Synopses & Reviews
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.
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 movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.
Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control...
Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.
"Originally self-published, Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills and cyber suspense. Gaming genius Matthew Sobol, the 34-year-old head of CyberStorm Entertainment, has just died of brain cancer, but death doesn't stop him from initiating an all-out Internet war against humanity. When the authorities investigate Sobol's mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., they find themselves under attack from his empty house, aided by an unmanned Hummer that tears into the cops with staggering ferocity. Sobol's weapon is a daemon, a kind of computer process that not only has taken over many of the world's computer systems but also enlists the help of superintelligent human henchmen willing to carry out his diabolical plan. Complicated jargon abounds, but most complexities are reasonably explained. A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Mr. Suarez demonstrates...that a novel blessed with a fiendishly clever central plot device will survive any number of stylistic clunkers and cardboard-cutout characters." Dallas Morning News
"Suarez's not-just-for-gamers debut is a stunner, with an ending that promises sequels to come." Kirkus Reviews
"Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period. Suarez presents a fascinating account of autonomous, logic-based terrorism, incorporating current and anticipated technologies to create a credible and quite clever story. Experts have long feared the Internet doomsday scenario; the Daemon is arguably more terrifying." Billy O'Brien, Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House
"Suarez's dialog is crisp, and his action exciting." Library Journal
Suarezs riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills and cyber suspense.
A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel.
Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period. Suarez presents a fascinating account of autonomous, logic- based terrorism, incorporating current and anticipated technologies to create a credible and quite clever story. Experts have long feared the Internet doomsday scenario; the Daemon is arguably more terrifying.
William OBrien, Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House
Daemon is the real deala scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks.
Craig Newmark, Founder Craigslist
[Daniel Suarez] is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson. Buy everything he writes.
John Robb, futurist & Author of Brave New War
Daemon is better than early Tom Clancy...The tech is invoked with inside knowledge, the writing is better, and deeper issues are explored with greater imagination.
Stewart Brand, Founder Whole Earth Catalog & co-founder the Long Now Foundation
An exciting book that will force you to think about where we are heading as a 'wired' society. It will keep you guessing. You will not want to put it down, and you will not want it to end. It doesn't get much better than that.
Steven Winningham, Former CIO, Gap Inc; EVP, Virgin Entertainment Group
Daemon is to novels what The Matrix was to movies. It will be how other novels that rely on technology will be judged.
Rick Klau, VP FeedBurner
A thought-provoking novel that presents real technologies in a new and terrible light. It's a hard book to put down.
Tom Leonard, Lead AI architect Half-Life 2 (Valve Software)
Someday, we may be defending our systems against automated threats that aren't just dumb virusesand the ideas in Daemon will move from the fiction to the nonfiction section.
Jim Rapoza, eWeek (Ziff Davis)
A first-class story that raced, twisting, to a conclusion that left me dying to read Mr. Zeraus's next offering. This book will change the way you look at our society.
Wurzel Parsons-Keir Co- founder, Continuous Computing
Good storytelling can be one of the best ways to wrap your head around the implications of the technological changes we are immersed in. But that depends on finding storytellers who combine talent for story with a willingness and ability to understand the pertinent technologies. Zeraus qualifies. Daemon is highly recommended.
Jim McGee, Ph.D - Harvard Business School, Director, Huron Consulting Group
Daemon pulls you in and doesn't let go. You might think you know where the story is going, but believe me: you don't. This book will surprise you countless times, and it will stay with you long after you finish it..
Frank Gallego, Lead 3D Visual Effects Artist, Digital Domain
Thought-provoking and scary even more so if you know information technology. I recommend Daemon highly.
Beata Kernan, Chicago Computer Society
Suarez has accomplished a feat I've not seen to date in a novel written by a technologist: he creates characters I care about. The technology is first rate, plausible, and timed in the very near future.
Wes Peters, BSD News
Daemon is the technology story of our time. [Daniel Suarez is] a fantastic storyteller with an eye for technical detail that goes unmatched. Think Michael Crichton but with even more research under the hood.
Eric J. Olson, Buzzfeed
Suarez's view of gaming and technology is what every gamer hopes for. Daemon is a great read that takes you on a wild and crazy techno ride. You won't be able to put this book down!
Chuck Fullerton, Founder and CEO, C W. Fullerton Institute of Analysis
The imagination Mr. Zeraus shows in assessing the current technological landscape is impressive. As I made my way through each chapter, I began to realize this was no typical hacking story. Daemon is worthy of your short list.
Donald C. Donzal, Editor in Chief, The Ethical Hacker Network
Ive got to say that I LOVED Daemon... I cant wait for the sequel.
C.C. Chapman, VP New Marketing, Crayon
Praise for the Novels of Daniel Suarez
“So frightening, even the government has taken note.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The Tom Clancy of cyber security…A hell of a fun read.”—BusinessWeek
“An eyes-wide-open, eyebrows-raised, head-shaking warning.”—Wired
“A sinister, propulsive story….It raises the stakes to catastrophic levels.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Does for surfing the Web what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean…both entertaining and credible.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Ambitious.…I came away from this novel with a…new fear of computer capability.”—New York Times bestselling author Robin Cook
“Fiendishly clever…an almost perfect guilty-pleasure novel.”—The Dallas Morning News
“[Daniel Suarez] is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson.”—John Robb, futurist and author of Brave New War
“Greatest. Technothriller. Period.”—William OBrien, former director of cybersecurity and communications policy, the White House
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Kill Decision and Daemon comes the breathtaking new novel by the true successor to the late Michael Crichton” (SF Site)
Physicist Jon Grady and his team have discovered a device that can reflect gravitya triumph that will revolutionize the field of physics and change the future. But instead of acclaim, Gradys lab is locked down by a covert organization known as the Bureau of Technology Control.
The bureaus mission: suppress the truth of sudden technological progress and prevent the social upheaval it would trigger. Because the future is already here. And its rewards are only for a select few.
When Grady refuses to join the BTC, hes thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison housing other doomed rebel intellects. Now, as the only hope to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age, Grady and his fellow prisoners must try to expose the secrets of an unimaginable enemyone that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making.
About the Author
Daniel Suarez is an independent systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. He has designed and developed enterprise software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. He is an avid gamer and technologist. Daemon is his first novel.