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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.