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Daemon by Daniel Suarez

Daemon (2006)

by Daniel Suarez

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Fans of the likes of William Gibson and Neal Stephenson will find much to enjoy in this techno-thriller. And anyone paying attention to the recent Wikileaks story and the subsequent DDoS shenanigans of some of its supporters will quickly see how fiction can be very relevant to the real world at times. As for the book itself, inconsistent pacing and focus were really all that kept it from being a rare five-star for me.

Specifically, the first third of the book was absolutely terrific as it introduced a number of mysteries and set the table in terms of both the characters and the cybernetwork in which the eponymous daemon would reside. Unfortunately, the middle third of the book began to lag quite a bit and lose its focus as it shifted too far from its technical underpinnings at times and spent too many pages on some of the daemon's minor foot soldiers, going so far as to try to develop characters that really didn't merit development in the larger scheme of things. Much of it seemed like filler, frankly. Then, in the final portion of the book, an overlong Die Hard With Cool Toys section hurt the cause, but it was followed up by an unexpected and creative conclusion that is equal parts closure and introduction to the inevitable sequel. All in all, an impressive addition to the genre, with some brilliant characters I enjoyed meeting. ( )
  jimgysin | Jun 19, 2017 |
While the concept is cool and the various characters are blended well, I am very disappointed that no form of marketing or reviewing that I was exposed to mentioned the fact that a sequel is already planned and no real resolution is achieved at the end. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
I liked the " All Spammers Will Die " part ~ ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
Fantastic read! A lot of fun, intense action and techno-suspense. I'd like to thank Jeff for recommending this book to me.

Take the basic Terminator plotline of a supercomputer and sublimate that AI into a yes/no program that has been programmed by a genius now dead and see what it can do. If the programmer is smart enough, it can do almost anything.

And Sobol is a world class genius. It is fascinating to see all that he planned before he died. He recruits the right people for his cause and makes use of their training in various areas. It was kind of scary actually, to see the plan unfold.

Then you have the opposing team. A police detective, a mystery hacker, a government woman authorized to take the Daemon down. All interacting, failing and being overwhelmed. And seeing the almost inevitable march of the daemon is great. It gave me a sense of doom, which is hard to do.

The couple of things that kept it from being a 5star. Technobabble out your ears! I'm sure it is accurate, as Suarez thanks some programmers/hackers at the end of the book, but it become a little overwhelming. A scene of an underage girl being drugged and used for a sex video. Not "super" graphic, but graphic enough that it stood out in my mind. And finally, the completely overwhelming'ness of Sobol/Daemon. It was just too smart imo. Several times I felt like it was the bogeyman with unlimited threat power.

One warning. It does end on a cliffhanger, so make sure you have the sequel, [b:Freedom (TM)|7132363|Freedom (TM) (Daemon, #2)|Daniel Suarez|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1347579092s/7132363.jpg|7394861], on hand." ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
When master computer game creator Matthew Sobol passed away, gamer geeks mourned. Life continued for everyone else… except for two programmers who each died mysteriously. This sets off a chain of events which appear to be controlled by Sobol himself. However, it’s really Sobol’s computer daemon, a near AI program that Sobol created to carry out all these tasks upon his death. Those who realize what is really happening race against the daemon, attempting to stop it in it’s tracks before it’s final task can be carried out.

There were some things I liked about this book and some things that I did not. So let’s start with the negative and get that out of the way. This book did drag in several places. Each time I thought it was time I gave it up, something exciting would happen and pull me back into it. But then it would drag again and I contemplated shelving this book unfinished perhaps 4 times throughout the story. While there are some female characters, this book is definitely male dominated, which is bordering on unlikely in today’s age. Plus this is science fiction, so why not live a little and have a few more female characters, right? Finally, there were several times where I simply thought to myself, ‘That’s not bloody likely, ‘ in regards to a characters decisions or actions. Each time I did that, it took me out of the story and made me question how much thought did the author really put into this story.

So, besides all those things that dragged a decent book down into mediocrity, there’s some exciting stuff going on here. The major premise of the story, a master daemon program that can carry on after your death making decisions as you would have made them, was the thing that drew me to this book. Then we have the murder mysteries happening. Detective Seebeck was one of my favorite characters, being assigned to the investigation on the death of one of the programmers early in the book. He played an important role for the entire story. Lots of crazy stuff happens to him and he’s hard-pressed to explain much of it.

The news media plays a significant role in this book. For instance, the daemon is triggered to come on and run it’s program when news headlines report the death of Matthew Sobol. The reporter Anderson is contacted by this Daemon and offered the story of her life if she follows it’s instructions. Then, of course, the news agencies have a feeding frenzy over all the deaths and strange attacks linked to Sobol in some way. For instance, there’s this pretty intense attack by remote controlled Hummer vehicles at Sobol’s estate.

Finally, Sobol was a computer game programmer and a fan of computer games in general, so there’s at least one Easter Egg for game savvy fans to hunt down. I really liked this aspect of the story since that is so true to Sobol’s character, which we learn about through his daemon. It also allows tech analyst Ted Ross, who has played Sobol’s games, to predict some of the daemon’s next moves.

There’s many action scenes and plenty of odd deaths in this book. Yet there are stretches were things are just being reiterated and characters are making decisions that aren’t in line with what has already been established. All told, there’s a decent story in here somewhere and at the end I was glad I stuck it out and finished the book. I may or may not continue the series.

The Narration: Jeff Gurner was really great with this book. There’s a handful of accents for the characters and he does them all well. He kept all his character voices distinct and his female voices were passable. I liked his voice for the daemon quite a bit. ( )
  DabOfDarkness | Nov 30, 2016 |
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daemon (dē´mən) n. — A computer program that runs continuously in the background and performs specified operations at predefined times or in response to certain events. Condensed from ‘Disk And Execution MONitor.’
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Apparently, people thought nothing of hanging their personal fortunes on technology they didn't understand. This would be their undoing.
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After the premature death of Matthew Sobol, a legendary computer game designer, a daemon that he designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order is activiated and it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher Sobol's intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of his computer program.… (more)

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