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Already an underground sensation, a high-tech thriller
for the wireless age that explores the unthinkable
consequences of a computer program running without human
control—a daemon—designed to dismantle society and bring
about a new world order
almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry
on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls
of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world
economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or
daemons, make our networked world possible, running
constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking
e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For
the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can’t always
be said for the people who design them.
Sobol was a legendary computer game designer—the architect
behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature
death depressed both gamers and his company’s stock price.
But Sobol’s fans aren’t the only ones to note his passing.
When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant
daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to
unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected
world. With Sobol’s secrets buried along with him, and as
new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it’s
up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans
and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless
enemy—or learn to live in a society in which we are no
longer in control. . . .
Computer technology expert
Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with
gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the
tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William
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