Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys revealed how high-frequency trading has created a ruthless breed of traders capable of winning whichever way the market turns. In Rogue Code, Mark Russinovich takes it one step further to show how their grip on high finance makes the stock market vulnerable to hackers who could bring about worldwide financial collapse.
Cyber security expert Jeff Aiken knows that no computer system is completely secure. When he’s called to investigate a possible breach at the New York Stock Exchange, he discovers not only that their system has been infiltrated but that someone on the inside knows. Yet for some reason, they have allowed the hackers to steal millions of dollars from accounts without trying to stop the theft.
When Jeff uncovers the crime, the NYSE suddenly turns on him. Accused of grand larceny, he must find and expose the criminals behind the theft, not just to prove his innocence but to stop a multibillion-dollar heist that could upend the U.S. economy. Unwilling to heed Jeff’s warnings, the NYSE plans to continue with a major IPO using a new, untested system, one that might be susceptible both to hackers and to ruthless high-frequency traders willing to take any risk to turn a profit.
Now Jeff Aiken must unearth the truth on his own, following the thread to the back alleys of Rio de Janeiro to take on one of the world’s most ruthless cartels.
Praised for his combination of real-world technology and quick-paced action, with Rogue Code Mark Russinovich delivers an intense thriller about a cyber threat that seems all too possible - and the Wall Street traders who might allow it to happen.
Includes a foreword by Haim Bodek, author of The Problem of HFT: Collected Writings on High Frequency Trading & Stock Market Structure Reform.
©2014 Mark Russinovich (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
Never in doubt about the plot. A decent effort at explaining high frequency trading and the inside workings of an exchange. Narrator was difficult to listen to.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
See, Mark Russinovich is the ubber-geek who can speak colloquial English.
You know like meeting a space alien who talks like he came from Philly. He can explain so that I can suddenly mutter… "Good God! We're all in a LOT of trouble."
Here he digs into the space where computer security meets VERY VERY VERY Big Money. And he explains exactly what opportunity (or threat) lurks between the left scissor edge of computer engineering and the right edge of international financial transaction.
First I'm warning you NOT TO LISTEN TO THIS BOOK… first. Go get Russinovich's "Zero Day" first. Because you probably will after you hear this novel. And since it's a continuing ensemble cast, hey… why not enjoy all of the feelings and back-stories as they grow through Mark's second novel, "Trojan Horse" (and his best), and then come here to Rogue Code?
Johnny Heller does a terrific job. I was disappointed though with the Jeff Aiken (hero) - Darlyl Haugen (demoted heroine) relationship's direction. They were so much more interesting twin parts of whole lead character in Zero Day and Trojan Horse. The altered path seemed like some sort of personality-ectomy. Hope the partnership gets renewed.
Oh yeah, that teaser up above… The Steven-King-terror-inducing-talent of Mark Russinovich is that what his stories tell-about will escape from his cloud and will probably happen quite soon, maybe tomorrow. YIPES!
and a bit trite. And it is not the embedded quasi-technical information that makes it so -I am reasonably familiar with information system security. The plot just doesn't seem to have weight or momentum -the characters are not there. Couldn't finish it. The saving grace for me was learning High Frequency Trading. It is horrifying prevalent and - still accounts for 50% or more of all trades and seems to add fragility to the markets. I can't articulate why taking profits (only a billion or so a year) from algorithm driven almost instant trades seems so wrong to me so I guess I'll go off and read Michael Lewis. Johnny Heller seemed wrong for the part.
I haven't read the print version, but I must say that the Portuguese words pronunciation in this book could (should) have been a lot better. I am Brazilian and I had a really hard time understanding most of the portuguese from the audiobook. But on the other hand, this is the ONLY complain I have on this audiobook.
As usual, all his books are very realistic, not only from a technical stand point, but also in many aspects portrait in the story (economics, politics, etc). Beware, you could become paranoid about your computer and devices security after reading any histories with Jeff Aiken ;)
Excellent book. I couldn't stop listening. Finished the book in only 2 sittings. Only complain is that the portuguese pronunciation is wrong almost every time (I am from Brazil, where part of the history happens).
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
With the news of this company has been breached and that company has lost millions of credit card numbers, the Jeff Aiken series fits in quite well with real world events. I recommend the series to anyone into this style of book.
An Information Systems Analyst involved in setting up new businesses.
All the books in this series are good, and if you read the rest you should read this as well. However I personally didn't find it heated up as much, and it seemed to just wind up very quickly and unsatisfactorily. Most of the book builds up to an IPO which ended up feeling somewhat anticlimactic, and was dealt with too briefly.
This is a middle of the road book for me. I'm a techo geek and love high tech fiction, and it is hard to find someone who understands enough to make it realistic, but still write a good story. I am a big Daniel Suarez fan.
No favorite character... Marks Character development is a little blunt... Still needs to polish is writing style here. Unlike some masters like Stephen King, Mark tends to introduce a character, describe their personal appearance bluntly, provide a little background some quirk about their personality... then move on.
I enjoy techno fiction, where the author understands technology and crafts a believable story around it. This is my third book I have listened to by Mark. I want to support his work, I just haven't seen a lot of development in his craft. Perhaps, listening too this right after "Time's Eye" by Clarke and Baxter was a mistake. I think he wrote this book after reading "Flash Boys" by Michael Lewis.
"Interesting story let down by reader"
The descriptions of how the world manages money for the top 1%
The insights into a strange world the masses have no control over, we are at their mercy.
Pretty monotonous voice actor, sentences paragraphs and chapters seemed to blend into one another, it sometimes took a while before I realised he had moved on to a different section he was so lacking in dynamics.
Sounded bored, I started to wonder if this was just some guy from the back office reading as the actor contracted for this book was ill that day.
Not really, steady and slow but worth the listen.
Will avoid this reader and read the physical book if there is no other option. But look forward to Mark Russinovich's next novel!
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, but it very a great "read". It took a while to get used to the narrator though. Overall I would definitely recommend it.
"Excellent, highly recommend"
Very gripping and fast storyline. Mark Russinovich's each book is better than the last one. His story is always very plausible and the tech angle is always very real. A very joyful read.
Excellent narration and great voice
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