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
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.
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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........
I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.
The use of current technology to launch into visionary tech possibilities.
The use of current technology to launch into visionary tech possibilities.
John Ross and Laney Price
Visions of the small communities that embraced the Daemon and were uplifted by communal participation
I wish some of this were possible as I think it's too easy to feel helpless in our current capitalistic-run state.
Didn't have a particular favorite.
SHOCKINGLY SCARY to realize this is happening in real life!
THANK YOU DANIEL SUAREZ!!!
Yes, it's a very exciting read and keeps you on your toes with excitement and anticipation.
The parallels drawn to our modern society. Even though it's all fiction, there's enough there for the reader to see how possible it may be for such a thing to happen, maybe not to such a degree but close enough to get you thinking.
Each character had his/her own voice done perfectly, and Jeff was able to switch between them very well. Made it seem like a whole cast was involved.
Some of the events that happened on the Fosin farm and the subsequent city were pretty powerful. Kept me on my toes for a while.
Excellent follow up to the first book, and a perfect ending to an amazing story. Definitely recommend.
No, I read the book before the Audible version arrived. The Audible versions lack dictionary, work look-up, etc.however when you have a great reader their inflections can add a lot to the stories. For some reason I find myself laughing out load at times when listening to books but rarely when reading.
Yes. Between Daemon and Freedom I really began to like some of the characters. Hard to say without a spoiler.
So far this is my favorite but Jeff does read for over 30 other titles including some Star Wars books and some Mark Sullivan thrillers.
Remember, if you're not playing the game, it's playing you...
Favorite line: "Hi. If you're watching this video, it means you've just tried to...." Read or listen to the story and I think you'll agree..
It is easy to recognize this dystopia...not so different from the present. The quandary is what to do about it, This book brings you into a world where small community based groups have a plan, can make things happen...and they do not end up in some duel to the death. The beauty of this book is that it is not heavy handed. It feels real in its descriptions of the problems and inspires you to be one of the group that can see their way clear of the horror created by the powers that be. The trilogy is terrific and all should be read.
yes. I did not want to put it down but did not want for it to end, either.
it made me hopeful. It made me want to engage in the world and join with others to take the world back.
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