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 enjoyed the book. It is not one of my favorites, but it was worth listening to.
While much of the story seemed plausible, the ending seemed to be more Hollywood Action movie, than realistic ending.
I would be interested in continuing with the next book in the series.
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
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.
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.
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.
Brining the characters to life.
No Operating System Found
Cant wait to hear the rest of the trilogy.
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.
Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.
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.)
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.
Daemon by Daniel Suarez both are eye opening books that show what could happen with the technology we already have.
A wonderful narrator who keeps you in the story and doesn't let you escape.
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.
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.
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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