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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.
Pretty good read, sadly an overly graphic sex scene in an early chapter leaves me unable to wholeheartedly endorse it. The tech behind it is a bit Sci-Fi but only a bit. Read morePublished 1 day ago by John West
Lots of violence. Gory descriptions. Dead man's evil wishes are carried out by his super computer.Published 4 days ago by Wesley H. Higaki
Little deep at times with the techno-speak, but a great book nonetheless! Recommend to anyone to keep you enthralled for hours on end.Published 11 days ago by Crooks
Liked it. Recommend. I hate giving reviews, 13 more words required by the review bullies in order to post this.Published 11 days ago by holly
My first book that portrays hackers with such power in the real world, it was interesting to read. Maybe some parts are a little bit too far fetched, but then again this is fiction... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Pittsburgh Samurai
A must read for any geek, tech, nerd, sci-fi lover. Daniel Suarez blows you mind away and gets your paranoia into hyper mode.Published 15 days ago by Jose L Quinones
Barely able to finish, definitely won't read the sequels. The people giving this four and five stars need to check out Gibson and Stephenson.Published 20 days ago by Cliff Freeman
I loved this book! Well written, exciting and original. The sequel is just as good.Published 23 days ago by HeatherL