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Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer--the architect behind half a dozen popular online games. His premature death from brain cancer depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans weren't the only ones to note his passing. He left behind something that was scanning Internet obituaries, too--something that put in motion a whole series o...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by Verdugo Press (first published 2006)
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Kemper
If you were someone with more computer knowledge and money than Bill Gates, and you found out you were dying, would you:

A) Give all your money to charity just in case you can buy your way into heaven.
B) Indulge in an around the world drinking, drug and sex spree until going out in a blaze of glory by crashing your private jet into an erupting volcano live on CNN.
C) Pour all your money into a cryogenics program and freeze yourself like Walt Disney in the hope that they’ll finally figure out a way...more
Nathan
Awful. "Daemon" suffers from all the usual pitfalls of the first novel: unoriginal premise, wooden dialogue, melodramatic action, clumsy exposition, sloppy resolution, inconsequential subplotting. When the author tries to be witty, he comes off as conceited; when he tries to impress with his tech-savvy, he sounds as if he's quoting from "Popular Science" magazine. This was the worst book I've read in a while, and I'm not sure whether I want Daniel Suarez to stop writing altogether, or give him c...more
Hugh Howey


Daniel Suarez's Daemon is an amazing story. And I'm not talking about the actual plot; for that, the word "Amazing" would not suffice. No, I am referring to the incredible series of events which are leading up to its publication and release on January 8th.

After writing Daemon back in 2004, Suarez faced the uphill battle common to many first-time authors. Unable to find a buyer, yet confident of the quality of his work, he decided to self-publish. Using print-on-demand, Suarez pumped out a few do...more
Keri
Into the third chapter of this book I had to close it for good. I was very disappointed given its good reviews. There were a few swear words but as the F-bombs started to land, the Rave parties began, drug dealers started trash talking, prostitutes hit the scene and a date rape began I had to quit, all before chapter 4. This was such a departure from the "computer program gone awry, murder mystery" premise I was totally taken off guard. I wish there was a content rating for books like there are...more
Michael
Billionaire computer software mogul Matthew Sobol has died and he wants to make sure he leaves behind a legacy. That legacy comes in the form of a daemon, or a computer programing running in the background of every system that has installed his massively popular on-line, multi-player video game. When news of Sobol's death hits the Internet, the daemon becomes active, creating havoc across the world as it exploits vulnerabilities in computer networks and uses them for its own purposes.

Daniel Suar...more
Ben Simpson
Someone should give this man a pat on the back. He got every tech detail accurate as far as I could discern, which is a welcome change to the current Hollywoodification of tech thrillers (Skyfall anyone? - yuck)

I flew through this book and loved every minute of it. I could have done without the brutal mistreatment of a woman at the beginning of the the book, but it did server to vilify one of the main antagonists. After this opening scene, you are thrown into a world of action, and mystery. I lo...more
Samantha
Jan 08, 2009 Samantha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Samantha by: Vine Book
This is definitely one of the best books I've read in a year. The premise was fascinating. It's a great thrill ride. Can someone program computers with backdoor programs to read the newswires and make other things happen? Can a computer drive a car and kill people? Are there people so involved in the gaming world that they would do things in the real world just because a game told them to or just to earn more points in their gaming world? This book is extremely fast paced and never boring. Don't...more
Veronica Belmont
Wonderful, wonderful read. I'm taking off one star because I found the ending to be very... well, not to my liking. I thought it was too abrupt, and I didn't feel like anything was resolved. Maybe it was supposed to be, but I tend to like closure.
Weavre
Oct 03, 2011 Weavre rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Weavre by: Was this from Samantha's list? I think so.
In the Eighties, I read and loved the genre called "cyberpunk," and was disappointed to see it vanish as the fantasy Net was replaced with the very real Web, imagined microcommunicators were replaced with Bluetooth headsets, and anyone anywhere with a bit of knowledge and equipment became able--for real--to dive into government databases, corporate financial records, and anything else on the web. Cyberpunk-era virtual reality bore a strong resemblance to Second Life, but as the reality became ma...more
Mike (the Paladin)
#%*&@#%.....grrrrrrr.....I hate this book!!!!!!

It ended in a cliff hanger! I hate cliff hangers!!!!! I have now downloaded the next book so I can start it immediately. For 2 days I laid all other books aside and whenever I could was reading this one. I finished it today...and there's only one other book.

In my experience nobody finishes a "new" series in TWO books anymore! I suspect i have fallen prey to another series I will soon find myself caught up on and waiting for more books!

Is this s...more
Nicolai
"The DaVinci Code" for Wired readers. Some mindless fun for when the mood strikes.

Read it soon though, since the "modern high tech" or 2006 has already started to expire.
Chris
Well written, and successfully both gripping and credibly accurate, as one would expect of a book reviewed on Slashdot. Unfortunately, the beginning has several problems, all of which may be Suarez attempting to ensure he is taken seriously:

* The painstakingly correct detail distracts from the story a bit.
* The concept of the world being decided by a battle between carders feels silly.
* Suarez makes it a point to demonstrate just how evil some of the characters are. This squicked me out slightly...more
D.M. Dutcher (Sword Cross Rocket)
Apparently this is first of a series. MMO and videogame magnate dies, but somehow works his will through outlandish technological means to implement some plan of collapsing/remaking society. People try with absolutely no success to stop him.

The problem with this book is that all the cards are held by the villains, to the point of absurdity. Literal absurdity, once they start pulling the Razorbacks in. The heroes exist only to be struck down, and while this might be good as a set-up, an entire bo...more
John
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Skorgu
To properly understand Daemon, ask a biologist about Michael Crichton. Then get some opinions of ER from some doctors and Law and Order from people with Esq. after their names. If you're particularly brave ask a theologian about Dan Brown. (If you're suicidal ask a physicist).

Once your hearing recovers and your bones have knit consider that in all likelihood you've based decisions and impressions of the real world on models informed by said fiction. How many times have you eavluated a trivial le...more
Ricky Penick
This is the first of a couple of first books by authors that write technology related fiction that I finally acquiesced to engage with after enduring relentless promotion within the technology community. Yes, I am deeply enmeshed, submerged or whatever, but no matter how deeply I dive into IT, I still have that BA in English. I am not so much a stickler that I can't abide some deviation from the rules of grammar. I am a techie, after all. But really, you should at least know the rules before you...more
Otis Chandler
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Alex Taylor
I finished Daemon a few days ago and it's really been sticking with me. It starts as a murder mystery and quickly spirals out into a much broader story about how our world is held together, or not. It warrants the comparisons to stuff by Neal Stephenson and William Gibson. Like these other authors the story centrally features technology without it just being about that technology. On a few occasions it reminded me elements of Spook Country and Cryptonomicon. Suarez is not as funny and discursive...more
Alper Çugun
This came highly recommended from some friends which makes it all the more unfortunate that it didn't live up to expectations.

Daemon's merit is that the ideas in it serve a plot from the realm of sci-fi but one whose execution is feasible and even thinkable with our current state of technology and society.

The philosophy and story it tells is a bit of a mashup between Snow Crash, the Matrix and most pop-sci books from the past ten years. Unfortunately the story crashes under the weight of its own

...more
Rich Brown
Atrocious, but so close to being a great thriller; possibly a good movie some day. In desperate need of an editor and an ending. Geeks rave about this book the way Germantown housewives raved about _The Firm_ in 1991. "Oh, I know all these places/terms." Sure. But otherwise... it kinda sucks, right?

Editors fix things like this:

> Southerners mocked as sounding like Colonel Sanders wouldn't subsequently say "ten March," they'd say, "the tenth o' March."

> How does a total stranger recognize a...more
Eric Thirolle
This is the first IT thriller that I have read that gets the details right. Suarez himself works in the IT field, and the authenticity of the details supports the overall believability of this story. The premise is that a computer genius, Matthew Sobol, designs a resilient "limited AI" that is released to the Internet and begins to take control of the world's largest corporations and to violently fight off any attempts to oppose it. To what end?: it is not clear yet...

This is pure thriller mater...more
Ian
Thinking about how I've told people about this book, as "a geeky action flick of a book" doesn't really do it justice, although I can't really put it any more succinctly. The truth is that this is probably one of the best books I have ever read, and finishing it was extremely bittersweet because I really wanted to read more.

What Daemon does is mix suspense, action and technology into a story that is rich with heroes, villains and a surprisingly plausible plot about a computer script taking over...more
Bryce
An interesting read that took me a while to get into and left me feeling rather frustrated. Despite that, I enjoyed it. First, the frustration: this book is part 1 of a two book series. You won't see that anywhere on the cover, and it very much leaves off right in the middle of the action. I don't mind series, but I'd appreciate to know when I'm reading one, so that I don't expect an ending. (Although in this case, the "ending" is more just a convenient pause in the action, not a real tying up o...more
Eric
Oct 22, 2012 Eric rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore cyberpunk fans
This book's premise, that a genius-programmer/Nega-Steve-Jobs named Matthew Sobol dies and leaves behind malicious code that corrupts the world, was mind-blowing. It was current, original, well thought out, and flawlessly executed -- but (insert record scratch here) the further Daemon got from Sobol's death, the more and more unbelievable it became, almost to the point of sparkling vampires, which in this book's case was self-driving samurai sword wielding motorcycles.

Even before the book devol...more
Jake Taylor
Daniel Suarez's Daemon was a gripping read about an essential cyber apocalypse. The late computer genius Matthew Sobol created a globally distributed cyber daemon, a virus type program which infiltrated essentially the entire world wide web without anyone even knowing. Upon his death, Sobol's daemon was unleashed upon the world, with not only incredible cyber power and seemingly endless capital at its disposal, but an unemotional will to achieve its goal, a goal which to all except the daemon's...more
John
Cybernetic thrillers about the end of life as we know it aren’t a usual stop for me, and when I started this tale about a twisted genius inventor of computer games who happens to be dead and the havoc he wreaks on the living, I really wasn’t expecting to get beyond the first chapter. But Daniel Suarez knows his stuff, explains it deftly so that mind-boggling concepts don’t interrupt the action, and keeps you turning those damned pages (except when you just have to put the book down to chew on so...more
Woodge
Wow. This was very cool. Geek cool. There are two definitions of "daemon" that apply here: 1) a person who is part mortal and part god and 2) a process lurking in the background, usually unnoticed, until something triggers it into action. For example, the sendmail daemon awakes whenever someone sends mail. This is the story about a computer game company CEO whose death triggers a daemon with extremely deadly results. Detective Pete Sebeck investigates a strange death which sets the story in moti...more
J.P.
I'm not exactly sure what it was in this novel that pushed all my right buttons to give it 5 stars. I'm not a gamer or a computer geek or a reader that looks for a lot of action in a book. Best I can figure is the story reminded me of one of Michael Crichton's best, albeit with the plot on speed. The best part of Daemon is the technology is always plausible. Even when stretched to the limit in places you can imagine this could happen in the not too distant future.

There are a few drawbacks. The...more
Mike
I met Suarez this summer, and had to read this book and its sequel, Freedom (TM). This isn't the sort of fiction I usually read. I'm really not big on thrillers, and I'm typically cool towards sci fi (though I see I've reviewed a lot of it here).

Daemon absolutely has to be read with Freedom (tm). The two are one sustained novel.

Just as Cory Doctorow's Little Brother was science fiction when it was written, but there's little in the book that couldn't happen now, Daemon and its sequel may have...more
Jeffrey Grant
This book ended up on my list through a source that usually provides sci-fi and fantasy titles. It could be considered sci-fi by the strictest sense of the definition, but it is more accurately labeled a drama/thriller in the vein of a Tom Clancy novel. He’s the only author of modern thrillers that I’ve read who provides a convenient comparison.

If you’ve read any of his Jack Ryan novels, you’ll know that, unlike the films upon which they’re based, the concept of a main character or even a main...more
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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and Sci-Fi thrillers focus on technology-driven...more
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