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
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.
Alien Out of the Shadows looks like fun.
I have not, I enjoyed his performance in this book though,.
Straight to DVD.
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.
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.
I might as well try book 2...hoping for something better
Same. Character. Voices
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great book. Will definitely follow through any subsequent titles! This was the first book in the series
Loved it. listen 3 different times . one of my favorites. Never ending thrills
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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