Daniel Suarez has designed software for the defence, finance and entertainment industries. He originally self-published DAEMON when rejected by mainstream publishers and agents. Blog raves, Amazon raves, and a feature in Wired magazine turned the book deservedly into a runaway hit. He lives in California, USA.
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.
Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills and cyber suspense - Publishers Weekly (starred review). Greatest. Techno-thriller. Period. Suarez presents a fascinating account of autonomous, logic-based terrorism, incorporating current and anticipated technologies to create a credible and quite clever story. Experts have long feared the Internet doomsday scenario; the Daemon is arguably more terrifying - Billy O'Brien, Director of Cybersecurity and Communications Policy, The White House. Suarez is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson - John Robb, author of Brave New War. Daemon is the real deal - a scary look at what can go wrong as we depend increasingly on computer networks - Craig Newmark, founder of craigslist. Daemon is better than early Tom Clancy - the tech is invoked with inside knowledge; the writing is better; and deeper issues are explored with greater imagination - Stewart Brand, founder of the Whole Earth Catalog and cofounder of The Long Now Foundation. Daemon is to novels what The Matrix was to movies. It will be how other novels that rely on technology will be judged - Rick Klau, Strategic Partner Development, Google
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.