Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Zero Day - A Review

Zero Day - Mark Russinovich (Publisher)

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: March 2011
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Format: Hardcover , 336pp
  • Sales Rank: 92,856


An insidious cyber-terrorist attack threatens to destroy the Western World in this debut by a leading expert on cybersecurity

Over the Atlantic, an airliner’s controls suddenly stop reacting. In Japan, an oil tanker runs aground when its navigational system fails. And in the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl.

At first, these computer failures seem unrelated. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who saw the mistakes made before 9/11, fears that there may be a more serious attack coming. And he soon realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to stop an international disaster.

Zero Day presents a chilling “what if” scenario written in the vein of Richard A. Clarke and Daniel Suarez.

My Thoughts:

I found this to be a fast paced, thrilling book that kept me on the edge of my seat for most of it. We as a society are so used to being able to log in, click and do stuff with our computers. Pay bills, order food, find information. But what if in one second and one click, that all went away? It's an all too possible scenario. Cybersecurity is a big issue and a very relevant one in today society.

This book is about that. A plot to bring the US and Europe to it's knees by attacking something we've all come to rely heavily on, our computers. Sometimes I find these kind of stories much more scary than your traditional horror story. I can tell you I have the sudden need to backup and check my virus software on my own machine after reading this book.

Sometimes the book made my head hurt with all the information being thrown my way, but I think most of it was essential to the story itself. I think if you are a fan of espionage style books, you will love this one and I have no problem recommending it to people.

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