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  • 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)
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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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It's pretty safe to say we all take technology for granted these days. It controls all our communications, utilities and for some people, daily life down the most minute detail. We've become so dependent on technology we could soon be nearing a point where we can't live without it.

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.
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A 4.5 star read that I couldn't put down when I started.

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..
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After fighting through the first few pages, I could not put this book down.
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.
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I'm half way through this and to be honest I'm starting to get a bit bored. A bunch of people stuck in an apartment block the power is out, there's a mega snow storm, CNN is off air (in fact all TV channels are off air but CNN get numerous mentions) and there's only a couple of radio stations broadcasting. One of the men has water and a generator stashed in a lock-up somewhere on site (who hasn't, eh?). So far all they've done is sit about pontificating about what might have happened eg is the US at war with China/Russia......oh, and occasionally going out to help move patients from one evacuation centre to another, raid the shops for food and syphon off petrol from cars for the handy generator that 'Mr Survival' had in his lock-up.
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.
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