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
AWESOME. I loved this book. No one should listen to this book though without first listening to Daemon. There is a lot of action and the story continues to move in an unpredictable direction.
I stated in my review of Daemon that all the technology in the book was "technically" possible in today's world. Freedom-tm however stretched those boundaries a bit far. Most of the tech is theoretically possible, but it was much harder to believe. That said, I do not hold that against the story at all. It is super fun to escape into a realm that however surreal holds some sort of ground in the science of today.
While I am moving on to a different genre next, I have already spent a credit on Suarez's next book Kill Decision. I am very excited about Daniel Suarez and he has already moved onto the list of authors of whom i want to experience all their works!
I was a little nervous at first that this would become one of those series in which you have to get the next book to truly complete the story, but that wasnt the case. While Daemon was a little cliff-hangery, this book had an actual conclusion that gave me that ever elusive satisfied feeling.
A last note on the narrator. I was at first thrown off by the narrator. I thought some of his voices were a little silly. However, over time I appreciated the distinctiveness of the characters. After i got used to them, they really helped me sink into the story!
This book was probably better that the first one. The plot has changed from an evil mad man releasing a malevolent computer virus on the world to it turns out maybe he didn't have evil intent after all. Worth a listen
This sequel seemed to drag to me and was much less enjoyable than Daemon. The characters did not develop and too much was left unexplained. It was a disappointment after the first book.
Daemon and freedom tm were my first techno-thriller reads and I'm hooked! The way Suarez braids the threads of capitalism, fascism, security and liberty into the story both literally and figuratively kept my interest from start to finish. On to his next novel...
First off, major kudos to Jeff Gurner who has a thousand voices, and was absolutely riveting as a narrator. Amazing. Second, what a story. The best parts of Clancy and Crichton, with none of their extra baggage. Highly highly recommended.
It is one of my favorite books I've listen to so far.
There are so many. I like hearing about the Dark net communities and the growth and connectivity of the members.
I never felt like I was being read to. He captures the emotion of the characters and the feel of the story.
Yes it was. I hated having to turn it off.
It was such a great story and made you feel in this world. Just a great book.
I enjoyed with interest the first of the daemon books, but this one was pure garbage. I tried three times to get past the first two hours and finally just gave up. It's the first book I bought from audible that I just could NOT finish no matter how hard I tried. Unless you are a really hard-core sci-fi futurisitic novel fan, this is not the book for you.
The complex plot keeps you on the edge of your seat. Twists are constant and characters re-enter at unexpected times.
The overall concept was interesting to consider, but the love story was a yawner.
He did a great job of pacing the story, contributing to tempo, and helping to visualize the scene.
After reading Daemon, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Freedom. I can only weep as it appears to only be a two book series, the concept behind it is phenomenal.
Daniel Suarez, being a tech consultant before becoming an author, has a keen eye for technical details and everything he mentions is either already a technology or is actively being worked on, which for me, is a rare treat to be treasured.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves technology and cares about our society and where it's headed.
Suarez really takes the concept of a networked 4th dimension to the limit. Really makes you think. Unfortunatley the underliying theme is a liberal manifesto with all the cornerstones of evil power hungry corporations, alternative energy, racism, inept immoral military, social justice, and it goes on. If you listen closely the author excuses his new social order from the scrutinity he imposes on the current. Aside from all that this book ask a key question very cleverly...does the end justifiy the means? It's a shame that the author answers for you with a resounding yes that supports the real root of much evil in the real world...social engineering. When listening keep in mind that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
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