The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon
In one of the most buzzed-about debuts of 2009, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of a new world order, controlled by the Daemon, an insidious computer program unleashed by a hi-tech wunderkind, Daemon captured the attention of the tech community, became a New York Times and Indie bestseller, and left readers hungry for more.
Well, more is here, and it's even more gripping than its predecessor.
In the opening chapters of Freedom(tm), the Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful-though reluctant-operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the new world order. But the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all.
In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution.
Bestseller Suarez's sequel to Daemon (2009), in which the late, mad-genius game designer Matthew Sobol launched a cyber war on humanity, surpasses its smart, exciting predecessor. This concluding volume crackles with electrifying action scenes and bristles with intriguing ideas about a frightening, near-future world. Sobol's "bots" continue to roam the Internet, inciting mayhem and siphoning money from worldwide, interconnected megacorporations out to seize control of national governments and enslave the populace. FBI special agent Roy Merritt is dead, but still manages to make a dramatic comeback, while detective Pete Sebeck, thought to be executed in Daemon, rises from the supposed grave to lead the fight against the corporations. What the trademark letters affixed to the title signify is anyone's guess. Those who haven't read Daemon should read it first. The two books combined form the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured. (Jan.)
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1 . Falls far short of the first book Daemon. Disappointing
Posted July 15, 2010 by Ashton Johnson , Windom, MNThis is the sequel to this author's first book "Daemon". Daemon was so fantastic it is probably my favorite book. This book felt like a sloppy follow-up. All the characters from Daemon appear but they feel like hollow shells. The book feels short and in that small time it jumps between the characters so often none of them get enough time to feel any more developed. If you had not read Daemon where the characters were developed you would know nothing of these people past their names.
As with the first book it is dripping with incredible technological achievements that seem so unreal but of course really can be done today with the right resources, but it more superfluous than in Daemon.
In the end I think this book suffers from being 10 miles wide but an inch thick. It tries to cover so much that it feels like nothing got a fair shake. If you liked the first one I guess this is maybe worth reading, but even the end is not terribly satisfying.
2 . A fantastic read!
Posted January 29, 2010 by Ivan , WeslacoIt's amazing how the technology written into the book ACTUALLY exists today. This is a must read (along with the first one).
January 06, 2010
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