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DOWNLOAD LINK: Daemon (Daemon, #1) ebook epub electronic book Daemon (Daemon, #1) by Daniel Suarez for iphone, ipad txt format. In Kenneth Durand leads Interpol's most effective team against genetic crime, hunting down black market labs that perform “vanity edits”. Daniel Suarez is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom( TM), Kill Decision, Influx, and Change Agent. A former systems consultant to.
The first few pages were a bit bumpy for me, I didn't get several of the 3-letter abbreviations. The story takes place in and Suarez explains how the world has changed, what tech is currently being used and what happened to get it there.
Some things I might agree with, others absolutely not. You might say it's his story to tell and nobody cares for my agreement and you'd be right , but that's my point.
He used to tell a story that technologically felt real but to me this is just a scifi thriller amongst others. I did enjoy the side blows he was passing out to nationalists Trump by showing how the US took themselves out of the game of front-players completely on their own accord.
Then at around page 40 Suarez uses a classic tech trope. I don't want to spoil so I won't go any deeper.
Suddenly it turns very thrilling indeed. Unfortunately the ending seemed totally obvious to me and the progress in the story felt very railroaded, so there were few surprises. It turned out worse and anticlimactic. Repetitive even. An okay book that I just couldn't connect with I'd rate with 3 stars, but I had several issues, so it has to be 2 stars in my world. I'm really sorry, I was expecting a 4 star read, hoping for 5. Sorry to disapoint!
I added a star because looking back I feel my personal disappointment shouldn't discourage others from reading this. After all it isn't 'bad', it's just that I was expecting more. View all 24 comments. Mar 17, Kemper rated it liked it Shelves: I received a free advance copy of this for review from NetGalley. In the world has shifted to an economy based on synthetic biology rather than electronics, and the United States is now a third world backwater because of its stubborn clinging to the past and refusal to recognize and adapt to a changing reality.
Yep, that math checks out. Kenneth Durand is a researcher for Interpol in Singapore who tracks down illegal labs. Durand and his group receive intelligence that a powerful crime syndicate run by a man named Marcus Wyckes is the main player for all genetic crime, but before Durand can act on the information he is injected with something while in a crowd. He wakes up from a coma weeks later, but now he has an entirely different face and body, and even his DNA has been altered to change him into a Marcus Wyckes doppelganger.
See what I did there? However, Daniel Suarez is a writer capable of looking at the current state of technology and coming up with concepts for what happens next that seem all too plausible.
While Suarez is a champion of science and technology he also sees some of the often horrifying implications of how unregulated processes and unrestrained greed could turn new developments against humanity. I lost track of the number of times that Durand broods about trying to get back to his wife and baby girl. I was more interested in this world where furniture, car frames, and knife blades are grown than I was in the fate of Durand who was just another bland lead character to me.
View 2 comments. Mar 29, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have no problems raving about this book! But this isn't just another cat and mouse hunt for wrongdoers. This is Daniel Suarez. That means a lot of great tech and implications of tech and what's even greater? Great locations to get lost in, from Singapore to Thailand to Burmese jungles and even more.
Biotech has ta I have no problems raving about this book! Biotech has taken off in a really big way. Between automatic cabs made of shrimp shells to a flock of young Scarlett Johansens, Suarez keeps us on our toes and if you're not reading carefully, you'll miss a ton of these brilliant additions scattered throughout the ostensibly Thriller-esque text.
Who are you to completely edit my genetic code into a super-baddie? Honestly, this is a fantastic hard-sf novel, people.
It's perfectly engineered to feel like a police procedural turned nearly revenge-esque with a burly man with chameleon tattoos and a dwarf, both traveling through high-tech and squalor through countries much changed from our current ones, feeling a lot like Babylon Babies and The Minority Report the entire time.
Virtual realities that are beamed right into logical light structures for programming? Hell yeah. Laws and implications for such? That's on top of the main genetic plot. This is a rich idea novel as well as a fun-as-hell adventure. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! View all 7 comments.
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Jun 29, Alex Givant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent book about our close future. If you think that genetic modification is still the sci-fi, please check Correction of a pathogenic gene mutation in human embryos published couple days ago.
View 1 comment. Oct 13, Kaitlin rated it liked it. So I enjoyed the concepts in this book more than I enjoyed the actual story, but it has left me wanting to know a whole lot more about CRISPR and gene-editing so thats a plus! I would classify this as a near-future sci-fi thriller, it's definitely heavily researched in terms of science, but it also certainly plays with the reality of what could happen and pushes things to the extreme in order to make a more crazy story.
This is a story about a man called Ken who works for Interpol. His job is hu So I enjoyed the concepts in this book more than I enjoyed the actual story, but it has left me wanting to know a whole lot more about CRISPR and gene-editing so thats a plus!
His job is hunting out gene-editing labs around the world and closing down the illegal ones where it's dangerous and radical changes are being made. He's a coder, and he's the enemy of many big gene-editing gangs who are very powerful. Suddenly he gets pricked with a needle whilst at a busy station, and his whole DNA is edited to turn him into the very criminals he hunts After that, he has to go on the run So what I most liked in this story was the fact that it was pace-y and entertaining throughout, but it also made me think about the whole nature vs nurture debate.
Imagine a world where everything that was 'you' could be radically changed It's a creepy thing to think about when you think deeply, but it's also pretty fascinating, and I liked that element a lot. The things I was less keen on were the 'thriller' elements.
Of course we have the criminal gang who are after our main character when their plot goes wrong and he doesn't end up dead. We also have a man on the run for the majority of this book so we follow him doing ludicrously unbelievable things in order to escape from the authorities and sometimes this all just became far too unbelievable for me. Overall, it's a fun read and it's a sci fi where I really enjoyed the science. I would say it's very easy to get into, and if you're looking for something light but thought-provoking you may want to give this a go.
My original Change Agent audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Change Agent , by Daniel Suarez, is a frustrating pop-sci thriller, more focused on whiz-bang tech than telling an original story.
At its core, this Crichton-esque soft-serve is a generic lone hero on the run chase book, set in the near-future where the threats of illicit genetic modification are rearing its ugly head and Interpol is working on cracking down on underground biohackers. After shutting down My original Change Agent audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. After shutting down an illegal gene shop, analyst Kevin Durand becomes the target of Eurasian gang boss, Marcus Wyckes.
There were also too many moments that ripped me right out of the narrative with how clumsily they were handled. On another occasion, Durand has to flee a building swarming with cops by rooftop and surrounded by drones. Later, Saurez details an underground slavers club where people have been modified to look like celebrities. At other times, Saurez stops to linger for far too long, bearing the story down with a lot of exposition and infodumps on current affairs, the tech of the day, and detours into the Malaysian jungle that serve to slow the narrative to a crawl when it should be racing full speed ahead.
Gurner has a rich timbre and is able to provide a wide range of voices and accents to keep the large cast distinct. On the production end of things, the audio comes through clear and consistently, as one should expect of a major publisher like Penguin Audio. Audiobook provided for review by the audiobookreviewer. Mar 22, Faith rated it liked it Shelves: Kenneth Durand works for Interpol tracking down illegal genetic labs. Millions of migrants are fleeing crop failures, there are civil wars and rising ocean levels.
The gene revolution has bypassed America because of its backward anti-science ways and so Singapore has become the center of the new technology. The author is a little heavy handed with his social commentary. Genetic engineering is restricted, but an unscrupulous company has devised a way to completely replace the DNA of an adult hu Kenneth Durand works for Interpol tracking down illegal genetic labs.
Genetic engineering is restricted, but an unscrupulous company has devised a way to completely replace the DNA of an adult human. They inject Durand with the change agent and he awakens in the hospital as an exact copy of Marcus Wyckes, the head of the company. What follows is a very prolonged chase scene, with both Interpol and Wyckes trying to capture Durand who Interpol thinks is really Wyckes - it's complicated.
There's a lot of world building, in fact there was too much for me and I wound up skimming. To me, a lot of this was just technobabble like "photonic computing clusters" and "synbiotoxins". There are also many intriguing details.
Tattoos come and go. However, there was no character development and the only plot element is that Durand wants to get his own DNA back and to keep from getting killed in the process. This book was just OK for me. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Mar 15, Quirkyreader rated it it was amazing. I received this as an ARC from Penguin. Am I glad I ever did. It takes Science Fiction to a whole new level. After reading this book you will never see DNA and gene therapy in the same way.
Get ready for your mind to be blown. Nov 25, Brandon Forsyth rated it liked it. There's a lot to like here, but it's hard to love. Executive Summary: Despite a bit of a bumpy start, I think this is my favorite book by Mr.
Suarez since Daemon. Jeff Gurner continues to be a good fit for Daniel Suarez books. He reads well, and does a few voices to add that little extra something to the audiobook.
These are exactly the kind of books I think are well suited to doing in audio. Full Review I picked up Daemon a few years back on the recommendation of a co-worker. It was kind of remarkable that I hadn't found it on my own Executive Summary: It was kind of remarkable that I hadn't found it on my own earlier.
That book was totally in my wheelhouse.
A near-future sci-fi thriller about a computer program gone crazy? Yes please. In fact, I've found most of his work after Daemon just a little too ridiculous at times for me, but always good for a fun quick listen. I'd say this book is no different, except I found myself enjoying this one a lot more by the end than the last few.
Bioengineering seems to be a pretty popular topic for near-future science fiction recently, but I found Mr. Suarez's take on things to be pretty interesting and unique.
I did struggle a bit in the beginning with the whole "Wrongfully accused Fugitive" trope. It felt too generic for me, and I found myself starting to grow bored. However once things got past the setup, I found that the sci-fi elements that Mr.
Suarez added in made his spin on the story unique enough to be quite enjoyable. As with most of his books, things start of in the realm of believability and end up veering into the realm of ridiculousness at times. I sometimes struggled with Kenneth Durand as a protagonist, but overall I thought his story does a good job of posing interesting questions about how much of who we are is biology vs. The whole nurture vs. The book as a whole brings up some interesting ideas of what should be allowed and what should be illegal in terms of biological engineering.
I don't pretend to have the same level of comprehension about biology and what's possible in that field as I do in computers, but some parts of the story were just a bit too much for me to not to roll my eyes.
Maybe they'll tell me that Mr. Suarez isn't too ridiculous after all. I sure hope not, because it would be pretty terrifying. Like all of his books, he takes interesting science, extrapolates on what might be, and uses that to frame an over the top thriller story. It was a fun book, and I'll be eager to pick up his next book when that comes out as well. Apr 17, Sam Clues and Reviews rated it liked it.
In the year , Kenneth Durand, an Interpol agent who leads a team against genetic crime, feels the sting of a needle and his transformation begins. Now a fugitive, Durand must go deep into the underground world and evade police capture to try and retain his own DNA. I was intrigued immediately. From the first pages, I was hooked. I was completely sucked into this futuristic world and was completely horrified when Durand found his DNA stolen. Human trafficking, human experimentation, cartels and high stakes business, made this one especially complex.
In fact, initially, this sci-fi thriller reminded me a little bit of Dark Matter, which was one of my favourite releases of last year Unfortunately, I struggled a bit with the execution. As mentioned, I loved the beginning of the novel. The language became more technical and I found myself not being able to connect fully with the story.
Overall, I feel like anyone who likes a military thriller will enjoy this one; it does feel like a military thriller with a twist. I also feel like anyone who enjoys a futuristic or sci-fi novel will love what Suarez presents. Overall, I felt it was a solid read and gave this one a 3. It's and Interpol's Kevin Durand is shutting down bioengineering hot beds that are changing the DNA of embryos in order to make "children to order".
While some are doing this for the pure sense of not having their child be born with an illness or deformity as he's guilty of with his own child , others are manufacturing kids in a more immoral way and he's out to stop as many as possible. Because he's good at his job, one of the most notorious international criminals, Marcus Wyckers, is out It's and Interpol's Kevin Durand is shutting down bioengineering hot beds that are changing the DNA of embryos in order to make "children to order".
Because he's good at his job, one of the most notorious international criminals, Marcus Wyckers, is out for his head.
But why take his head when he can use Durand's entire body? An unfortunate prick in a crowded area sends him into a coma for weeks and when Durand wakes up, he doesn't understand why he's handcuffed. Asking for a mirror, his reflection shows Wyckers, as does his DNA. How did this happen and how far will he go to get back to his family and try and change his DNA back to his own? What the ever living hell.
This was somewhat plausible and somewhat crazy! Personally, I had the best time reading about how gene manipulation could work I was utterly fascinated with Durand's journey. And genetic tattooing Reminiscent of Face Off the movie, not the reality show with a Total Recall futuristic feeling, I found this novel entertaining.
Some may get a little turned off with all the scientific jargon, which can make certain parts feel a little drawn out. I can see this absolutely being made into a movie adaptation. I think it should - I'd download it. Love your sci-fi with some gene splicing and dicing? Take a chance on this read and be careful in crowded areas. Jun 12, Cynthia rated it really liked it Shelves: I love the science fiction genre but I often feel let down by such books because some authors put a lot of effort on world building and not enough in creating strong characters.
Suarez doesn't have this problem because his Change Agent characters are well drawn and their dilemmas are real as well. The action in this book revolve around genetics. Suarez begins with our current manipulation of DNA and imagines a world where parents can alter their children in utero are beautiful and intelligent.
T I love the science fiction genre but I often feel let down by such books because some authors put a lot of effort on world building and not enough in creating strong characters. The action happens in a future Asia where people are allowed only one child which helps the parents justify such exploitation, this is their one shot and they want the best. It's easy to sympathize with this however there is a black market that flourishes outside government regulation and their agenda is dark.
The main character falls victim to them when they alter his DNA. He's involved in regulating gene manipulation. HE wakes up literally not himself. The story takes off with his odyssey to track down why and how the bad guys changed who he is on the outside but they can't touch his thoughts and feelings.
This is science fiction at its best. Thank you to the publisher for allowing me access to the e-book. Feb 25, Tom LA rated it really liked it. A near-future thriller about everything that can go wrong with genetic manipulation. Interesting South-East Asia locations, mainly Singapore, which in this fictional future has become the new technological hub of the world. I liked his previous A. Great fun and stimulating speculative fiction in parts, too slow and boring in other parts.
Jul 17, Andy rated it it was ok. Enjoyable for Suarez fans, but not as good as his first books. That could still be OK if he just let it go and then spent the book following through on the implausible premise's implications for society. Unfortunately, he has the characters keep telling us over and over how impossible the premise is and then, instead of showing us how it transforms society, the characters keep telling us about how it will change everything some day.
Except that i Enjoyable for Suarez fans, but not as good as his first books. Except that it's not that different from gangsters in old movies getting plastic surgery, so I never quite got why it was so mind-blowing. Apr 17, Brian Sletten rated it it was amazing. Identity is a tricky thing. We are who we are through complex combinations of genetics and upbringing.
This has been a tricky space for humanity even as a given, but the concept of being able to modify our genetic sequences upends our notions of self, religious beliefs, legal consequences and how we conceive of humanity. In "Change Agent", Daniel Suarez once again engagingly thrusts some uncomfortable truths that are presently just off the horizon into our present so that we might deliberate the Identity is a tricky thing.
In "Change Agent", Daniel Suarez once again engagingly thrusts some uncomfortable truths that are presently just off the horizon into our present so that we might deliberate them before we need to. Usually they are arbitrary, historical, inherited delineations and technology has a tendency to cross them casually before we even notice. He refuses to let that happen. The fact that he has researched the technology and it is more real than we might expect hammers the point the home in ways that cannot be ignored.
This book has the chance to appeal to his widest audience yet because at issue is an impending assault on our definitions of humanity. What will start as unquestionably desirable edits fixing known genetic defects will quickly turn into yet another hyper-competitive opportunity for the wealthy to benefit disproportionately.
What happens next is not something as simple as a wage or technology gap, it is nothing short of inventing a new set of rules in species-defining and defying advancements. It is this aspect of "Change Agent" that I found most unexpected and most effective.
The genetic dilemma is fairly telegraphed from the summary on the jacket. But the synthesis and extrapolation of present technical, economic, geopolitical and scientific trends is terrifyingly accurate in my estimation. Several unravelling threads of our existing world order are casually tossed off as givens not worth spending too many paragraphs exploring.
It's easy to extrapolate these concerns into uncomfortable scenarios. I guarantee you Daniel will take you beyond what you can imagine. It's not all hopeless, however. Daniel's books are ever more cinematic and he even seems to be imagining the inevitable television adaptations this book as already been optioned by Netflix such that he spells out what music should be playing during dramatic scenes.
It will resonate both thematically and tonally and will make for a damn good scene. There was also more humor in this book than I recall from his other ones.
It may not be full-blown comedic humor, but there are definitely wry, sly and incongruously funny exchanges throughout.
My favorite may have been the rant against being polite to software agents such as Alexa and Siri. Also, based on my visualization of the characters, a somewhat light-hearted road trip with a Danny Trejo character and a Warwick Davis character kept the weighty topic from squishing the fun out of the read. I have a recurring issue with Daniel's books where, as I approach the end, I have no idea how he is going to gracefully resolve the major plot points, but, once again, he did so to my satisfaction.
This book raises some of the most important ethical questions that will burden the residents of the next half century. We cannot simply hope they won't surface because they already are starting to. As usual, the medicine comes with enough thriller to make it go down easier. Jan 21, Trike rated it liked it Shelves: The ideas and their presentation here are great, but the story is formulaic in the extreme. Which is not to say the story is bad, not at all. It just has a been-there-done-that feel to it.
The main character, Kenneth Durand, is an Interpol analyst who tracks down illegal genetic engineering labs which offer to edit embryos, tailoring children to the The ideas and their presentation here are great, but the story is formulaic in the extreme. The main character, Kenneth Durand, is an Interpol analyst who tracks down illegal genetic engineering labs which offer to edit embryos, tailoring children to the exact specifications the parents desire.
Super genius? Extremely athletic? Taller than average? Problem being, only minor corrections to serious genetic faults are allowed per international law, resulting in organized crime offering to tailor children. Enter folks like Agent Durand. So he goes on the run to prove his innocence and get changed back.
Downshift into formulaic chase story. Which is fine, it just pales by comparison to the fascinating and terrifying notion of genetic editing of human beings.
Suarez incorporates tech from his previous books here, synthesizing a frighteningly probable world of , complete with sex slaves edited to look like celebrities, simpleton children genetically engineered to be perfectly docile workers or perfectly obedient soldiers, and a village of children suffering from terrible mutations, cast off by the Huli jing once they proved to be failures.
Along the way Agent Durand enlists the help of criminal doctor and half-rate genetic manipulator Bryan Frey, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism. Which is a pretty good gambit, but it feels derivative of the movie Twins , where Arnold Schwarzenegger is the result of genetic experimentation and Danny Devito plays his brother. Like I said, formula. But it is definitely an easy read for all that, and the possibilities of such genetic engineering are decently explored.
The scariest thing about it is that a lot of this stuff is being worked on right now.
I pre-ordered it from Audible something I rarely do and the day that it arrived I was lucky that I was just about to finish the last book I started. Environ Geochem Health. Epub Mar Implications of high species turnover on the south-western Australian sandplains. PLoS One. Sci Total Environ. Epub Feb Holographic optical tweezers-based in vivo manipulations in zebrafish embryos. J Biophotonics. Epub Feb 6.
Phys Rev Lett. Epub Jun J Med Chem. Epub Apr 1. Clin Nephrol. Sci Eng Ethics. Epub Sep Estimation of the free energy of adsorption of a polypeptide on amorphous SiO2 from molecular dynamics simulations and force spectroscopy experiments. Soft Matter.No trivia or quizzes yet. Apr 24, Zulfiya rated it liked it. Stories Discover Categories Issuu Store This book has the chance to appeal to his widest audience yet because at issue is an impending assault on our definitions of humanity.
Maybe they'll tell me that Mr. The novel was a stream of unadulterated action and movement. A former systems consultant to Fortune companies, his high-tech and sci-fi thrillers focus on technology-driven change. Durand as a character allowed the reader to follow along with someone as their own opinions of people and things they fought for so long was changing.
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