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Rogue Code Audiobook

Rogue Code: A Jeff Aiken Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Andre Laval, Quebec, Canada 01-17-15
    Andre Laval, Quebec, Canada 01-17-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Formulaic"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-27-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-27-14 Member Since 2010

    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.

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    "This Will Probably Happen."

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    K Cornwinkle 07-02-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Dull dull dull"

    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.

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    Kelps Leite de Sousa 06-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Watch out as it may make you paranoid..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rogue Code to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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 ;)


    Any additional comments?

    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).

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    Andrew Cline 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another excellent performance!"

    I have enjoyed all three of the Jeff Aiken audio books, and am only disappointed that the fourth is not yet available. While I am relatively new to audio books, I have listened to enough to know that the narrator for this series is well above average, and I believe does an excellent job pulling you into the story and the characters themselves. The story and the Characters themselves are well fleshed out and I actually believe this third book does a better job than the previous two with deep character development. Definitely worth the time and the money! A+

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    Robert J McDuffee 08-24-16 Member Since 2011
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    "I hope there will be more of these"

    Just the right blend of technology and intrigue. This series is extremely entertaining and blends real world technology with drama and mystery.

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    Cerebral Mischief 02-20-16 Member Since 2013

    I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.

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    "Loving the Jeff Aiken series."

    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.

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    drewbrewit 09-05-15
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    Took a while for this audible book to get going. Once it did there were several exciting episodes of conflict.

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    K. Torbeck Mundelein, IL USA 07-19-15
    K. Torbeck Mundelein, IL USA 07-19-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Another great book by Mark Russinovich"

    If you're a fellow geek or just enjoy technology and a good thriller you will really enjoy this book.

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    Yehuda Gilead 06-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "No bullshit!"

    Good technical knowledge, good characters, diverse drama. Good performance. Found it interesting and learned new things. Recommend.

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  • M Rabson
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    1/29/15
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    "Interesting story let down by reader"
    What did you like most about Rogue Code?

    The descriptions of how the world manages money for the top 1%


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insights into a strange world the masses have no control over, we are at their mercy.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really, steady and slow but worth the listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Will avoid this reader and read the physical book if there is no other option. But look forward to Mark Russinovich's next novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brian Smyth
    1/28/15
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    "Great story!"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sameer
    Anerly, United Kingdom
    6/13/14
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    "Excellent, highly recommend"
    What made the experience of listening to Rogue Code the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    Excellent narration and great voice


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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