Already an underground sensation, a high-tech thriller for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control--a daemon--designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order
Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.
Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer--the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy--or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . .
Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.
Starred Review. Originally self-published, Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills and cyber suspense. Gaming genius Matthew Sobol, the 34-year-old head of CyberStorm Entertainment, has just died of brain cancer, but death doesn't stop him from initiating an all-out Internet war against humanity. When the authorities investigate Sobol's mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., they find themselves under attack from his empty house, aided by an unmanned Hummer that tears into the cops with staggering ferocity. Sobol's weapon is a daemon, a kind of computer process that not only has taken over many of the world's computer systems but also enlists the help of superintelligent human henchmen willing to carry out his diabolical plan. Complicated jargon abounds, but most complexities are reasonably explained. A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel. (Jan.)
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1 . Exciting, fun, tech thriller
Posted May 12, 2010 by Michael , Los AngelesI really enjoyed this book. It's a light, exciting thriller. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys online gaming.
2 . Page-Turner even for the Techno-Geek
Posted January 31, 2010 by Jose Quinones , Dallas, TXKnowing quite a bit about computers, networking and technology in general, it's really hard to find a book that has a world domination plot that is also plausible. Often you will find the writer taking a leap of faith on something that is just not quite right, or simply left unexplained. This is definitely not the case in Daemon. Suarez manages to make you think hard at the scary possibilities. There are many well developed characters which together tell a compelling story that is hard to put down. I just got this book after reading about "Freedom" (the sequel) in Time Magazine which had a 'Read' recommendation. I was not dissapointed with Daemon and I am finishing this review now so that I can purchase the sequel and see where the story takes me next. This is one of my favorite books of the last few years and apparently Freedom is even better. I can't wait.
3 . Compelling and disturbingly plausible
Posted December 31, 2009 by Dan VK , Atlanta, GeorgiaA stunning accomplishment, especially for a first effort. Daemon is a consistenly compelling read, especially for the technologically inclined, offering a creative and profoundly disturbing look at what one man with a transcendant grasp of technology can accomplish... even when he's dead. There is some suspension of disbelief involved, but for the most part Suarez's technological constructs are at least theoretically feasible, which adds to the visceral impact of the novel. A thought provoking societal commentary and fascinating adventure in modern technology.
4 . New take on technology
Posted December 30, 2009 by APA , TacomaVery interesting book, interesting take on technological ability of a post humus programmer. Very imaginative.
January 07, 2009
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