No that title isn't an exaggeration. If you're content in knowing the information provided in the title and would like to skip the praise I'm about to..Show More » bestow and just buy the book.
So, another book about computers taking over the world. Ho hum, blah blah, yes? Actually no. While I was reading Daemon the thought that this could really happen kept going through my head. Without giving away some of the plot points, I'll just say this. Read some of the recent news about the Storm botnet. Think about peoples addictions to WoW. Then read the book. Then think about those subjects again.
A few words to the techies: SQL injection attack, botnet, and rootkit. All those words/phrases can be found in this book. No no, my friends, this is not the book equivalent of Hackers (you know where code magically floats across the screen and other cheap tricks), this is a book written by a systems consultant (read: normally the guy that gets called in with the regular schmoes can't figure things out) for Fortune 100 companies. To use a common cliche, he "gets it." Actually he gets it, gets into its inner workings, and turns it inside out. Vague, I know, but I'm trying very hard not to spoil the fun of this book.
There is no reason for you not to read Daemon, no matter your level of technical understanding. Everyone from the CEO who has only the vaguest understanding of his IT infrastructure to the mail room guy who goes home to play WoW for 8 hours to the advertising exec who only knows how to check his email. Check it out from the library, buy it online, or borrow it, just find a way to read it. Read some sample chapters of Daemon if you need more convincing.
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 ..Show More »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)