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 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.
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.
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