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4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  25,566 Ratings  ·  2,402 Reviews
Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferr ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published January 8th 2009 by Dutton Adult (first published December 1st 2006)
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Mark Petry Interesting coincidence, I just finished Brad Thor's Act of War. Then a friend of mine, when I asked to recommend a book, suggested Daemon. I'm 100…moreInteresting coincidence, I just finished Brad Thor's Act of War. Then a friend of mine, when I asked to recommend a book, suggested Daemon. I'm 100 pages in and I do like it. I wasn't that impressed with Act of War either. I write suspense thrillers so I'll pick up books in that genre, not sure why I bother with Thor. I've read four of his books, and I can honestly say as I go through my read books on Goodreads, I can't remember anything about any of the four.(less)
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Jul 11, 2009 Nathan rated it did not like it
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
Sep 12, 2009 Hugh Howey rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 22, 2010 Kemper rated it liked it
Shelves: cyber, thriller
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
Apr 10, 2009 Keri rated it did not like it
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
Feb 23, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Ben Simpson
Dec 17, 2012 Ben Simpson rated it it was amazing
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
Veronica Belmont
Dec 16, 2009 Veronica Belmont rated it really liked it
Shelves: sword-and-laser
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.
Mike (the Paladin)
Originally reviewed in May 2014. Just had to repair a couple of typos.
By the way if find more typos I missed...sorry.

#%*&@#%.....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 s
Oct 03, 2011 Weavre rated it it was amazing
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
Sarah Anne
Okay, I'm going with an unpopular opinion here. And a DNF @ 16%.

There's a scene with one of our POV characters where he goes to a rave, separates a young woman from her "peer support system" (his words), drugs her, and then convinces her to strip in front of a hundred people, after which he gets her to have sex with and/or give blowjobs to about 40 guys who are standing in line, waiting "their turn". All while he's streaming it live on the internet. Oh, and it establishes that he does this on a
Aug 21, 2008 Nicolai rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"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.
D.M. Dutcher
Jun 06, 2011 D.M. Dutcher rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopia, thriller
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
Jan 08, 2009 Samantha rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 27, 2010 John rated it it was ok
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May 11, 2009 Skorgu rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 30, 2015 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 Stars

I know there may be some that disagree, and I really don't care. This was some good reading. Fun, entertaining and made you wonder, "Could this really happen?

I think so.

If someone can think this up for a book; then there is someone out there who is already trying to apply principle.

This is about the potential power of the internet. Basically, what that potential power could do, if used by someone who truly understands how it all works. All of those hackers, tech nerds, programmers, e
Ricky Penick
Jan 26, 2013 Ricky Penick rated it did not like it
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
Rich Brown
Mar 15, 2009 Rich Brown rated it did not like it
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
Aug 11, 2009 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 stars. A unique fictional take on the world of MMORPGs and video game AI. I liked this because in some ways it was very "Michael Crichton-y" in its combination of action and thriller with science and technology, though I suspect that folks with extensive knowledge of programming and computer network systems will find some of the explanations and details in Daemon overly simplistic or flat out nonsensical.

The book doesn't really paint a very positive or flattering picture of gamers either, bu
Alper Çugun
Apr 12, 2012 Alper Çugun rated it liked it
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

May 11, 2010 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, suspense, action
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
Eric Thirolle
Jul 06, 2012 Eric Thirolle rated it really liked it
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
Jake Taylor
Aug 15, 2012 Jake Taylor rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
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
Otis Chandler
Nov 04, 2010 Otis Chandler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: geek, thriller, ai
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Mar 04, 2010 Woodge rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
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
Feb 25, 2015 Xabi1990 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Acabado Daemon y comenzado, sin tan siquiera soltar el kindle, Freedom (su continuación).

Si suelto uno y comienzo el siguiente en plan poseso no hace gfalta decir que sí, el libro merece la pena. Le cae el 8,5/10 y en Goodreads le pongo 5 estrellas porque 4 sería bajarle su nota actual y el libro merece la pena.
Si os gusta la Red y las nuevas tecnologías os va a gustar esta novela, seguro. ¿Qué no os va ese rollo?. Pues supongo que os gustará pero no tanto. En Goodreads tiene notón, éste y su co
He dudado mucho si ponerle 3 o 4 estrellas, lo suyo de poder hubieran sido 3.5. Pero como no se puede, lo dejo en 3 por el regustillo final que me deja la novela.

Daemon es una de esas historias que lo tiene todo para triunfar, pero que conforme vas leyendo más te vas dando cuenta de que la ejecución es muy mejorable.

La trama es interesante, el ritmo de narración y la lectura son entretenidos, pero al final no cumple con las expectativas.

En mi caso, tiene que ver que al ser informático gran parte
Spectacular techno-thriller (hate that term). I was hooked from the beginning. A very plausible story of a game dev that dies, and leaves behind a narrow AI, that sort of... um.. takes over.. very cleverly. It had some great twists and turns, great tech being used with bloody effect.

Very entertaining all round, batteries not included.
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