Zero Day will be released March 11th. An ARC dealing with cyber-terrorism, the novel has a forward by Howard A. Schmidt, White House Cyber Security Coordinator and a blurb by Bill Gates. The author is a Technical Fellow in the Windows division of Microsoft.
The novel is more plot than characters, but it is a very frightening, fast moving narrative that reveals how interconnected we all are through the internet. National security, banking, nuclear power plants, ships, trains, planes, government sector and private sector, from the least to the greatest....
The novel is a glimpse into some truly scary possibilities. I found myself fascinated by some of the scenarios and terrified as well. I remember reading a novel 10-15 years ago, long before computers were as widespread as they are today, about cyber attack on Wall Street. I've never forgotten how vulnerable our financial system seemed at the time.
Zero Day would almost be a better read, if it could be dismissed as fantasy. Russinovich, however, knows what he's talking about; he certainly has the background to speak with authority. We can only hope that the threats of cyber-terrorism can be countered. The implication is that we are all too confident about our safety on the internet. It is easier to understand with private individuals when the threat of identity theft and hacking seem like they happen to someone else, but more difficult to understand when the stakes involve such things as air travel and nuclear power plants.
I've received several ARCs lately that I just can't review because, frankly, I can't even finish them. This novel is exciting, suspenseful, and scary!
Fiction. Thriller/Techno-thriller. 2011. 328 pages.