Daemon is the first novel in the series by author Daniel Suarez. It is the New York Times best-selling debut high-tech horror film. Computer programs run in the background, waiting for a specific event or time to execute. They power most services. They make our networked world possible.
Here are the top 3 reviews and comments that readers love about this fascinating book.
Review 1: Daemon audiobook by Erica
Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever
No that title isn’t an exaggeration. If you’re content in knowing the information provided in the title and would like to skip the praise I’m about to bestow and just buy the book.
So, another book about computers taking over the world. Ho hum, blah blah, yes? Actually no. While I was reading Daemon the thought that this could really happen kept going through my head. Without giving away some of the plot points, I’ll just say this. Read some of the recent news about the Storm botnet. Think about peoples addictions to WoW. Then read the book. Then think about those subjects again.
A few words to the techies: SQL injection attack, botnet, and rootkit. All those words/phrases can be found in this book. No no, my friends, this is not the book equivalent of Hackers (you know where code magically floats across the screen and other cheap tricks), this is a book written by a systems consultant (read: normally the guy that gets called in with the regular schmoes can’t figure things out) for Fortune 100 companies. To use a common cliche, he “gets it.” Actually he gets it, gets into its inner workings, and turns it inside out. Vague, I know, but I’m trying very hard not to spoil the fun of this book.
There is no reason for you not to read Daemon, no matter your level of technical understanding. Everyone from the CEO who has only the vaguest understanding of his IT infrastructure to the mail room guy who goes home to play WoW for 8 hours to the advertising exec who only knows how to check his email. Check it out from the library, buy it online, or borrow it, just find a way to read it. Read some sample chapters of Daemon if you need more convincing.
Review 2: Daemon audiobook by Liza Klosterman
It Had Me From The Start…
…but lost me at the end. That is the only reason I am giving this book a 4 instead of a 5. The book was fantastic, and I couldn’t wait to get in my car and listen to more. But…the book just ended – boom -l ike that! Once I got over the shock, it seemed obvious that a sequel must be planned, but I didn’t know that at the time (now I do), and I was a bit put off by how it ended. I mean, most books that have sequels at least wrap up a little bit at the end. But noooo, not this one! However, that is my only complaint about the book. I would recommed it to anyone. It is kind of scary when you think that this story is something that could possibly be pulled off in real life.
About the computer and gaming termionolgy in the book – I have a computer background, but no gaming background, and I think that even if you have neither you can still follow along. So, don’t be put off by the technology jargon in particular. You can get through it – and it is well worth it! Now I can’t wait for the sequel! Daniel – bring it on!!!
Review 3: Daemon audiobook by Theodore
This is one of the coolest books I have listened in a long time. I am seriously a fan now of Daniel Suarez. The entire time I was listening to this book I was utterly gripped. The most interesting thing about this book is how realistic it appears and how current the title is. For anyone who is a techy and worse for anyone who is into MMORPG’s this is downright a fascinating listen. There are a number of twists and turns in this book that makes you thoroughly enjoy the entire title.
Jeff Gurner does justice to this title and there is nothing I can fault about his narration at all. It was dynamic, impressive, smartly done and with the different array of characters was just plain a treat.
You will enjoy this book immensely, seamless writing, interesting concept, great twists, relevant and with superb narration…. LOVED IT!
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