Daemon by Leinad Zeraus (Daniel Suarez)By
It’s a beautiful Friday morning in Lyons, and my mind is already starting to wander to the weekend. I have several new manuscripts to read, and I’m very excited about the number of new Trapdoor Readers that we’ve signed up this week. We had our first magazine article in Essential Writer on Wednesday discussing our call for manuscripts, and our first corporate Twitter follower in The Onion. I’m not sure what it says about Trapdoor Books that it is being followed by The Onion, but I’m willing to go with the flow.
It’s been over a week since I have talked about some of my favorite books, so I thought it would be a nice way to slide into the weekend. Daemon is a novel that gets quite a bit of airtime from me. It is a great story about a writer with the passion not only to craft a great story, but one who is also not afraid to defy the odds and win a big publishing contract by self-publishing his first book. Plus, he was an IT consultant, used a cool pen name, and makes database analysts into action heroes. His background not withstanding, Daemon is a killer read.
I won’t ruin the story for you, but the basics are this. A legendary computer programmer dies, but his legacy is a series of computer programs that start executing once his obituary hits the internet. The novel begins with mass confusion about what’s happening, the bumbling police efforts to understand high tech, and a twisting plot that keeps the reader trying to figure out what’s the motive. Daemon is a beautiful blend of action, technology, suspense and great characters, building up to a final scene where…. oops, I said that I wouldn’t ruin the ending. Let’s just say that you won’t walk through those metal detectors at the airport so nonchalantly again. It is clear to me that Mr. Suarez is a very talented writer with the background and imagination to bring tech alive. I would put Daemon on my short list to read this summer.