One minute Jake O'Connell is on top of the world, with a beautiful family and bright future as a stock broker in New York; the next it's all ripped away....
In Atlanta, Dr. Peyton Shaw is awakened by the phone call she has dreaded for years. As the CDC's leading epidemiologist, she's among the first responders to outbreaks....
In the near future, to escape the crush and clutter of a packed and polluted Earth, the world’s elite flock to Atopia, an enormous corporate-owned artificial island in the Pacific Ocean....
When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe....
In a steel-and-lead-encased bunker 20 feet below the basement level of his house, a soldier waits for his final orders. On the surface, a plague ravages the planet, infecting over 90% of the populace....
The greatest mystery of all time...the history of human origins...will be revealed....
In the wake of a fever that decimated the earth's population - killing women and children and making childbirth deadly for the mother and infant - the midwife must pick her way....
Something insidious has arrived - right in the heartland of our nation. Dr. Lauren Hale, a new hospital resident, is nearly killed by a raving mad emergency room patient....
Enoch Wallace is an ageless hermit, striding across his untended farm as he had done for over a century....
Coral survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her....
One starship will either save Earth or destroy her. A century ago our star erupted, destroying Earth's wormhole network and closing off trade with her colonized planets....
The EMP hits. The lights go out and silence roars. Society is on the brink of violent chaos. The only way to survive is to get out, away from the cities and into the wilderness....
Deep in the Caribbean Sea, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances....
There once was a killer who knew the night, its secrets and rhythms. How to hide within its shadows. When to hunt....
In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a past tragedy. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world....
When DARPA's billion-dollar program to create artificial superintelligence is sabotaged, US operative Cameron Carr is tasked with finding the culprit....
In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies....
Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure....
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.
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.
124 of 132 people found this review helpful
I’m shocked there are so many 4- and 5-star reviews of this book. Rather than it being a story “bending perception and reality… where nothing is what it seems,” it’s more like a soap opera or a Lifetime Original Movie with all the high drama between the narrator and his wife. He’s a beta-male who’s married to a bitch. He says things like: “I met her gaze but then dropped my eyes, giving her that space,” or “She glared at me, and I shrank back.” Their rather icky relationship issues extend through the first 26 audio chapters (there are only 65 total), until they quickly and blandly resolve everything. And since they’re not very likable anyway, it really didn’t matter.
When the internet goes down and the blizzard begins, followed by outages of the city’s power and water services, nothing that happens afterwards is unexpected. However there isn’t a lot of action in the way this story is told. We get a tremendous amount of internal rumination from the narrator, including detailed descriptions of several dreams he has (dreams are the worst!). Events mainly unfold secondhand, through his observations of stuff happening to other people (including many, many CNN reports) and through conversations with others about current issues, terrorism, health and safety tips, history, China and the Middle East, prepper ideas, social media, and events that are happening, have happened, and/or could potentially happen in the future.
It was an extremely tedious story that was far too long and didn't really go anywhere. I don't know why or how I actually finished it, but I wish I hadn't.
80 of 86 people found this review helpful
Not really what I think of as 'science fiction', not really dystopian either, perhaps CyberStorm could be called speculative fiction. Anyway, I really enjoyed this audiobook. It took me places I didn't want to go and then brought me back again. Some reviewers felt the ending was bad--not me. The ending really surprised me, and I came away feeling better than I thought I would. It has a twist I definitely did not see coming and which I actually welcomed.
In summary, the story involves a group of New Yorkers living on an apartment floor and their interactions as they attempt to survive an unprecedented cyber attack on the U. S., combined with a series of terribly disabling blizzards. Think cold, think hunger, fear, desperation, disease and vermin, mistrust, ultimate starvation. Also think camaraderie, love, caring, banding together, and uniquely creative survival skills.
There are a variety of diverse, distinct, and often fascinating characters we come to know and either like or dislike. We get a feel for the basic day to day survival tasks as things get progressively more dire. We see how various people react to crisis of the highest order.
Tom Taylorson did an excellent job of narrating with consistently different voices for each of the characters. Give him an additional pat on the back for being able to do female voices so well! I always appreciate that!
This is a very interesting and compelling story. Don't let the thought that you don't like science fiction scare you off. It is more speculative fiction, an event that I can easily imagine happening as we become more and more dependent on technology.
59 of 65 people found this review helpful
Although this novel got my attention at first and I'll admit I enjoyed some of it... the ending was so devastatingly unsatisfying I felt tricked and really, really annoyed at the author. I don't want to ruin the ending in case you decide to read it, but as a reader I felt betrayed for having invested my time in listening to a so-so story only to find a pretty bad ending, in my opinion.
31 of 34 people found this review helpful
There are a lot of moments in this book that had me right there with it, I was involved and thought the writer was on the right track, and the book takes off in that direction from the start and you are pretty sure you have a winner. The narration is solid, the writer has skill at describing a scene and bringing it to the listener (reader) in a plausible manner. Here comes the "but"- the author pens the scene of societal collapse of the urbane fairly well, the characters are diverse and have each some skill which comes into play after the collapse, the mode of the collapse, a cyber attack is well explained and actually plausible, BUT this is written from an urban centric point of view and the description of people in the countryside is horribly derogatory, they are painted as rapists, cannibals, and in one scene are shown to be chasing a cow down with machetes and hacking it to pieces. Nobody in the rural section of the story is presented as anything other than an ignorant villain. Oh, but in the enlightened city, violent acts are stopped by a group of people holding up their phones and taking pictures, that is all it takes. The people who leave NY city for the country side are forever haunted by that stupid move, of course the city would be much safer than farm country once food becomes scarce in the city. There are some well done sections in this book and if the author had stayed within his comfort zone it would have been a good book. The storyline describing the method of cyber attack is done well and the author has knowledge of the subject matter and is able to bring it to the reader in an entertaining manner, as in the degrading situation in the city. The problem with the book comes in the section after they leave the city, things just begin to fall apart from there.
As far as a recommendation the subject matter is interesting and brought to the reader in a well done manner, the story has some holes in it but works at the base level and the narration is well done as well. If prepper grid down subject matter is your genre then you might like this book, if tech suspense it your thing this might be okay but a bit of a departure and not deep enough into your subject matter to be a total thumbs up.
I would recommend it with just a few grimaces.
60 of 67 people found this review helpful
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.
40 of 45 people found this review helpful
I really like dystopian fiction and have read quite a bit of it, but this one just couldn't sustain my interest. I got about 8 hours into it and kept waiting for something to happen that wasn't a repeat of what had happened previously, but it just didn't. The story revolved around what you would expect to happen if everything came to a crashing halt (in a snowstorm, no less), but we didn't get past lack of food, bad guys stealing food, more lack of food.
The characters and writing were fine, if not totally riveting, but the story needed something else. Maybe I've read enough of this genre that the typical story doesn't hold my interest anymore. If you're new to SHTF fiction, then you might be fine with this, but if you've read a lot of it, you might keep looking.
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about CyberStorm?
This is one of those stories that starts out leading the reader to think that its going to be about one thing and then never gets there. No, I'm not talking about a story that has a great twist this one is just completely misleading. Where is the cyberstorm? It's nothing more than a city's power blackout.
Would you ever listen to anything by Matthew Mather again?
Any additional comments?
Again misleading from the title and throughout. Here's a comparative example - take a story titled and described to be about a man going on a long trip, but he never gets out the door because he can't find his car keys. So the whole story turns out to be about him tearing up the house to find his keys - forget about the trip... Don't waste your time.
16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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?
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.
16 of 20 people found this review helpful
This is a survival story. There's nothing particularly cyber about it. It's like a Zombie Survival Story without the zombies. although it does discuss many philosophies about the state of our internet and The Human Condition, it is not as advertised on the book jacket. There are no heroes in this story only humans trying to survive. It's actually pretty depressing. and was hard to get through once I realized that it was not as advertised on the book jacket. There's a few plot holes as well like why not start a fire pit on your roof or in the middle of the street? But there are a few redeeming qualities as well if you like reading philosophy or think tanking on Survival methods.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful