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Freedom TM by [Suarez, Daniel]
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4.5 out of 5 stars 47 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 program created by a twisted genius to activate on his death. Its mission: nothing less than world domination. The explosive international bestseller Daemon saw the very technologies we depend on for modern existence used to enslave, maim and kill. Freedom takes everything to the next level. The Daemon is now 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 unrest 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: 1074 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (1 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IPQEAS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 47 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Freedom™ is a direct continuation of the themes begun in the author's debut novel, Daemon, and reading that title first is essential. Once again, the cast are all players in the world-changing plans set in motion by deceased on-line game guru, Matthew Sobol. The character continues to appear periodically as an avatar, reacting to events in the manner of what gamers know as an NPC; non-player character. In other words, the author resists any temptation he may have had to resurrect Sobol as a ghost in the machine, and always makes it clear that any thoughts or actions attributed to him are of the pre-recorded kind. Neither does Sobol's Daemon achieve any kind of unrealistic sentience. Indeed, one of the great strengths of the book is the restraint shown, creating an engrossing, fast-paced tale of speculative fiction, which occasionally veers close to the edge of credibility but never falls over. It's a tricky balance that Daniel Suarez manages with aplomb.
As the story opens, the Daemon has the upper hand in global commerce, and is facilitating the rise of Darknet communities across the world. These are run by tech savvy folks who want to rebuild civilization from the ground up, using sustainable methods for the production of food and energy, and manufacturing locally. An interesting slant on democracy comes from the way majority decisions are reached; the entire interaction of Darknet members, locally and across the connected world, is influenced by personal standing. Reputations are displayed in D-Space for all to see, and people react accordingly. It's an element taken from on-line gaming, and made to work in a real world setting. For now, Suarez avoids the thorny issue of rogue Darknet members deliberately hacking their own stats, the system, etc.
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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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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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This takes daemon and walks you to the next stage with the same interesting theories on how our society works and how it could become more than just a flash in the pan. Will this happen ? As in more localism ? Or will we end up living in the equivalent of third world despotic regimes where the rich rule and the poor struggle to get by. Don't know.
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Having read Daemon I immediately downloaded Freedom. I was a bit disappointed. Not too sure why. I think there was too much talky talky and not enough action.
But hey ho, who am I to criticise, I've never written a book.
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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 the capacity of humans to adapt and use technology. I've read a few books where characters end up 'in' a video game; this is an entirely different and more stimulating level. I'm not a geek, my boyfriend is and he recommended the novels. I had no trouble following the ideas, though. In this one, it was all slightly more spelled out and even repeated - perhaps the editor felt that Daemon was too niche. It does help that I've played a few video games, but anyone interested in ideas of multi-nationals, where the internet might take us, genetically modified crops and a good old bloody thriller would enjoy it. It is asking for a movie adaptation!
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