Zero Day (Jeff Aiken #1)
I'm going to put most of this in a spoiler tag just for those who haven't read it.. but if you haven't, then you'll soon see the problems the book has on your own.. stilted text, wooden characters, improbable and downright ridiculous plot points, rushed ending and some of the worst dialog between characters I have ever seen in a book.
The premise is simple, computer viruses are everywhe...more
'Zero Day' is a thriller so by-the-numbers that if you had told me that Mark Russinovich had written a computer program that had produced it I would be neither surprised or impressed such is the quality of the finished product. I read the early chapters in shock that it had been published. After the shock wore off I ploughed on dead-eyed in a manner that now in retrospect resembles nothing more than acute self-harm.
'Zero Day' opens in the style of 'World War...more
My expectations were not met, but given that this is Mark's first novel - I would say the start isn't that bad.
Now, I would like to highlight a few things that other readers did not:
- In Russian, the short version of "Vladimir" is "Vova", rather than "Vlad" (which corresponds to "Vladislav"), the author didn't get this part right.
- Mark makes a reference to "kuyrdak" - I honestly had no clue such a thing e...more
One incredibly irritating example so divorced from reality that cropped up again and again was how everyone—EVERYONE—seems to be so sore...more
The characters are stale: Must the good guy be handsome and prescient and clever and kind and sexy and stylish? Must every woman be sexy and young and horny and wily and well-dressed and smart? Must the bad guys be smarmy and zealous an...more
The author is an experienced IT professional painting a picture of some of the pitfalls of relying to much on modern technology. Sounds basic premise. And in other hands would have been a thought provoking and well written book.
However he writes with a heavy hand with scenarios over the top and generic characters that seem stolen from a movie of the week.
If he had turned down some of the scenarios he laid out would have helped but sound...more
The premise of the book is both sound and scary. A small terrorist group coordinates the developmen...more
This book is an easy read for anyone who has ever used a computer connected to the internet. The book is even more interesting and compelling if you have ever installed an anti-virus product on a PC. So, there you go; this book will be a good read for almost anyone who picks it up.
The plot is all to believable. A group is creating a storm of worms and viruses to invade the computer systems that control our banking, airlines, power generation – you know, every part of our life. This threat as bee...more
I first heard about “Zero Day: A...more
Mark Russinovich works at Microsoft in one of the senior-most technical positions. Considering the background of the author, the premise of Zero Day becomes even more compelling.
Zero Day has a thrilling start. Several seemingly unrelated incidents take place all over the world, all involving computer failures. The controls of a British Airways flight fails. So do the computers in a highly reputed firm based in NYC. A glitch in the computer databases in various hospitals causes m...more
Author Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow at Microsoft (Microsoft’s highest...more
Arab terrorists want to start a new 9-11, except now they are using viruses to attack western computers. A few computers (with their system dates set wrong) start crashing, and in some cases people die as a result. The hero and the heroine are on the track of these viru...more
I really liked the characters. For a suspense/thriller that is really plot-based, a fair amount of character development went into the main character of Jeff. The rest of the characters aren't as fleshed out, but their motives and reasons for doing what they do and who they are aren't as integral to the plot. Jeff was...more
The excessive use of alternate spellings and abbreviations in the instant messaging texts...more
The mission of the book is awesome. As a software engineer, this book has changed the way I think about computer security. It's a big deal! I'm glad I read this book because it shifted me from thinking of security as an inconvenience to being a top priority.
The fact that the book...more
One gripe I have is Russinovich's portrayal of the main characters...more
Russinovich joined Microsoft when Microsoft acquired Winternals software, the company he cofounded in 1996 and where he worked as Chief Software Architect. He is also c...more