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
The story wasn't very exciting. It was very linear, you knew what was going to happen every step of the way.
Cold Days, by Jim Butcher
It was just off a little. I didn't like how he read code sequences. I don't think it's his fault he was probably told to read it that way. There was one point he read hex for 3 minutes straight.
The initial story was interesting at first. About the middle of the way I almost quit listening. I finished it but the ending was not like it could have been.
If you want a good tech thriller check out Daemon by Daniel Suarez, it's 100 times better.
Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.
This is a somewhat typical spy novel complete with attempts at sexy girls and cheesy manufactured hero moments, with some technology sprinkled in. But I sort of enjoyed it.I read it at the recommendation of a friend, but I could not recommend it unless you the reader know who is Mark Russinovich and want to read his book, his first.
It really pains me to write a negative review for this book. For one, Mark Russinovich is a really smart guy who has been very generous in sharing his knowledge of obscure Windows internals. As a computer security professional, I'm also very eager for thrillers with hacker themes.
Before the downers, if you're an IT person who wants to read a book where computer experts are the central figures and aren't too concerned about the plot, you'll probably enjoy this book any way.
The story was just too weak for me. The technical parts were highly dumbed down and not very accurate, which surprised me because Russinovich is very knowledgeable on these subjects. The interactions were sexualized to the point where it distracted a lot from the plot, in my opinion. There are ways to work sex into stories without beating the reader over the head with it. The attempts at describing relationships seemed very strained to me, like someone trying to fit human interaction into a crude algorithm.
I'm not sure how many of my complaints stem from bad writing to begin with, or bad editing. I hope editors will allow more technically accurate and detailed depictions in Russinovich's future works, and hopefully encourage a lot of coaching in character development and interaction.
Just some dude.
I follow Security Now on the TWIT.TV network.. So I knew this would be of interest to me, but I really was surprised how good the story and characters were. This is a non-stop thrill ride from the very beginning. The reader also does a great job, however the choice of microphone or maybe the quality of the audio engineering could have been a bit richer for my taste, but that did not impede my enjoyment of a fine audio book while at work. If Mark Russinovich's next book is as good as this one, I will really be happy.
Zero Day is a must read/listen. :)
P.S. Quick, update your antivirus software, flush your cache and don't open any links in your email !!!
I craft chainmaille while enjoying audiobooks. My current favorite Authors are: Butcher, Gaiman, Hearne, Correia, Scalzi and Hodder.
Probably. I'd want to share this with friends and family, and if we were on a road trip, this would be one of my first choices to bring. It's not only a good tale, but also stresses the importance of updating your PC to curtail malicious attacks.
The tech talk throughout the book is spot on. With the author's pedigree, it's no surprise, but to hear is spelled out is both eye-opening and frightening.
Mr. Heller brings an almost news headline feel to the story that stresses the urgency of the subject matter.
Having never really listened to a End of Times / "ripped from the headlines" audiobook before, I was on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I also was reinspired to update all aspects of my PC, for fear of infection from malicious software.
Two qualms with this book:
1. While most tech terms are defined when brought up, the reading of "code" was too much. The first time was nearly 5 minutes, and there are a few other code readings later in the book. It may be great for a programmer, but not for the average reader.
2. Too many chapters. This book has nearly 80 chapters, most not even 10 minutes long. Hopefully in the next book, Russinovich condenses the chapters a bit.
Technology teacher and coordinator. love my audio books so i can work while i listen. grew up on Alistair MacLean. lately mysteries and westerns.
I would read another
I would try another. topic interests me
liked his performance
enjoyed the development and computer knowledge but thought it ended abruptly
Most definitely. Heller does a fine job bringing the story, and the characters, to life.
Yes, but only if " end times" narratives are your gig. It can wear on even the most optimistic type if you aren't ready for the end.
Too many to note.
Accents can be challenging, and he does a reasonable job, but still sometimes awkward. IMHO.
A good value, that adds to the growing list of "end times' audio books I have been listening to,and generally enjoying. I suppose with 12/21/12 heading our way, it's good to get these under your belt ahead of time!
The events talked about in the book are happening now!
The characters are very strong and you care about them.
The standoff in the apartment in Russia.
The references to 9/11.
Look forward to the next book.
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This started out at as 4-star rating because I though it would be the kind of thriller I like: the suspenseful international intrigue with no shootemup bangemup murderous rampage type of thriller. That lasted for about half the story.
I had to knock off a star because I am underwhelmed by (sick of) the bad-guy Arab Muslim Terrorist angle. If I had read “Cyber Jihad” in the synopsis or in user reviews I would not have bothered with the book.
Then, I had to knock off yet another star because there WAS a shootemup bangemup murderous rampage after all. UGH.
I was not impressed – I won’t be picking up book 2 in the series.
The narration rates a 1 because I can’t go any lower. The narrator can not pronounce French words properly to save his life! It was TERRIBLE; pronouncing the “c” in blanc and some distortion of the word “cinquième” that sounded like “Saint-ke-mee”. In addition, the English accents were ludicrous; they all sounded like they were from Liverpool, it was like listening to The Beetles – distracting!
Russinovich gives us a glimpse into the world of computer hackers and cyber terrorists. But the view is a bit shallow and the world is populated with stereotypes. My primary concern is that Arabs and Muslims are presented in a manner that invites fear of the "enemy within" and will help feed the appetites of anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigots. At a time when such bigotry is on the rise (witness the subway murder of a Muslim-looking man in New York City after a vicious anti-Muslim ad campaign was launched), we need less fear mongering.
On the other hand, the intirgue is well constructed and has enough technical material to interest the geeks among us. If it inspires people to increase their own cyber security -- and maintain proper backups -- then it can be deemed a success.
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