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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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  • Ryan
  • CA, United States
  • 10-01-12

As good as the first installment! 5 stars!

This novel is the second in a two-part series - so no point in wasting time. If you liked the first, then you'll like this as well. Nothing is lost. Daniel Suarez continues to deliver. For more info, refer to my review of 'Daemon', the first book in the complement.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Even better than Daemon

I really enjoyed Daemon and wasn't sure if I would like a sequel as well. Well, I did. In fact I think this book is even better. In Freedom the author fully develops a future that could be. It has a terrible bloody start in Daemon but it is like humanity gets a redo on how we want to live our society. And this is without throwing us back into the stone age as many sci-fi tales do.

I found myself fascinated listening to this book and didn't want to hit the pause button. These are the only books I've heard so far with Jeff Gurner but he is an excellent narrator.

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Outstanding!!

What did you love best about Freedom (TM)?

This story ties in so much of our current technology into scenarios that are not far fetched. it really makes you wonder if this could really happen and what side of the line you would be on.

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Wow

I loved Daemon so much I had to get Freedom. I have recommended this book to my friends and even people I don't know (chatting in the movie line up). I wouldn't have thought I'd have enjoyed it so much as I am a 55+ female who doesn't play video games.

The story was believable, the the twists and turns kept you guessing who was the villain and who could you trust. Fast pace action and the automation described (don't want to give anything away) was fascinating. Great read with a satisfying ending.

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  • Bob
  • lewisville, NC, United States
  • 03-28-10

Not as good as the first, but still engrossing.

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

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Top notch sci-fi page turner!

This along with Daemon is the quintessential sci-fi thriller for the new century!

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  • Mark
  • Reno, NV, United States
  • 01-21-13

Must read first book; worthwhile

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It’s more of a continuation of “Daemon” than a sequel because you can't read it without the first one. Gets a little deeper into its critique of corporate America as average people come together to become self-sufficient with the help of the computer program (virus?) known as the Daemon. Non-stop action again, this time a little less interesting because we already know all of the gadgets in play. Still no character development and never two women speaking to each other despite many opportunities, and only white men in charge of everybody else. Still, the ideas are interesting and the book worthwhile.

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Terrific sequel to Daemon. Outstanding narration.

When I finished Daemon, I was somewhat dissatisfied with the conclusion, as reflected in my review. I subsequently learned that Mr. Suarez could not find a publisher for Daemon, so published it himself, and it became an internet sensation. That is a perfect example of what that book illustrated; the internet has made a fundamental change in culture as well as business, not all of which is positive. I feel that Freedom was even better than Daemon, less repetitive and even more relevant to the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, including the response of the Obama administration. The story moves along quickly toward a satisfying resolution, although the question Sobel posed near the end isn't really one that needs to be answered "yes" or "no." The writing is excellent, although the author seems less comfortable handling romantic situations and conversations than when describing technology or creating action scenes.

The narration is outstanding, and having a woman reading the headlines is a bonus. I felt the length was better matched to the subject matter than in Daemon, which seemed a bit too drawn out. I noticed that, in written form, Freedom was only 50 pages shorter than Daemon, a difference of a bit more than 10%, yet the audible version was more than 4 hours shorter, about 25% less. I didn't investigate why that is; probably the result of a different typesetting in print form.

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full of win

this is one of the best damn scifi books i've ever read. so relevant.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Wow

Extremely well written and narrated. Enjoyable story and very detailed. The pace didn't drag or go too quickly

2 of 2 people found this review helpful