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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.
I am currently reading Freedom, the sequel. I try contemporary novels if there seems to be a buzz swirling around the premise and this one caught my eye immediately. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Steve
I couldn't put the book down the 1st time I read it and same for this time again. It's fascinating how the tech is really out in current times...Published 7 days ago by Radcliffe Flores
Incredibly riveting! Really difficult to put down. Great presentation of clashing world views, i.e. A new decentralized society versus the current corporate dominated society. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Michael J McMahon
Great book! Give it a couple of chapters and you'll be hooked. I already purchased the second book before I had even finished this one!Published 20 days ago by Harlow
I am a Hard Sci-Fi fan and I was thoroughly entertained by this enjoyable book. Just suspend your sense of believe-ability, and sit back and enjoy. Read morePublished 23 days ago by A-1
Suarez is a master story teller and writer. Action? Yes. Moral dilemmas? Check. New concepts? Many. Tension? Grows from start to finish and totally immersive. Read morePublished 23 days ago by T. Kirkpatrick
Great mix of technology and action. Very interesting to see some of the tech/user experiences shown in the novel becoming a reality today (e.g. Augmented / Virtual reality). Read morePublished 24 days ago by Joanna Lewis