A good friend Adam Ross/ross549 was kind enough to loan me some books by Daniel Suarez.
Already an underground sensation, 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
The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon, the “Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period.”*
*William O’Brien, former director of cybersecurity and communications systems policy at the White House
These are the two books in the Daemon Techno Thriller Series:
Daemon and Freedom™ comprise a two-part novel by the author Daniel Suarez about a distributed, persistent computer application, known as The Daemon, that begins to change the real world after the original programmer’s death.
I have completed Daemon which I thoroughly enjoyed, and am about 1/2 way through FreedomTM and I am very much enjoying it as well. I would have completed it much more quickly if I could have had it in audiobook format or at least an ebook that where I could resize the text. I really need to be able to do that these days. These are larger paperbacks but I still have trouble reading paperbacks these days.
These two techno thriller books have a fascinating basis. It proposes a very interesting scenario of events using AI, the Internet, all kinds of technology currently available or coming soon, and reported on over time by science, technology, and nature publications.
It is so highly detailed that some folks actually considered it too detailed and therefore too slow moving. I actually love detailed books so I found it an amazing story.
As noted above, it is based on what happens in virtual reality games, with BITCOIN and other virtual currencies, and the Internet in general, as well as how governments/military, corporations/businesses use and abuse the Internet, and how it all could be dismantled from the inside out by a very methodical and devious entity created by a very intelligent man, a genius game designer all while he was dying of brain cancer.
The interesting thing is that in some areas if not all, it could be a bit prophetic.
The books are very well thought out, detailed in their execution and methodical. As someone who keeps up with technology, I found it a most engaging set of books in so many ways.
Don’t be put off by the books if you find that them slow to gain momentum. Daniel Suarez builds this very deep and multifaceted story in a meticulous manner. It is ingenious, precise, amazing, and well worth every detail!
Is it worth one’s time to read it? Yes, if you enjoy technology, gadgets, the Internet, political/military, religious, and corporate/business dealings, and if virtual reality gaming intrigue you, even if you are not all that familiar with the world of virtual reality gaming. Believe me, Daniel Suarez will fill in the gaps for you.
The books are extremely creative and yes, they are a true set of techno thrillers!
The books originally were a single book self published under the pen name of Leinad Zeraus under Verdugo Press. The rights were acquired by Dutton.
It all begins when one man’s obituary appears online. . . . A legendary computer game designer’s obituary unleashes an unstoppable network of programs. Programs that move money. Programs that recruit people. Programs that kill. 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.
Visit the Daemon website.
The book was such an underground success among the geeks and gamers of the world that book publishers were actually approaching him wanting him to let them publish it. It turns out that the single original Daemon book was published as two books; Daemon and FreedomTM. And when you see how many pages are in each book, you can kinda see why they split it up.
The Daemon’s virtual world truly spills over into the real world. The Darknet, an encrypted virtual world is accessed and overlaid in the real world via Heads Up Display (HUD) glasses. Buying, selling, creating, manufacturing, even protection, all done using both worlds. It’s quite a concept! And that just a couple of the multitudes of technology that are used in these books!
The WSJ article entitled, When Computers Rule the World has this to say about it:
Daniel Suarez’s tech thriller novel “Daemon” imagines a society taken over by computer programs
In Daniel Suarez’s high-tech thriller novel, “Daemon,” computer-game designer Matthew Sobol dies but continues to “live” online via a series of computer programs that he created prior to his death. These programs interact in increasingly brutal and effective ways with the physical world, eventually dominating it.
As defined by webopedia.com, a “daemon” (pronounced dee-mon) is “a process that runs in the background and performs a specified operation at predefined times or in response to certain events.”
There is a very good interview in the article. Well worth a read.
For those who are wondering about the Daemon Movie from Daniel Suarez’s Google+:
Status of ‘Daemon’ Movie
Lots of you have asked me what’s going on with the motion picture adaptation of my book, Daemon. Here’s an update: after having been optioned four years ago by a major studio, the film rights will likely revert back to me on December 8th.
I’ve been talking with several interested parties (not all of them in Hollywood), and I’ll make a public announcement when a new agreement is reached.
So, drat! It’s not settled yet! Sigh… Can’t wait!
The two books were published by Penguin Press in 2009 and are available at bookstores everywhere. Adam Ross also loaned me Kill Decision as well which I will begin reading as soon as I finish FreedomTM. Can’t wait to read that one as well. Here’s links on Amazon to Daniel Suarez’s books.
The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez’s status as the heir to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy—a terrifying, breathtaking, and all-too-plausible vision of the world’s near future.
Unmanned weaponized drones already exist—they’re widely used by America in our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, bestselling author Daniel Suarez takes that fact and the real science behind it one step further, with frightening results.
Daniel Suarez also has a new one called Influx coming out February 20, 2014! Can’t wait for that either!
What if our civilization is more advanced than we know?
The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon –(“the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured” -Publishers Weekly) –imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change.
P.S. I will come back and update this posting when I finish FreedomTM. I fully expect Daniel Suarez to throw me a curveball or two before it’s all said and done and I am looking forward to those curveballs!
I thought it was a good time to think about a great man struck down in his prime in Dallas on November 22, 1963 – 50 years ago.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), commonly known as “Jack” or by his initials JFK, was the 35th President of the United States, serving from January 1961 until he was assassinated in November 1963.
Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was accused of the crime and arrested that evening, but Jack Ruby shot and killed him two days later, before a trial could take place.
From Wikipedia on Profiles in Courage:
Profiles in Courage is a 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning volume of short biographies describing acts of bravery and integrity by eight United States Senators throughout the Senate’s history. The book profiles senators who crossed party lines and/or defied the opinion of their constituents to do what they felt was right and suffered severe criticism and losses in popularity because of their actions. It begins with a quote from Edmund Burke on the courage of the English Statesman, Charles James Fox, in his 1783 attack upon the tyranny of the East Indian Company in the House of Commons. The book was widely celebrated and became a best seller. John F. Kennedyis credited as its author, but there are credible allegations that most of it was the work of his speechwriter, Theodore Sorensen.
History and Background
Kennedy was elected to the House of Representatives in 1946 for the state of Massachusetts. In 1952, he was elected the junior Senator from Massachusetts, and served in the Senate until he was elected president in 1960. It was a passage from Herbert Agar‘s book The Price of Union about an act of courage by an earlier senator from Massachusetts, John Quincy Adams, that gave Kennedy the idea of writing about senatorial courage. He showed the passage to Sorensen and asked him to see if he could find some more examples. This Sorensen did, and eventually they had enough not just for an article, as Kennedy had originally envisaged, but a book. With help from research assistants and the Library of Congress, Kennedy wrote the book while bedridden during 1954 and 1955, recovering from back surgery.
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy
Read by John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Introduction written and read by Caroline Kennedy
“This is a book about that most admirable of human virtues— courage. ‘Grace under pressure,’ Ernest Hemingway defined it. And these are the stories of the pressures experienced by eight United States Senators and the grace with which they endured them.”
— John F. Kennedy
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Abridged Audiobook (January 1, 2003)
- Language: English
Audio version is available at Archive.org - Well worth a listen either way.
I think I have mentioned before that I really love audiobooks. In fact, I try to get as many as I can through various means; through purchases, donations, free, public domain, promotional.
While on the road for my business, listening to audiobooks is a great way to not feel all the miles and time I need to spend on the road.
Recently, I found this site TryAudioBooks.com.
They have a promotion going on where you can get the following full audio books – each one is in a single file free (all the ask for is your email address) :
The Call of the Wild by Jack London – JACK LONDON is a wonderful writer of some of the great classics. The Call of the Wild and White Fang are two of my all time favorites of his. I have several audio book versions of Call of the Wild, as well as the physical books for both books, as well as the ebooks. I love these books. Can you tell?
Second Son by Lee Child - - LEE CHILD is the author of A Wanted Man, The Affair, Bad Luck and Trouble, and many more. You might remember his other Jack Reacher books in the series. Second Son is a short story based on that character. Very good.
A Week in Summer by Maeve Binchy - MAEVE BINCHY was the author of five collections of short stories as well as twelve novels including Circle of Friends, The Copper Beech, The Glass Lake, Tara Road, and Evening Class. Review at goodreads.com. I really enjoyed this. I hadn’t heard of Maeve Binchy before, but it was a lot of fun. Hooked. Gonna have to try them all now.
The Myth of the Garage by Chip Heath and Dan Heath - Chip Heath is an American bestselling author and speaker. He and his brother Dan Heath have co-authored three bestselling books, Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard(2010), Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die (2007). and Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work. This one was the biggest surprise of all, I think. I thought it would be dry due to the topic, but it wasn’t. It was a very good book. Must read. I can’t believe I said that about a book of this topic.
Clan Rathskeller by Kevin Hearne - Clan Rathskeller is a free short story that takes place ten months before the events of Hounded, the first book in the Iron Druid Chronicles. I really enjoyed this book. I want to read the whole series now.
TryAudioBooks.com helps link people with audiobooks – so if you are not already acquainted with, or just love the beauty of audiobooks, then check it out.
If you haven’t fallen in love with audiobooks yet, who knows, you might just do so — even if you are a dead tree book lover, like me.
The site is presented by Random House Audio and Listening Library. Great site!
Thanks TryAudioBooks.com What a great introduction.
NOTE Updated the books now that I have read/listened to them all.
I just finished reading Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park (circa 1990ish) via my Kindle. Wow what a great novel. So many differences between it and the movie. I have to re-read The Lost World again to follow up! – me via ADN
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I must say Lex almost ruined the book for me. She is so annoying throughout the ENTIRE book. I wanted to reach right into the story and slap her silly. I was actually rooting for Tim to punch her out a few times. Seriously! There were so many opportunities for a dinosaur to just bite her hands off… She was so obnoxious that I probably would have cheered out loud if she had been eaten by a dinosaur.
Malcolm was a great, and integral part of the story. It’s a shame that he didn’t make it in the novel.
Hammond – what an egomaniac. He didn’t even care about the safety of his grandchildren, just about his park and ‘his’ animals! He got what he deserved in the end… although he shouldn’t have gone so peacefully. What a shame. LOL
Regarding the adult T-REX… It was never really made clear why it kept hunting Grant and the Kids. Was it following them via smell? It ate numerous times throughout the novel but continued to hunt them.
Post updated: 2013-06-30 @ 03:59:08 PM (GMT – 5:00)
File Size: 321 KB
Print Length: 166 pages
Publisher: Christopher David Petersen; 1 edition (March 17, 2011)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
X-Ray: Not Enabled
From my Twitter conversation with Christopher David Petersen:
@MyPassionsBooks to @ChrisPetersenTX – Finished Hidden Courage! Very good indeed! Informative, suspenseful, adventurous! Worried about Jack several times!
Isn’t it great to be able to converse with writers online while reading their books!
I couldn’t put down the last half of the book. Except once — had no choice, had other things that I needed to do — and I kept thinking about what was going to happen next in the book the whole time, until I got back to the book! Especially after Jack did a nosedive off of the mountain snowfield with no power! This was the area he landed his special little plane on the side of the mountain below Destination B. I was on the edge of my seat!
The hero, Jack Roberts, is very surprising at first. He seems like a very nice, mild mannered young man, but his hidden depth of courage to overcome his fear — which is of course the true meaning of courage — is truly amazing.
The original title for this book was Destination B: An Adventure in the Andes, but it was later changed to Hidden Courage. I really like Hidden Courage because it is so true.
I loved the story line. I was surprised just how much detailed information about climbing and flying the writer was able to get into the book and so conversationally! As well as lots of great information about the places that Jack visited along his journey, some of which he just flew over all along his trip from Connecticut in the Northeast of the United States across and down to Latin America and parts of South America to his destination B peak in The Andes in Peru.
I found out another interesting item when I looked up and was reading about The Andes. It is the longest continental mountain range in the world. See, he even got me to go looking stuff up too. I love research!
Christopher David Petersen included technical information about flying along the journey, and about climbing as he went up against the elements to reach Destination B, and I just drank it all in. I love techie stuff like that! Nothing like a great story to glue together wonderful and useful information about interesting subjects, and to get suspense and thriller at times to boot.
Thanks Chris! I will soon be reading Tomb of Atlantis too. Already purchased the Kindle Edition after reading the very interesting ancient historical first chapter at the end of Hidden Courage. Can’t wait to see where Jack Roberts will come in on that story!
You can also read this review here:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am enjoying this book so far. Great detail on flying a small plane by yourself in interesting locations. I am at the point where Jack landed on the snowy flat area high in the mountains after flying about a week alone from the United States to The Andies in Peru.
Now, he he is looking up at the mountain he chose to climb two years ago…scary looking! There are two more books about jack, so I know he will be OK, but life sometimes gets in the way!
I hate to put it down, but very busy times right now and I need to do so. But, I will be able to read some on the Ferry…
OK, now that I have finished the book, here’s my review that I put on MyPassionIsBooks.com blog…
Thank you Mr Anderson to kindly allow us to reprint your MrAnderson.info article about Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card:
I’m a newbie when it comes to the wonderful world of audio-books. I’ve enjoyed a few to wet my appetite. Currently I’m in the middle of 4 books! I know! One that gets a bit more play/reading time is Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card.
I’m not quite done with the book yet, but I’ve gotten through enough to give initial thoughts…
Each chapter has two parts to it, two stories, that no doubt will continue to converge at some point. Each section, at least at the beginning of the audio-book was read by a different narrator. I’ve now run into a few chapters where there has been a completely different narrator for the main part of the chapter… which totally kills the flow, especially when I find the new narrator’s voice annoying!
Seriously, check Audible’s site for Pathfinder: Book 1, it has five, yes FIVE different narrators listed!!! Not cool.
P.S. The way that I’ve been listening to the audio-books, is while I’m reading them on my Kindle. I know kinda strange, but I enjoy reading along.
Audible: Pathfinder: Book 1 (17 hrs and 46 mins)
- by Orson Scott Card
- Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie,Kristoffer Tabori, Scott Brick
Only a single acronym removed from Mr. Anderson’s republished article at his suggestion.
I can totally understand Mr. Anderson’s concerns about how it was recorded. He mentioned to me that there were some chapters that were apparently redone after the fact for some reason. Or had to be finished by another narrator for some reason. But this happened late in the book. Of course, I could only listen to the sample at Audible and it sounded like I heard two different narrators in the sample playing different parts; which would make sense and that sounded really good. One of the narrators was Kirby Heyborne who I really enjoyed when he read Little Brother (YA book) by Cory Doctorow.
I have read some audiobooks with multiple narrators/readers, but they each played different parts which made sense.