A technothriller for the malware and Stuxnet era
An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction.
At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who quit in disgust after witnessing the gross errors that led up to 9/11, thinks otherwise. Jeff fears a more serious cyber terrorism attack targeting the United States computer infrastructure is already under way. And as other menacing computer malfunctions pop up around the world, some with deadly results, he realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to prevent an international catastrophe.
Written by a global authority on cyber security, Zero Day presents a chilling “what if” scenario that, in a world completely reliant on technology, is more than possible today - it’s a cataclysmic disaster just waiting to happen.
©2011 Mark Russinovich (P)2012 Macmillan Audio
It's not all that common that authors who use technology in their stories get the tech right. Mark does that very well. Since I have a background in tech, getting it wrong would have really taken away from the story. Instead, this was great for a long road trip so I could keep listening.
The use of technology was well placed and well used. This is important for someone who works with technology, otherwise the story would have had major distractions in it
It feels like this book ends abruptly, but I believe that it continues in Trojan Horse which wasn't available on Audible at the time of this writing.
If you aren't, don't waste a credit. If you are, you will probably enjoy how our new "toys" are being put to use in today's fight against terrorism. Technology is fascinating but can get a bit boring. The author spends way too much time explaining acronyms, it got old. Johnny Heller did a great job narrating.
Zero Day has an interesting premise, but falls waaaaaay short in execution.
The only one you get to know a little in this book is the main male character...the others are just plain and uninteresting. The story fails to interest much after the stupid 'TV' start to the book. If you are brave enough to try this one out, you'll know what I mean. The ending...well...anticlimax doesn't cover it.
This book could have been sooooo much more...some interesting found, but not enough to recommend it to anyone except hard core tech nerds...
Some notes on the audio book version...when there is code bits in the book...they get spelled out. Kinda tiring considering the first one lasted around 5 minutes.
Not sure. This story was dry and preachy. It tried too hard to force the points. Cook and Crichton wrap their messages in suspense and storyline... this book just kept citing examples of doom and went nowhere to hold my attention or interest.
No, but I'll hesitate before buying a book from this writer.
Dry. No story development.
A fine technical thriller that held my interest all the way. It moves right along with no flat spots. Every thing the author wrote is accurate and possible in the real world. The coincidence in the back story is kind of a reach, but it works in this book. The story is powerful enough that after listening to it, you will feel the need to update your virus protection and firewall.
Zero Day made the miles go by fast. I recommend it.
Narration... Narration... Narration...
I couldn't believe my ears when the narrator kept pronouncing malware as mailware... are you serious? I also hear ICQ pronounced IQC.... just horrible narration. I didn't want to take a star away from overall but the narration really take away from the overall experience.
A better narrator who changed voices better and expressed emotion. This reader was not good.
His voice was odd No expression, No sense of which character is speaking. Just an overall poor narrator. But hey, I'm used to Jeff Gurner who is the best of the best.
boredom and disappointment.
The story could have been more enjoyable had it been presented by a better reader. But still, the story line was lackluster and the ending was like a fizzling candle that had a barely glowing flame that smoldered into smoke and died.
I found this to be an interesting book. The information about computers and the internet was spot-on, the details about how viruses work seems correct, the characters were well drawn and interesting and the descriptions of what might happen were all computers in the US and Western Europe to suddenly fail both realistic and frightening.
The steps the characters took to try to determine what viruses were at work, what they did and what steps would be needed to stop them all seemed reasonable in light of the computer dependent world we live in today. While there were a few too many coincidences for my liking nothing was completely out of the realm of possibility. My complaints are minor. The books seemed a bit too preachy for my taste, there was a bit too much in the way of technical information for those familiar with the way software works, parts of the book do not lend themselves to narration (the narration of assembler code really does not work. That needs to be seen to be understood) and the author needed to do a bit more research on traveling to Russia. The main characters buy an airline ticket, get their passports and just go. But, of course, US citizens cannot just travel to Russia, they need a visa and that takes special paperwork and time.
Other than those minor items I found the book reasonably interesting without too many glaring issues. All things considered it is a decent (although not great) book about a frightening possibility.
Audiobook. The reader must be a nerd, techie devotee, to enjoy a great portion of this book. The vulnerability of the world wide internet is nothing new, and possibly this reader has a head-in-the-sand view … which is the fundamental problem from the viewpoint of Russinovich. I can fully understand the author obsession to get the point of this vulnerability across to the general public, if not the entire world. The problem is, he’s got to accomplish this without putting the reader to sleep with plather that is completely meaningless to anyone who is not a techie-nerd.
Sure, tell me about the beautiful watch, how it sounds, keeps time, gleams … but tell me how to build it and I’m dozing off with boredom. Basically this is what you’ll find in the pages of Zero Day.
I rarely find it difficult to finish a book … but, sometimes it’s like taking medicine. Prepare to be fascinated or bored to death, there really is no in-between.
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