacked into very quickly. Another conceit is that the “distributed democracy” envisioned would be any better than the representative democracy we now have. Being asked to vote on hundreds of questions each day does not sound enjoyable to me and I would bet that most would simply decline to be involved. Be that as it may, it is easy to suspend disbelief in this story long enough to enjoy it. I found it hard to put down. The reader is good. After one has finished, reality reasserts itself and one quickly realizes that what happened in these two books could never happen in the real world. I have no doubt someone is going to try it, though. Listen to the first work, Daemon, before this book. Enjoy both!
decidedly different from the first installment. expanding on the themes laid by the first book and taking them to an interesting conclusion. only people in the online gaming community can truly appreciate the situations postulated and the irony of the ending.
I first came across Daniel Suarez after Leo Laporte recommended it during his Native advertising for Audible. To be honest I was wary because of his glowing recommendation ( well he is known for telling whoppers just to sell advertised goods on his podcasts.)
I enjoyed influx then found Daemon and enjoyed that. This continued on perfectly and was engaging with perfect reading by Jeff Gurner.
Looking forward to listening to other novels by Suarez.
I am writing a review primarily because I want to acknowledge the exceptional performance by Jeff Gurner. He uses a range of authentic-sounding accents and other vocal variations to create convincing and consistent differences between characters. Every sentence has the emphasis in the right place and every word seems to be correctly pronounced. And the pace is good. After listening to some subpar performances, this was very refreshing.
The story itself we pretty good. Daemon and Freedom TM are basically one story. The first half (Daemon) has a mostly negative arc -- things seem to get worse and worse -- whereas Freedom is more balanced, which I prefer. These novels have some philosophical depth as they pose questions about the nature of good and evil and raise the question of whether apparently bad actions can be justified by some greater good. This is not exactly an original question but it is well-handled as we see cases where the answer is obviously "no" and others where the answer is probably "yes".
I thought the disillusionment with current system presented in the first book would be solidified in this one, but it turned out to me more optimistic and humanistic that I expected, given the blood and gore and the complete disregard for human life. Maybe it was put it place for the entertainment without which the books would be cerebral and ultimately boring.
These books are wonderful and fantastical they should make them into a mini TV series. A movie would miss all the wonderfully geeky details.
This is a continuation of the story with epic highs. Very well written to keep you wanting more. If you haven't read Deamon go and read it first. You will not be sorry. Tech meets war meet morality. You be the judge. Is the darknet good or bad?????
Jeff Gurner is simply fantastic. I didn't enjoy the story much, but I appreciated the audio book because of the way he was able to bring it to
If you would enjoy listening to an audio version of a Transformer movie. I would recommend picking this up. I thought a weakness of the first book was that there were two many secondary characters. I thought that this book would focus on the characters that I actually care about: John Ross and Natalie, but instead, I was bombarded with more minor characters.
This story followed the first book Daemon so well, it left me smiling at the possibility of something like this could ever be thought up.
Jeff Gurner is one of the most skilled narrators I've ever heard. An amazing job at effectively changing through so many voices.
Roy Merrit, is all I could say.
Daniel Suarez's vision of the near future is as scary as it is plausible (at least as it is written). The political philosophy (normally a huge turn off for me when forced into a narrative) only added to the story and actually had me pausing the book so that I could think through the implications of what the characters were talking about. Forget Crichton, this guys is the new harbinger of soon to be tech. I love this book.
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