My rating: ★★★★✩
Probably more of a 3.5 stars book. It was a solid, fast moving, techno-thriller with some great ideas, some clunky writing, and, worst of all, it's only the first book of, I think, a proposed trilogy, so it ends pretty abruptly. I kept wondering, as I reached the end of the book, just how Suarez was going to wrap up all the narrative strands with so few pages to go. Well, he has at least another book to do it in, I guess!
Daemon tells the story of a dead computer game company founder whose death unleashed a cyber creation of his. Told in the 3rd person from several different points of view (cop, computer security consultant, military types, etc), it also includes vignettes describing how some of the early followers of the Daemon were recruited. The network the Daemon unleashes and controls is pretty impressively described and generally believable. Another warning though - just because a character is a narrator, don't get too attached! Like George RR Martin, he's not afraid to kill off any character, no matter how central he or she may seem.
Some of the action goes over the top and some of the chase scenes carry on a bit too long, but I never felt like flipping past them. I also had a hard time at the start keeping everyone straight - not sure if it was the author's fault or my fault. But once the story got rolling, it really took off. The ending, while admittedly just of part one, was quite mysterious and I'm not sure what the rambling was about, but we'll see in book 2.