I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.
I've been looking for computer or Internet tech thriller but surprisingly in this Internet Age, there are surprisingly few. This nove so far is one of my favorites. I loved Daemon by Daniel Suarez and the sequel Freedom and when I finished them, I went looking for more. This Jeff Aiken Novel was what I found. I wasn't disappointed although I must add that it is hard following a book like Daemon so that says a lot for this author and this book.
I did like this better than Daemon in one respect, the author went into the tech details much more than I'm used to seeing in this small genre and for that I am glad. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading parts such as when our protagonist Jeff worked his way through the code on the machine at the law firm or how he describes how script kiddies use buffer overflow bugs to execute code. He explains it in such a way that you don't have to be a computer scientist to understand him. My wife confirmed that for me because she isn't a "computer person" as she puts it, while I am a system and network admin and we both enjoyed it equally.
One thing I'd like to note, because of what I said above and how he goes into detail regarding things like buffer overflows, etc; This is not a hacker instruction guide. You won't learn how to hack by reading this book. Sure, you might get a general idea or even come up with a decent flowchart on what and how to do certain things but I think Mark Russinovich does an awesome job going into the tech stuff while keeping the non-tech audience interested.
I also enjoy the author's writing style. It isn't so much a lyrical style as much as he explains things and tells the story in such a way that lets you concentrate on the story instead of reading or the listening. Even with audiobooks, I often find myself rewinding or playing parts over again because I just didn't get something. I didn't do that at all with this book, well....unless our dog jumped in my lap or pulled my pant leg wanting to go out. :)
Lose the opening sex scene. It's laughably bad. It's also unrelated to everything that follows. I can only guess that the editor told the author that the book needed more sex, so the author grafted on this clumsy scene.
A little bit of a letdown. It's hard to explain without revealing too much. Let's just say that I disagree with the author about how many systems would be patched.
It's competent and professional. He only had a few mispronounced words. The problem is, they were technical terms. It's a little jarring, and it suggests that he didn't always understand what he was reading. However, he did pronounce the majority of technical terms correctly, so his occasional mistake is forgivable.
My bigger complaint, and it's the reason I docked him one star, is that his voice is a bit harsh and grating. Not enough to make it difficult to listen to, but just enough that you wish somebody more melodious had this gig.
Not really. It wasn't compelling enough. It's a dime-a-dozen thriller. The only difference is that this is one of the few that gets the technology correct. We need more of those.
Loved it. listen 3 different times . one of my favorites. Never ending thrills
I really enjoyed this. I was turned on to this listening to a TWiT podcast, either Windows Weekly or Security Now, actually both I think. This is a great, suspenseful, realistic, and compelling story, especially if you are knowledgeable or interested in computer and internet tech. I would recommend it to anyone that fits that bill and enjoys fiction.
The reading is really good, about as good as it gets for a single reader/narrator audio book.
I enjoyed the book. It is not one of my favorites, but it was worth listening to.
While much of the story seemed plausible, the ending seemed to be more Hollywood Action movie, than realistic ending.
I would be interested in continuing with the next book in the series.
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
The plot in the book is relatively simple, but the technology behind the story is not simple at all. But the explanation of the technology is both educational and somewhat scary. The story tells of the malicious release of computer malwear and hypothesises the possible impact.
Simple plot, but the characters are real and believable. The background behind the main characters is comprehensive and adds to their actions. Probably there best thing about the main characters, is there are no super men or women, or ex special forces. They are easy to relate to because they are normal, real people.
Also the story is not around one person, there are many involved with equal standing. There is no real lead through the plot. This to me is another plus to the story, but there are not too many characters that the story is hard to follow.
Johnny Heller narrates the story brilliantly with one exception. The characterisation of the female characters seems to be lacking in comparison to some narrators. But this is the only negative of the delivery, but it doesn't detract from the story telling, its just that in my opinion, I think it could be better.
For a geek like myself it had enough tech references, the way the story goes back and forth on the story of each character is great.