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CyberStorm | [Matthew Mather]

CyberStorm

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads. Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.
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Publisher's Summary

Sometimes the worst storms aren't from Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't the ones in our heads.

Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters starts appearing on the world's news networks. As both the real world and the cyber world come crashing down, bending perception and reality, a monster snowstorm cuts New York off from the world, turning it into a wintry tomb where nothing is what it seems.

Anyone who enjoys insightful, cutting-edge fiction mixed with action and adventure won't want to miss CyberStorm.

©2013 Matthew Mather (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks

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    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 01-14-14
    Jan Rochester, NY, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2011

    Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

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    "Yes - satisfied a craving"

    I have a weakness for disaster, plague, famine, EMP, earthquake... coping and surviving the challenges books. "One Second After," "Alas Babylon," "Jakarta Pandemic," "The Road," and "77 Days" are all books I have really enjoyed. I have purchased a bunch of other books looking for similar and often end up with over-the-top preppers, zombies, profanity and violence. Although definitely not perfectly written... a slow start, some unbelievable events and a tell instead of show ending... "Cyberstorm" will still be part of my much enjoyed list.

    It is set, mostly, in a New York apartment building as a cyber attack takes down communication, feeds misinformation, crashes computers... heat, water, power, shipping, radio, TV are all gone... of course, in the midst of a series of winter storms. You get to know the neighbors from the old couple with tea and biscuits, to the criminal, the prepper, the friends, the kids and the doorman as they deal with the ensuing and long lasting chaos. Of course, technology and "hackers" are both the villains and stars.

    Language is clean, minor sexual innuendos, some intense violence and un-witnessed cannibalism. Probably PG-13 read but R if made into movie. Have fun. I love that it is complete... no next book to buy to learn the ending.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    John S MA 01-23-14
    John S MA 01-23-14 Member Since 2005

    Avid audible listener for over 10 years.

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    "Don't read this if you live in NYC"

    I started to listen to this and could barely stop listening. It is a great story about life in NYC when services are disrupted. What happens in a city of 8 million when it loses power and services during a massive winter storm. Hurricane Sandy was just a glimpse of this problem. I t is a very entertaining listen. It you like this genre you will like this. No zombies, nuclear weapons, or plagues, just bad weather and loss of the Internet. You can actually imagine this happening.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 01-25-14
    Mike Naka 01-25-14 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "truly riveting b/c of it plausibility"
    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    omg! i was shocked by the depths some people will go to when they're starving. i won't spoil anything, but i was utterly disgusted by what one husband and wife did! of all the zombie / end of the world books i've read, their "act" is one of the grossest and nastiest things i've come across. that said...would i do that? phew! i hope to never find out!


    Any additional comments?


    i see that other reviewers have done a good job describing the plot of the story so i'll keep my review to what struck me most about the story.

    mather does a good job exposing the weaknesses of our technological society. the story really makes you think about how dependent we are on our modern technologies working together seemlessly, and how we take these technologies for granted, assuming they will always work. it's frightening how a few, seemingly minor interruptions can snowball and cause a cataclysmic situation that can take months to recover from.

    i liked how mather snuck in technological concepts through some of his characters. it was smart and didn't feel like it was too contrived. there's the right amount of detail so that non-technical listeners can understand just how interconnected our just in time economy is.

    as the story unfolds, mather frighteningly exposes how our lives and livelihoods are dependent upon the threat of punishment. mather does a good job depicting how emboldened people and especially crowds of people can become w/o the threat of punishment, and how civilized society can quickly and easiy devolve into chaos.

    another central aspect of the story is information, particularly the role the lack/loss of information plays. throughout the story, the lack /loss of information causes havoc and has detrimental consequences on the uniformed and misinformed.

    mather does a good job portraying how and why people group together and the different dynamics that come into play as groups expand and contract due to the circumstances. i liked the mix of characters b/c they were an interesting cross section of the different attitudes and mindsets of our modern society.

    the pacing of the story is a little slow, but i think it accurately and credibly catalogs the descent into chaos as things spiral out of control.

    overall, i thought cyberstorm was a pretty riveting story b/c of its plausibility.

    as a side note, we truly need to consider some of the actions our gov't take. for instance, using the stuxnet computer worm to disable iran's nuclear reactors. yes, it may have had a temporary effect of slowing them down, but now the genie is out of the bottle! nefarious entities could use that against us, and sadly, we are woefully prepared. just my 2 cents! LOL

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shawna M Silver Spring, MD United States 05-16-14
    Shawna M Silver Spring, MD United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2014

    During my commute Audible keeps me from going insane. I like books that keep my mind awake. No slow moving books here.

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    "When the -- hits the fan, what are you going to do"
    Would you listen to CyberStorm again? Why?

    No I wouldn't listen to again. Not because it is a boring book. In fact the book kept me in my car longer during my commute. The storyline was very plausible: A man-made disaster leaving thousands of people exposed. No power or water, limited resources, no communication, and a city on the verge of chaos and disorder.

    Throughout each moment of the book it kept I kept asking myself the question, "if this happened to you, what would you do?" If you live in a large city, by the time you reach the end of this story, your bug-out bag will be packed (or at the least you will have purchased a printed city map.)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Just think about that guy you know who loves to indulge you with a ton of conspiracy theories but isn't so far gone he is in a shed with a tin hat on. In this story that's Chuck. Businessman, conspiracy theorist, and prepper extraordinaire, Chuck's resourcefulness keeps everyone going up until the end.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Taylorson – was your favorite?

    The older couple. Throughout this book the older couple in Mike's building will make you appreciate their wisdom.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    They are making this film into a book, so no need to come up with a tagline.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John OWATONNA, MN, United States 04-02-14
    John OWATONNA, MN, United States 04-02-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Prophecy???"
    If you could sum up CyberStorm in three words, what would they be?

    Possible, Plausible, Probable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of CyberStorm?

    When Irena and Alexander save the day.


    Which character – as performed by Tom Taylorson – was your favorite?

    Chuck


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    We should have listened to Chuck


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book as it was, but, I would have liked it much more if Chuck were the main character. He was prepared for something to happen, he had a safe place to go, and everyone else made bad decisions based on fear and hope. Wait, is that the moral of the story? Don't follow the the hopeful, they'll get you killed. As it is, this was well written and Tom Taylorson is a very good narrator..I will watch for books he narrates.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 03-05-14
    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 03-05-14 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top

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    "Hi Tech Red Dawn"

    Reinforces just how egotistical humans are. We think we're smarter than everyone else and have all the answers even before we know the answers. The ending was great.
    I would have liked a faster beginning - I grew tired of nothing happening other than the dull day to day trials of surviving. I could have done without the long walks to the center of the town to see what was happening. But once they left town - that's when things get interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 02-15-14
    Michael G. Kurilla ROCKVILLE, MD, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Present day Armageddon in real time"

    Cyberstorm is an end of world type tale taking place today due to a combination of international saber rattling, complete loss of the internet, and horrible weather. The story is told through the eyes of a young hi-tech executive dealing with personal issues and trying to survive with his family intact. The unique angle for the story is that the listener is as much in the dark as to the true nature of the situation as the main protagonist; it's unclear whether everything is following some dark, sinister master plan.

    Most of the story takes place in Manhattan with an ever increasing severity of events: loss of power and water, lack of communications, massive blizzard conditions. Rumors abound and from the limited perspective the character have, it's easy to understand conspiracy theories unfolding. Creative solutions abound with a solid ensemble supporting cast. Overall, the story presents a realistic portrayal of the consequences of societal collapse.

    The narration is excellent with a solid range of voices and god pacing and tone.

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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 10-09-14
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 10-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Pack an extra sweater when you listen to this one."
    Would you consider the audio edition of CyberStorm to be better than the print version?

    Having not experienced both, I can't comment. That said, audio books are always ideal iterations for books of this style.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Gosh, where do I start? This is a fascinating dystopian tale, that takes the listener on a ( mostly ) believable, and shockingly real journey from the streets of Manhattan on a fall day to places that have to be heard to be believed.


    What about Tom Taylorson’s performance did you like?

    Taylorson brought certain characters very much to life ( Chuck, in particular ) and deserves full credit for consistentcy and clarity in performing a somewhat complex story in such a compelling and open manner.


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

    It did, actually. Some of the losses of characters, and some of the behaviours people exhibit were shocking. Likewise, Chuck ( again notably ) was witty at times, and certainly provided dark comic relief.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very impressive offering. A fine example of current day, dystopian futurism, framed with honesty and precision. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Moran Ottawa, ON Canada 08-26-14
    P. Moran Ottawa, ON Canada 08-26-14 Member Since 2012

    CanadaPat

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    "Very satisfying read"
    Which character – as performed by Tom Taylorson – was your favorite?

    Chuck was my favourite. I almost didn't believe it was the same narrator. The character (and the voice) reminded me of Bobby/Ellsworth from Supernatural/Deadwood...one of my favourites in those TV shows.


    Any additional comments?

    As a fan of apocalypse stories, I found CyberStorm a really satisfying read. So plausible, so right-on. I often think about how vulnerable we are in our culture to this type of thing, and wonder how we'd manage if it really happened. I think this story is a realistic "what-if," and I wouldn't be surprised if we actually see something like it come true someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathy 08-25-14
    kathy 08-25-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of CyberStorm to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Great reader


    Have you listened to any of Tom Taylorson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, I couldn't stop listening. The story is very realistic & makes one think!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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