Freedom

Freedom

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by Daniel Suarez, Jeff Gurner
     
 

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The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon In one of the most buzzed-about debuts of 2009, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of a new world order, controlled by the Daemon, an insidious computer program unleashed by a hi-tech wunderkind, Daemon captured the attention of the tech community, became a New York Times and

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The propulsive, shockingly plausible sequel to New York Times bestseller Daemon In one of the most buzzed-about debuts of 2009, Daniel Suarez introduced a terrifying vision of a new world order, controlled by the Daemon, an insidious computer program unleashed by a hi-tech wunderkind, Daemon captured the attention of the tech community, became a New York Times and Indie bestseller, and left readers hungry for more. Well, more is here, and it's even more gripping than its predecessor. In the opening chapters of Freedom(tm), the Daemon is firmly in control, using an expanded network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear apart civilization and rebuild it anew. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Former detective Pete Sebeck, now the Daemon's most powerful-though reluctant-operative, must lead a small band of enlightened humans toward a populist movement designed to protect the...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bestseller Suarez's sequel to Daemon (2009), in which the late, mad-genius game designer Matthew Sobol launched a cyber war on humanity, surpasses its smart, exciting predecessor. This concluding volume crackles with electrifying action scenes and bristles with intriguing ideas about a frightening, near-future world. Sobol's “bots” continue to roam the Internet, inciting mayhem and siphoning money from worldwide, interconnected megacorporations out to seize control of national governments and enslave the populace. FBI special agent Roy Merritt is dead, but still manages to make a dramatic comeback, while detective Pete Sebeck, thought to be executed in Daemon, rises from the supposed grave to lead the fight against the corporations. What the trademark letters affixed to the title signify is anyone's guess. Those who haven't read Daemon should read it first. The two books combined form the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured. (Jan.)
Kirkus Reviews
The colliding armies are virtual, but the bloodshed isn't, in a sequel to Daemon (2009). That novel ended with Detective Sergeant Peter Sebeck of the Ventura County (Calif.) sheriff's office in jail, the government's fall guy for a bizarre series of events that no one has a real handle on. No one except for rogue computer genius Matthew Sobol, that is, and he's dead, leaving behind as a memento mori the scariest legacy the planet has ever seen. But what exactly is the Daemon? Since it's derived from an online video game, dedicated gamers come closest to comprehension. Consummate insider Jon Ross, for instance, describes the Daemon "as an open source cybernetic organism . . . that is spreading across the globe." For the benefit of a still skeptical ex-colleague (and any bemused readers) he adds, "the Daemon is real, and it's bigger than all of us-because it is all of us." Whatever it actually is, advocates and adversaries by the millions line up to support or abort the Daemon. Suddenly, Pete finds himself sprung and drafted for a Grail-like mission. His task is "to grok the shamanic interface," which means to embark on an updated Pilgrim's Progress that will end at last in his passing through the mythic Cloud Gate. In this way only can he justify the embattled concept of freedom, proving thereby that humanity is able to transcend an inherent drive toward self-destruction. Meanwhile, in the gathering storm, rival avatars and digital ghosts prepare to duel, computerized armies gird virtual loins-and anyone without a geek-speak dictionary is likely to flounder. The previous novel drew a sharper line between good and evil, allowing less web-oriented readers to empathize and root for therighteous. This time out, techno thriller surrenders to nerd lit.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615871100
Publisher:
Penguin Audiobooks PA
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Edition description:
Playaway Edition
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Suarez is the author of the national bestseller Daemon and is an independent systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. He has designed and developed software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. Suarez lives in Los Angeles.

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Freedom 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 205 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book. Although not as quite as exciting as its predecessor: Daemon, it holds your attention until the conclusion. I would recommend this book to be read after Daemon.
BerkeleyBob More than 1 year ago
I posted a review of the first book, Daemon. Should add that both books are hard to put down. Freedom delivers some satisfactory answers to the serious issues Suarez raises. This has a fair amount of intellectual subtext but Suarez delivers in terms of blood, gore, and action. I am not sure he has correctly identified the true villains but points to multi-national corporations and does accurately portray the capture of our government's regulatory and legislative apparatus. If you liked this you might want to explore Robert Ferrigno's trilogy, Shadow of the Assasin, Prayers for the Assassin and whatever the third one is titled.
FatBoba More than 1 year ago
A great sequel to Daemon, the first from this author. Not as good as Daemon, but very close. If you haven't read that, then I do not recommend reading this book first. Daemon should absolutely be read first so that you can thoroughly enjoy this one. If you like technology, video games, sci-fi, super cool characters, crazy ideas, and fun, then read both of these books. Read both of these books in a span of about 5 days. Do not start before bed if you are looking for sleep. I am really excited about this author and only wish there was more out there by him.
dschwanh More than 1 year ago
Freedom had me breathless and late for work on more than one day. The storyline scares this IT/Webmaster with it's potential realism and I found myself needing to see what happened in the next chapter. This is pure escapism with a strong touch of what if?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most amazing book ive ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book that was hard to put down, though you have to read Daemon first so you know what is going on in Freedom. I agree with some reviewers that there are more slow spots in Freedom than in Daemon, you just have to power through them. Very highly recommended. Techno-thriller that answers the questions left open at the end of Daemon (especially concerning "The Major"). Looking forward to reading new books by this author.
Roam More than 1 year ago
Not the best prose in the world (John Steinbeck) but a very good story.
pitbull42 More than 1 year ago
I recently read Daemon and was blown away. I was very excited that it's sequel was coming out. I have to say I was disappointed. There is not as much action and I feel that the story gets blogged down at points. He story of the Daemon does get wrapped up pretty much but I think we could get another story. I word of warning-You must read Daemon before reading Freedom. If you do not you will be completely lost.
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This book keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Brian48 More than 1 year ago
The headline says it all. Great science fiction for technology oriented readers. Deamon is the first in the series and is a must read.
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Good, easy tech-thriller book to read. Read Daemon first however.