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Preview — CyberStorm by Matthew Mather
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 ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed this from start to finish. Highly recommended.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The book starts in contemporary New York City; a series of very plausible incide ...more
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.
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 ...more
If you suffered through the New York scenes in the movie “The Day After Tomorrow “– then you probably won’t find m ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more