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Daemon Paperback – December 1, 2006

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Verdugo Press; 1St Edition edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0978627105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0978627102
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,435,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Phillip Sites on April 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
Daemon incorporates many current and near-future technologies. Zeraus' vision of our use and misuse of technology is both intriguing and disconcerting. The author spins an exciting tale and all the while you're thinking, holy crap, is any of this actually possible? Or worse - maybe it's already here.

I visited the Daemon website and there is a page dedicated to many of the technologies used in this book. In fact, the website has a synthetic voice to guide you. It's hard to appreciate this until you've read Daemon. A female, British-accented speech module known only as 'The Voice' plays an integral role in the novel, and it's not your typical alien-sounding voice either. It's alarmingly realistic.

Here's a list of some relevant technologies used in the book:

MMORPGs (very creative use of Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games)

Voice Recognition/Synthetic Voice Systems

News-reading bots

Acoustical weaponry

Hypersonic Sound

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)

Haptic clothing

Fab Labs

Digital Ink


There's quite a bit more, but it's how the author rolls it all together to create something new and (at least for me) wholly unexpected that makes Daemon such a fascinating book. Buy it. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Raymond G. Harder on December 15, 2006
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As a computer professional I found the technology in this book believeable --which is it's most compelling feature. Whether one individual with a lot of know-how and money could pull off a scenario like this is debatable, but an entity (Government, corporation, etc.) certainly could which is what makes the moral underpinnings of the tale so important. I wish the author had spent more time on the implications of hitching our wagons to technological hegemonies in general and companies like Microsoft in particular. They aren't inherently evil, but as the book points out, a lack of diversity from an evolutionary standpoint has always been bad.

I loved the book and have bought 7 copies (so far) as gifts, but I rated it 4 stars because I think the author ran out of gas at the end and didn't make as strong of a moral statement as he tried to do. I can't say I am disappointed, but what could have been a classic and a great book seemed to suffer from over aggressive editing at the end and thus ends up as only a very good book which I highly recommend for the nerd. I would be interested to see what a literate non-nerd thinks of it.

The story is strong, but the writing isn't literature. If you liked this book, you'll love "Darwin Among the Machines" by Dyson; "Mind Children" by Hans Moravec might also interest you; and if you can still get your hands on it the classic cautionary morality tale in the computer industry is still "Computer Power and Human Reason: From Judgement to Calculation" by Weizenbaum who asks the basic question: Just because we CAN do it, does it necessarily follow that we MUST or SHOULD do it?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. Gallego on January 11, 2007
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Based on the back-cover blurb, I expected Daemon would be an interesting `high concept' techno-thriller, but this book floored me. Zeraus seems to have thoroughly researched the technology presented and combines it in ways that are exciting and terrifying. This book pulls you in and doesn't let go.

You might think you know where the story is going, but believe me: you don't. This book will surprise you countless times, and it will stay with you long after you finish it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John C. Vanover on January 11, 2007
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I liked this book a lot. The pacing and action were that of a popular novel -- the action scenes were some of the best I've ever read -- but the characters, descriptions and dialogue were much better than those in "airplane reads." The antagonists, both alive and dead, were particularly, fist-clenchingly nasty.

And the technology was spot on! For once an author was able to describe hacks using actual security back doors rather than simply bandying about buzzwords.

I have one quibble with the book, but as it involves a hefty spoiler, I'll spare you. But, yeah, very well done. I'll give it four stars simply because I feel five should be reserved for classics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lorraine Franklin on November 16, 2006
Format: Paperback
Wow! What a read! It's been a long time since a book hooked me so completely that I spent hours, maybe days, in my bathrobe compulsively reading rather than tending to my chores. At times I found myself pacing the floor trying to outwit or predict the Daemon's next move; sleepless, helpless, compelled to read on. When I did go out, Daemon came with me in the hope that I could snatch another page or maybe a chapter while waiting at the doctor's office, the soccer field, or just in a traffic jam.

The Daemon, an international techno-thriller of the highest breed, is NOT just another permutation of the typical thriller. It is fresh and current and compelling! Zeraus masterfully weaves complex cutting-edge gaming, internet security, and weaponry technologies into a believable, evolutionary tale which takes place in a global setting. (Check out the Daemon website for references on real modern-day weaponry and other technologies depicted in the book.)

I was chronically awed by Zeraus' ability to maintain a Terminator-like pace in a real-life scenario. No fairy tale here. Daemon consistently delivers layer upon layer of intelligent, witty, well-designed complexity in both its plot and characters. I never felt disappointed in either. Zeraus convincingly depicts both the light and dark aspects of his characters (Sobol, Gragg, Sebeck, Anderson, etc.), foisting another factor of believability into his story, as well as intrigue and mystery. All I can say is Daemon captured me in the same way it captured its heroes/villains in the book. And like them, I will never be the same. I stand on a precipice awaiting the sequel...
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