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Freedom TM [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Suarez
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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'The best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson. Buy everything he writes' John Robb.

'Daemon is to novels what The Matrix was to movies' Rick Klau, Google.

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The Daemon - a lethal computer program created by a twisted genius - is firmly in control and moving towards its endgame. As the global economy begins to collapse, the world's most powerful organizations - monolithic corporations, complete with armies of their own - prepare to fight their unseen enemy.

When civil conflict erupts in the United States, former detective Pete Sebeck finds himself forced to protect the new world order. Amid conflicting loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power and the possibility that anyone can be a daemon operative or a corporate spy, Sebeck knows that he embodies the last hope that freedom can survive the information revolution.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 559 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1849161763
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IPQEAS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Blood-Spattered Economics 20 Jan 2010
Format:Hardcover
This is a direct sequel to the earlier thriller Daemon, which postulated a computer program set to respond to real world events and via access to most of the world's corporation's financial data, obtained a lock-hold on them and the global economy. Reading the earlier book is, I think, a prerequisite to this book; most of the background for various characters appears in the earlier book, along with the details of how the Daemon operates, and trying to decode this book without that information would be at least confusing and probably lead to missing some important points of this book.

This book, while still very much action-oriented and with quite a gore-quotient, delves much deeper into the consequences of today's globally interconnected information flow and how disruption of that could cause an economic and political melt-down. Given the assumptions this book starts with, Suarez makes these consequences both very visible and quite believable. In addition, he adds a new level in this book, which only played a side-role in the earlier book, on the growing possibility of massive role-playing gaming becoming an economy of its own that has real-world impacts. To some degree this is already happening, as some on-line games' currency and artifacts are being bid and traded for in real-world equivalents. He also brings in the concept of on-line social reputation as a credit marker and the use of that to bring large numbers of resources to bear on particular problems in very short time periods, all adding to the believability of the plot line. However, there were a couple of places where I wondered about the true economic viability of some the projects started by such groups, even when the technology for them is sound and already out of the laboratory.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More future-tech scares 28 Nov 2010
By SonicQuack VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Freedom continues where Daemon left off, with the computer program Daemon building a new society. Freedom ups the ante on Daemon from the beginning with grander action sequences and fleshing out the heroes and villains of the story. Suarez appeases his fans of science fiction and fantasy with a plot in which the uprising new culture is firmly rooted in a world mirroring Massively Multiplayer games. The hero has a quest - and a glowing line in his HUD that only he can see, leading him to where he is required. Those who use the darknet have floating names and levels above their heads. It's all very World of Warcraft, EverQuest etc. With the millions of players now participating in such games, Suarez's readership is sizeable and those who have played such games will get more from reading this work.

There's non-gaming future-tech in there too and at times the speculative future seems very plausible and threatening. This is sharp and dirty warfare and subsequently the feel to Freedom is more action orientated and more accessible than the first entry. At times Freedom does become complicated as it tries to ensure the reader cannot predict how the plot will develop, hindered further by the myriad of characters, some with little reintroduction from Daemon. Those small points aside, Freedom remains a well conceived piece of near-future fiction, a thriller worth investing time in.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top stuff 20 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
Well I'm only half-way through this, but I really look forward to settling down in the evenings with it. You should definitely read Daemon first, because a lot of the events in that explain stuff in this, especially to justify (and thus provide depth to) characters' strengths/weaknesses and how they perceive events around them. The story is more complex than simply having 'good' guys and 'bad' guys, reflecting the different motives of individuals, groups and states involved. It ties in nicely with the recent economic wobbles, and you find yourself switching allegiances between characters as the plot twists and turns.

Admittedly, the 2nd half may turn out to be more action than drama, but the plot is building so well that it's probably justified.

Mr Suarez, if you'll just sit down at your computer and get cracking, we'll call it a trilogy, shall we?! :-)

Roll on the Daemon movie in 2012!
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I really wanted to give this book 3.5 stars but had to choose 4. The sequel or continuation of his daemon novel, this book picks up where the previous one left, so it wouldn't be worth reading (in my opinion) without reading the first!

As this book went on I found myself changing sides and seeing the daemon as force for positive change rather than the destructive virus left behind by a computer programming genius. Of course the book is still a little far fetched in places, and there are a few scenes (as the first book) that contain some quite graphic violence.

I found that whilst I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, I had to keep reading to see where it ended. For that reason I'd recommend this book to my friends
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sequel to Daemon 21 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
You need to read Daemon first to make any sense of this and it suffers from the fate of all sequels in that he had to put quite a lot of the backstory into the early chapters just in case readers had either forgotten or were coming to the book without reading Daemon. I was disappointed by this but stuck with it and glad I did because once it gets going it's a worthy sequel to the earlier book. Assume for a minute that an alternative internet money system did start to thrive - who would be threatened by this? What would happen to the idea of Nations? What would happen to the idea of Corporations? Who would champion these new systems and who would want to stop them? You can read this book as a straight thriller and it works well but he has woven in enough depth to cause you to question many of the basic assumptions about levers of power and how we are arranging our world at the moment. So, a slow start but a satisfying feast and he skilfully ties up the remaining plot points right to the last page. A good read - I wonder how much of it might come true?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping conclusion to a fantastic modern 'sci-fi'
Whether you are 'into' technology or not, chances are at least some of your life is lived online. This gripping 2part story (book one is called Daemon) really plays into the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Villagepig
5.0 out of 5 stars Sequel to Daemon .. Suarez is a genius
If you can read these and not be left questioning so many day to activities in your life where you thought you were making decisions, then you have completely missed the plot ... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gixersan
5.0 out of 5 stars frightening
Excellent character development following on from daemon. I feel kinda sorry for Loki and hope he gets the help he needs
Published 6 months ago by Mr. Richard A. Saunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast delivery and item as described, thanks :)
This is the second book by Daniel Suarez in the Daemon series and is as good as the first. I wanted the large format paperback and found this for a very good price. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Wil Currie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating idea of the future
This is, in effect, part 2 of Daemon. It challenges some of the ideas I had developed in the first book, about what internet security means, about how the future might work, about... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms L. Gooch
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book could HAPPEN in our LIFETIME
The world needs more people bringing the knowledge of the lack of self-control the World's population have over the lives to them. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Stuart Boyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Daemon first
You will miss the plot so read Daemon first. Loved both. Very different from the usual but page turners (page flippers over some of the longer action scenes) but doesn't detract... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rabid Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more
...than the usual hi-tech thriller rubbish out there . Both this and the preceding Daemon book (which you do need to read first) are really about what is currently called 'the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting view of the future
I was concerned that some of the tech stuff was going to make it seem to far-fetched, but it managed to stay believable while blending in some good insights into human nature and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. Hyde
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarily possible
This is a gripping book, a great sequel to Daemon. It's scary how plausible the storyline is. I'm looking forward to reading more of Mr Suarez's work.
Published 11 months ago by L. Willis
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