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Trojan Horse: A Jeff Aiken Novel, Book 2 | [Mark Russinovich, Kevin Mitnick (foreword)]

Trojan Horse: A Jeff Aiken Novel, Book 2

It’s two years after the Zero Day attacks, and cybersecurity analyst Jeff Aiken is reaping the rewards for crippling AlQaida’s assault on the computer infrastructure of the Western world. His company is flourishing, and his relationship with former government agent Daryl Haugen has intensifiedsince she became a part of his team. But the West is under its greatest threat yet. A revolutionary, invisible trojan that alters data without leaving a trace has been identified, roiling international politics.
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Publisher's Summary

It’s two years after the Zero Day attacks, and cyber-security analyst Jeff Aiken is reaping the rewards for crippling Al-Qaida’s assault on the computer infrastructure of the Western world. His company is flourishing, and his relationship with former government agent Daryl Haugen has intensified since she became a part of his team.

But the West is under its greatest threat yet. A revolutionary, invisible trojan that alters data without leaving a trace---more sophisticated than any virus seen before---has been identified, roiling international politics. Jeff and Daryl are summoned to root it out and discover its source. As the trojan penetrates Western intelligence, and the terrifying truth about its creator is revealed, Jeff and Daryl find themselves in a desperate race to reverse it as the fate of both East and West hangs in the balance.

A thrilling suspense story and a sober warning from one of the world’s leading experts on cyber-security, Trojan Horse exposes the already widespread use of international cyber-espionage as a powerful and dangerous weapon, and the lengths to which one man will go to stop it.

Featuring a bonus interview between Mark Russinovich and Kevin Mitnick, author of Ghost in the Wires and The Art of Deception.

©2012 Mark Russinovich (P)2012 Macmillan Audio

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-02-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 11-02-14 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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    "5 STARS: Russinovich Is Tranformative"

    Somewhere in the middle of “hunt For Red October it clicked. “Yoa!” I thought, “This is a new something… a genre… if not a new species, well at least a new breed.” So I read the next 16 (or was that 18?) Clancys… Until somewhere in “Shadow Warriors”, or perhaps “Search and Destroy” he lost his power to fly the class he created (and never recovered them in his own attempts at cyber-fiction).

    “Trojan Horse” goes “CLICK!” Mark Russinovich has accomplished where Neil Stephenson and the aging Clancy failed. Issac Asimov argued that if science did not drive the plot, it was not "science" fiction, but fiction in drag. Clancy at his best did the same thing with his techno-fiction where a sort of electro/mechanical engineering drove the plot. Russinovich’s transformational technology-driver has done to Clancy’s breed what the internet has done to newspapers… This is a disruptive book.

    While “Zero Day”, the first in this Jeff Aiken/Daryl Hagen series, was engrossing –Russnovich was experimenting with his powers. I enjoyed it, and recommend that you read or listen to it before starting this book since it explains the allusions to that story peppered through “Trojan Horse”. But while each of these books are VERY commercial and crammed-full with action (cinematic is the word that comes to mind), Russinovich is sucking on the cyber-pipe full-on here in “Trojan Horse”.

    BTW, this is NOT a Jeff Aiken book. While it’s a partnership, Daryl Hagen is now the stronger member of this pair. I hope someone at Audible will fix that in the series description.

    Johnny Heller does a fine, if not masterful, job of presenting this work even if his characters are incompletely nuanced. Still, I won’t do anything to pull all five stars away from “Trojan Horse”. It’s as masterful as “DaVinci” code in its story telling clout yet "cyber"-fiction in the Asimov sense.

    This is a cross-over novel that every adventure/mystery lover can enjoy and the best adventure book I’ve listened to in years.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    PeterN Sheherdstown, WV, United States 03-01-13
    PeterN Sheherdstown, WV, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Once you start, you can't stop"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Without a doubt, one of the most captivating books i have listened to recently. Mark's obvious knowledge of the filed and the detailed description of certain aspects made it so much more enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Of course, the timing of the events was just perfect and always made you to go further and further.


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    Jeff Aiken


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher D. Williams Minnesota, United States 10-30-14
    Christopher D. Williams Minnesota, United States 10-30-14 Listener Since 2002
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    "Giving up on this book for now."

    So I'm about 50 minutes in to the book. There has been no "hook", no catastrophic event, no big plot line introduced. Just a UN researcher who had his report mysteriously altered. I'm almost an hour in to this book and it's a slog. Nothing of substance has occured. There is terribling numbing detailed minutiae of this researchers career ambitions and his colleagues background. With an hour's worth of detail on these two characters you'd think they were the main protagonists! Our real "hero" hasn't really even been introduced yet.

    Loved the first book, but this opening just sucks so bad I can't force myself to continue. I'm putting it down for now. Maybe I'll come back to it. I loved the first book, but this one is just introducing the story to us at such a glacial pace I can't handle it. Deleting for now. May come back and try again in the future. (Will update the review accordingly if I do).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Walter GEORGETOWN, DE, United States 02-23-13
    Walter GEORGETOWN, DE, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "True adventure"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Trojan Horse to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but the audio version was excellent.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I read Mark's first book zero day, and this is the perfect next step. I would highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in how technology can affect thdays news headlines.


    Which character – as performed by Johnny Heller – was your favorite?

    Jeff once again is my favorite character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had to keep listening, it held me on my edge.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Invisibled California 06-21-13
    Invisibled California 06-21-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Great book almost ruined by a horrific narrator"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend the book, but not the audiobook. Johnny Heller is probably my least favorite reader.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Johnny Heller’s performances?

    No. I will avoid his performances at all cost. He has the total vocal range of bad text-to-speech software and annoying enunciation. He speaks in a flat monotone that ruins narration for me.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Reading, PA 11-28-12
    Amazon Customer Reading, PA 11-28-12

    ShawnMilo

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    "This narrator should not have a speaking job."
    What did you love best about Trojan Horse?

    The story was pretty good and technical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Darryl, because she's an interesting character.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Constantly mispronouncing words, pronouncing the same word differently, and repeatedly mispronouncing "nuclear" (sounding like new-kyu-lur). He says the word "program" like "pro-grum" and other distracting annoyances.

    This person should not have a job in narration.


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    K. Anderson Irvine, Ca 06-18-15
    K. Anderson Irvine, Ca 06-18-15 Member Since 2013

    Pseudo-Intellectual

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    "mark is at his best"

    Love the insight from an insider. The action also keeps the story fresh and moving along quite well.

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    Robert 02-09-15
    Robert 02-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Snatched From Today's Headlines?"

    Excellent narration of a story we could envision popping up any day -- as though it would become public knowledge if it did.

    Excellent technical descriptions woven among international events. The story is believable enough we look past the implausibility of the two protagonists even surviving let alone saving the day.

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    Zbigniew C. 01-14-15
    Zbigniew C. 01-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "A fun romp and cautionary peek into cyber security"

    A well written and researched journey into the world of network security. Narrated well with a touch of foreign culture to boot. Worth a listen.

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    Frank L Montes 01-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Love the book"

    I really enjoyed this book. Specially coming from a known computer expert. I also read his last book and was happy with that as well

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  • Russ Varley
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    "Unsophisticated pot boiler"

    I'd read the first Jett Aiken novel and had enjoyed it. Like the first one it is reasonably tightly plotted and goes along at a fair pace. However, in the first one Russinovich spent a good deal of time illustrating the effects of the loss of control of electronic systems; the tanker episode being particularly memorable. In this book he as allowed the main characters to come more to the fore which is serious mistake because they are revealed to be one dimensional stereotypes. All the Americans are heroes and all the foreigners are either stupid or evil "bad guys". The central character, Jeff, acts like he is in a video game taking on everyone who would dare to harm his girl. The narrator is fine, although his attempt at a British accent is so bad it is funny.

    Too much "USA, USA" and not enough time spent on fleshing out rounded characters. A book only for those who have credits burning a hole in their pockets!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "I kept losing sleep with this one,"

    I really liked this story even if it is a little similar to other stories by this author, however saying that it was much easier to listen to and hard to stop listening to it.
    All in all worth a listen.

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  • P. Hewson
    Northampton, UK
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    "Not as exciting as his first book, Zero Day..."
    What made the experience of listening to Trojan Horse the most enjoyable?

    The subject matter is of interest and relevance, mainly surrounding one of the most sophisticated real life computer viruses in recent years. It was good to find out what the main character has been up to since the last book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Trojan Horse?

    The escape of the female character from the bad guys.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    Not very appropriate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I did want to learn what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't quite as riveting as the first book. Unfortunately, the narrator's pronunciation of several words was wrong, his characterisation/accents was also poor. However, I will probably get the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew Rayner
    Kent, UK
    4/7/13
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    "Amazing follow up to TrZero Day"

    Mark Russinovich has done it again with another blockbuster, The story line, technical content and premise for this book are all amazing. Well worth a read and would recommend it to anyone with a techie inclination.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    BASINGSTOKE, United Kingdom
    12/6/12
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    "All too farmiliar"

    As a regular user of Marks awesome tool set care of MS; PSExec probably being the most popular, I couldn't wait to listen to this. Was he as good a story teller as programmer? I did get shades of a Tom Clancy book but I felt he didn't spend as much time getting into the nitty-gritty. Could have been padded out a bit more but it brings up a lot of points about modern day cyber terrorism. A good yarn non the less. I would recommend as compulsive reading along with Ghost in the wire



    Spoiler alert! there is a bonus at the end of this book that you don't usually get at the end of books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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