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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 started by reading Kill Decision and now I'm back tracking to some of Suarez's earlier books. I thought Daemon was pretty good and I don't normally read fiction. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Matthew Shinker
Got this book from the library and loved it. The story was well written and exciting. I guess it appealed to me also as an engineer. Read morePublished 17 days ago by scifi fan
WOW. Here is a new author of the first rank. It is an astonishing achievement for a first-time author and we must all be grateful that the author, Daniel Suarez had the guts to... Read morePublished 17 days ago by H. J. Spencer PhD, renegade-Physicist
This book has a little but if everything- there were parts of this book that had me holding my breath, yelling in anger, and rejoicing loudly. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
This review is late to the table but a very worthy read for anyone into SF or techno-thrillers.
I hope that somebody has scooped up the rights to this book and is... Read more