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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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    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?

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    Jan 03-07-14
    Jan 03-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Tangential, 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Not Telling San Francisco, CA 01-04-13
    Not Telling San Francisco, CA 01-04-13 Listener Since 2006

    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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    G. S Senko Media PA 12-26-12
    G. S Senko Media PA 12-26-12 Member Since 2012

    gregsenko

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    "Trite, Slow paced"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I am not sure who would enjoy this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Russinovich again?

    Probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    For me it was hard to make a distinction between the the quality of the narration and the quality of the writing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zero Day?

    The code snippets that are elaborated in the text are not essential to the plot.


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    ric 12-08-12
    ric 12-08-12
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    "Zero Day ,not a zero"
    What did you love best about Zero Day?

    The way computer hackers were intertwined


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

    A very interesting and steady listen


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all about the same


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


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    Tim Bettendorf, IA, United States 12-08-12
    Tim Bettendorf, IA, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Mildly entertaining at times"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story wasn't very exciting. It was very linear, you knew what was going to happen every step of the way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Cold Days, by Jim Butcher


    What didn’t you like about Johnny Heller’s performance?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want a good tech thriller check out Daemon by Daniel Suarez, it's 100 times better.

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    Robert Placentia CA, United States 12-03-12
    Robert Placentia CA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2013

    Iranians keep their nukes, Americans lose their insurance.

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    "Ok but not as good as I hoped"

    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.

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    Keefer 12-01-12
    Keefer 12-01-12
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

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    doug APPLETON, WI, United States 11-12-12
    doug APPLETON, WI, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2016

    Just some dude.

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    "Sexy! Exiting! Intelligent! Thought Provoking!"

    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 !!!

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    Valdis 11-09-12
    Valdis 11-09-12

    I craft chainmaille while enjoying audiobooks. My current favorite Authors are: Butcher, Gaiman, Hearne, Correia, Scalzi and Hodder.

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    "Computer Security Thriller"
    Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Mr. Heller brings an almost news headline feel to the story that stresses the urgency of the subject matter.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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