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aSuarezas riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills and cyber suspense.a]A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel.a
aGreatest. 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.a
aWilliam OaBrien, Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House
a"Daemon" is the real dealaa scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks.a
a Craig Newmark, Founder Craigslist
a[Daniel Suarez] is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson. Buy everything he writes.a
a John Robb, futurist & Author of "Brave New War"
a"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.a
a Stewart Brand, Founder Whole Earth Catalog & co-founder the Long Now Foundation
aAn exciting book that will force you to think about where we are heading as a 'wired' society. It will keep you guessing. You will not want to put it down, and you will not want it to end. It doesn't get much better than that.a
a Steven Winningham, Former CIO, Gap Inc; EVP, Virgin Entertainment Group
a"Daemon" is to novels what "The Matrix" was to movies. It will be how other novels that rely on technology will be judged.a
aRick Klau, VP FeedBurner
aA thought-provoking novel that presents real technologies in a new and terrible light. It's a hard book to put down.a
a Tom Leonard, Lead AI architect Half-Life 2 (Valve Software)
aSomeday, we may be defending our systems against automated threats that aren't just dumb virusesaand the ideas in "Daemon" will move from the fiction to the nonfiction section.a
a Jim Rapoza, "eWeek" (Ziff Davis)
aA first-class story that raced, twisting, to a conclusion that left me dying to read Mr. Zeraus's next offering. This book will change the way you look at our society.a
a Wurzel Parsons-Keir Co- founder, Continuous Computing
aGood storytelling can be one of the best ways to wrap your head around the implications of the technological changes we are immersed in. But that depends on finding storytellers who combine talent for story with a willingness and ability to understand the pertinent technologies. Zeraus qualifies. "Daemon" is highly recommended.a
a Jim McGee, Ph.D - Harvard Business School, Director, Huron Consulting Group
a"Daemon" 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..a
a Frank Gallego, Lead 3D Visual Effects Artist, Digital Domain
aThought-provoking and scary a even more so if you know information technology. I recommend "Daemon" highly.a
a Beata Kernan, Chicago Computer Society
aSuarez has accomplished a feat I've not seen to date in a novel written by a technologist: he creates characters I care about. The technology is first rate, plausible, and timed in the very near future.a
a Wes Peters, "BSD News"
a"Daemon" is the technology story of our time. [Daniel Suarez is] a fantastic storyteller with an eye for technical detail that goes unmatched. Think Michael Crichton but with even more research under the hood.a
a Eric J. Olson, "Buzzfeed"
aSuarez's view of gaming and technology is what every gamer hopes for. Daemon is a great read that takes you on a wild and crazy techno ride. You won't be able to put this book down!a
aChuck Fullerton, Founder and CEO, C W. Fullerton Institute of Analysis
aThe imagination Mr. Zeraus shows in assessing the current technological landscape is impressive. As I made my way through each chapter, I began to realize this was no typical hacking story. "Daemon" is worthy of your short list.a
a Donald C. Donzal, Editor in Chief, The Ethical Hacker Network
aIave got to say that I LOVED "Daemon,.". I canat wait for the sequel.a
a C.C. Chapman, VP New Marketing, Crayon
Daemondoes for surfing the web what Jawsdid for swimming in the ocean...both entertaining and credible...an impressive debut novel. Chicago Sun-Times
A chilling yet entirely plausible story of technology gone awry. St. Petersburg Times
Fiendishly clever...an almost perfect guilty-pleasure novel. The Dallas Morning News
A riveting debut. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
This thrill-a-nanosecond novel is certainly faithful to the techno-traditions of Michael Crichton and should delight not only readers of the 'science gone awry' genre, but general adventure readers as well. Booklist
Suarez's not-just-for-gamers debut is a stunner. Kirkus Reviews
An ambitious novel that sets out not only to entertain, which it surely does, but also to challenge the reader to consider social issues as broad as the implications of living in a technologically advanced world and whether democracy can survive in such a world. New York Times bestselling author Robin Cook
Greatest. Technothriller. Period. Suarez presents a fascinating account of autonomous logic-based terrorism, incorporating current and anticipated technologies to create a credible and quite clever story. William O'Brien, Former Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House
Daemonis the real deal a scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks. Craig Newmark, Founder Craigslist"
-Daemon does for surfing the web what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean...both entertaining and credible...an impressive debut novel.---Chicago Sun-Times
-A chilling yet entirely plausible story of technology gone awry.---St. Petersburg Times
-Fiendishly clever...an almost perfect guilty-pleasure novel.---The Dallas Morning News
-A riveting debut.---Publishers Weekly (starred review)
-This thrill-a-nanosecond novel is certainly faithful to the techno-traditions of Michael Crichton and should delight not only readers of the 'science gone awry' genre, but general adventure readers as well.---Booklist
-Suarez's not-just-for-gamers debut is a stunner.---Kirkus Reviews
-An ambitious novel that sets out not only to entertain, which it surely does, but also to challenge the reader to consider social issues as broad as the implications of living in a technologically advanced world and whether democracy can survive in such a world.---New York Times bestselling author Robin Cook
-Greatest. Technothriller. Period. Suarez presents a fascinating account of autonomous logic-based terrorism, incorporating current and anticipated technologies to create a credible and quite clever story.---William O'Brien, Former Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House
-Daemon is the real deal--a scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks.---Craig Newmark, Founder Craigslist
"Daemon does for surfing the web what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean...both entertaining and credible...an impressive debut novel."--Chicago Sun-Times
From the Back Cover
Matthew Sobel is dead, but his final creation survives.
A man is found brutally murdered - and the only possible perpetrator happens to be dead. As more killings follow, it becomes clear that mass carnage is being planned and organised from beyond the grave.
The Daemon is seemingly unstoppable, and murder is the least of its capabilities.
A lethal program designed by a twisted genius, the Daemon inhabits the systems on which an increasingly interconnected society depends. In a world where everyone and everything is online, nothing is out of its reach.
Just don't turn on that computer...
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
The book was almost foretelling events to come!
The story was interesting and kept me reading, which I found especially impressive as I usually read high/ epic fantasy.
If you are into modern style SciFi and technology novels I do recommend this, even if you aren't this is worth a read or at least a try.
In style, then, it seems more sort of Richard Morgan but happily, although violent, not as violent as that. It is a rip roaring good yarn, belting along at an increasing rate, perhaps sacrificing depth of character for speed of narrative but still engrossing.
There is a point to it; yes, there's loads of technogeeky acronyms and terminology - ISP, TCP/IP, DHCP, network topologies etc. etc. etc. but there is a purpose. This is where some comparison to Gibson is perhaps relevant. Suarez is interested in the development of the technology and the relationship of technology to society. He's also interested in historical breaks, hiatus's, watersheds. That's what the book is about. Gibson covers the same ground, but regards the technology from a cultural/social perspective. Suarez, on the other hand, regards the cultural and social from the technology.
Look, it's easy to see what Suarez is about - look at the 'further reading' at the back. Kevin Phillips,P. W. Singer and others. He could equally have listed Thomas Frank. What Suarez is suggesting is a new model, a new paradigm - instead of a top-down plutocracy, maybe a P2P (peer-to-peer) distributed society. It's a really interesting idea. In its way, it is a Utopian/Dystopian novel; the dispossessed, the marginal and the rejected against the corporates, the plutocrats, the outsourced.
At the start of the book, you know who the good guys are and you know who the bad guys are. But slowly, the morality becomes increasingly ambiguous until all alternatives look equally amoral. And so the end comes as no disappointment - it works, it fits. It leaves you thinking.
The idea of an AI controlling big business was a brilliant imo. With today's global markets and a closer connection between state and industry than ever before the use of viruses etc to blackmail a company is becoming increasingly likely. Malware regularly imbeds in people's PCs and goes undiscovered until an anti-virus upgrade some months later. Daniel Suarez has created a book with big ideas, but unfortunately he seems unable to handle them. To start with it appears that `Daemon' will be a thriller, but as the book progresses it becomes increasingly a disaster novel. When the book maintains the smaller aspects of investigation it works, the bigger elements fall flat and feel fanciful.
As the novel progresses the book weakens. The idea of AI controlled SUVs is acceptable, but by the end Suarez takes the idea to a ridiculous level. It became apparent as I rapidly came to the end that there was no conclusion in the book and that it felt like the first of a series. Suarez is too happy to kill off characters and leave the reader with no closure. The last 50 pages in particular were confusing and a little ridiculous. This is a real shame because for the first half I really enjoyed the intense standoff between the alleged AI and the police. The slow and insidious climb of the Daemon is a good read, it's a shame that we never find out who wins in the end.
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