- 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 (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,245,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Daemon Paperback – December 1, 2006
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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
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI)
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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If you are a MMO player, and you surf the internet AND you are a conspiracy nut, this is the perfect book for you. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by charles e heidal
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The story was engrossing from page 1. The tech believable and prophetic (a lot of the tech was only a dream at the time of publication). Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Perry Patterson
Daemon is a novel that gets quite a bit of airtime from me. It is a great story about a writer with the passion not only to craft a great story, but one who is also not afraid to... Read morePublished on May 9, 2011 by Christopher Matney
I was expecting a lot more. But it has a slow start, anemic mid part and degenerates into blow-em up block buster by the end. Loose ends and plot holes are galore. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by M. B
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This book is awesome. Smart read that flows easily. I cannot wait for the followup.Published on February 16, 2009 by G. Cassidy
This book will definitely be made into a movie. Lots of action -- lots of things blowing up -- lots of opportunity for special effects. Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by John H. Hardin