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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.
Interestingly, this is my second attempt at posting a review -- the first one was disapproved because it ironically used some sexual jargon that was included in the book and that... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Paul N.
Such an awesome book. If you are looking for a page turner that is extra freaky because it plays on reality, this is for you.Published 4 days ago by Sarah Williams
had a couple of unnecessary gratuitous sex episodes and an odd ending but the bulk of the book was quite entertainingPublished 6 days ago by david
It's an interesting premise, and well written. But the characters are a bit under-developed. I found myself having to go back a few chapters and refresh my memory a few times. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Norman Weitzel
It's a good enough thriller filled with action and mystery. The technological concepts are explained in a good fashion, but some terms important for the development of the story... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Diego
"Fiendishly clever!" "Riveting!" So go the disclaimers for this novel. Being a techno-geek myself, an occasional gamer and somewhat knowledgeable on the topic of IT... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book for an English assignment but quickly got sucked in. It's very interesting and will make you wonder about the direction technology is taking and how much we rely... Read morePublished 21 days ago by Tram Bui