Book review: Daemon by Daniel Suarez

I was given a copy of Daemon written by Daniel Suarez from my blogger friend Henrik Ahlen, which I read almost immediately, very captivating, and something to do while my new-born daughter was up all night with stomach pains trying to get to sleep on my shoulder 🙁

The book is very well-written, and with-out the techno nonsense that some SF (or “Cyberpunk”) authors tend to. It’s a tech novel, and there are a lot of technology but they are not obsessive or inaccurate as some authors in this space. But most importantly it’s a good and exciting story, and as an old fan of William Gibson and Niel Stephenson, this book stands out and is a recommended read (and much better than some of the 90th’s cyberpunk authors). I think and hope there will be a sequel to this book, and that we will see this as a movie soon.

The underline of the story tells a story of our society being extremely vulnerable and dependent of technology, and how the nation-wide borders have been replaced by a global economy for good and bad.

Now the good of the globalization outweighs the bad in the real world, IMHO, but the books shows how vulnerable our global world is to non-nation threats and how badly we can deal with-them. The 911 and terror attacks since then also shows this, malicious nations are fairly easy to target and defeat, the small enemy with-in is much harder.

This is Daniel’s first book, and if he keep’s up this level, I think Michael Crichton should watch out!

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  1. Wille
    Wille says:

    The most ridiculous book in the genre I ever read was “Digital Fortress” by Dan Brown of “Da Vinci Code”-fame.
    As a techie myself, I cringed through half the book at the inaccuracies and preposterous contraptions described in the book..

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  2. Carl-Johan Sveningsson
    Carl-Johan Sveningsson says:

    @Nicolai, nice review, thanks! I will write mine as soon as I find the time as well. And it will be somewhat more obsessively positive than yours 🙂

    @Wille, I so agree with you, I absolutely suffered through Digital Fortress as well, D.B. did everything he could have done right wrong. I describe “Daemon” as “somewhat like Dan Brown style, except with excellent background research, I.e. fundamentally unlike Dan Brown”

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  3. Nicolai Wadstrom
    Nicolai Wadstrom says:

    @greg: Sorry to hear, I didn’t know. And I did in fact read and reviewed this book before that, just hadn’t time to finalize and post it. But I am really sorry to hear this, I have missed it in the news (I became a father in November, and life have been in a blur and attention elsewhere until now). I much enjoyed Michael Crichton’s books, and is parting is a loss to the world.

    @Wille and @cj, Yes Dan Brown is not much of a favorite, I did read most of his books, but only the Da Vinci Code held up to some extent, but it felt more like a movie script, and I think the movie was better than the book!
    Michael Crichton as mentioned on the other hand was very good, although not all of his books have turned out as excellent movies (some have), but the books are good.

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