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
Normally, I don't write reviews - But after listening to this and Daemon (which you must listen to Daemon first) - I'm convinced, Suarez is a great writer and Gruner is a great reader. This book is good for one that likes fast paced story telling. Even if you don't get allot of the technology (which I do) you will enjoy the story. To tell you how much you will actually WANT to follow the story, I completed this book in about 3 days (normally for a book this size it takes me about a week and a half). A great read, and a good one if you've got a long trip or vacation travel ahead. (NOTE: Daemon and Freedom(TM) are not really safe for children's ears - so headphones are probably a good idea)
I picked up Daemon with this month's credits and as soon as I finished it I knew I wasn't going to be able to wait for until next month's credits to listen to Freedom and bought it immediately. Definitely the right call!
I am a computer geek....
I am a computer gamer...
I am probally the audience this was written for so, no suprise, I liked this story alot.
The character are well defined, you feel for them as they struggle and overcome the odds.
I recommend this to everyone I know as it is a great geek book.
One of those books that leave you wondering how someone can be smart, imaginative, and informed enough to come up with this plot and story.
This is the the part continuation of the book Deamon which was also awesome. It moves quick, is bloody, and it makes you think (more than the first book) about many current issues, our political views, and where we are going.
Great action. Edge of your seat page turner. Loved it. Reader is fab also.
"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons
I was raving about the first book in this series (Daemon)... And the raving shall continue! Jeff Gurner came back and did a great job in the narration once more. There were not as many twists in this one bit that is not to say at all that there were none. I found myself listening to the book downright non-stop! There is nothing I can truly say right now than I dare you not to enjoy this book.... I dare you....
It is a common problem in Science Fiction that sequels are not as good as the first because the ability to suspend disbelief of the main out-of-reality components gets stretched thin by extended scrutiny and elaboration. Freedom suffers this fate a bit due to the use of deus ex machina via battle tech and green tech, and its dance on the border of political style conspiracy theories.(mostly leftwing, but he even nods to the black helicopter wingnuts) Both of these problems were foreseeable in Daemon, and Suarez does make some effort to ameliorate them. However, what he really does to make this a 4 star work is to overlay a gripping plot that will not let you go. I finished this in record time for an audiobook, and enjoyed the book tremendously. So while i still like Daemon better, and did not mind the ending at all, this book is a worthy sequel
I didn't want to stop listening to this book. There are few books where I find myself sitting in my car not wanting to leave and finding reasons to drive somewhere... just to hear the story. Both books were awesome! I can't wait for another one.
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I read the original printing of Daemon when it came out and felt like I was left high and dry waiting for the sequel. Then the book got picked up by a major publisher and my wait got extended even further. I gnashed my teeth at the thought.
When I finally saw that FreedomTM came out and was on audiobook, I was hesitant. I decided that I was just being childish at having to wait and clicked the button. Years of rusty memory of the book was suddenly cleaned off by the first few lines of the book and I was definitely happy that I was on a long drive. Not only does this book finish off the best piece of hacker fiction that I have ever read, but it also made me feel good in the end. This book gives hope for mankind in a way that I never expected when I finished the first book of the sequence.
I look forward to more work from Daniel Suarez.
I was afraid that the sequel might not hold up to the strong beginning, but instead, it was even more satisfying.
Should be read by all concerned with the potent threats to democracy that the misuse of technology can create.
To those who go on in this book, the question posed by Matthew Sobel at the end is thrilling.
Daniel Suarez is to be congratulated on his thought-provoking classic.
The Audible rendition is wonderful. The readers are great and the special sound effects augment the text well.
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