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Zero Day (Jeff Aiken) [Hardcover]

Mark E. Russinovich
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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4 Jan 2011 Jeff Aiken (Book 1)
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.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Saint Martin's Press Inc. (4 Jan 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031261246X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312612467
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,298 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

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 cofounded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals tools. He is coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for "TechNet Magazine," and a senior contributing editor for "Windows IT Pro Magazine." He lives in Washington State.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wooden writing 10 Nov 2012
By Grant R
Format:Kindle Edition
Couldn't get past the first few chapters. Mr Russinovitch is a legend in the IT world. He should stick to that though. The writing made Dan Brown look like Tolstoy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You cannot stop reading it 22 May 2012
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I need to admit it: I bought the book only because I knew the author due to his fantastic utilities (Sysinternals) and superb technical books.
When I started to read it the story captured immediately my attention.
Only the train guard that informs me that I'm arrived to my station can stop me to read it.
The story is very nicely written, with plausible technical details about this deadly computer malware infection.
The very good point of the book that it is not Sci-fi at all: something like that can really happen and it's quite scary.
Nice book, well written! Compliments to the author!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fictional what if that could come true 14 Nov 2011
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Mark Russinovich writes an excellent novel based on a terrorist attack on the the computers and businesses connected to the internet. The scary thing is all the technology mentioned in the book exists today, the viruses, root-kits and such are in the wild and infect computers daily. At the moment this novel is fiction, but it could easily become fact in the near future. An excellent read even for those working in IT - the technical details used in the book are correct; they should be - Mark works at Microsoft as a technical fellow! Definitely worth reading.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Candidate for the bad sex award 24 Jun 2014
By Ceee
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The premise of the book is good, if a bit frightening, but it is clumsily written and the characters very 2 dimensional. Maybe he needs to do a writing course. The few sex scenes were risible and probably unnecessary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A chilling roller coaster ride 19 May 2014
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A scary look at what would happen if our over dependent computer and internet based society came under attack. What makes it so chilling is that it could happen. Makes you question how much information one has online and what it's really worth. Highly recommended. And stick your cash under the mattress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good read. 11 May 2014
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This a really good book by a first rate writer. Once I had started reading I found it hard to put down. You know that everything will turn out right and the baddies will lose but it is fascinating to how it all works out.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slightly weak story 22 Nov 2012
By Ted
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I probably liked this more for the geek in me but it was a quick and easy read which I felt quite compelled to finish and so purchase Trojan Horse, which is better but very similar.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality 11 Sep 2011
The quality of the book was great but took longer to arrive than expected.
This is a bit tech heavy so some understanding maybe needed to understand some of the computing concepts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A scary and plausable story
Zero day is a well written book (a bit American) and the story could be real any day!
I can truly recommend this book to anyone, you don't have to be a computer geek to like... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gunnar Larsson
3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly average
I don't regret reading this book (I got it for free in a promo) but I'd struggle to really recommend it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brian Sargent
3.0 out of 5 stars Paid for advertising
It seems i paid to read a promotional book for M$ windows, for the 1st 10 chapters or so, M$ was mentioned at least once. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Werd
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!!
For anyone in IT, read this book and just review your practices. Certainly makes you question if this book is fiction based on fact......
Published 13 months ago by Mr
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary !!
This is the first book of a trilogy. I did not realise that until I was well into the book and realised ther would not be enough pages to finish the plot! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kevin Green
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for IT geeks
Its a good thriller and a page turner. The characters are well defined and the story is well laid out. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ravi Vemuri
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Read
This is the second book by Mark Russinovich I have read, and although it is set before 'Trojan Horse', this did not spoil the anticipation. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced thriller
Excellent and factually accurate thriller which was as great to read as any from a more established writer. Well worth the time taken to read it.
Published 19 months ago by Dokie
4.0 out of 5 stars Zero Day Review
I'd recommend this book for anyone interested in the potential for cyberattacks and associated problems that can adversely affect some software-based systems. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steve Frost
3.0 out of 5 stars Scarily feasible...
...but slow to get going and quite techy in parts. Power through to the halfway point and it turns into a page turner.
Published 19 months ago by StephM
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