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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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Luther 03-08-14
    Luther 03-08-14
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    "wake up call"
    Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

    the action is thrilling - the threat is real


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

    details were up to date and correct


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    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 03-08-14
    Sarah Victoria, British Columbia, Canada 03-08-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Went the wrong way"

    I feel like the really interesting part of this idea, all the problems that follow on a failure of the digital world and computerized systems, was glazed over in favor of how viruses work and a poorly written ethno-political motivation of digital attack.

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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 03-07-14
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Not for me"

    Plot sounded great... but execution didn't work for me. Way too much un-needed sex and innuendos, jerky, preachy and I was unable to suspend my disbelief. Think computer pro's racing through New York, Russia and France while people all around them are being murdered. This is not an EOTWAWKI book, rather a near repeat of 9/11 type attack using cyber terrorism. The computer as a risk for doomsday is clearly shown and I would love a more realistic book using that scenario.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Daniels 08-19-13 Member Since 2008

    Uplinktruck

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    "Keep that antivirus software updated"

    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.

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    twit Olathe, KS, United States 05-20-13
    twit Olathe, KS, United States 05-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great technical story"
    If you could sum up Zero Day in three words, what would they be?

    Technical virus story


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book, but it never really had me "on the edge of my seat" or anything. Mark (the Author) is a very technical person, and I was very pleasently surprised at how good he was at telling a story as well. If you like this book, look at Daniel Suarez books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Varjonen Mynämäki, Finland 01-29-13
    Varjonen Mynämäki, Finland 01-29-13
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    "All too possible"
    Where does Zero Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Above average.


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

    Trojan Horse continues on the same theme, I really don't know any direct comparison outside the Jeff Aiken series.


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

    Atmosphere


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

    It made me more conscious of the cyber threats.


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    Not Telling San Francisco, CA 01-04-13
    Not Telling San Francisco, CA 01-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Just a normal computer geek that likes audiobooks to make my comute easier

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    "Good book for people who don't understand my job"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This book is a good book for someone who likes tech but doesn't fully understand it. Russinovich tech is solid and explained in a way that anyone can understand. As a full time geek I thought the book was telling me a bunch of things I already knew. I recommended the book to my boss who loves thrillers. I knew he would be blown away with the tech. I know he will enjoy the book and maybe he will understand why I spend so much of my day applying security patches to our network.


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