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Daemon [Mass Market Paperback]

Daniel Suarez
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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29 Dec 2009

Matthew Sobol, programming genius, founder of CyberStorm Entertainment, one of the richest and most powerful of Silicon Valley's elite, is dead, but his final creation lives on to execute his last will and testament. At the moment of Sobol's death, computer programmes around the world burst into life, creating an entity known as the Daemon. The Daemon infiltrates our hyper-connected society, gathering secrets, stealing identities. Soon it has the power to change lives as well as the power to take them: those who serve the Daemon are rewarded; those who defy it are eliminated. Recruiting acolytes from the dispossessed and disaffected, the Daemon secures a growing stranglehold on the world's most precious commodity: information. And once you control information itself, how easy would it be to remake the world? It is up to an unlikely alliance - a computer illiterate detective and a white-hat hacker with secrets of his own - to challenge the monster that Sobol unleashed from beyond the grave. But before they can confront the Daemon they must discover what it wants...

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book; Reprint edition (29 Dec 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451228734
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,765,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills and cyber suspense - Publishers Weekly (starred review).

Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period. Suarez presents a fascinating account of autonomous, logic-based terrorism, incorporating current and anticipated technologies to create a credible and quite clever story. Experts have long feared the Internet doomsday scenario; the Daemon is arguably more terrifying - Billy O'Brien, Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House.

Suarez is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson - John Robb, author of Brave New War.

Daemon is the real deal - a scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks - Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist.

Daemon is better than early Tom Clancy … the tech is invoked with inside knowledge; the writing is better; and deeper issues are explored with greater imagination - Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog and cofounder of The Long Now Foundation.

Damon is to novels what The Matrix was to movies. It will be how other novels that rely on technology will be judged - Rick Klau, Strategic Partner Development, Google.

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Computer genius Matthew Sobol is dead, but his final creation lives on. An infernal web of autonomous computer programs, Sobol's Daemon feasts on the lifeblood of our hyper-connected society: information. Gathering secrets and stealing identities, it soon has the power to change lives as well as the power to take them. Those who serve the Daemon are rewarded; those who defy it are eliminated. Recruiting acolytes from the dispossessed and disaffected, the Daemon grows stronger with each passing day. We face a start choice: confront a faceless, formless monster or learn to live in a world in which we are no longer in control.

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forget Dan Brown, read Daemon 15 May 2009
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Not sure what the some of the others reviewers were expecting but I absolutely loved this book - enough to write my first Amazon review.

Suarez takes some of the most interesting modern technologies - mmorpg's, social networks, autonomous software agents, botnets, darknets. etc. - and combines them with the most pressing social problems - the growing gap between rich/poor, 1st world/3d world, l33t/newb, young/old - and extrapolates this into a gripping, all too believable(ish) thriller, probably the only book I've ever read that actually lives up to the title 'technothriller.'

The plot unfolds like a particularly well oiled machine, initial small scale incidents snowballing into a full on climax that Michael Bay would be proud of. The initial chapters read as a tech-savvy police procedural then build through FBI/CIA/NSA involvement and an evil version of Bruce Sterling's network gift economy into full on widescreen computer game madness. It's true that the later parts of the book push believability a bit, but I was so hooked at that point that I really didn't care.

An impressive book, especially for a debut novel. Roll on the sequel...

p.s Although written for a mass audience the tech/hacking sequence are kept pretty accurate but he's not writing for the black/grey/whitehat/script kiddy crowd so if your the kind of person that going to be put off by him mistyping a port number then this isn't for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's good until the end 29 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is good 80% of the way through. The tech aspect of the book is spot on except for the fps gaming section. It's a really good until the last chapter, it feels like you missed a bit and then it just ends, leaving everything unanswered. Very disappointing end.
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It's been done before, but never quite like this. Computers that kill, robots running amok, assemblages of inorganic matter that attain a creepy sentience and a will to power - yes, these have been tropes of science fiction for a long time. HAL 9000 from Arthur C Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Colossus from 1969 movie The Forbin Project come immediately to mind, and the roots of this idea go back, I suppose, via Mary Shelley's Frankenstein to the old tales of gods and titans - artificial creatures turning the tables, like rebellious children, on their creators. Daniel Suarez's Daemon is firmly in this tradition, but manages to give the venerable genre an unexpected and welcome twist.

Which is that instead of a malign intelligence arising solely in some hulking central cyber-brain, the evil one is everywhere and nowhere, spread out across millions of computers over the internet - a "distributed daemon" (they do exist.) Operating much like a virus or a weed, the Daemon proves to be a formidable adversary and as difficult to contain as a flu pandemic - at least with HAL you could be sure of disabling him in one go, by pulling all of his modules out of their sockets.

There is much to enjoy in this novel. At times, Suarez writes like Michael Crichton at his best, gleefully displaying his prowess with cutting-edge technology like a demon barber with a shiny new razor and putting to good use some very nice ideas indeed, some new and some familiar - buildings and vehicles that take on a malevolent life of their own, frangible ammunition, MMORPGs and my favourite, the HSS or HyperSonic Sound system (a real device, in fact, the brainchild of American inventor Elwood "Woody" Norris), which can create voices that seem to come out of thin air.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and broad ranging novel 6 July 2011
I read this book after browsing in my local library, and, along with Freedom, the second book in the series, it is the most accomplished thriller I have ever read. It combines a genuinely deep knowledge of information technology, which can be experienced by seeking out Suarez`s erudite and penetrating lecture on the Ted web-site, with a deeply insightful perspective on how the Net is likely to develop. The story is fascinating and multi-stranded, with a number of plausible and complex characters, and Suarez adroitly avoids the usual pitfalls of crude goodies vs baddies scenarios. I handed the books over to my two teenage sons, who unlike me are of course far more computer-literate, and they were likewise both mesmerized by the two novels. The sheer intelligence, knowledge and scope of the writing has set an incredibly high benchmark, and I have found that since reading Daemon and Freedom some time ago, other novels I have read since have suffered hugely by comparison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi techno thriller 26 Feb 2010
By Misty
I bought this not knowing the author but it's a good read, with plenty of action and a pacey plotline. Yes you have to suspend your disbelief on some aspects of the plot (especially the foresight/AI that the Sobol character must have had/developed) - which is why I'd categorise this as a science fiction style thriller rather than a straight up adventure thriller. But if you can just get onside with that part of the story you'll get carried along on the wave. It makes you think how interconnected our world is now and cyber/techno terrorism must be a big topic of concern in our security forces (god help them!).

Will definitely be buying the next installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why not?
Yeah, it is all right.
Good read. But you are not looking at Jack Reacher or Sherlock Holmes.
The sort of book you might use to while away a flight.
Published 1 month ago by prziloczek
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it but buy the second book so you're not left hanging
These two books are like watching the third Iron Man movie. Refreshingly awesomely different but know what you're in for. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rabid Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Hangs together
My boyfriend insisted I read this; he's a tech geek and spent a long time explaining why it is all possible. As a variant on post-apochaliptic it makes good sense and is gripping. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ms L. Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I highly recommend this if you like technology, a good paced book which i wish i had read it ages ago, straight onto Freedom TM for me
Published 3 months ago by Mark Edgington
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb page turner for geeks
I thoroughly enjoyed this book (and the sequel), I was gripped from the first chapter.

The first three quarters of the book use current-day technology, with a lot of the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gwaazi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Very intricate, compelling. Passed it on to others with good feedback received. Verdict: give it a go if you like techie scifi
Published 3 months ago by Rasselas
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly OTT!
You don't have to be a computer genius to appreciate this book and also don't try and figure out whether the technical details are feasible or not - just buckle up and enjoy the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by CEEAITCHJAY
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and mindblowing
A definite must read for a look into the (possible) future. I just couldn't put it down. Buy it now!
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a glimpse at a possible version of The Future!
Fascinating, well-written and compelling. As the plot unfolds, the full reality of the author's vision is revealed. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Adam M-B
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable modern thriller
As a lover of the late Michael Crichton I quite enjoyed this, although it is not as consistent as one of Crichton's, Suarez shows a lot of promise. Read more
Published 12 months ago by I Am Tyler Durden
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