Daniel Suarez is the New York Times bestselling author of Daemon, Freedom(TM), Kill Decision, Influx, and Change Agent. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, his high-tech and sci-fi thrillers focus on technology-driven change. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
A legendary computer-game designer dies, and a daemon (an autonomous computer program) goes berserk. Self-published by independent systems consultant Suarez, this first novel was beloved by techies everywhere and even featured in Wired. Foreign rights to four countries. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Originally self-published, Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills and cyber suspense. Gaming genius Matthew Sobol, the 34-year-old head of CyberStorm Entertainment, has just died of brain cancer, but death doesn't stop him from initiating an all-out Internet war against humanity. When the authorities investigate Sobol's mansion in Thousand Oaks, Calif., they find themselves under attack from his empty house, aided by an unmanned Hummer that tears into the cops with staggering ferocity. 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. Complicated jargon abounds, but most complexities are reasonably explained. A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel. (Jan.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"Daemon does for surfing the web what Jaws did for swimming in the ocean...both entertaining and credible...an impressive debut novel."--Chicago Sun-Times "A chilling yet entirely plausible story of technology gone awry."--St. Petersburg Times "Fiendishly clever...an almost perfect guilty-pleasure novel."--The Dallas Morning News "A riveting debut."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) "This thrill-a-nanosecond novel is certainly faithful to the techno-traditions of Michael Crichton and should delight not only readers of the 'science gone awry' genre, but general adventure readers as well."--Booklist "Suarez's not-just-for-gamers debut is a stunner."--Kirkus Reviews "Greatest. Technothriller. Period. Suarez presents a fascinating account of autonomous logic-based terrorism, incorporating current and anticipated technologies to create a credible and quite clever story."--William O'Brien, Former Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House "Daemon is the real deal--a scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks."--Craig Newmark, Founder Craigslist