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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.
Daemon is an excellent techno thriller. Writer has carved out an excellent story where characters keep on changing shades. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Animesh Gupta
Such a great story, twists and turns on every page! It covered all the basis from human behavior to technology to government to what could possibly happen if someone was smart... Read morePublished 4 days ago by John J. Knight
Blasted right throught this one in a day or two, I enjoyed it that much. Can't wait to read the next one.Published 6 days ago by James Stanton
You really need to stop reading this review and go read the damn book. Now. You can thank me later.Published 10 days ago by Michael J. Ahearn
Like some of my other favorites, Daniel Suarez's novel "Daemon" shouldn't really be categorized as science fiction. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Michael Glaviano
What an amazing book. The use of emerging technologies was fantastic. Read the three other books he wrote back to back following this. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Shannon L. Gray
This book is full of awesome and creative cyber-warfare. The author also does and excellent job of presenting the story from both sides. The characters are interesting and unique. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Drew
A book a tech guy can appreciate. The action and suspense is so unpredictable, a most welcome quality. Read morePublished 19 days ago by John Sena