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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.
Daniel Suarez writes technology thrillers from the vantage of a technologist.. if you're a geek, this will tickle your mind in wicked ways. It almost seems plausible... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Jimmy James
Easy to read Techno Thriller that will keep you involved till the end. If you are part of the IT infrastructure you will easily keep up. If not your head may explode! Read morePublished 3 days ago by Roger Mayerson
Daemon is an action-oriented techno-thriller that starts very well but degrades in quality later. To his credit, the author spins a decent story and gets lots of technical details... Read morePublished 8 days ago by David E. Warren
really good book that kept me engaged. Excited to start the 2nd one.Published 10 days ago by Shishir Patel
Much too dark. OK, we get the point, people-companies-intitutions can be taken over. For me though, two things annoy me: the depiction of unrelenting evil and since I am not a... Read morePublished 13 days ago by Andre Makovsky
It was okay but I don't think k I need to read the next book. It seemed like there were to many unpredictable surprises. Read morePublished 20 days ago by John P. Hoven
Unique plot kept me from guessing where the book was going. Couple of sections slowed things down but then it would pick right back up. Looking forward to the next book.Published 24 days ago by Tracy Murray