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A high-tech thriller for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable consequences of a computer program running without human control—a daemon—designed to dismantle society and bring about a new world order

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
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Mass Market Paperback, 632 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Signet (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)
Sean Duggan In my opinion, there's also a strong tie-in to Ion Storm / iD Software as well with the eccentric creators, cutting-edge techniques, and general…moreIn my opinion, there's also a strong tie-in to Ion Storm / iD Software as well with the eccentric creators, cutting-edge techniques, and general overspending on developers.(less)

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Kevin Kelsey
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Thrillers are like fluffy white bread, or buttery popcorn and I’ve come to expect certain things from them: short, clipped prose, casual (and sometimes overt) misogyny, one dimensional characters, some sort of mystery element, cheesy dialogue, comic mustache twirling villains, and military/police/government/technical jargon masquerading as complexity. Daemon delivers on all of these fronts, for better or worse, but it also brings an absolutely huge, entertaining story along with the tropes, and ...more
Nathan
Mar 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


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
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Bradley
I've just become a huge fanboy with one book.

That's to say I was rightly blown away. :) All right. To explain. What first seems like a techno-thriller with gamers and programmers and a murderer doing all his murders after his own death by cancer then quickly turns into a social and economical exploration based on the trends we're now facing.

This is a fun and complicated story filled with many twists and turns, awesome characters, and a world-changing creation that turns us all into players in a
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Kemper
Apr 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lyn
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very smart, very cool.

Daniel Suarez’ 2006 novel Daemon was a pistol hot cup of rhyme, a mix of Ready Player One, Age of Ultron, The Matrix and Left Behind (without the overt theology). But whereas Ernest Cline’s 2012 book was charismatic and kooky with the 80s trivia, Suarez’ work is dark and at times disturbing; it hums and growls with a dark net underground magnetism.

Matthew Sobol was a billionaire genius who had invented wildly popular and stunningly realistic online games. Poisoned by brain
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Keri
Apr 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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
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✨Susan✨
A 3.5 for me. A crazy individual who happens to be a millionaire genius somehow hacks the Internet and after his death his ideology runs havoc within law enforcement, the military, America's judicial system, the public sector, etc.... It was a well written book with a good story line, I just wish I could have connected with the characters more, there were too many and none very likable. Computer gamers would probably enjoy this book very much. It is the first of two books but I probably won't r ...more
Veronica Belmont
Apr 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nimrod Daniel
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reviewing and rating this book is really easy. First, I’d mention that I did this book as an audio book, and it really worked well. Just like in Kill Decision, Jeff Gurner did a really great job narrating the book. All I have to do now is just explain how great this “a genius trying to take over the world” techno-thriller is.

When I was 10% through I was fully immersed in the book, and I had to know how the things would evolve, what’s really happening that we don’t know? What Sobol really wants
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D.M. Dutcher
Jun 06, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ben Simpson
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Nicolai
Aug 18, 2008 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.
Weavre
Mar 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
John
Feb 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Samantha
Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Ricky Penick
Jan 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Skorgu
May 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Alondra
Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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aPriL does feral sometimes
This book is as stunning as Dune. I give it ten stars. if you've previously taken a programming class so that you understand programming concepts, you'll want to discuss this book's plot madly with everyone. Unfortunately, those folks of the Earth without much computer knowledge probably won't understand how far seeing this book is. Another book in the same class of speculative fiction would be the Fight Club. They all tap into a stream of collective consciousness where it could REALLY be true s ...more
Jennifer
Mar 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, science-fiction
I did enjoy this book and would recommend it to people who like technology thrillers or gaming. The plot was suspenseful and the technology was scary as hell. I have two minor complaints though. One was the lack of depth in the characters. I didn't have any emotion or investment in what happened to them. And the other is the ending...I'll just leave it at that since I don't want to give anything away.
Chris
Jul 30, 2009 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
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Rich Brown
Mar 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Ian
May 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, action, suspense
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
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Alper Çuğun
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

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Woodge
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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