Zero Day (Jeff Aiken Series #1)

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Over the Atlantic, an airliner’s controls suddenly stop reacting. In Japan, an oil tanker runs aground when its navigational system fails. And in America, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl.

At first, these computer failures seem unrelated. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who saw the mistakes made before 9/11, fears that there may be a more serious attack coming. And he soon realizes that there isn’t much ...

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Overview

Over the Atlantic, an airliner’s controls suddenly stop reacting. In Japan, an oil tanker runs aground when its navigational system fails. And in America, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl.

At first, these computer failures seem unrelated. But Jeff Aiken, a former government analyst who saw the mistakes made before 9/11, fears that there may be a more serious attack coming. And he soon realizes that there isn’t much time if he hopes to stop an international disaster.

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"Mark came to Microsoft in 2006 to help advance the state of the art of Windows, now in his latest compelling creation he is raising awareness of the all too real threat of cyber terrorism." —Bill Gates

"CyberTerrorism. Get used to that word and understand it because you're going to see more of it in the newspapers and hear it on the news in the not too distant future. Mark Russinovich is a CyberSecurity expert who has turned his considerable knowledge into a very scary and too-plausible novel. Zero Day is not science fiction; it is science fact, and it is a clear warning of Doomsday. A must-read for all Americans and for those entrusted with our security and our survival." —Nelson DeMille

"While what Mark wrote is fiction, the risks that he writes about eerily mirror many situations that we see today." —Howard A. Schmidt, White House Cyber Security Coordinator

"An up-to-the-moment ticking-clock thriller, Zero Day imagines the next 9/11 in a frightening but all too believable way. An expert in the field, Mark Russinovich writes about cyberterrorism with a mix of technical authority and dramatic verve. I was riveted." —William Landay, author of Defending Jacob

"When someone with Mark Russinovich's technical chops writes a tale about tech gone awry, leaders in the public and private sector should take notes." —Daniel Suarez, author of Daemon

"Microsoft computer guru Russinovich's first novel, a cautionary tale about the imminence of the great cyber attack to wipe out the Internet." —Publishers Weekly

"Nothing if not topical, this is a competent thriller boasting a full share of conspiracies, betrayals, violence and against-the-clock maneuvers." —Kirkus Reviews

"Russinovich’s debut thriller is worth a read; conspiracy theorists will thoroughly enjoy it." —Library Journal

"Zero Day by Mark Russinovich paints a chilling picture of what might happen if hackers lose interest in stealing credit cards and become more focused on cyberterrorism. ... Whether or not you're a computer geek, Zero Day tells a compelling story with thrills and chills to entertain you. I found it more plausible and fun than Dan Brown's Digital Fortress." —The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"Guns, babes, rootkits, blade servers, damsels in distress, and assassins. ... Strikes a good balance between technical believability and plot pace." —TechRepublic

"To IT folks, Mark is every bit a hero as Wozniak, Gates or Ken Olsen." —Doug Barney, Redmond Mag

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781250007308
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Jeff Aiken Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 541,083
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.08 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK RUSSINOVICH works at Microsoft as a Technical Fellow, Microsoft’s senior-most technical position. A cofounder of Winternals, he joined Microsoft when the company was acquired in 2006. He is author of the popular Sysinternals tools as well as coauthor of the Windows Internals book series, a contributing editor for TechNet Magazine, and a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro Magazine. He lives in Washington State.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    The entertaining story line is linear yet exhilarating and frightening

    A British Airways plane flying over the Atlantic finds its controls suddenly failing. In Manhattan Fischerman, Platt & Cohen hires computer security expert Jeff Aiken to determine what caused a total system failure. Department of Homeland Security Division of Counter Cyberterrorism operative Daryl Haugen investigates a computer virus that at Brooklyn's Mercy Hospital caused several deaths. Other deadly incidents also occur due to computer failure.

    A former government official Aiken and Haugen discuss their cases. Each is stunned with the similarity. They soon connect other recent system failures to theirs. The conclusion each reaches is that a Zero Day globalization attack is coming rather soon.

    The entertaining story line is linear yet exhilarating and frightening especially since author Mark Russinovich is an expert on the topic as his résumé brings a scary possibility to the cyber attack that the thriller focuses on. Aiken and Haugen seems real because they know they cannot stop all the incidents leading to Zero Day and people will die, but want to prevent the pandemic disaster from happening. Fans will enjoy this powerful cyber-terrorist attack that showcases how vulnerable the West is.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Cyberwar Looming?

    Have you ever experienced a virus, Trojan horse, spam, worm, etc. on your computer? It seems overwhelming when it happens, but imagine if it began to happen to computers around the country all at once. Imagine that, unlike your problem, this national problem doesn't seem to be fixable at all. The bottom line is financial loss at a devastating level but also other consequences never before contemplated.

    A horrific scenario begins to multiple in Zero Day, a novel about the deadly effects of a computer virus deliberately designed to keep replicating itself and spreading through vulnerable spots on other computers. So far it has caused multiple deaths in a hospital where computerized medication programs went awry from this "glitch." An airplane drops thousands of feet in seconds, unsure of recovery. Automatic computer robots in an automobile factory go haywire, causing the death of the man assigned to monitor them and shutting down so that business comes to a total standstill. Dams fail, nuclear power plants fail, and on and on and on. It seems the stuff of futuristic science fiction but is a present day threat ever looming in a world increasingly reliant on computers for everything.

    Jeff Aiken and Daryl Haugen are the best in the business. If they can't find the source and solution for these nightmares about to destroy America, no one can. Jeff is recovering from a traumatic loss and unsure of anything, but his intellectual curiosity quickly pulls him into the nonstop search for answers, possibilities that seek to find if this is a sicko individual act or a scenario being implemented by much larger international groups with terrorist goals. The clock is running now to Zero Day, involving an international connection that brooks no interference and is determined to be the hand of fate on the world.

    If you aren't a computer geek, some of the lingo and explanations are going to pass right by you; but there's enough information and ever-developing, terrifying plot developments to keep you riveted to every page. If you are a computer pro, you're going to absolutely love every page of this story that actually provides the technological lingo which shows the realistic potential for this unstoppable plot to unravel in cyberspace. There's a tad much on repetition, but it's bearable and serves to reinforce the awful threat effectively happening.

    Zero Day: A Novel covers a scenario frequently imagined but never, fortunately, realized to date beyond what can adequately be handled and responded to. It seems, according to Mark Russinovich to be a warning to businesses, government, and computer professionals that cyberwar is and will be our next war, with implications far beyond what the experts usually predict! Great novel about a very important issue!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

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    Entertaining and Educational!

    Entertaining and educational, this techno thriller is Mr. Russinovich's first novel and it sends home a very eye opening and unsettling message. He has an extensive background in computers and networks and has been an esteemed Technical Fellow at Microsoft. In his story he presents a very vivid picture of the vulnerabilities and devastating outcomes that are possible in a cyber attack on the US and Europe. The story starts out slowly with an investigation into the mysterious failures and anomalies of a number of major computer systems. The technical aspects are well researched and clearly presented and developed for the reader. In the second half the pieces come together and fast paced action to avert the impending cyber attack, becomes more dominant. I found the story and characters interesting, but the best part of this book is the depiction of the vulnerabilities of our way of life in our increasingly computer/network relevant world. Especially recommended for inquiring minds on what can only be one of the major emerging issues of new age.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2011

    Spectacular Book

    I love a good fiction novel, and with it in my field this was extremely enjoyable. I hate to think this would be considered Science Fiction, but that is probably the best category. Ten years ago it would be definitely SciFi. In today's world, it is scary to think that this could be non-fiction.

    If you work in the IT world and have not read the book, get a copy and start reading. Great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

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    Good Thriller with a strong sense of reality.

    Even if I had not been working in networking and security for over a decade I believe I would still like this book. It is a thriller set in the real world with a security crisis that could happen at anytime. The two main characters, a man (Jeff) and woman (Daryl) are likeable and I would definitely like to read more about them. Then plot is good, we do some traveling and you always needs a good assassin which Zero Day has. Mark Russinovich can be proud of this one and I can not wait for his next, hopefully with more Jeff & Daryl!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

    Solid story with mediocre characters and writing

    On the whole, I enjoyed this book. It's a good story and fairly well executed, although I found the characterisations a little flat and stereotypical. Solid story with average writing. The pacing was good. If you're a tech/geek, you'll almost certainly enjoy the tale, but in my opinion it's not the best example of the tech thriller genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    Couldn't put it down!!

    The scariest part about this book is how absolutely possible this is. Very similar to Dr. Robin Cook type novels except instead of medical thriller - this is technical. Mark tells a tale that could all too easily happen in real life.
    Very well written, it will keep you hooked. I hope he writes another because there is never a better book than one written by someone who KNOWS the industry. Too many authors have to go do a ton of research to be able to speak intelligently about a subject. Mark is a renowned expert - from being the inventor of the Sysinternals suite which everyone who works in IT uses... to becoming a Technical Fellow at Microsoft. So it just flows naturally for him.
    I also work for Microsoft (though regrettably I don't know Mark personally... haven't ever even met him but he has been a hero of mine for many years). I work in one of the most highly technical departments at MS and I can tell you, the technical aspects of the book are spot on.
    You'll enjoy it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

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    Zero Day

    Imagine that a virus infects all computers in the world which leads to catastrophic chaos. This novel begins with such events as airplane losing control of his navigational abilities. This grabbed my attention, but as the book continues, it slowly waned. Cyber terrorists attack the world by compromising our computers and using our dependency on the Internet to terrorize the world. Nice premise but it didn't carry throughout the novel. Although very technical, I found the characters week and the situations predictable.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    wanted to like it

    I love computers and really liked portions of this book. The story and characters just didn't keep me engaged. I look forward to further books by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2011

    An interesting premise pulled into a familiar story line

    A story idea with a lot of potential gets diverted into the familiar plot elements of villains, assassins, and a hero trying to save the world. Worth reading as entertainment or for those who didn't realize that cyber attacks were such a threat.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

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    Zero Day explores what could happen if some hackers are turned to true evil by terrorists. It examines what could happen if a doomsday virus is sent to almost every computer in the western world and wonders if we are truly too dependent on them. Jeff, a computer analyst, leaves his government job after they fail to act on intelligence that could have prevented 9/11. He is called to help a law firm where a the doomsday virus has been triggered a month early by a wrong date in the system. Realizing that there are severe consequences to the virus he has found, he calls in another colleague from the government, Daryl. Jeff has always had feelings for her and the sparks fly again when they meet.

    The pair try to unravel the threat by finding clues buried within the code and when several people involved with finding the clues are murdered, Jeff and Daryl realize that this is much more serious than a simple hacker trying to make a name for himself. I never knew that unravelling computer code could be so sexy and thrilling! This one made my heart pound and was a real page turner! I loved how the author takes on the fact that we are so dependent on our computers and that fear translates well into a thriller. If you enjoy Michael Crichton and Stephen King, you are going to love this one.

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