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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (13 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250010489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250010483
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"To IT folks, Mark is every bit a hero as Wozniak, Gates or Ken Olsen."--Doug Barney, "Redmond Mag" "Russinovich scares us all in this techno thriller that gets the details right!""--"Mikko Hypponen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure Corporation "Scarily plausible." --"Library Journal" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 co-founded in 1996. He is also author of the popular Sysinternals tools. He is author of the first Jeff Aiken novel, Zero Day as well as 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Having read through Marks first book 'Zero Day' in about 2 days flat whilst on holiday last year I couldn't wait to get hold of his next book for my holiday this year.

With the book duly downloaded to my Kindle I boarded my plane for 4hr flight, and I can honestly say I don't remember anything about the journey until we hit the tarmac at the other end.

Trojan Horse doesn't have as much 'tech speak' as Zero Day, which will probably broaden its appeal to anyone who loves a good murder / mystery / thriller type read, with there still being plenty of tech background for the nerds among us.

All in all, thoroughly recommended, and I can't wait for the next book (Which Mark admitted he's currently writing in a recent TWiT.tv interview)
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I heard about Mark Russinovich on the Windows Weekly podcast. Paul Thurrott discussed Mark's technical expertise and how much he loved his books. Mark writes with real understanding of his subject in the world of international cyber war. However he never goes above the head of a reader like me in his technical description of what is he is doing. He is a bona fide thriller writer. I was on the edge of my seat through all of this book. He writes original well developed characters. And his story telling keeps you going between his characters technical investigation and action. My only problem with this is Mark has written 2 books, and I am almost done with the second book. Enjoyable, fun, scary, and I highly recommend this book.
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I wish I'd paid more attention to the 1 and 2 sttar reviews before buying this book. It reads a bit like a badly written 1930s spy story, but less plausible. Amateur American computer experts with no self defence training overpower professional spies. The explanations of their work do not enlighten, mere gobbledegook. Too little regard for anyone other than the main characters, who blunder along ignoring everyone else. Very black and white, steriotypes. No, I didn't enjoy or finish this bòok.
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This is the first of Mark Russinovich's books that I'd read and I'd just finished reading Simon's Singh's excellent book The Code Book: The Secret History of Codes and Code-breaking on the day that 'Trojan Horse' became the attractively priced `Kindle Offer of the Day' from Amazon.

'Trojan Horse' gives an insightful, and frequently deeply alarming, overview of the threat posed by the on-going development of cyber technology and in the use of these techniques as silent weapons of war.

Mark Russinovich skilfully uses this as the basis of a thriller in which two American cyber experts uncover sophisticated malware that has already penetrated the computer network used by the United Nations organisation responsible for monitoring Iran's nuclear program.

Almost inadvertently they find themselves heavily involved in the deployment of an advanced version of the Stuxnet virus that had originally wreaked havoc with Iran's centrifuge enrichment program. And, with vested interests of their own, we encounter the Chinese experts (and their political masters) who are determination to provide Iran with software designed to negate the highly sophisticated Stuxnet3 malware being deployed by the Americans (and others...)

The story line moves quickly from the initially tranquil setting of Geneva through to some far less salubrious areas of Prague and Ankara - and culminates in a car chase (with a couple of unpleasant and well armed gentleman following them in a light aircraft) that is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Why only the four stars? I'm not really sure but, having finished (and genuinely enjoyed) the thriller, I'm left with a vague feeling that Mark Russinovich couldn't quite decide where the boundaries between advanced cyber technology and James Bond actually lie.
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Although I read this book to the end I found it completely unbelievable at times. The basic concept is sound but having the main characters doing what they did was stretching things to the limit at times. Managing to get caught and beat up twice, then escaping the clutches of so called professional agents, and then still having enough money/cards to spend lots of cash was ridiculous. Some of the reviews stated that the technical content was well explained and easy to understand for non I.T. people. However,I disagree with this. After spending 30 years in I.T. even I was completely lost at times.
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I wanted to like this book as I generally love this type of thing, but it took ages to get going (kept introducing more and more characters and then leaving them before anything really happens). Things finally start to gel about a third of the way in but really, a thriller should keep you on the edge of your seat and this one did not. The characters were not interesting to me and I kept finding reasons to put it down.
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The book begins with rather too much descriptive material about computer viruses, which might better have been spread out through the text in more digestible pieces. Overall, though, a well-constructed thriller, which makes us wonder what is going on in the real world - maybe not far from what's described here, who knows? The villains are suitably villainous in intent, but markedly incompetent, allowing our heroes an easier ride than they had a right to expect. This gives a flavour which is sufficiently different from the "standard thriller" to create a bit of interest. The main problem is the ending, which is far too easy for the protagonists, so in the end a bit of a let-down.
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