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Daemon (2006)

by Daniel Suarez

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Series: Daemon (1)

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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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(2009)Thriller of a poweful man who dies but unleashes a malevolent computer virus that turns out to threaten the world. Believable at first but quickly turns into comic book style violence and hard to believe climax. Doesn't really end as this is the first in a series. Won't bother with the sequel. Robin Cook:Daemon is an ambitious novel, which sets out not only to entertain, which it surely does, but also to challenge the reader to consider social issues as broad as the implications of living in a technologically advanced world and whether democracy can survive in such a world.The storyline portrays one possible world consequent to the development of the technological innovations that we currently live with and the reality that the author, Suarez, imagines will evolve, and it is chilling and tense (on www.thedaemon.com the reader can find evidence that the seemingly incredible advances Suarez proposes could in fact become real). Daemon is filled with multiple scenes involving power displays by the Daemon's allies resulting in complete loss of control by its enemies, violence with new and innovative weaponry, explosions, car crashes, blood, guts, and limbs-cut-off galore.As far as computer complexity, Daemon will satisfy any computer geek's thirst. I was thankful for Pete Sebeck, the detective in the book whose average-person understanding of computers necessitates an occasional explanation about what is going on. I came away from the novel with a new understanding, respect, and fear of computer capability.In the end, Suarez invites the reader to enter the "second age of reason," to think about where recent and imminent advances in computer technology are taking us and whether we want to go there. For me, it is this "thinking" aspect of the novel which makes it a particularly fun, satisfying, and significant read.
  derailer | Jan 25, 2024 |
Damn you, Daniel Suarez! Or more appropriately: Damn you, Daniel Suarez' publisher! This book ends with almost nothing resolved. It just points to the next book, [b:Freedom (TM)|7132363|Freedom (TM) (Daemon, #2)|Daniel Suarez|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1276198151s/7132363.jpg|7394861], where (I understand from an author interview) the story really does end. Nonetheless, this is a fun thriller, comparable to a Michael Chrichton work. But like most thrillers, I would characterize it as "frothy": almost immediately upon finishing it, it seems insubstantial. It's like walking out of an action movie I enjoyed seeing, but knowing I won't spend a lot of time thinking about afterward. Except in Daemon's case, there are hints of an underlying sociological/philosophical viewpoint that I want to read more of. So I guess I will definitely be reading the sequel. Just not immediately. ( )
  Treebeard_404 | Jan 23, 2024 |
Story: 7 / 10
Characters: 6
Setting: 6
Prose: 6 ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
It takes a few chapters to get rolling, but worth sticking with it. Overall it has some fascinating ideas. The ending was a bit of a letdown, but it was clearly setting the stage for sequels. ( )
  shhQuiet | Dec 15, 2023 |
Bro, what if a video game was real life, but still a video game? Also, violence ( )
  emmby | Oct 4, 2023 |
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Gurner, JeffNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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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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For Michelle.
No more bedtime stories…
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What the hell just happened?
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Apparently, people thought nothing of hanging their personal fortunes on technology they didn't understand. This would be their undoing.
Every day was filled with surprises. What a change from the network affiliate. Her new boss was an undead automaton from hell, true, but no job was perfect.
Anyone who has ever tried to share pizza with roommates knows that Communism cannot ever work. If Lenin and Marx had just shared an apartment, perhaps a hundred million lives might have been spared and put to productive use making sneakers and office furniture.
In all, his outfit required nearly two thousand man-years of research and development, eight barrels of oil, and sixteen patent and trademark infringement lawsuits. All so he could possess casual style. A style that, in logistical requirements, was comparable to fielding a nineteenth-century military brigade.
But he looked good. Casual.
Mammals of every species indulge in play. Games are Nature's way of preparing us to face difficult realities.
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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.

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