Daemon (book series)

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2006 original edition
Author Daniel Suarez
Country United States
Language English
Genre Techno-thriller novel
Publisher Verdugo Press
Publication date
December 1, 2006
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 444 pp (paperback edition)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-9786271-0-2 (paperback edition)
OCLC 123420486
813/.6 22
LC Class PS3626.E73 D34 2006
Followed by FreedomTM

Daemon and FreedomTM comprise a two-part novel by the author Daniel Suarez about a distributed, persistent computer application, known as The Daemon, that begins to change the real world after the original programmer's death.

Walter F. Parkes, who produced the 1983 film WarGames, had optioned the film rights to Daemon with Paramount Pictures,[1] however these rights likely reverted to Suarez on 8 December 2012.[2]



Soon after the death of Matthew A. Sobol from brain cancer, a computer daemon is activated. Its first mission: to kill anyone and anything that stands in its way. Detective Peter Sebeck is called in to investigate the death of two programmers who worked for a computer game manufacturer, CyberStorm Entertainment.

During his investigation, Peter meets and befriends Jon Ross who is a technology consultant. Unfortunately, their traditional investigation methods are useless against Sobol's Daemon program. The Daemon anticipates every move, seemingly one step ahead of anyone who tries to interfere with its operation.

The program takes over thousands of companies and provides financial and computing resources for creating AutoM8s (computer controlled driverless cars, used as transport and occasionally as weapons), Razorbacks (sword-wielding robotic riderless motorcycles, specifically designed as weapons) and other devices.


  • Matthew A. Sobol, PhD a wealthy and legendary computer games designer at CyberStorm Entertainment. Dies at age 34 due to brain cancer and envisions the new world order and prepares humanity for its new future.
  • Detective Peter Sebeck a serious and devoted crime detective who discovers Sobol's game and the daemon.
  • Jon (Frederik) Ross a Russian hacker and identity thief. Ross joins Sebeck and Philips to destroy the daemon.
  • Agent Roy "Tripwire" Merritt a decorated FBI agent and folk hero of the Darknet. He becomes known as "The Burning Man" by the Darknet users, who respected him for his tenacity.
  • Agent Natalie Philips a genius workaholic government cryptographer-in-charge of the daemon task force.
  • The Major a secret DOD liaison assigned to the daemon task force.
  • Brian Gragg aka "Loki Stormbringer" a daemon operative. One of the most powerful operatives and a cruel and spiteful misanthrope, he is hated and feared even by other Darknet members.
  • Anji Anderson a daemon operative.
  • Charles Mosley a daemon security operative.

Dutton purchase[edit]

On June 25, 2008, the Dutton imprint of the Penguin Group purchased Daemon and the rights to the sequel Freedom™ from Verdugo Press.[3] Since purchasing, Dutton has achieved foreign rights sales worth over $1 million.


  1. ^ Trachtenberg, Jeffrey A. (March 18, 2009). "When Computers Rule the World". online.wsj.com. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ Suarez, Daniel (November 30, 2012). "Status of 'Daemon' Movie". Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Daemon by Leinad Zeraus Acquired by Dutton

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