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
I am a platinum member who listens to many, many audiobooks. I have never before felt the urge to write a review until after I listened to this series. This series is incredible. I am actually somewhat worried that this book may have ruined science fiction for me as everything else seems boring by comparison. If you do not listen to this series, you will have missed out on a true gem. Start with DAEMON, as you must know the background, but then continue on with this book. You'll be glad that you did.
As an entreprenuer, it is hard for me to shut off my brain! It is also hard for me to sit still! I love audibles! I can exercise, work on "chores" , travel and be entertained! Always looking for a good story!
I kept trying to suspend my disbelief while listening to this book, but the lack of the writer's knowledge of economics was distracting. Very disappointing. Waste of a perfectly good credit.
Both Freedom and Daemon are geek, tech sci-fi that will put you on the edge of your seat and leave you there until the very end.
This book is a continuation from Daemon, picking up then bringing closure to the characters and events of the previous work. Daemon has become one of my favorite books, though the open ending always left me wanting for more... until now.
Suarez is an excellent writer. Granted, some of his political and philosophical views are not particularly subtle, at times nearly overshadowing the rest of the work. Despite this weakness, his characters and plot are extremely well done and engaging. From a story standpoint, this book is excellent, though I doubt it would have nearly the impact on those unfamiliar with its prequel.
Gurner's reading is first rate. His rate, tone, pacing, and pitch are all very good. His voices he uses for different characters works well, and isn't distracting. I am hoping to see more readings from him in the future, as he is on my short list of best narrators I have encountered through Audible.
The two stories together follow several characters, including a police detective, an identity-stealing Russian hacker, an NSA cryptology expert, and various other military and misfit characters. At the back of these characters, driving the story, is a dead genius and his global computer virus he has unleashed. Battle lines are drawn and redrawn as governments and corporations scramble to maintain the status-quo while others, working with the dead genius' virus, seek to create a new society. Not only is who will win in question, but who should win.
Daemon was on of those books that I could not stop listening to, so I was anxious to listen to the second book. It started off as suspenseful and gripping as the first - but after the first couple of course, it seemed like it was dragging on, and the back and forth with the various characters got to be a little confusing. Overall pretty good, but not as a good as Daemon by a long shot.
Step into a pseudo-reality where a dieing man's wish is to wake up the world and provide them the tools to break down 20th century archaic methods and introduce 21st century people-first, ultra-democratic initiatives. Ones that take advantage of digital reality and give everyone the chance to empower themselves. Several characters find themselves waking to this new world and battle to either destroy it or control it.
This book, along with Daemon, were the best I had listened to since the Traveller. Incredible science fiction writing where everything discussed could really happen. I was blown away and tell everyone I know that this is the book to read. Where are more books from this author?!
Fantastic. Just... Fantastic!
I really should listen to it again and daemon the first of the two books. I was just retelling part of the book when recommending it to a friend and how much I enjoyed the story.
I thought it was original, exciting, and the author is obviously interested in technology.
I have listened to Jeff Gurner's telling of Daemon and in both stories I get wrapped up in the story that I forget that it is being read by one person
This book is the sequel to "Daemon", by the same author. Daemon was SO good, that I was hesitant to listen to this book for fear that it would not stand up. I was wrong.
Although a very different style of book, at least for the first half, "Freedom (TM)" picks up where Daemon left off. And very quickly you find yourself sucked back into Suarez's world all over again.
If you haven't listened to Daemon yet, it is an absolute prerequisite. If you've listened to Daemon, you need to listen to Freedom (TM)!
Freedom (TM) is the second book of the fast-paced, exciting and hugely intriguing story about a possible future not too far off. There is a solid and incredibly exciting plot with a rich variety of interesting and unlikely heroes, set against terrifying villains with near unlimited resources. The ideas Suarez proposes are surprisingly original, yet seem not only likely - but almost inevitable. The performance is good in general, but some of the voices Jeff Gurner uses get a little distracting at points. Still - one of the best audio books I've ever listened to!
Daniel Suarez continue to amaze us with his techno story creativity. I love all the references to recent events and news stories that I've followed the last few years, everything from the genetic engineering and destruction of our food supply, to commentary about what freedom really is. Freedom TM is already a classic, close to reality technical thriller about corporatism, human relations, and politics.
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