Daemon Audio CD – Audiobook, 8 Jan 2009
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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. (Google)
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. (Billy O'Brien)
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. (Craig Newmark)
Suarez is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson - John Robb, author of Brave New War. (John Robb)
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). (Publisher's Weekly)
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. (Stewart Brand) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From the Back Cover
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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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.
The first three quarters of the book use current-day technology, with a lot of the gadgets, AI scripts and plot devices being very plausible indeed. They're used in refreshingly novel ways too - sci-fan fans will have seen some of the ideas before but there is an abundance of fresh ideas too.
The plausibility can be demonstrated well by some of the predictions already coming true - the recent emergence of Google Glass being an obvious example. Did Suarez invent the concept of augmented reality linked to the web? Of course not, but the use of such devices within the context of this technothriller is smoothly done.
Do you have to be a geek to enjoy this book? I'm pretty sure you don't - but gamers and readers with more than a passing interest in IT are likely to get more out of it. The way Artificial Intelligence is portrayed for example, is dealt with using current state of the art (at least earlier on), rather than the more usual super AIs of sci-fi set further into the future, which is refreshing.
Towards the later chapters, modern-tech takes a back seat and some of the gadgets and powers of the Daemon border on the silly (I can't see the Razorbacks being in any way practical for example) but by this time you're having far too much fun to care. Partly this is because of the exciting and thought provoking plot, but it's helped immeasurably by interesting, amusing and engaging characters.
This is a book that adopts a biting, cynical view of the Western US-centric world, which will either ring very true or potentially offend depending on your sensibilities. Either way, it will make you think, which is always laudable.Read more ›
This is a book of two halves and the first is much better than the second. It wasn't until I got close to the end of the book that I realised that the story wasn't going to be concluded in this volume. If you don't like unfinished stories (I don't!) then you'll need to read the sequel.
I enjoyed this story, and I recommend it to computer literate friends. You'll never look at the internet the same way again!
I really wanted to like this book, as it's the kind of story I normally love: Hard-edged, convincing geeky-tech stuff. When it comes to technology, it's clear the writer really knows what he's talking about. In fact, this is sometimes a problem, and the occasional (long) technical descriptions may knock a lot of readers right out of the story.
However, while the writer has a good grip on information technology, it soon becomes painfully clear that this is a first novel, complete with a lot of common first novel flaws.
For me, the biggest problems were with the pacing of the story. A couple of times you turn the page and read something like "Six Months Later".
There are also a lot of places where pruning would have made the story stronger - for example, one wonders what's the point of giving a one-page mini-biography of a character, if their only function in the story is to be killed at the top of the next page.
But worst of all, as the story progresses, it's hard to avoid the feeling that the author has just lost control of where it's going, and things get far-fetched to the point where it's impossible to suspend disbelief any more.
To be honest, if I hadn't been reading this book for review purposes I would have quit somewhere in the last hundred pages.
And when I got the the end... there really wasn't one. The story just (IMO) stopped.
I hate writing a harsh review of this sort of book. I can only hope that Suarez (and his editor!) learns from the experience of writing this one, and that the next will be better.
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Great idea - my only complaint was that when I got to the end of the book the next one didn't miraculously appear! So good. Read morePublished 11 months ago by O. Ashford