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Freedom (TM) | [Daniel Suarez]

Freedom (TM)

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Patrick 08-06-14
    Patrick 08-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Devolved into leftist, anarchist pipe dream"

    First, I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the story, Daemon, for its savvy technical awareness and seemingly evasiveness as to the direction of the citizen rebellion against the corporatist economic system. A rebellion instigated by a deceased diabolical uber-rich Daemon creator, Sobol.

    Sadly, this second and final installment was a huge disappointment. It pretty much touched every leftist trope for justifying a revolution that kills masses of innocent people in order to upend an evil cabal of corporate and governmental overlords. If I had to pin this down using analogies, I'd say it was a mix of (John Scalzi, etal) METAtropolis (sans the gazillion pigs), a dab of Rousseau's "Theory of Natural Human", Lenin's ideas of justifying a bloody revolution with little regard to innocents, near-sighted anarchists (who seem to be all in vogue today) and a dash of OWS and Greens to give it texture.

    I say "sadly" since, well, "it coulda been a contender".

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 12-15-12
    Jason Thornhill, ON, Canada 12-15-12
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    "No real story"

    This book is a political rant with no real story. The characters are 1-dimensional and constantly act out of character to push forward the author's political agenda. There's no real story just a very weak backdrop where the situations and characters are twisted to "prove" the author's point.

    It basically rages against our society how government and business act together to enslave the working class. Whether or not you agree with the politics or not it's really a horribly written book with no subtlety or entertainment value.

    I suppose some people like it because it's got plenty of scenes of {spammers, evil business leaders, police/military/government, etc, etc, etc} being brutally murdered to the cheers of the geeks.

    If you liked Daemon, you'll still hate this one, it's a different book in a different style.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Connor 09-20-12
    Connor 09-20-12 Member Since 2011

    Enjoy the adventure

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    "Let’s Play Nice"

    Or someone could lose a finger.

    Freedom (TM) is the conclusion to Daemon. The premise is that the creator of popular on-line games has died and this triggers a computer program to carry out his wishes. And the game creator was really ticked off.

    An important theme in both books is that the rich and the powerful manipulate others to get what they want; mo money, mo power and often mo of both. There is a lot of action and plot twists. But, in the end, the baddies get paid back for their evil ways.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Schechter Dublin, CA United States 02-19-10
    R. Schechter Dublin, CA United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story turns sour"

    I bought this novel with great anticipation, having thoroughly enjoyed Daemon. And through the first half, I was not disappointed. However, there is a bizarre plot twist in the second half which can only be explained in terms of the supernatural. This is totally unacceptable for a techno-thriller, and ruined the story beyond repair.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Austin, TX, USA 03-24-13
    Robert Austin, TX, USA 03-24-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Terribly disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea who writes four and five star reviews for this book. The first book was intriguing and engaging. This book is cardboard characters and way too many circumstances of convenience for the author. Worse, it's just the author's soapbox, and whereas the first book raises legitimate questions and ideas this one is paranoia conspiracy-land. It doesn't stand up to any sort of analysis, be it literary, technical, or political.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm currently listening to Gone Girl, but it's dragging on a bit so I may need a break from it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Utter, total disappointment.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Gustine, CA, United States 03-12-13
    William Gustine, CA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Just couldn't get into it"

    I really wanted to like this book but there is too much stuff that made me go 'yeah, right' to make it more then half-way through.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mary 12-13-12
    mary 12-13-12

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "Don't Waste Your Credit!"
    Would you try another book from Daniel Suarez and/or Jeff Gurner?

    Never!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Daniel Suarez again?

    No!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Who knows. The story was so horrible I felt like I was being tortured.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Freedom (TM)?

    I would have thrown the book away and never let it see the light of day.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Daemon and was looking forward to listening to his two other books, even though I thought he indulged in way too much killing and stupid blood and guts stuff that didn't improve the book, at the end in Daemon.

    I've only gotten to chapter 10 in Freedom and I can't take the torture anymore. I don't need a political science lesson under the guise of science fiction. If you're watching the news or reading anything you already know what he tediously lectures the reader on. This book is self-serving and poorly written. There is very little action except for killing and the narrative is mostly one person explaining to another person why this that or the other exists so we can all be good little students and learn how corporations are greedy and robbing the middle class. Actually, what I just wrote is better than the book. Save your credits on the author.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dataman 07-28-12
    Dataman 07-28-12

    But it’s a Kosher frog!

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    "Who Wins the Technology Struggle?"

    Continuing on from Daemon, it looks like we are losing by a wide margin. But don't count out those carbon-based lifeforms! This book is an excellent continuation of the original theme. If you liked the first book you will not be disappointed in this one.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 03-21-11
    Kathy Davis, CA, United States 03-21-11 Member Since 2008

    Newly retired, I am a reading fiend! I like many types of books, both fiction and non-fiction, with the exception of romance and fantasy

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    "Terrible disappointment . . ."

    I was so sure I would love this book after reading Daemon and being totally amazed. I could only get through 2/3 of this book before I came to the realization that life is too short to force myself to listen to a book. Confused plot, underdeveloped characters whom I didn't care a whit for, not even sure which side I was rooting for. . . reading it was pure drudgery .

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Vancouver, WA, United States 02-19-10
    Edward Vancouver, WA, United States 02-19-10 Member Since 2008
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    "pitiful"

    The premise is so broad as to make it impossible to suspend disbelief. The characters are one dimensional and generic.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful
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