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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.
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By shelley on 04-27-18
I was a skeptic but now I'm not! Really good book!
This is a really good book by Mark Russinovich. There are many reviews plus the publisher's summary so I will not expound on what has already been written.
This book has a really good plot and some scenes that actually brought about a reaction. In the very beginning of the book there is an airplane scene. The plane's autopilot malfunctioned and the plane stalls after climbing to a height way above where it should have been. The author describes the nose dive the plane takes and the inhuman noises coming from the passengers who believe they are about to die. This is GREAT writing!
Other parts of the book describe the hero Jeff Aiken. He is an expert at computer security. At one point he's working on a computer system with a virus and there is an awful lot of code that is read. I don't understand code and zeros and what should be there and what is there and so on... so, I fast forwarded through that.
I will purchase the other books in this series. Lots of action and even more interaction while working to find out who, how and why.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. Johnny Heller does an excellent job narrating.
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By Brian on 11-06-12
Techno-thriller that gets the tech right
What did you love best about Zero Day?
It's not all that common that authors who use technology in their stories get the tech right. Mark does that very well. Since I have a background in tech, getting it wrong would have really taken away from the story. Instead, this was great for a long road trip so I could keep listening.
What did you like best about this story?
The use of technology was well placed and well used. This is important for someone who works with technology, otherwise the story would have had major distractions in it
Any additional comments?
It feels like this book ends abruptly, but I believe that it continues in Trojan Horse which wasn't available on Audible at the time of this writing.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By David Stokes on 02-25-16
the narrator was brilliant.. really brought the story to life. I love cyber crime books and this didn't let me down... I'm sure stuff like this happens daily.. I'd love to know more!
By Samuel L. on 01-15-16
Loved it. good griping story. can't wait to read the next book when I can get it.