Daemon by Daniel Suarez

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When a designer of computer games dies, he leaves behind a program that unravels the Internet's interconnected world. It corrupts, kills, and runs independent of human control. It's up to Detective Peter Sebeck to wrest the world from the malevolent virtual enemy before its ultimate purpose is realized: to dismantle society and bring about a new world order.

About Daniel Suarez

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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon and Freedom™, and an independent systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. An avid gamer and technologist, he lives in Los Angeles.
Published December 29, 2009 by Signet. 640 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Computer programs left behind by a dying inventor of video games spread dark mischief around the world, pitting gamers and enabled losers against the most powerful government agencies and businesses, with the geeks holding the best hands.

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Publishers Weekly

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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.

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BC Books

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With his first novel 'Daemon,' Daniel Suarez shows that he may be Tom Clancy for the Grand Theft Auto generation.

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BC Books

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Sobol is dying with brain cancer, but before he kicks the bucket he focuses his intellect and immense financial resources on creating an artificial intelligence system that will transform the real world into a type of video game.

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Book Reporter

The jacket blurbs for DAEMON favorably compare Daniel Suarez’s debut novel with the works of Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton.

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The Independent

No Lovelier Death by Graham Hurley (Orion £12.99) Now on opposite sides of the law, Detective Inspector Faraday and ex-Detective Constable Winter are both looking for clues in a double murder at the house of Winter's new boss, the notorious gangster and Faraday's nemesis, Bazza Mackenzie.

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The Bookbag

No matter what the F B I come up with, Sobol seems to have anticipated every move and despite their best efforts, Sobol not only has plans to stay one step ahead, but also to frame others for his crimes.

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Daemon is one of the rare thrillers that really does shock and surprise the reader page after page.

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Tampa Bay Times

As our reliance on technology — especially computers — increases, so too does our vulnerability to system failures, corrupted networks, ambitious hackers, identity theft and other undesirable byproducts of the digital age.

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SF Site

hypersonic sounds systems that make voices appear in mid-air, autonomous vehicles, electronically fired stacked projectile technology, non-lethal infrasound weapons, zombie computer systems, virtual 3D worlds overlaid on the real world via HUD glasses, and computer viruses stored in undetectable ...

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SF Signal

It wasn’t until several high profile people in the tech industry (Stewart Brand) started pushing the book that Dutton picked up the publishing rights to this book, and the next, which I can’t wait to read.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Professor Plum Dallas Morning News 4 of 5 Stars "With no disrespect to the late Michael Crichton, Daniel Suarez’s techno-nightmare, Daemon, illustrates what I call Crichton’s Law: Some ideas are so good that nobody can mess them up.

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The Well-Read Man

His 1937 book The Gnomemobile was turned into a Disney children’s film, and his 1927 book Oil!

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Daemon revolves around a computer program, the titular Daemon, that makes HAL look like kid's play.

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