Daemon

Daemon

A Novel

eBook - 2009
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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.
Publisher: 2009
Edition: EBOOK TEXT
ISBN: 9781101007518
Branch Call Number: EBOOK TEXT
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: OverDrive

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Nursebob
Nov 20, 2020

In the same vein as D. F. Jones' 1970 sci-fi novel, "Colossus" Daniel Suarez creates a Frankenstein-type scenario in which technology not only runs amok, but learns as it grows. The good news is he's written a nail-biter to keep you up at night, I've rarely seen 600+ pages go by so fast. Now the bad news: the dead mastermind and his cyber-monster are so cartoonishly evil, and the daemon's capabilities so ridiculously exaggerated (murder cars?! A high tech house of horrors?!) that before I'd even reached the halfway mark I'd lost my suspension of disbelief and resorted to eye-rolling and muttering "bulls**t!" under my breath. Even taken as a grim satire aimed at our techno-based, corporate-ruled society, (which I'm not convinced it was meant to be), the two dimensional characters and corny "James Bond" nonsense still bordered on insufferable. And that non-ending with those krazy twists? *Groan* Of course I pretty much HAVE to read the sequel, but I'll hate myself for doing it.

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JLMason
Nov 06, 2020

A well-known classic in the techno-cyber action thriller genre, Daemon is still fresh, and amazingly prescient, eleven years after publication. The story is fast-paced, action-packed, and filled with details about IT/hacker/gaming technology. It's similar to the early (and best) Tom Clancy techno-military thrillers, including the somewhat two-dimensional good guys and bad guys. It’s very well done and hard to put down.

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cdeboehr
Sep 07, 2019

Worthy and applicable read especially right now 2019. Glad the title didn't put me off it was a great read.

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1tarheel
May 22, 2018

Points for originality.

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PearlyBaker
Jun 19, 2017

Once I drove to Lamoni, Iowa to get some blotter-25 from a Chemistry Professor. On the road back to San Jose', Missourah little red demons started melting through the windshield and screaming as they flew past our ears. When my brother thought we were jogging on a quarter mile track I knew it was time to stop driving. For the next 14 hours all I saw were crystals melting and moving as 4 packs of Marlboro lights disappeared. I was not an animal and had to watch my health in case I made it past the 80's so I no longer smoked the Reds. As dawn broke and our vision started to return I then became convinced this was going to be permanent and I would never stop hallucinating. The next 72 hours of self induced psychosis sans sleep was so nightmarish that it almost rivaled the time I was awake for a fortnight on God's Breath watching Pink Floyd The Wall in the late 90's. Anyway I would rather go through those experiences again than read Daemon #2. This POS was less believable than Donald Trump's lawyer and more boring than a Mormon baby shower in Provo. I would rather marry Kellyanne Conway and have Sean Spicer as my girlfriend on the side than read Daemon #2. I am insulted first as a reader and secondly as a human being that the very title of this piece implies that a Daemon #2 actually exists.

This book ends abruptly with a promise of more answers in the next book. Normally that would piss me off, but I was so happy that this amazing story wasn’t over yet that I instead felt relief. The novel covers so many ideas in science and social justice, yet it still qualifies as a page-turner because it is so tightly crafted; it doesn’t let the grand ideas bog down the narrative flow. The tech is believable and not over-played, the characters are complex and true to themselves, and the plot keeps surprising you with twists and turns. I can’t wait for more.

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RicardoEdm
Nov 14, 2016

It was okay but neither revolutionary nor memorable

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postrand1
Jul 19, 2016

OK... a little too much techie detail for my taste, and the ending was a bit unfulfilling. Too much like it was setting up a sequel.

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Ethan_Annis
Jul 13, 2016

This riveting techno-thriller centers on the chaos unleashed by an automated computer process known as a daemon. What sets Daemon apart from other techno-thriller's I have read are the projections about what can be done with existing technology and the questions about the sustainability of our current situation. (Many other techno-thrillers rely on alien technology or technology from the future, which to me feels like cheating.) Freedom, Suarez's second book, completes the story.

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johnp_yvr
Oct 31, 2013

Brilliant, gripping book for those who like clever thrillers. With a bit of social criticism thrown in.

That said, unlike some reviewers, I ain't totally convinced about the tech. The author avoids having to bring in a "full AI" (think HAL in 2001 Space Odyssey), mostly because full AI is much more scifi at this point than credible in a contemporary techno-thriller.

Yes, you could script fairly sophisticated behavior by responding to news events and the like.

But... as time went on and you diverged more and more from your initial starting point, the scripts would have more and more problems with their simple "if X happens, do Y".

Just because X may not have been foreseen.

Near the end of Daemon, I got the impression that the AI was, in fact, rather cleverer than presented at the beginning. Perhaps another layer of deception?

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