Book Reviews

Daniel Suarez: Daemon

I really enjoyed this book.  The story was interesting, and largely plausible if you really understand the technology being employed.  Plus, being someone who is technically aware, I thought the author did an amazing job of employing current internet based concepts to build a story that is simply a great read.

The story centers around a massively multi-player game analogous to WoW (World of Warcraft).  The developer of the game dies before the story begins.  When he dies, it triggers hidden code in the game that runs as a distributed daemon service on a botnet spread across the planet.  Without giving the plot away, the story is extremely engaging and uses social engineering, security exploits, spiders, and the internet to take a really fresh look at what could really happen to our world if current technologies were properly manipulated.
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Angels & Demons, Dan Brown, and The Lost Symbol

I’m currently rereading Angels & Demons by Dan Brown in preparation for the movie to opens May 15th.  I originally read it when it was first released but thought it was a good chance for a refresher prior to seeing the film.  I have to say, I’m enjoying it as much the second time as I did the first.

I’ve been a fan of Dan Brown since the release of his first book, Digital Fortress.  And while Brown really became a household name with the release of The Da Vinci Code, I would recommend any of his books.  Deception Point was a great thriller.  Though I doubt it will make it to the big screen, it would make a riveting movie.

The Lost Symbol is the next book Brown is set to release.  I would have bet money on it being set for release along side the theatrical release of Angels & Demons but it seems that is not the case.  While the film will hit the big screen in May, The Lost Symbol is due for release September.  That struck me as a massive miss when it comes to marketing opportunities.
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