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Daemon is an ambitious novel, which sets out not only to entertain, which it surely does, but also to challenge the reader to consider social issues as broad as the implications of living in a technologically advanced world and whether democracy can survive in such a world.
The storyline portrays one possible world consequent to the development of the technological innovations that we currently live with and the reality that the author, Suarez, imagines will evolve, and it is chilling and tense (on www.thedaemon.com the reader can find evidence that the seemingly incredible advances Suarez proposes could in fact become real). Daemon is filled with multiple scenes involving power displays by the Daemon's allies resulting in complete loss of control by its enemies, violence with new and innovative weaponry, explosions, car crashes, blood, guts, and limbs-cut-off galore.
As far as computer complexity, Daemon will satisfy any computer geek's thirst. I was thankful for Pete Sebeck, the detective in the book whose average-person understanding of computers necessitates an occasional explanation about what is going on. I came away from the novel with a new understanding, respect, and fear of computer capability.
In the end, Suarez invites the reader to enter the "second age of reason," to think about where recent and imminent advances in computer technology are taking us and whether we want to go there. For me, it is this "thinking" aspect of the novel which makes it a particularly fun, satisfying, and significant read.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Five stars are really not enough for a book like this. The plot and character development are not outstanding, but the story idea is so original that it alone is worthy of a Hugo... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Al Singh
This is one awesome book!!! I have read it several times and I like it more each time I read it! This book really makes you think about the future, the government, and the... Read morePublished 6 days ago by CraftyGalYucaipa
My husband said that this book was amazing and was surprised that there were so many from Daniel Suarez. Read morePublished 7 days ago by kimberly
So far, so good. I've gotten really busy with work lately, so I haven't had a chance to finish this. But, what I've read so far has kept me interested.Published 13 days ago by clayton gibson
Great book on what could happen in the near future. This is a must-read for anyone involved in internet technology. I highly recommend this book.Published 16 days ago by Robert E. Ryan
This is hands down the best book I've read in over a decade. Note that the story continues in Freedom(TM). Don't read reviews. If you like near-future speculative fiction (i.e. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Darren
Excellent entertainment! Interesting technology land cultural concepts integrated in a fast paced story. Light reading with a philosophical undertone. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Blue Note
A good read, and I have already bought the sequel, I just thought the story became just too unbelievable - controlling a fleet of killer cars, and jumping from motorbikes to cars. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
I'm typically not much on what I would consider science fiction but this story is a good blend of suspense and not too far out there in the future. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Heather H.