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Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel Hardcover – Mar 15 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (March 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031261246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312612467
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.4 x 24.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #408,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Mark came to Microsoft in 2006 to help advance the state of the art of Windows, now in his latest compelling creation he is raising awareness of the all too real threat of cyber terrorism.” ―Bill Gates

“CyberTerrorism. Get used to that word and understand it because you're going to see more of it in the newspapers and hear it on the news in the not too distant future. Mark Russinovich is a CyberSecurity expert who has turned his considerable knowledge into a very scary and too plausible novel. Zero Day is not science fiction; it is science fact, and it is a clear warning of Doomsday. A must-read for all Americans and for those entrusted with our security and our survival.” ―Nelson DeMille

“While what Mark wrote is fiction, the risks that he writes about eerily mirror many situations that we see today.” ―Howard A. Schmidt, White House Cyber Security Coordinator

“An up-to-the-moment ticking-clock thriller, Zero Day imagines the next 9/11 in a frightening but all too believable way. An expert in the field, Mark Russinovich writes about cyberterrorism with a mix of technical authority and dramatic verve. I was riveted.” ―William Landay, author of The Strangler

“When someone with Mark Russinovich's technical chops writes a tale about tech gone awry, leaders in the public and private sector should take notes.” ―Daniel Suarez, author of Daemon

“Microsoft computer guru Russinovich's first novel, a cautionary tale about the imminence of the great cyber attack to wipe out the Internet.” ―Publishers Weekly

“Nothing if not topical, this is a competent thriller boasting a full share of conspiracies, betrayals, violence and against-the-clock maneuvers.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“Russinovich's debut thriller is worth a read; conspiracy theorists will thoroughly enjoy it.” ―Library Journal

Zero Day by Mark Russinovich paints a chilling picture of what might happen if hackers lose interest in stealing credit cards and become more focused on cyberterrorism. ... Whether or not you're a computer geek, Zero Day tells a compelling story with thrills and chills to entertain you. I found it more plausible and fun than Dan Brown's Digital Fortress.” ―The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

“Guns, babes, rootkits, blade servers, damsels in distress, and assassins. ... Strikes a good balance between technical believability and plot pace.” ―TechRepublic

About the Author

MARK RUSSINOVICH works at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft's senior-most technical position. He joined the company when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, which he confounded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals tools. He is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for Tech Net Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. He lives in Washington State.

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Format: Hardcover
I was very interested in this book due to the technical aspect which I found promising, but was left entirely disappointed.

Russinovich writes like he's narrating a bad action thriller - usually a sure sign of someone lacking any real writing talent.

His characters are one-dimensional and impossible to relate to. Every female character was always described (and defined, it seems) in terms of her sexual attractiveness. For the life of me I could not figure out how this contributes to the story and only added to the overall feeling of cheap writing.
The book is also swarming with cliches, but that's something you can expect given that the bad guys are Muslim, Russian or Latin American. I hope the author didn't have to think too hard to come up with those.

Everyone seems to chat using leetspeak, including the security experts.
Perhaps I should start removing the vowels from my emails to the IT department at work - I'm sure they'll appreciate that.
Well, I didn't, so I had to eventually start skipping Jeff and Darryl's ICQ sessions.

I couldn't finish Zero Day which is something very unusual for me - I try to give books a chance until the very end. This time, however, I eventually realized I'm wasting my time.

I know I didn't miss anything and neither will you if you ignore this book and move on to something better.
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I loved the central plot and even liked the main characters however the tedious and painstakingly detailed descriptions made for a tortuous read. It felt as though the author was lecturing at an IT convention and then he threw in a few pages of fiction to appeal to average folk wrapping the novel up so neatly and quickly that the reader is left discouraged at the effort it took to reach the disappointing end.
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Format: Hardcover
If you are interested in computer technologies and a good novel, then this is a great book to pick up. This book sure scares you on what "could" happen on a grand scale... technology is an integral part of everyone's life's these days and what would you do if everything computer related just stopped?
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Absolutely loved the faced pace, down to earth writing style. Mark really knows his technology and it's great to see how he connects it to thought provoking and interesting world events.
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