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Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel | [Mark Russinovich]

Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Ismael Sanchez Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 01-09-15
    Ismael Sanchez Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico 01-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent tech world story, with a great story"

    For a geek like myself it had enough tech references, the way the story goes back and forth on the story of each character is great.

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    Christopher S Wiley 12-25-14 Member Since 2014
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    "believable!"

    great book, content was very believable. The narrator does a wonderful job at bringing this book alive.

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    Bill Bacoyiannis Montreal, QC, canada 11-22-14
    Bill Bacoyiannis Montreal, QC, canada 11-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Real Life Threats!"
    What did you love best about Zero Day?

    I bought the book and when I joined audible I wanted to listen to it in the car. Great story, plausible threats, keeps you on your toes. The audio is great, good pace.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Possible Threats!


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

    Brining the characters to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No Operating System Found


    Any additional comments?

    Cant wait to hear the rest of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis NEWMARKET, NH, United States 10-20-14
    Dennis NEWMARKET, NH, United States 10-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Weighed down by endless cliché"

    The breaking point for me was when a female character was described as "stunningly attractive". Whoa! Way to sweep me off my feet with language there, Mark. I've got such an intimate feeling for how attractive this character was, I can hardly take it.

    It's not just the language. The characters are plucked from the shelf of stale stereotypes, and the technology side of things has been dumbed down past the point of interest (for me at least)

    If you don't mind this sort of stuff, and are looking for "a novel" to plough through, this might work. I'm sticking with it because the reader is actually quite good and I don't get my new credits for a couple weeks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 09-05-14
    Melody Longmont, CO, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2015

    Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

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    "Okay - from a non-technical person"

    Good technical thriller. I believe this book had the right amount of technical jargon and explanation. Pretty good. I am not sure what I was looking for with this book - but not bad.

    For narration -- almost perfect French annunciation. Almost comical Russian accent -- especially female Russian accent (narrator is a male.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SnapMarc Atlanta, GA 06-16-14
    SnapMarc Atlanta, GA 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

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    "This is not a Daniel Suarez experience"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better narrator who changed voices better and expressed emotion. This reader was not good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Russinovich again?

    Yes, maybe.


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    boredom and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Coredapple Milford, DE, United States 05-14-14
    Coredapple Milford, DE, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring story and characters"

    I'm a techie and admire Mark's achievements in IT but this story was just lacking in interesting characters and story. You have two highly accomplished main characters that are almost perfect in every way and baddies that are so typical, it's so bland, bland, bland.

    Maybe it's because I'm already immersed in IT, but it didn't give me any new insight so all the tech 'realism' had no value to me. It was actually downright annoying when the narrator started dictating long lines of computer code as that level of detail is very inappropriate for an audiobook. A description of the computer text would have been much more appropriate. I hoped that conversions from text-based novel to audiobook included such changes.

    Unfortunately, I find Mark's blog on how to hunt for malware on the computer much more eye-opening than his novel.

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    Robert New Brighton, MN 04-09-14
    Robert New Brighton, MN 04-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "An eye opener for the non-technical"
    If you could sum up Zero Day in three words, what would they be?

    Dangerous technology


    What other book might you compare Zero Day to and why?

    Daemon by Daniel Suarez both are eye opening books that show what could happen with the technology we already have.


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

    A wonderful narrator who keeps you in the story and doesn't let you escape.


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

    A real eye opener for how an attack really happens and how even doing everything right doesn't provide sufficient protection when you are targeted for attack.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book for those of us who know and love technology. An even better book for those who do not understand what is possible with today's technology and how open to attack we really are.

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    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 03-18-14
    Jason Woodbridge, CT, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Mediocre narration for a mediocre story"

    It wasn't great. It wasn't horrible. It was somewhere in between. The narrator has a dry presentation, though he does go for a few accents to differentiate the characters which I appreciated. The story seemed to be a fast-slow-fast pace. I hoped for more computer "geek" in the story. As a 30-year IT professional there are some pretty big holes here. I had to keep telling myself; the author is not in my line of work.

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-14-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-14-14 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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    "Save The World? Um, OK… Thrillers Do Dat!"

    Will this intrepid group realize the world's threatened? Will they discover a motive? An antidote? The method? Will they survive? Will the world? Will an inexorable clock run out first? Has this story ever been told before? Hey? How many stories are there, right?

    So okay you can sort of guess where this is all going, but… but… Russinovich writes it well enough, and Johnny Heller reads it well enough. And I'll forget it all tomorrow, but right now… Hey, it was fun. Tense. VERY cinematic and… worth the price. Sure… enjoy it. And maybe this world populated ONLY by knock-out-beautiful women and full-on-hunk men won't be saved by the end… Maybe…

    I'll buy another Russinovich, which is a good review…. Right?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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