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
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.
Of course, the timing of the events was just perfect and always made you to go further and further.
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.
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.
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).
I'd recommend the book, but not the audiobook. Johnny Heller is probably my least favorite reader.
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.
I have not read the print version, but the audio version was excellent.
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.
Jeff once again is my favorite character.
I had to keep listening, it held me on my edge.
The story was pretty good and technical.
Darryl, because she's an interesting character.
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.
A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
“Trojan Horse” is the second book in the Jeff Aiken series written by authors Mark Russinovich and Kevin Mitnick; the second of actual hacker fame. The first book in the series was “Zero Day”, which I enjoyed very much, and there is a third book already out in audiobook format which I have not listened too, yet. I felt this book from a story perspective was a bit weaker than the first, but it does have some good action, intrigue and technology that keeps it following and the reader engrossed. If you like a well-written technology thrillers (techno thrillers) this book may be one to pick up. If you like technology and have been involved in the information security field, you may enjoy it more than those who are not. With that said, I believe that there were quite a few Hollywood moments written in for dramatic effect where the reader simply need to suspend belief and move on. Like with forensic drama shows on TV, it is not as easy to hack into a system, decrypt secure files, etc. as is portrayed in the book. Just remember this book is not a primer or educational piece on hacking, but instead a piece of fiction to be enjoyed.
The book picks up two years after the events unfolded in Zero Hour (book 1). Our hero and information security expert, Jeff Aiken, is now a successful and well respected individual in the security community. He also continues to work with Daryl who he is in a relationship with. One day it is discovered that a secure document sent via a secure digital means had been altered somewhere between the sender and the person receiving it. Making changes to a Word document may seem irrelevant or not all interesting unless one understands how documents are secured and validated using digital hashes providing assurance that the file has not been altered. Today’s financial, corporate, and government industries depend on these file protections controls to ensure money transfers, etc. What if someone could, in transit, change the deposit amount or reroute it completely to a different account? This would cause chaos in our digital world, nothing could be trusted to be accurate. This newly uncovered piece of malware can make changes to files and documents, without modifying the digital hash (watermark) or signature while also not leaving any tracks of the infection on the computer; fileless malware. This is where Jeff and team are brought in to root out the creators and the intentions of this nasty virus.
Again, if you understand the technology covered in the book, you will find it more interesting than if you did not. However, I think the book can be read and understood as simply a technology spy thriller and most of the technical details could be ignored and you will still get the jest of the story, as with a Clancy novel. The book takes us from one infected customer around the world to many other location to hunt down the virus’ creator so we can once again put our trust in document security. The book continues to unravel and we discover more and more the purpose of this virus.
Note for younger readers, this book is rather gritty and at time quite dark and graphically violent. Again, not a surprise for a techno-thriller. I will say that there points that vulgar language was used heavily and some subject matter involving sex or sexual content is also contained within.
Johnny Heller has narrated over three-hundred and fifty other books on Audible at the time of this review, so he is no new-comer to narration. I know other reviewers have said they did not like his narration of this book, but I’m in with a larger majority that did. I thought his reading speed and voicing of the characters solid. I did notice a few potential mispronounced words, but this was not something that ruined the book for me. The audio was also professionally produced, coming from a known publisher, and lacked any noticeable artifacts.
In summary, if you liked Zero Day or if you are one who enjoys a delve into techno thrillers, Trojan Horse if well worth the listen.
NO! Not sure why I went to hear the second book.
The only thing I like about this book was the additional interview by Mark Russinovich and Kevin Mitnick.
No. I was not sure at what point a kidnapping took place, who were the main characters. When did the security analyst become a world class spy?
I've been writing software for over twenty years. Most of the books in my collection are science fiction or computer related materials.
... they give you bonus material that is a super nice match for the story here! Kevin Mitnick, an industry icon, gives a great interview! Never hurts to get a well deserved endorsement from someone like him. :)
"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!
"Awful and over hyped"
The writing is the amongst the worst I have encounter. An error compounded by the narrators inability to pronounce certain words. Honestly avoid this as I couldn't wait for it to end.
Really enjoyed the story, the realisation how the cyber landscape is evolving, scary
"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.
"Not as exciting as his first book, Zero Day..."
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.
The escape of the female character from the bad guys.
Not very appropriate.
Yes, I did want to learn what happened next.
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.
"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.
"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.
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