Zero Day (Jeff Aiken #1)
The premise of the book is both sound and scary. A small terrorist group coordinates the developmen ...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 Wa ...more
"In this time of exhibitionist tattoos and body piercing, with the supposed equality of the sexes, it seemed to Jeff that many women were ...more
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
One incredibly irritating example so divorced from reality that cropped up again and again was how everyone—EVERYONE—seems to be so sore ...more
If you have ever experienced the effects of a computer virus, Trojan horse or other attack on your computer, you know what it’s like when your computer doesn’t respond as it should. And you know, too, the challenge of fixing the problems, or having someone fix them for you. It’s not usually a matter of life or death though, is it?
But imagine what would happen if a whole lot of computers, controlling critical or important functions around the wor ...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
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
Entertaining and I like the premise for this tech thriller. I didn't like the fact that every woman in the novel is ogled by every man she meets/works with. It was a bit off-putting and fairly unrealistic. His 'intimate' scenes were a little unintentionally funny as well...I think a lot had to do with word choice. Biggest criticism though is telling not showing. Several times he'd begin a dialog and then summarize the rest of the conve ...more
The general plot idea is that there is this virus (maybe one, maybe more--it's a very sneaky virus!) wreaking havoc on computer systems in the U.S. The opening chapters describe various catastrophes due to fully automated systems shutting down and locking out human users--a nuclear power plant's cooling system suddenly goes ...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
But as his company Winternals was aqcuired by Microsoft in 2006 and he became an executive in the giant firm, one cannot help but also detect this side of him in the book. I for example cannot take seriously a cybersecurity expert that doesn't mention Linux in ...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
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
It fails the Bechdel test, shocker. And it includes gems like "hackers, as code writers were generally called". I would actu ...more
This was one I picked up in Audiobook, which is a good thing because I probably would have put the print version down. Techspeak ranged from explaining very simple concepts to glossing over more esoteric concepts. Unfortunately it's the steps getting TO those esoteric concepts that are the focus for the story. Ch ...more
I found myself skimming by the end of the first third, and the s ...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