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
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.
Just a very different type of story, definitely 21st century story. I think you have to be into or appreciate the technology of today to enjoy it.
Loved the ending.
He was a good narrator. Sometimes many of the characters sounded the same, especially the angry ones
No not really. It was good but not on the edge of my seat type of listen. Very solid read though
I did not like it as much as the first one but it was still a good sequel. I think there will be more. If you like stories like this with technology, D Space then check it out
I was really excited to get into this book after reading Daemon, but this one just fell flat. I'm not sure if this was a case where the author never expected anything to come of his first book so he really didn't have anything for the second or if he just fell flat. You have to suspend your belief in reality to a point when reading fiction, but this one asks you to just throw reality out of the window. The idea is kinda interesting, but the author never really puts much effort into explaining some of the more fantastic aspects of the story, and I suspect its because he had trouble understanding what he was writing while he was writing it. The narration once again is very solid, its just unfortunate that this book couldn't live up to the first one.
Because of all the five star glowing reviews, I doubt that my not-so-glowing review will make a difference. But I have mixed feelings about this two book series.
On one hand, I enjoyed the cautionary tale of our society completely breaking down as a handful of people try to control the world. On the other hand, I needed to care about characters, who they are and what they feel. I got very little of a character study as much as I got a computer/internet lesson. And for the most part, except for a hastily thrown-in, not-quite romance, all the characters were defined by their computer/internet actions.
And maybe it was just me, but I got very confused as to who was doing what to whom, and who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. I kept trying to figure out the Dark Net or the Daemon people or what.
I did enjoy the Stephen King/Michael Crichton flavor, as well as the cinematic quality like the razorback rider-less motorcycles.
But the ending felt rushed and left some unresolved characters. Maybe another sequel.
Small business owner, avid reader and listener, occasional writer.
To often a concluding book in a series or even chapter in an otherwise excellent story is a let down. NOT SO for Freedom TM. Saurez keeps the blistering pace from the first book, Daemon. The characters are true to themselves, no unexpected epiphanies. No moronic plot twists that pop out of a boil from the author's brain. A very well concluded two part story. A rarity in our spoon fed, sugar coated, politically corrected times.
Must tie this review to Daemon. Taken together this was a superb action thriller with a dash of Ayn Rand social commentary thrown in.
Eye of the Needle is the only thing that comes to mind. Raw, sweeping and unrelenting.
When Merrit's avatar appeared.
Engaging Thought Provoking
Yes, the good guys were winning and then the bad guys were winning and then the bad guys became the good guys....
Enjoyable to listen too. Very talented narrator
A Traveling Listener
I read this and the first book of the series. When I began reading the first book I was not too sure that I would enjoy listening. It began slowly. The longer I listened the more involved I became. Then the first book ended and it was like going into withdrawal. I had to buy Freedom immediately to listen to the conclusion. The characters were interesting but the story was haunting. Read the first book first then read this. You will enjoy it if you have any kind of secret techy or geek inside of you.
I would compare it to a modern "1984." We do not stop to think about the freedoms we are losing in the name of facebook.
Never listened to Jeff prior to this series - I will look for him. He does a good job of differentiating characters.
This is not the future - this is happening now.
I really bought into the possibility of this story. Not a positive take on what we currently call progress.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
If you’re not playing the game. The game is playing you.
A fitting ending the Daemon story. This is in truth a horror novel. Unlike the undead zombies or immortal vampires and urban wizards that are so popular in horror fiction today, this story is horrific because it has the legitimacy of plausibility. Having lived through the dawn of the internet and witnessing its pervasive influence of the lives of people, it is not much of a leap to imagine just such a scenario that this novel puts forth becoming a reality; that makes this very frightening. Thankfully Suarez gifts us with a rousing thriller along with dishing out a look at the future of cyber-terror.
Lest it seem that this book is depressing let me impress upon you that the threat of cyber-terror is countered with the potential of cyber-altruism. It only takes a short search to discover the vast effort people today put into offering their opinion and knowledge in uncompensated internet postings and web-sites. I, for one, am not as optimistic as some of the characters in this book. I see the not only the people posting free information on the internet, I also see the spammers, mal-ware coders, and virus crackers that infest cyber-space as the best indicator of the way this story would play out in reality. If we had a twisted computer genius bent on fundamentally transforming human society like the Matthew Sobel in this book, the ending would not be happy.
As with the previous novel in this series, DAEMON, Jeff Gurner is amazing. He makes this sound like an action movie playing in your head. And like a great movie that you watch over and over, I will be listening to this again. Maybe I’ll wait until my computer crashes from the next virus. It won’t be long.
Here are some related titles in the Cyber-Thriller-SF-Gaming genre you might enjoy:
READY PLAYER ONE by Ernest Cline.
TERMINAL EXPERIMENT by Robert J. Sawyer
SNOWCRASH by Neal Stephenson
I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!
Ok but really just finished because I loved Daemon & wanted to finish. Worth the credit? Your call........
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