Excuse me, he said finally. I finished the whole book in a day and a half. The computer jargon thrown in is mostly nonsense. Several seemingly unrelated incidents take place all over the world, all involving computer failures. The author, Mark Russinovich, is employed as a senior technical resource at Microsoft, is recognised as an expert in the Windows operating system, and was cofounder of Wininternls, a small company that released a suite of highly respected low-level administration and debugging tools. I can tell you for sure it's not possible to understand these parts while listening the audiobook :P Otherwise downpour.
Schmidt Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books, 2018 Formats: Kindle. If you don't know who Mark Russinovich is, check out his bio on Wikipedia. I actually downloaded this and 'Trojon Horse' the sequel because of an Amazon promotion. Oh, I know starting things off with some gratuitous sex is supposed to be a sure-fire technique for grabbing readers' attention and it probably works just fine with the young male geeks who are likely to make up a large part of this book's audience. Jones fumbled for the switch. That totally makes me empathize with her so much! I for example cannot take seriously a cybersecurity expert that doesn't mention Linux in the book not even once. We are significantly exposed to a cyber-attack, the report concludes, the consequences of which could exceed our imagination.
That alone should be a warning sign. An airliner's controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. This grabbed my attention, but as the book continues, it slowly waned. I got the feeling that the message that the book was conveying was that everything that is outside America is bad and dangerous. McIntyre pulled the yoke well back, all but certain one of the wings was going to come off. Also there was just enough infosec and security mixed in to keep the plot going.
This is the second of the technology themed first novels that I listened to this month. . His 'intimate' scenes were a little unintentionally funny as well. The author has very outdated views about the motivations of women. 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. You can't really discount the scenario presented in Zero Day - the things described in the book can certainly happen.
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. The novel truly suffers from the insertion of Russinovich's racist and sexist views into the story. Most of us will have a panic attack, if our internet suddenly stops working or if we are not able to check our emails. So convincing was the computer construct that the airplane was approved for commercial use and had gone straight to production without a prototype. We can only hope that the threats of cyber-terrorism can be countered. Second, and the issue that bothered me the most and pushed me to do this review , is that the plot is full of clichés: the Russians are corrupt, the Arabs are all fundamentalists in a quest to destroy America, the Chechen are all criminal, Latin American is the prostitution backyard of the Americans and so on.
If I were the author I might have left a bit of the 'steamy' scenes to Hollwood but that's me. Well, some of them die. Working without computers is a real problem for us. The chapters are short and sharp, with memorandums and news stories interspersed throughout the book, which was a nice touch. The villain's plan for using a distributed, anonymous network of hackers to do their dirty work is actually pretty compelling and instructive, but that's pretty much the best idea in the book. I've heard a lot of hype about this book, but it had some issues. Similarly, the sex scenes are ill-advised and even contribute to adding a hint of misogyny to the plot.
In our generation, there is no where you can look that is not controlled by computers in some capacity. The recent publicity surrounding the that targeted the Iranian nuclear programme has shown just how real this kind of scenario is. I have come to realize that I like three things in my books: I like the plot to drive the story forward energetically, I like the writing to work on multiple levels, and I want realistic characters who change over the course of the story. From September 1997 through March 2000, he was a research staff member at 's , researching operating system support for Web server acceleration and serving as an operating systems expert. Sue was slender, of partial Asian heritage, late twenties, with jet-black hair stylishly cut in a bob.
He doubted it would save the company from the ire of its violated cardholders, or federal regulators. McIntyre pulled on the yoke steadily. Only two characters appeared as smart as they were supposed to be and that was Jeff and his dark counterpoint, Vladimir Koskov -the two programmers. Almost our entire lives are so out there, so open to any kind of attack. Unfortunately, the book falls short on many dimensions.
At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events. The flow of the book was good until about the last 50 or so pages. Just about everything we studied in class is included in this book. You know where it's going. Most of us will have a panic attack, if our internet suddenly stops working or if we are not able to check our emails. Zero Day is a book that's very relevant today. Several times he'd begin a dialog and then summarize the rest of the conve 3.
So all of that tech that Apple is really known for is conveniently left out of the book, thus making it practically obsolete at the time of its printing. The author works at Microsoft in a senior technical position and I think he should keep his day job, for now. He joined the company when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, which he confounded in 1996. We learn that the main virus creator was physically disabled because of an attack by the Chechens. He glanced at his watch: 9:23. Airspeed 1103, altitude twenty-six hundred! I used to dream of writing a thriller. I bought and read dozens of how-to books, and from years of practiced study have an eye and ear for the genres of adventure and mystery.