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Robin Cook on Daemon
Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word medical to the thriller genre. Thirty-one years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created, including his most recent bestseller, Foreign Body, which explores a growing trend of medical tourism–first-world citizens traveling to third-world countries for 21st-century surgery.

Daemon is an ambitious novel, which sets out not only to entertain, which it surely does, but also to challenge the reader to consider social issues as broad as the implications of living in a technologically advanced world and whether democracy can survive in such a world.

The storyline portrays one possible world consequent to the development of the technological innovations that we currently live with and the reality that the author, Suarez, imagines will evolve, and it is chilling and tense (on the reader can find evidence that the seemingly incredible advances Suarez proposes could in fact become real). Daemon is filled with multiple scenes involving power displays by the Daemon’s allies resulting in complete loss of control by its enemies, violence with new and innovative weaponry, explosions, car crashes, blood, guts, and limbs-cut-off galore.

As far as computer complexity, Daemon will satisfy any computer geek’s thirst. I was thankful for Pete Sebeck, the detective in the book whose average-person understanding of computers necessitates an occasional explanation about what is going on. I came away from the novel with a new understanding, respect, and fear of computer capability.

In the end, Suarez invites the reader to enter the second age of reason, to think about where recent and imminent advances in computer technology are taking us and whether we want to go there. For me, it is this thinking aspect of the novel which makes it a particularly fun, satisfying, and significant read.

Customer Reviews

Better than Crichton?, October 4, 2010
By Randy Given
Is this better than Crichton? I’d say Suarez is in the same league, for sure, but doesn’t have the track record … yet.

I’m very picky about fiction books that I read. Most of my reading is non-fiction. For me to pick up a fiction book it has to be at the “top rung”. This book fits that.

Granted, computer types will get into this book more than others. It doesn’t get too detailed for non-computer types, though.

This has all the earmarks of being good movie material. Can’t wait.

Best Techno-thriller Ever!, September 28, 2010
By David Keith
I’ve read quite of few techno-thrillers and this one is easily the best ever. Heads and shoulders over anything M. Crighten ever wrote. This novel and it’s sequel are fantastic fun. Just a step into the future. Some of these ideas will actually happen in the real world, if it’s not happening already. If you want to know what the tomorrow will looks like, you’ll get a good dose of it here.

Highly addictive and timely book, September 26, 2010
By JaredArmstrong
I loved this book and its sequel “Freedom.” It took 50 pages or so to get hooked, but then I couldn’t put it down. It’s also one of the more political and relevant books I’ve read in a long time. Sign me up for the revolution!Freedom (TM)

all possible today, September 16, 2010
By Phil R. Dunn
Just read Daemon and Freedom. The crazy thought throughout is that everything is technically possible today. Well, maybe not the Razorbacks.. not right now, at least.

Stunning, mind-boggling. . reminds me of both Ayn Rand and Melville.

Cheesy at times, but more than redeemed by depth.

Absolutely Gripping, September 14, 2010
By RabbitSandwich
When I sat down to read this, I thought I’d read a few chapters. So I read 40 pages…then 75 pages…then 100 pages, because I was absolutely rapt with it. The story and characters make it exciting, the realism makes it terrifyingly creepy. The story is expertly crafted; it features a fish-out-water main character, with which the reader can identify in a setting that deals with incredible and awe-inspiring technology. This book should be read by everyone.

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