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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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    PeterN Sheherdstown, WV, United States 03-01-13
    PeterN Sheherdstown, WV, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2011
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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


    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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    Scott Philadelphia, MS, United States 06-30-14
    Scott Philadelphia, MS, United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2008

    Married to an awesome woman and have one super daughter. I am a computer geek who loves anything to do with computer security. I am also a drummer for a Christian Contemporary Group.

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    "You don't want to skip this book!"
    Where does Trojan Horse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very top! I thought it couldn't be as good as Zero Day. I was totally wrong. This book was fantastic! I can't wait to listen to Rogue Code now!


    What other book might you compare Trojan Horse to and why?

    Zero Day @markrussinovich. Best computer security related fiction books out there.


    Have you listened to any of Johnny Heller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Zero Day.... He is fantastic! He really brings you into the story as if you were right there with Jeff and Daryl!


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

    Absolutely! Gripping!


    Any additional comments?

    I have been in IT for the past 20 years and I can tell you that Mark writes with expertise in technology and it shows. Even if you are a non-IT listener, you will love it! The book have suspense, intensity and edge of your seat listening. The scary part of the storyline is that all of it could happen in the society we live. Get this book. You won't be disappointed!!!

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    Jason LEDYARD, CT, United States 09-10-13
    Jason LEDYARD, CT, United States 09-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Horrible audio editing a distraction"
    What did you like best about Trojan Horse? What did you like least?

    I'm a fan of Zmark Rossinovich because of his technical detail. He gets it right and it drives the story. I enjoyed his first novel more. This is truly the worst audio editing I've heard on Audible. You can hear quick 2-3 word cut-ins. Incredibly distracting from the story. Not sure what the producer was thinking. Hopefully Marks next book it produced better.


    What aspect of Johnny Heller’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have kept the vocal continuity throughout the recording. Very bad editing and overdubs.


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    Invisibled California 06-21-13
    Invisibled California 06-21-13
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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.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey O'donnell Crofton, Maryland 01-30-13
    Jeffrey O'donnell Crofton, Maryland 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good book"
    Would you listen to Trojan Horse again? Why?

    Probably not. I have too many other books I would like to move on to


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting part is the early part where the new characters and major plot lines are introduced. The latter part, which seemed to be mostly car chases, was less interesting and more designed to be made into a movie


    What does Johnny Heller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought some additional excitement to the car chases


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book to be a little less interesting than its predecessor "Zero Day". The ending just seemed to devolve into a series of car chases and was slightly difficult to follow

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    SueJenn Sacramento, CA 12-08-12
    SueJenn Sacramento, CA 12-08-12 Member Since 2008
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    If you could sum up Trojan Horse in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, intriguing, creative.


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

    No, thoughtful.


    What does Johnny Heller bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought inference.


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

    No I didn't.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was very well worth my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ShawnMilo Reading, PA 11-28-12
    ShawnMilo Reading, PA 11-28-12 Member Since 2002

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    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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    Amazon Customer 04-27-14 Member Since 2008

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    Would you listen to Trojan Horse again? Why?

    Yes, I like the story and like his first book zero day, the author shows real life problems with technology and draws out fascinating real possibilities.


    Any additional comments?

    The danger that Jeff Aiken and Daryl Haugen get in is absolutely garbage out of a 10 year old Walter Mitty mind. If author wanted his main characters to be in so much peril he should have made them ghost recon or CIA undercover agents, not geek security experts.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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
  • 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
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    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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