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
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.
Gripping story, well read by an excellent narrator. I really enjoyed this book, and can't wait for the next one.
I will definitely be buying the next book by Daniel Suarez. I loved this series. Definitely start with the first book, Daemon, because this book builds on it. The overall plot was incredible. It brought in many elements of the "real" world and spun them into the building blocks of a "new" world. Well done! I want more!
I am 66 years old and have over 700 books in my audible library. Daemon was the FIRST book in my entire life I immediately REREAD! I have since reread both books 8 times.....not at all like me, never, ever done this before but the books talk to what is currently broken in our country and what it may take to FIX! What a wake up call. At first I thought some of the things were pure sci fi but after watching a discovery channel program that talked about green lazers to blind opponents and seeing the effect Facebook and Twitter (Darknet in books) have had on public outcry in some countriews, it may not be as big a stretch as once thought. And the moving away from current supply on demand just speaks to the lack of concern our business have for the health of our planet, not to mention the inability to withstand a catastrophy.
BEST BOOKS I HAVE EVER READ......I CHECK MONTHLY FOR ANY MORE FROM THIS AUTHOR!
I have to say, this series goes places I didn't think I would see a modern author's go. In true Sci Fi fashion, Daniel Suarez weaves a compelling tale that serves as a warning for contemporary society. I consider this series the cyber-geek version of Grapes of Wrath (you will probably understand better after reading it). The novels do get a little preachy/explanatory at times, but not enough to lower my score of 5/5 stars.
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