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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  4,557 ratings  ·  591 reviews
Sometimes the worst storms aren't caused by Mother Nature, and sometimes the worst nightmares aren't in the ones in our heads...

Mike Mitchell, an average New Yorker already struggling to keep his family together, suddenly finds himself fighting just to keep them alive when an increasingly bizarre string of disasters start appearing on the world’s news networks. As the worl
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Paperback, First Edition, 364 pages
Published March 23rd 2013 by PhutureNews Publishing (first published January 1st 2013)
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Benjaminivor
Though there were some very interesting ideas here I think the character development and the writing were pretty painful. I think this might be an author overcompensating in cloying drama via story telling for what he seems to have available in strong research and concepts. Half of this book could have been news reports or journal entries and we would have gotten the same information without the crap. I worked hard to stick with it because I love the genre and I know some real interesting concep ...more
Alex Bobl
This book has so much going for it on so many levels, I'm at a a loss where to start.

First off, it's a very well-written disaster story so if you love catastrophe flicks and novels, you'll absolutely love Cyberstorm. But that's not what's important. The author fills the book with so much love and understanding it raises the genre to a totally new level.

Basically, Cyberstorm answers one sole question: what would become of our minds and souls in case of a major catastrophe? How long can we preserv
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11811 (Eleven)
4.5 stars. This was a great little Indie techno-thriller that I thought also qualified for the horror genre. Just substitute zombie with cyber-attack and you have a frightening scenario for a post-apocalyptic type of storyline. Bad things happen.

I enjoyed this from start to finish. Highly recommended.
Koreander
El terror es el hermano feo de la literatura fantástica. Incluso perteneciendo al género, en ocasiones se asemeja demasiado al thriller de corte más mainstream. Es quizás lo que le ocurre a ‘Cibertormenta’, la última novedad publicada dentro de la colección NOVA (Ediciones B) y escrita por el autor de ‘The Atopia Chronicles’ Matthew Mather. Aunque la premisa de la historia parte de un hecho ficticio, un gran ataque virtual a los pilares de Internet que sostienen los servicios y la infraestructur ...more
Wyatt Johnson
The writing style made what could have been a good story somewhat frustrating. I felt like Mr Mather was writing a movie, not a book. There were a few times I was tempted to stop reading, as the coincidences kept piling up, a couple times making me literally groan out loud. Near the end, it seemed like he just wanted to get it over with, and it felt like it ended fairly abruptly. I'm glad I finished it, but still won't be recommending it to anyone.
Laura Howard
I wrote a review on Amazon first, but wanted to make sure I shared it with all my friends here. This is a great book that will leave you thinking about what-if's for some time after you read it!

This is one of the most realistic near-future stories I have read, enough to instill a bit of paranoia! I highly recommend this.

It's an amazing story which focuses on a small group of friends who band together during one of the most unfortunate chain of catastrophic events. It will make everyday troubles
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Linda Root
This is not the book I planned to read last night but my husband who reads along with me wanted a change of pace. He wanted me to find something in science fiction, and this was my selection. Both of us are great fans of hard science fiction, and this was a little different. It was uncomfortable book to read, too frightening and through provoking to be entertaining. But the message was worth the bleakness of it. Mather's tale hits you with a two-pronged attack. First he exposes how quick we are ...more
Bruce Dillahunty
I always enjoy a good post-apocalyptic book (guess that says something about me), and when I saw this one, was excited to find a new author. Had to finish another in-progress book before I could start, but once I did, I couldn't stop.

I stayed up way too late reading, and then when the alarm went off, reached over for it again. Then found myself sneaking it in the gaps at work.

This is a well crafted book, with detailed characters and a totally believable sequence of events. Way too often I was th
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Pat
Jun 30, 2013 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I have to admit that not so long ago; I would only read the ‘established’ authors. Then, I began trying the international authors, in particular the Nordic authors, and wow, what talent and great stories. Now, I have begun to read the new authors who are publishing on the web and through ebooks; and again, wow, what talent! Scott Sigler, Hugh Howley and now Matthew Mather make up this group of fantastic new authors able to publish some great stories. “Cyberstorm”, by Matthew Mather, is a frighte ...more
Wendy
"Cyber Storm " the technological fast-paced thriller by Matthew Mather set in New York City explores the survival of humanity after a devastating cyber attack. When the story opens not only has a computer virus disabled computer systems across the United States, but disastrous winter storms and a lethal bird flu threaten the city.

As the city becomes a winter tomb and power is shutdown, Mike Mitchell, his family, friends and other residents on the fifth floor of his apartment building must band t
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Rob Linxweiler
In "CyberStorm", Matthew Mather has produced a gripping modern-day page-turner that grabs you early and refuses to let go until the very end. It's been a long time since I stayed up past my bedtime reading, sneaked extra minutes at lunch, and even missed my bus stop due to an engrossing book. If you're looking for a realistic (if frightening) vision of what could happen in the not-too-distant future, look no further!

The book starts in contemporary New York City; a series of very plausible incide
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Mike Randall
This was a complete waste of time. While the main storyline had a hint of originality, the execution was amateurish ("you blew cousin Henry's ear right off") and rather than make an attempt at writing his way out of situations, he used flashforwards to resolve huge pieces of the plot. By the end I felt like I was reading a creative writing assignment from a continuing education class. Zero stars would have been more accurate.
edifanob
Well executed disaster story with intense characters and twist and turns.
For me it was a five star book until I read the end.
Without giving away anything substantial I was a bit disappointed by the explanation of the cyberstorm. I expected more details.

Jan
Aug 03, 2013 Jan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Preteen
Recommended to Jan by: Chose on my own
Great potential but the best word I can think of to describe this novel is "robotic". The concept of the cyber-storm seemed so promising to me, but became muddled with long-winded speculation spattered throughout and resolved only briefly at the end. Just not quite believable.

The biggest issues I had with the entire novel were the lack of story line and character development. Potentially very gripping or attention-holding events occurred abruptly with little or no build and simply fizzled out be
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Mike
Cyber attacks shut down Manhattan residents’ access to all forms of news and social media. In that setting, the author tells the story of unprepared New Yorkers battling the elements and each other to survive. This could have been the premise for a great book, but the author chose to make that subordinate to an even bigger catastrophe - the worst snow storm the island has ever seen.

If you suffered through the New York scenes in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow “– then you probably won’t find m
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Tori
How would we cope if our cyber world came crashing down? This was a very believable and thought-provoking book. This book kept me up late over two evenings. I just couldn't put it down. It's fast pace and realism kept me interested from start to finish . Congratulations on the movie deal make sure it stays true to your work!
Rebecca Larsen
4.5 Star



An end of the world tale depicting what could happen if someone attacked multiple government and civilian internet infrastructures. As most of the power in the U.S. is connected to various internet programs, this would be a scary scenario.

What would you do if all technology came to a sudden standstill? With no power, no running water, now heat, how would you survive? Are you prepared to last for several weeks with no trips to the grocery store?

Those are just a few questions I asked myse
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Sub_zero
Si alguna vez te has preguntado qué sería de nosotros sin el constante zumbido de la red electrónica aleteando sobre nuestras cabezas o hasta qué punto tu dependencia a los dispositivos de última tecnología ha convertido la privacidad de tus datos en un objetivo tremendamente vulnerable, no te preocupes. Ahórrate el esfuerzo de seguir imaginando escenarios catastróficos porque ya lo hace Matthew Mather por ti. A ritmo de apasionante thriller conspiratorio y haciendo gala en todo momento de un fo ...more
Wendy
Apocalyptic NYC thriller likely to land on big screen

Mike Mitchell has a problem: his wife might be having an affair with a neighbour down the hall from their pricey Manhattan condo.

Also: the world is ending. So begins Cyberstorm, a new apocalyptic thriller by Matthew Mather.

Mike, Cyberstorm's protagonist, is a junior partner in a New York venture capital fund. He eloped with Lauren Seymour, who gave up her job as a lawyer to stay home with Luke, the couple's new son.

Mike wants a sibling for Luk
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Sayed Khadri
Remember this dialogue from the movie ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ -

Selina Kyle: There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

But that’s the fictional storm in the movie, everyday we hear about some storm hitting some country, it may be cold-weather storms or snow storms or Thunderstorms or lightning storms or sand storms or Hurri
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Roland

I don't usually like disaster movies or disaster books. I gave up on Niven & Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer when it became obvious that the situation was going to get gruesome. As well-written as that book was, I figured I knew where it was going to go, and I didn't want to force myself to go there.


In Cyberstorm, however, Matthew Mather has written a timely, believable, and scary story about the possible effects of an all-out cyberattack. What gives the book its strength is that the chain of e

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Lars Bos
What would you do if the digital world you're so dependent on came crumbling apart?

This is a question the author asks us throughout the book, and he weaves it cleverly into the story. A story that slowly builds up, and when you thought it couldn't get any worse, it does.

Don't expect this to be a whiny cliche story about security and internet though, the author does a good job in weaving a believable story around this notion, keeping you on the edge of your seat. It can be graphic at times, some
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Justin Killam
In his series, the Atopia Chronicles, Matt dazzled readers with humanity on the verge of a high tech-fueled evolution towards something beyond human. In this novel, Matt backs it up a bit to look at the world today and how technology, and our blind reliance on it, could help unleash a storm of destruction upon humanity before we can get near allowing tech to advance us towards post-humanism. Great characters, that you quickly come to care about, pull you into the story and make you keep turning ...more
Christine
This is definitely a cautionary tale. As we rely more and more on the cyberworld to manage our everyday life, most of us lack the vision for what happens if things start to go wrong whether it is manmade or not. With that being said, most of us are unprepared for what happens when we are unable to attain our basic needs. Matthew Mather provides us a peek at what the world would look like and how fast it all happens. I think that is what I was most struck with while reading this book. The book re ...more
Penny
What a fantastic book!!!! Great story, great characters. I could hardly put it down to go to work or bed. Double kudos Matthew!! Will definitely watch for more by you!!
Colby
I LOVED this story! The introduction of several characters from the Atopia Chronicles, I thought the characters in CyberStorm had more depth and were more believable. Possibly that is because there wasn't all the technology getting in the way like it can do in the Atopia Chronicles. This was great story, and a grim reminder of just how dependent on technology we have all become. I definitely recommend this book to almost all readers (may be a little graphic for younger readers) and in my opinion ...more
Todd Utley
CyberStorm was great. I enjoyed it very much and it kept me engaged to the point that I thought about wanting to get back to reading it, even during my work day. Every evening I read a few chapters and rarely missed a day unless I just couldn't get to it. Mr. Mather wrote the book from a very well educated technology savvy viewpoint but he still made it conceivable for the reader even if the reader is not well versed in internet verbage or computer language. It is clean and a good read for all a ...more
Emily
I knew I should not have read this book. I knew it! This kind of book makes me start stockpiling and making twenty different kind of paranoid emergency plans.
Those personal issues aside. This was a kind of Doomsday book. NYC in the winter - electricity goes out, virus raging, quarantined city, etc. This is the story of how a couple of families dealt with this adversity. I saw it had been optioned for a movie. There are a few similar movies and tv shoes out there, but this would still be good and
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James Loranger
Good premise and solid plot, but hampered by flat characterizations and some awkward writing. The cyber attack is actually a plot device to allow the author to pass off a standard disaster story as something new. John Wyndham, John Christopher, and Pat Frank all did the same thing more effectively in the fifties and sixties. It has been sold to the movies, which was probably the point of the exercise; in the right hands, it might even he a good film. It's not a particularly bad book, but it is n ...more
Gina Kowalski
Can't believe this is going to be a movie

It sounded interesting and realistic but the writing was terrible. No real climax, no character development, no real plot, and consequently no real story. I forced myself to finish because I wanted it to get better. I wanted to see why it got so many high ratings and I can't honestly understand why. The main character is a master of all knowledge and irritating. The diary writing style is tedious and needs serious editing. Then it stops, 4 months have pas
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Matthew is the bestselling author of CyberStorm and the #1 hit series Atopia Chronicles. He started out his career working at the McGill Center for Intelligent Machines, going on to become one of the world's leading members of the cybersecurity community. In between he's worked in a variety of start-ups,everything from computational nanotechnology to electronic health records, weather prediction s ...more
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