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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  23,375 ratings  ·  2,083 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
Paperback, First Edition, 364 pages
Published March 23rd 2013 by PhutureNews Publishing (first published March 15th 2013)
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Harvey J I think it would be great for teenagers. It would make them think about the things they take for granted. Also, puts them in a preparation mindset.
Nance Nicholls Im 86 and couldn't put it down. Yes definitely a good read. …moreIm 86 and couldn't put it down. Yes definitely a good read. (less)

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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
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: some-cool-books
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
Feb 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has a totally intriguing premise, which is of course why I downloaded the thing. After a great start, the follow through was somewhat flat. I will say that the author has great ideas, and could probably MacGyver his way out of a lot of situations. But, I did expect more specifics. Like, how exactly does a cyber attack work? This ended up being more of a survival story amid a disaster in the concrete jungle, than a book about cyber espionage. The good point: there was a lot of realism w ...more
Wyatt Johnson
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
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. ...more
Mike Randall
Aug 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF'd at 40%.

This doesn't read like a thriller or a cyberthiller, or even as a survival tale. This reads like nothing, like a boring and plotless and shallow attempt of a vague cyberattack that is completely forgotten due to a heavy snowstorm, which in its turn is forgotten due to the constantly whining of a plethora of useless and stereotyped one-dimensional characters (the strong alpha males defending their families, the weak teary-eyed women making tea, the geeky kid, the lurking evil etc etc
11811 (Eleven)
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this fast-paced cyber-thriller!

The writing style was engaging to me and I loved the premise and story development. The author did weave some true life elements in and I felt overall it was a very believable book.

I would definitely recommend this to friends and hope to read more by this author.
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Scott Sigler
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heavily researched story that addresses a perfect storm of incidents. It started a little slow for me, but picked up steam in the middle and built up to a grisly final third. It’s easy to see why this book was such a hit.
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Mitchell and his wife live in New York with their young son, Luke. They are battling modern problems -- stresses of city life, his wife wanting to return to work, the joys and fears of parenthood -- when things go horribly wrong. A cyber attack shuts things down. Everything. Power, water, the internet. Gone. And then the snow starts falling. NYC quickly becomes a disaster area with everyone struggling to survive.

I listened to the audio version of this book. A very engaging and enjoyable li
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
"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
Laura Howard
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Donna Backshall
It's difficult to put into words why I found this novel so intriguing.

I hated to love it, in all its ugly, awful reality. It is raw, humane and insightful, and never gives in to "the hype". I feel I have a more informed idea of what may be like for a real person (not some flashy Hollywood hero) to endure and survive any large disaster after reading this depiction of a short-spanned, but desperate, one. The hunger, the fear, the desperation, the filth, the loss of hope -- they were as real in th
Jennifer MacDonald
Aug 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
This ending..... no.

Just... no.
I am laying the book down for now as for some reason it is dragging for me. I am not finding any thrills within the pages. Maybe I will pick it back up somewhere down the road. Putting it on my dnf shelf.
Samori Augusto
I'm mad. I cannot believe I once again fell for "X number of people are reading this book." Last time that happened, I ended up reading "The Davinci Code." This story was a great idea extremely poorly executed. And I mean extremely. I got so bored reading the story, that after 10 quick chapters I had to force myself to read the rest of the book. Was it worth it to keep reading this story: yes, because I needed something to read during dialysis. Major parts of the story took place off-screen and ...more
Linda Root
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
This story follows Mike, his family, and neighbors as they endure the aftermath of a massive shut down of services in the middle of winter in NYC following a global cyber attack. Luckily, Mike's neighbor, Chuck is a bit of a prepper so they fair better than many in the first few days of the incident. However, as food and water grow scarce, humanity in general dissolves into greed and fear. Most of the book shows the struggle between that greed and the resilence of most New Yorkers to band togeth ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books, 2013-reads
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.

Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and scary.

Disaster novel, what happens to people when snow storm, internet and all the infrastructures goes down. Realistic plot, some good characters. "Sometimes things break apart, so that better things can come together".
Nothing not to like really. Post apocalyptic and survival books/movies are my thing. This one was good and so was the ending. But the book description is inaccurate. I don't see this one as techno-thriller. ...more
Rob Linxweiler
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, audio
"Just weeks ago, America had seemed indestructible, but now . . . Somehow, we had failed."

“Power on soon, stay warm, stay safe!”

- Government sponsored message

Manhattan is the absolute last place you want to be when the power goes out. Yes, I remember there was that one lovely summer day in 2003 when everyone was so happy it wasn't terrorism they all sang kumbaya - this is not that story.

The events take place around Christmas (already stressful) when communications, power, and water go out.
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First off, I thought this novel was fantastic. Mather creates characters that you really feel for as they struggle to survive in the frozen metropolis that is NYC. The story is very frightening as it seems all too realistic to have a cyber attack shut down an entire city, leaving its people to survive on what little they have and defending their families from one another. I found it hard to put this novel down, even reading through the last 40% in one sitting.
The only real problem I found with
The Grim Reader
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

wow, really enjoyed this, makes you think a lot about our over reliance on technology. I think it provided an accurate impression, as to how little time it would take for people to turn feral if such an event were to happen.
Susan May
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Could this happen?

My husband is always saying that a cyber attack will be on the cards. This story feels frighteningly real. An enjoyable easy read.
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Matthew is the million-copy bestselling author of CyberStorm and Darknet, and the hit series Nomad and 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 hea ...more

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