Like six of them or something? You really have to read Daemon first to know what's going on. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. A great read, and a good one if you've got a long trip or vacation travel ahead. Well for security one would think. The characters are cardboard cut-outs, who speak almost entirely in either cliches, or chunks of exposition that frequently confers data that every character involved in the conversation already knows and furthermore, the reader knows as well.
The first book focused a large portion on technology and being a little of a tech geek, I was enthralled by the accuracy of the technology imbued with the evolution of the 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 headquarters where I work. A few select individuals knew about this, some of them working for the daemon, some against it. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. Users give reputation rankings to each other for most interactions, giving everybody an incentive to be cooperative and helpful. There we were, innocently drifting along the cosmos on our little blue marble, like the Native Americans in 1492. I feel that Freedom was better than Daemon, less repetitive and even more relevant to the financial crisis of 2008 and its aftermath, including the response of the Obama administration.
There is a reason they broke the two books out like they did. But this system of rewards is all in real wealth, real influence, and really awesome tech. A scene or two actually depicting this would have been nice, though. What this sacrifice bought, however, was a more in depth look at the Darknet and in the lives of people living in these semi-cyber reality societies that we only got a glimpse of in the first book. 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. The story moves along quickly toward a sa I listened to the audio version.
I wish a few subplots had been more thoroughly fleshed out, and that the ending was less ambivalent, but if you enjoyed the first book, or are looking for interesting insights on society, civilization, the free market, socialism, etc then you should enjoy this book as much as I did. It moves quick, is bloody, and it makes you think more than the first book about many current issues, our political views, and where we are going. And it uses high tech weaponry and willing operatives to defend the fledging darknet communities. Freedom is itself one of those books that is hard to put down forcing you to read-on way past self-imposed bedtimes. I read this book in 2 days. Oh 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.
In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution. The best episodes of The Twilight Zone did this. The two books combined form the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured. Ross eventually deduces that the Daemon can anticipate their every move, seemingly one step ahead of anyone who tries to interfere with its operation. It was so squishy yet anticlimactic and it felt awfully rushed and wrong. Questions: Didn't NaziMan Berner is that his name? If you enjoyed Daemon, there is no reason not to read the sequel.
Anyway, high marks on the story, but downgraded to 3 stars because I can't say it was the satisfactory conclusion I expected. Soon civil war breaks out in the American Midwest, in a brutal wave of violence that becomes known as the Corn Rebellion. Well, more is here, and it's even more gripping than its predecessor. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Since Anji is hardly seen throughout the novel, an educated guess would be that the Major managed to take over the media as a whole as part of their plan, being able to control the civilans' perception of the darknets as terrorists, and this included circumventing the control of the Daemon over Anji Anderson, getting her on the Major's side. And all that stands in the way of the coming apocalypse is a starry-eyed inventor who dreams of building a revolutionary new spacecraft and an intelligence agency desk jockey faced with the impossible choice of saving her daughter - or saving the world. Will the people have freedom tm? Sobol, dying of brain cancer, was fearful for humanity and began to envision a new world order.
I can't wait for another one. In a world of conflicted loyalties, rapidly diminishing human power, and the possibility that anyone can be a spy, what's at stake is nothing less than human freedom's last hope to survive the technology revolution. It's a techno-thriller without the techno-babble. And what happened with Angie Anderson? If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added. There are some who want to eradicate it.
If he does write one, I can say that I will read it. Tough rating, probably deserves 2. Sci-fi at its best - full of meaty themes - a great book for serious discussion as well as being a thrill ride. Trust me, it makes a lot of sense, and honestly made me think about some 'localvore' ideas I hadn't really considered before. Overall, I would say 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. When I finished Daemon, I was somewhat dissatisfied with the conclusion, as reflected in my review.