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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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    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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    SimpliiD 09-28-15
    SimpliiD 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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    JustAnotherGeek 08-08-15
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    "One word... Amazing!"

    Amazing! The realism was absolutely incredible. My hat is off too both the author and the narrator .

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    Christopher Anderson 07-29-15
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    "Decent book, but not fantastic."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the book. It is not one of my favorites, but it was worth listening to.


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

    While much of the story seemed plausible, the ending seemed to be more Hollywood Action movie, than realistic ending.


    Did Zero Day inspire you to do anything?

    I would be interested in continuing with the next book in the series.


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    K Australia 01-11-15
    K Australia 01-11-15 Member Since 2009

    Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

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    "Brilliant Book for Anyone who likes Technology"

    The plot in the book is relatively simple, but the technology behind the story is not simple at all. But the explanation of the technology is both educational and somewhat scary. The story tells of the malicious release of computer malwear and hypothesises the possible impact.

    Simple plot, but the characters are real and believable. The background behind the main characters is comprehensive and adds to their actions. Probably there best thing about the main characters, is there are no super men or women, or ex special forces. They are easy to relate to because they are normal, real people.

    Also the story is not around one person, there are many involved with equal standing. There is no real lead through the plot. This to me is another plus to the story, but there are not too many characters that the story is hard to follow.

    Johnny Heller narrates the story brilliantly with one exception. The characterisation of the female characters seems to be lacking in comparison to some narrators. But this is the only negative of the delivery, but it doesn't detract from the story telling, its just that in my opinion, I think it could be better.

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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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