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Tricate games he devised named Matthew Sobol had died of cancer But he left behind the Daemon a computer program that works as a blueprint and recruiting tool for an economic and political revolution Sobol was convinced that worldwide corporate corruption had reached a point where people were in danger of being nothing but puppets forever By sing the Daemon to seize the high ground on the internet Sobol posthumously declared war on the existing forms of politics and finance The Daemon also Understanding Yandere Lovers uses a virtual version of the Internet called the darknet to hook it s operatives into a web overlay of the real world via HUD glasses and other biometric interfaces After deliberately escalating the existing economic crisis the Daemonses the rules of on line gaming and internet social media to begin creating a new society and economic model And it Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand uses high tech weaponry and willing operatives to defend the fledging darknet communitiesA corporate shadow government doesn t just want to destroy the Daemon and the darknet operatives it wants tose the crisis the Daemon has created as an excuse to expand their power and influence to the point where traditional governments will be completely toothless They se the mass media outlets to spin the story that the darknet communities are terrorists and sing that as an excuse nleash Blackwater style private armiesThe plot could come across as B movie ish but Suarez manages to make even the outlandish stuff sound reasonable and he makes a lot of intriguing points about the current economic structure in areas like corporate farming One of the cooler ideas is that on line gaming rules and rating systems could be the basis for a new society It s sounds crazy but Suarez makes an interesting argument that it could work What if every person you dealt with had a visible ratings score based on their interactions with other people Or if enough people instantly voted on a project being important the group resources were allocated accordingly And I like that Suarez doesn t paint this as an instant topia The Daemon is definitely breaking a whole lot of eggs to make this omelet and some of it s operatives are in danger of gaining far too much power even within the rules of the system A lively read with plenty of action and enough big ideas to make you think I enjoyed this Leaders Eat Last uite a bit For anyone interested I d definitely read Daemon first Rating 710Good Delivers from Daemonor notThis novel is a seuel to Daemon so you have to probably read that first Before Reading This Review Do Check Out reading this review do check out review of Daemon The first novel was definitely one of the best techno thrillers I have ever read and experienced It had all the traits that a techno thriller has There were plethora of things that I learned With that much excitement I had while reading the first novel I started the second novel and I would say it was a total disappointment even though it was entertaining at timesWhile the first novel concentrated on the gory and so dark side of the Daemon the second novel was completely contrary ie it focused on Daemon being a good Samaritan I was completely flabbergasted and taken aback by how the author completely flipped the script It got me interested while I sensed that it was heading in that direction But while I was reading there were many things that didn t stick right There were many time jumps which was a real pain and got me boring at times The story didn t do justice for the main characters and it just invented many side characters who were totally monotonous It felt like the scenes depicted were a cut and paste from various parts of the first novel at times the pacing of the story was getting The pacing of the story was getting by every chapter there were some chapters that made me dreary The ending became anti climatic with no strong note and was flat While the novel suffered from the above mentioned it found strength in the last part of the novel except the ending the way. The halls of government leaving readers clamoring for the conclusion to Suarez's epic storyIn the opening chapters of Freedom™ the Daemon is well on its way toward firm control of the modern world La muralla verde using an expanded network of real world dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew Civil war breaks out in the American Midwest with the mainstream media stoking public fear in the face of this Corn Rebellion Former detective Pete Sebeck now the Daemon's most famous and. Nearly as amazing as the first book in the Duology Daemon it leadss right into the middle of an ideological breakdown or a breakthrough with hoards of Daemon followers playing their lives AS IF IT WAS ALL A if it was all a game And indeed the way our economics and military and politics is run it a huge game And indeed the way our economics and military and politics is run it just that So what happens when a game AI successfully outplays our gloriously flawed human nature all in the desire to prevent a total breakdown of our society as all societies have broken down when our reach outstrips our graspWhy the old guard the rich the staunch governmentalists and the old idealists band together to take down impossibly the background program that had transformed the world With devastating effect Civil Wars corn rebellions tent cities and absolute fear of the internet dominates this bookOh yeah and high level wizards techno kind roam the world having risen high in wealth and real power thanks to the Daemon and they are truly awesome and rather scary Sound like a game Well it is But this system of rewards is all in real wealth real influence and really awesome techWho do I root for waves his wand around I won t tell youThe fact is this is still very much a techno thriller to its core but beyond that it s super ambitious and it s also a rather enormous SF The New Competition undertaking in its own right from the ideas the social reform or from the deeper implications of what it means to be human and so flawed as to have one stupid distributed program be able to outthinks surprisingly so because it doesn t even have real intelligenceIt s just programmed to manipulate Domestic Slavery Considered as a Scriptural Institution by Francis Wayland and Richard Fuller us all really really well And I can t say I disagree with it s core purpose either But then I mustote Robert A Heinlein Never nderestimate the power of human stupiditysighGreat book great conclusion and I don t even mind the soapbox that the author stood pon SF is really all about ideas but this one S A GREAT STORY TOO DAEMON WAS SO DARK a great story too Daemon was so dark depressing that I seriously considered skipping the seuel but I m glad I didn t view spoilerThis book feels surprisingly different than its precursor the first was all about how scary and damaging the Daemon was but the second is all about how evil the corporate overlords are and here the Daemon is clearly humanity s last hope to avoid 1984 Everybody is coopted by last year s villain as government is coopted by the oligarchs hide spoiler Tough rating probably deserves 25 starsThis is the seuel to Daemon which I recall enjoying a good bit Daemon was pretty popular among computer programmers for its according to the description here at goodreads shockingly plausible premise It s a techno thriller without the techno babbleFreedom is I think meant to be in the same mold although I m not sure what an encrypted IP beacon is That is to say the techno gets a little babblyI did love the premise In Daemon an out of control computer program tries to take over the world It s the enemy In Freedom things are a little complicatedStill lots of the issues feel half baked It s great to imagine a topia of hyper local communities but where are the ones outside of Iowa going to get their food How s it going to work with citiesAlso there s only one female character and she s pretty much a passive observerSo it gets rounded down to two stars Disappointing given my memory of Daemon After reading this book I feel like I should put on a kilt paint my face blue and stand in front of the corporate headuarters where I work Then waving my laptop over my head and doing my best Mel Gibson impersonation without the anti Semitism I ll shout You may take away our financial independence our self supporting communities and our personal privacy but you ll never take our FREEDOM Too muchMoving on This is a techno thriller but like the previous book Daemon it s a pretty damn ambitious techno thriller Daemon set the stage and now Freedom delivers the goodsPreviously a very wealthy computer guru known for the in. The propulsive shockingly plausible seuel to New York Times bestseller Daemon the Greatest Techno thriller PeriodWilliam O'Brien former director of cybersecurity and communications systems policy at the White House2009 saw one of the most inventive techno thriller debuts in decades as Daniel Suarez introduced his terrifying and tantalizing vision of a new world order Daemon captured the attention of the tech community became a national bestseller garnered attention from futurists literary critics and. The events branched were a thrilling roller coaster ride There were speculative technical ideas and the themes That Were Focused In This were focused in this was mind blowing The focus on the Virtual Reality and fantasy elements Were Interesting And A DelightOverall I Would interesting and a delightOverall I would this novel is an entertaining popcorn flick which could have made a real good addition to the duology if it wasn t for the downs mentioned above I enjoyed Daemon a lot and was excited to jump right into Freedom tm However I confess that I was a little disappointed What I really liked was the moral andary aspect I don t want to be too spoilery so I ll stop there Also the virtual environment as everyday social fabric was nifty Especially the contrast between the folks who treated this new world like they were actually IN a videogame with all the magic and gods imagery that often brings and the regular people who didn t fuss with the pomp and circumstance of it all I ll admit that some of the tech elements were on the extreme side but I don t mind nearish future tech making its way into my contemporary fiction as long as it s cool What I didn t likegosh there was a lot It was WAY to preachy Much too much time was spent telling The Oswald Reflection us what was wrong with society in long monologues rather than letting character actions and events gets there I really wish I d been able to see of the Unnamed One s est and I really wanted to know about Loki and the cult of Roy Merritt Also the action seuences kept teasing me with hints of what they could have beenMy fix Let the characters and the action take
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stage and the message sneak p on the reader in the background I have to say I was a little disappointed in this book compared to Daemon It seemed a bit off the rails very preachy and without a central character to latch onto Plus the level of violence and gore was WAY over the top I think the central messages are A great seuel to Daemon You get to see a different side of some of the characters and not everything is as cut and dry I listened to the audio version When I finished Daemon I was somewhat dissatisfied with the conclusion as reflected in my review I subseuently learned that Mr Suarez could not find a publisher for Daemon so published it himself and it became an internet sensation I feel that Freedom was better than Daemon less repetitive and even relevant to the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath including the response of the Obama administration The story moves along ickly toward a satisfying resolution although the estion Sobel posed near the end isn t really one that needs to be answered yes or no The writing is excellent although the author seems less comfortable handling romantic situations and conversations than when describing technology or creating action scenesThe narration is outstanding and having a woman reading the headlines is a bonus I felt the length was better matched to the subject matter than in Daemon which seemed a bit too drawn out I noticed that in written form Freedom was only 50 pages shorter than Daemon a difference of a bit than 10% yet the audible version was than 4 hours shorter about 25% less I didn t investigate why that is probably the result of a different typesetting in print form I was skeptical that Suarez could recapture the Introduction to Mythology utter immersion and fascinating construction of Daemon but he did I think one of the main ways he did so was turning from an emphasis on technology to an emphasis on the socio political themes that began to emerge in DaemonIn the tradition of Brave New World and 1984 FreedomTM serves as a warning by exaggeration It s not that the events and revelations of FreedomTM are accurate or even prescient it s that the elements that could cause them to happen all exist right now The confluence of events that could make the world just like the one in FreedomTM are certainlynlikely but that doesn t mean we shouldn t pay attention to the warning. Most reluctant operative must lead a small band of enlightened humans in a populist movement designed to protect the new world orderBut the private armies of global business are preparing to crush the Daemon once and for all In a world of conflicted loyalties rapidly diminishing government control and a new choice between free will and the continuing comforts of ignorance the stakes could not be higher hanging in the balance is nothing less than democracy's last hope to survive the technology revoluti. ,