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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847249442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847249449
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 3.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,179,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

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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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By Nas on 19 April 2017
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Really enjoyed this book -Daemon' is a force to be reckoned with ...!
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Brilliant gripping and scary bleak and maybe possible. A brilliant man plants a Daemon to control computer systems all over the world. Google style glasses and killer auto cars all feature. The destruction of the corporations.
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Well written, with gripping scenes and excellent character portrayals. Conceivable as well, it would be wrong to call this science fiction bar its usage of technology and commentary on current world issues and the evolution of our society. Loved it.
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The more I think about it, the more I like this book. Yes, it's really easy to compare it unfavourably with William Gibson but I think that is really missing the point. Gibson, especially in his later works, is much more about cultural shifts, collisions and elisions. This is far more about hardware.

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.
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`Daemon' is a book full of great ideas and poor execution. When a software programming genius dies it seems that his end of his life is only the beginning of his legacy. Before death Matthew Sobel integrated AI into the internet that would trigger on news of his death. This Daemon software interacts with real people found through his own MMORPGs and preys on their greed, working independently these minions act to undermine the super companies that currently dominate the world. It is up to small town Sheriff and a computer genius to destroy the Daemon before it takes over the world.

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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I was quite excited to receive this book as I usually love to read tech-thrillers, which is what I would class this book as.

In general the book goes at a good pace and can be a page turner in places. For me it went through stages of wanting to find out what happens next and then it would fall flat for a few chapters and I tended to lose interest. The story is a familiar one, ghost in the machine kinda thing, but seemed to have been refreshed slightly for today's audience.

The book did tend to delve into various character histories, which eventually turned out to be for no reason at all if the character was killed off fairly shortly after. Leaving me wondering what was the point. But on the whole I can't complain. The only let down was the ending, where it was kind of like a bad ending to a film, it just stopped. Normally you would expect a big ending or some big twist to the story line, but I was left disappointed in this instance.

Overall, I can recommend for a light read or if you're into tech-thrillers, but bear in mind that the ending isn't all that if you're expecting something to satisfy.
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