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Publisher's Summary

Michael Lewis’ Flash Boys revealed how high-frequency trading has created a ruthless breed of traders capable of winning whichever way the market turns. In Rogue Code, Mark Russinovich takes it one step further to show how their grip on high finance makes the stock market vulnerable to hackers who could bring about worldwide financial collapse.
Cyber security expert Jeff Aiken knows that no computer system is completely secure. When he’s called to investigate a possible breach at the New York Stock Exchange, he discovers not only that their system has been infiltrated but that someone on the inside knows. Yet for some reason, they have allowed the hackers to steal millions of dollars from accounts without trying to stop the theft.
When Jeff uncovers the crime, the NYSE suddenly turns on him. Accused of grand larceny, he must find and expose the criminals behind the theft, not just to prove his innocence but to stop a multibillion-dollar heist that could upend the U.S. economy. Unwilling to heed Jeff’s warnings, the NYSE plans to continue with a major IPO using a new, untested system, one that might be susceptible both to hackers and to ruthless high-frequency traders willing to take any risk to turn a profit.
Now Jeff Aiken must unearth the truth on his own, following the thread to the back alleys of Rio de Janeiro to take on one of the world’s most ruthless cartels.
Praised for his combination of real-world technology and quick-paced action, with Rogue Code Mark Russinovich delivers an intense thriller about a cyber threat that seems all too possible - and the Wall Street traders who might allow it to happen.
Includes a foreword by Haim Bodek, author of The Problem of HFT: Collected Writings on High Frequency Trading & Stock Market Structure Reform.
©2014 Mark Russinovich (P)2014 Macmillan Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By Andre on 01-17-15

Formulaic

Never in doubt about the plot. A decent effort at explaining high frequency trading and the inside workings of an exchange. Narrator was difficult to listen to.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ted on 11-27-14

This Will Probably Happen.

See, Mark Russinovich is the ubber-geek who can speak colloquial English.

You know like meeting a space alien who talks like he came from Philly. He can explain so that I can suddenly mutter… "Good God! We're all in a LOT of trouble."

Here he digs into the space where computer security meets VERY VERY VERY Big Money. And he explains exactly what opportunity (or threat) lurks between the left scissor edge of computer engineering and the right edge of international financial transaction.

First I'm warning you NOT TO LISTEN TO THIS BOOK… first. Go get Russinovich's "Zero Day" first. Because you probably will after you hear this novel. And since it's a continuing ensemble cast, hey… why not enjoy all of the feelings and back-stories as they grow through Mark's second novel, "Trojan Horse" (and his best), and then come here to Rogue Code?

Johnny Heller does a terrific job. I was disappointed though with the Jeff Aiken (hero) - Darlyl Haugen (demoted heroine) relationship's direction. They were so much more interesting twin parts of whole lead character in Zero Day and Trojan Horse. The altered path seemed like some sort of personality-ectomy. Hope the partnership gets renewed.

Oh yeah, that teaser up above… The Steven-King-terror-inducing-talent of Mark Russinovich is that what his stories tell-about will escape from his cloud and will probably happen quite soon, maybe tomorrow. YIPES!

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4 out of 5 stars
By M Rabson on 01-29-15

Interesting story let down by reader

What did you like most about Rogue Code?

The descriptions of how the world manages money for the top 1%

What did you like best about this story?

The insights into a strange world the masses have no control over, we are at their mercy.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Pretty monotonous voice actor, sentences paragraphs and chapters seemed to blend into one another, it sometimes took a while before I realised he had moved on to a different section he was so lacking in dynamics.
Sounded bored, I started to wonder if this was just some guy from the back office reading as the actor contracted for this book was ill that day.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, steady and slow but worth the listen.

Any additional comments?

Will avoid this reader and read the physical book if there is no other option. But look forward to Mark Russinovich's next novel!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brian Smyth on 01-28-15

Great story!

I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book, but it very a great "read". It took a while to get used to the narrator though. Overall I would definitely recommend it.

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