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
Only comment: I can't wait for the next one - printed copy comes in July, wondering if audible version will arrive in July too? I'm a techy, so this stuff rocks. Its a great ride!!! Here and there you have to suspend judgement, but to me that's no problem. Like earlier in the series, (warning - minor spoiler alert if you haven't read any of the books!!) Siebeck spends over a year more on death row, treated horribly as well, then later, seems no worse for wear, he just picks up where he left off? On the other hand, the consistent details like well delivered news flash reports with internet hit counts, and the parts about the economics and security institution round tables give a wonderful feeling of "this is really happening". I loved it!!
Really loved the first book (Daemon) - the mix of technology and sociology was fascinating. Based on the other reviews, I couldn't wait to listen to Freedom. Unfortunately, I found Freedom to be a big letdown. Not much in the way of any new technology and the political agenda/point of view was over whelming the story. Just didn't do it for me.
First of all, this is the second book of two in the series. If you haven't read Demon, go back and read that one first. The whole series is fantastic and you really need to get them in order. This book takes off a bit more in terms of sci-fi. The first was just about 100% possible from a computer/tech security standpoint. Since this one is in the future of that one, it is by necessity more speculative. But that doesn't blunt its impact in the least. Without giving too much away, it really turns your perceptions from the first book on their heads. That happens very credibly, the author clearly had a two-book story arc in mind.
The characters are quite compelling, as is the imaginative storyline. The attention to detail is fascinating as well. For example, the scenes describing real life places like Houston from the first book are accurate enough to please a Houstonian like me. The descriptions of southern California and DC also fit well with reality. I do think the author gets a bit politically preachy... very Occupy Wall Street (even though this book proceeded that movement by years). I happen to agree with that political philosophy, but my more conservative leanings weren't offended either.
I still have a hard time adjusting to the reader. I swear this guy must come up with movie stars or pop culture characters as models for every voice (tell me the head detective isn't Batman!). Based on his most natural accents, he is clearly very familiar with California. His voices are almost too distinctive. But in the end, I wouldn't change it. It serves the narrative well, especially with the international scope.
I without question recommend this book for anyone with any interest in technology and action. It handles the geek stuff credibly (In my opinion very rare for Hollywood or mainstream books) but doesn't skimp on the action at all.
Narrations was very good. Disappointed with author.
Listening to Michael Connelly now. The Fifth Witness.
Burn the book. Delete the file.
I saw glimpses of what was to come in Daemon, but forged ahead anyway. I may yet go back and try to finish Freedom, but only because I don't like being a quitter. However, I also don't like being preached to about what a wreck the world is and being blamed for allowing it along the way. All in a thinly veiled story about a computer program gone mad. Its like the modernized antithesis of "Atlas Shrugged". In the interest of full disclosure, I really enjoyed Atlas Shrugged and am very much a conservative. I don't mind saying that because I recognize that not everyone agrees with my views on things. In summary, while a lot of science fiction is preachy, this one went over the top. If you think that the US government and big business are collectively the source of everything that's wrong in your life you will probably enjoy Daniel Suarez' story.
If you like role playing games or technology that involves artificial intelligence you will enjoy this book.
Daemon was one of the most interesting, detailed, engrossing... just near perfect books I've listened to. Freedom (TM) is a worthy follow up but the story somehow was just didn't suck me in the way Daniel Suarez's first book did. Maybe the freshness of how different Daemon was from other books wore off? I can't recommend this book or the first highly enough.
This was a excellent book and I will be listening to it again. Great story line.
After going through Daemon which is the first book I found any opertunity I could to listen to this book.
Jeff Gurner does great with the male voices but they should have brought in a female for some of his female voices.
This a a great book for those sifi geeks and even some of the thriller people out there. The only thing that might turn certain people off is the details of the technology. I'm in I.T. so knew what they wer talking about and loved it but those not into it those parts might bore you.
Wow wow WOW!!
It takes the plausible and projects it on today's events
The end was very interesting, again, especially given today's social/economical/political climate.
This and Daemon have to be one of my top 5 fiction reads ever. Hope they make a movie.
There should have been a warning that this book is for young adults.
Disappointment and irritation.
I could listen to maybe 30 minutes of it.
Jeff Gurner continues his excellent delivery in this well written conclusion to Daemon.
I picked up Daemon and Freedom based on reviews I read here. If it hadn't been for Audible I would never have discovered this amazing story.
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