- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: PhutureNews Publishing; 1 edition (23 Mar. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0991677196
- ISBN-13: 978-0991677191
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
CyberStorm Paperback – 23 Mar 2013
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About the Author
Matthew is the best-selling author of CyberStorm and the six-part hit series Atopia Chronicles. He's also a leading member of the world's cybersecurity community who started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines. He went on to found one of the world's first tactile feedback companies, which became the world leader in its field, as well as creating a major award-winning brain training video game. In between he's worked in a variety of start-ups,everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction systems to genomics, and even social intelligence research. He spends his time between Charlotte, NC, and Montreal, QC, hanging out with his bright and beautiful girlfriend Julie and their three dogs and a cat that thinks he's one.
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Top Customer Reviews
But what if we had to?
CyberStorm follows the story of an unprecedented attack on the United States, disabling it's entire communications network and causing massive power outages and disabling utilities, coupled with adverse weather conditions and it's effects on the residents of a New York apartment building seen through the eyes of Mike Mitchell, an upper middle class businessman already struggling to keep his life and family together.
Using whatever means available the residents hunker down for what they hope is a temporary inconvenience but soon learn that they are shut off from the outside world and locked in a desperate fight for survival. Greatly helped by prepper neighbour Chuck who has stockpiled supplies they are hopeful but both external and internal forces are conspiring against our survivors and their circumstances start to deteriorate very quickly.
The pace is steady and realistic and thankfully at no point glamorises the situation the survivors are faced with with silly action sequences or needless Hollywood shootouts. It is a careful study of the depths some people will go to to survive with some going so far as to give up certain aspects of their humanity and decency while others are guided by conscience and the instinct to protect their family at all costs. There are fine moments of suspense and some snappy twists and turns excellently placed throughout carrying the story to it's final satisfying conclusion.Read more ›
The book gets off to a slow start as the author builds up the characters and you get to know a little about their backgrounds. Stay with the book as the pace gradually picks up and I found myself wanting to know what happens next.
The story starts with the gradual failure of key computer systems and the author skilfully builds this up and expands the situation the characters face, and you find yourself sharing their plight. What makes the story more scary is that it is totally believable and as you read it you find yourself wondering could this really happen?
As with other sci-fi stories with an internet slant, there is a slight stretching of credibility and the obligatory use of a mesh network. However the people (lead characters and the others in the story) are the main focus of the story to which the technology plays an ancillary role. As with all apocalyptic disaster stories there are good friendly people and then there are the people who aren't so nice. This story has both aplenty from the lovable Russian elderly neighbours who survived terrible events in their past to the thieves who steal food from other characters when it is in short supply.
As I got towards the end of the book I found myself wanting to see how the book would finish, as the story is brought to its conclusion and we find out who was behind the cyberstorm. I like the way the author spent a little time at the end telling us how the story finished and didn't just leave it with hope in sight (like Hollywood blockbusters do!). Something else that impressed me was finding out that the author self-publishes, I didn't realise this when I bought the book and wouldn't have realised at the end had the author not said.
I really enjoyed reading this story and I hope that we don't find ourselves in this situation in real life..
The story rapidly became engrossing, willing the characters on to survive the harsh reality without the safety of the cyber world.
In places, this book explores some hard-hitting subjects, and it felt like you were living every moment with the characters, through both the lows, and the highs.
Matthew Mather's style of writing took me a short while to get used to, but I was rewarded with a thoroughly entertaining read.
This book would be well suited to anyone who enjoys suspense and action, with a little bit of an apocalypse thrown in.
I really want to like this, it's had so many good reviews. I will persevere and may have to revisit my one star marking and eat my words.
Well I've finished it. Still only rates as one star. Characters are one dimensional and I couldn't have cared less what happened to them. I thought when they finally left New York it might pick up but sadly, no. The first half of the book drags, the second half of the book is rushed.
A good idea that didn't live up to expectations.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliant, fast-paced story, full of tragedy and triumph. The pace is strong and the characters are believable. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
The crumbling infrastructure whilst peolple tried to remain civil is very interesting. The explanation of why the internet is vulnerable thought provoking. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R J Church
Cyberstorm had me gripped. I loved the twists and turns and the dark and light written throughout the novel. I would highly recommend!!Published 4 months ago by laura
Cyberstorm is a book that all politicians should read. It's a warning of what could happen in our digital age. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cary B
Interesting read, puts a different angle on the classic apocalyptic storyline. One of those that highlights the good and the bad in humanity in an uncomfortably realistic way. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Claireyclaireyclaire.
Good plot, kept me interested right to the end which didn't do the book justice, well worth a read though.Published 6 months ago by Russell Smith
A modern horror story. The computers go down and New York is hit by a heavy snow storm. The power goes out. The water supply fails. The looting starts. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jacw2000