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Book Review – Daemon by Daniel Suarez

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Book Synopsis:

It all begins when one man’s obituary appears online. . .

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 of programs upon his death. Programs that moved money. Programs that recruited people. Programs that killed.

Confronted with a killer from beyond the grave, Detective Peter Sebeck comes face-to-face with the full implications of our increasingly complex and interconnected world—one where the dead can read headlines, steal identities, and carry out far-reaching plans without fear of retribution. Sebeck must find a way to stop Sobol’s web of programs—his Daemon—before it achieves its ultimate purpose. And to do so, he must uncover what that purpose is . . .

“Daemon” is Daniel Suarez’ debut novel and it’s a pretty impressive debut. Daniel Suarez has been compared by many to Michael Crichton, and it’s pretty clear why – this novel is a true-blue techno thriller and the author doesn’t shy away from using cyber-computer jargon. I checked out Daniel Suarez’ website (www.thedaemon.com), and it turns out that he’s a real-life computer geek which explains a lot (with how plausible the whole set-up of his novel is).

I was a bit confused when I started reading “Daemon” since there’s a whole plethora of characters who get introduced all at once (there is no actual clear protagonist here, but there is a dead anti-hero), not to mention the extensive computer jargon used, but Daniel Suarez is a gifted writer and it’s really easy to get swept up into his world. The novel is well plotted & fast-paced and the author has a deft touch for action sequences. I think we’ll be seeing the Hollywood version soon – I think it’ll translate really well to the big screen especially with the tying-in with the gaming world. I was also really interested in the glimpse that Daniel Suarez gives us on the hacker & gamer subculture.

I was a bit disappointed with how the novel has no ending or real conclusion, but I get that the author was setting things up for a sequel (Freedom TM which comes out in Jan 2010). Which I’ll be buying, so I guess he set it up well …

Click here to read some preview chapters (first 7 chapters) and if you like – buy a copy of Daemon!

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