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Zero Day Audiobook

Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

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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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    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 03-20-13
    Wesley New Britain, CT, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012

    I love to read and since 2011 I have been mostly listening to audiobooks because oftentimes there is nothing like a good narrator.

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    "A TechnologyThriller and the author knows his tech"

    I've been looking for computer or Internet tech thriller but surprisingly in this Internet Age, there are surprisingly few. This nove so far is one of my favorites. I loved Daemon by Daniel Suarez and the sequel Freedom and when I finished them, I went looking for more. This Jeff Aiken Novel was what I found. I wasn't disappointed although I must add that it is hard following a book like Daemon so that says a lot for this author and this book.

    I did like this better than Daemon in one respect, the author went into the tech details much more than I'm used to seeing in this small genre and for that I am glad. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed reading parts such as when our protagonist Jeff worked his way through the code on the machine at the law firm or how he describes how script kiddies use buffer overflow bugs to execute code. He explains it in such a way that you don't have to be a computer scientist to understand him. My wife confirmed that for me because she isn't a "computer person" as she puts it, while I am a system and network admin and we both enjoyed it equally.

    One thing I'd like to note, because of what I said above and how he goes into detail regarding things like buffer overflows, etc; This is not a hacker instruction guide. You won't learn how to hack by reading this book. Sure, you might get a general idea or even come up with a decent flowchart on what and how to do certain things but I think Mark Russinovich does an awesome job going into the tech stuff while keeping the non-tech audience interested.

    I also enjoy the author's writing style. It isn't so much a lyrical style as much as he explains things and tells the story in such a way that lets you concentrate on the story instead of reading or the listening. Even with audiobooks, I often find myself rewinding or playing parts over again because I just didn't get something. I didn't do that at all with this book, well....unless our dog jumped in my lap or pulled my pant leg wanting to go out. :)

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    Brad Schubring 04-28-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Light on tech for those in the know."
    Would you try another book from Mark Russinovich and/or Johnny Heller?

    I thought the storytelling in his book was off topic and not very deep. I'm not sure I'd try another one of Mark's book's without a good recommendation.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Alien Out of the Shadows looks like fun.


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

    I have not, I enjoyed his performance in this book though,.


    Could you see Zero Day being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Straight to DVD.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book focused far too much on the idea that assassins and violence would come into play in stopping the viruses. Could have used a lot deeper look into the "How" side of things. Instead, it reads more like "Super virus is released, and it works. Computer techs uses their skills to thwart and kill the perpetrators just in time to release signatures to virus vendors." Meh.

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    Amazon Customer 04-15-16 Member Since 2013
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    "interesting, accurate but a bit anticlimactic"

    I picked up this book because the author is someone I highly respect from the tech world. The points are accurate and the author spices things up a bit. This book needs to be read on Kindle or paper. The narrator reads long stretches of Assembly language code. this turns into 5 minute monologs of hexadecimal figures and computer language that was never designed to be read aloud.

    The ending was also anticlimactic and didn't fit entirely with the beginning of the book.

    I still recommend reading this book. just do it on Kindle or paper.

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    Jerardo el paso, TX, United States 02-04-16
    Jerardo el paso, TX, United States 02-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Might get the tech stuff right...but not the story"
    Would you try another book from Mark Russinovich and/or Johnny Heller?

    I might as well try book 2...hoping for something better


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Today


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s performance?

    Same. Character. Voices


    Was Zero Day worth the listening time?

    Not sure why it was determined to say every part of the code in the book to the reader. Mr. Heller must have thought "this is ridiculous" Alot of characters came into the story. The voice narration never changed up much. Everything was about the Russians in the beginning. For instance..."Hey, who stole that bread!?" "Must be the Russians!" This book got boring fast.


    Any additional comments?

    Why does every nerd book have sex? Felt like the author was projecting something. Some parts of the book made no sense. It made no sense to the point I am going to listen to book 2 just to get the taste out of my mouth.

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    Marie-Eve 02-04-16
    Marie-Eve 02-04-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Not to be listened to"

    It is interesting to read about cybersecurity. Some of the first scenes were suspenseful. However, I think it is not a good idea to listen to this book in audio form since the narrator reads every character when reading a snippet of encrypted code, for instance...

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    Mojosam 11-22-15
    Mojosam 11-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Technically accurate but pedestrian"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Lose the opening sex scene. It's laughably bad. It's also unrelated to everything that follows. I can only guess that the editor told the author that the book needed more sex, so the author grafted on this clumsy scene.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little bit of a letdown. It's hard to explain without revealing too much. Let's just say that I disagree with the author about how many systems would be patched.


    What about Johnny Heller’s performance did you like?

    It's competent and professional. He only had a few mispronounced words. The problem is, they were technical terms. It's a little jarring, and it suggests that he didn't always understand what he was reading. However, he did pronounce the majority of technical terms correctly, so his occasional mistake is forgivable.
    My bigger complaint, and it's the reason I docked him one star, is that his voice is a bit harsh and grating. Not enough to make it difficult to listen to, but just enough that you wish somebody more melodious had this gig.


    Do you think Zero Day needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really. It wasn't compelling enough. It's a dime-a-dozen thriller. The only difference is that this is one of the few that gets the technology correct. We need more of those.


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    Matthew 11-05-15
    Matthew 11-05-15
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    "Decent"

    Story is engaging but a little flimsy. Narrator could be a bit more expressive and consistent with each character's affect/personality.

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    rlaffoday Lexington, SC, United States 10-24-15
    rlaffoday Lexington, SC, United States 10-24-15 Member Since 2009
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    "great book"

    Great book. Will definitely follow through any subsequent titles! This was the first book in the series

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    maurice 09-28-15
    maurice 09-28-15
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    "Entertaining and wonderful story.... Action pack"

    Loved it. listen 3 different times . one of my favorites. Never ending thrills

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    Dorian L. Sulc 09-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book and intro to Mark Russinovich"

    I really enjoyed this. I was turned on to this listening to a TWiT podcast, either Windows Weekly or Security Now, actually both I think. This is a great, suspenseful, realistic, and compelling story, especially if you are knowledgeable or interested in computer and internet tech. I would recommend it to anyone that fits that bill and enjoys fiction.

    The reading is really good, about as good as it gets for a single reader/narrator audio book.

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