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DAEMON

I just finished another great book in which fabulous characters abound. Matthew Sobel is literature’s greatest villain who is dead and cremated at a funeral where his family is not allowed to attend. Police Sgt. Peter Sebeck is a great hero who is executed as the country’s consummate villain. Then there are a dozen other characters, most of them not what they’re supposed to be, some good, some bad, but each with a personal agenda, like my favorite, SS Oberstleutnant, Heinrich Boerner of the computer game, Over the Rhine. And of course there’s the Daemon who boasts the title of this book by Daniel Suarez and published by Dutton. For those of you who aren’t computer geeks, a daemon is a computer program that runs in the background waiting for some event to take place and then acts. Sobel’s Daemon, activated after Sobel’s death, busies itself with irresistible electronic plans to control the world, while this page turner proceeds more quickly then your computer can boot up.
Those readers who are not IT savvy, might be put off by some of the marvelous technical descriptions in this gripping novel. But, they shouldn’t be. Every move, every machination, every mind-blowing event makes sense as the diabolical Daemon parries every human effort to stop it.
I’ve found this novel to be among the top science fiction offerings of this decade. It’s terrific. Read it!

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