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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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Real Life Threats!

What did you love best about Zero Day?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

Possible Threats!

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

Brining the characters to life.

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

No Operating System Found

Any additional comments?

Cant wait to hear the rest of the trilogy.

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  • Dennis
  • NEWMARKET, NH, United States
  • 10-20-14

Weighed down by endless cliché

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.

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Okay - from a non-technical person

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.)

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Boring story and characters

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.

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  • Robert
  • New Brighton, MN
  • 04-09-14

An eye opener for the non-technical

If you could sum up Zero Day in three words, what would they be?

Dangerous technology

What other book might you compare Zero Day to and why?

Daemon by Daniel Suarez both are eye opening books that show what could happen with the technology we already have.

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

A wonderful narrator who keeps you in the story and doesn't let you escape.

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

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jason
  • Woodbridge, CT, United States
  • 03-18-14

Mediocre narration for a mediocre story

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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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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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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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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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.