All Systems Down

All Systems Down

by Sam Boush


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All Systems Down 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
So let’s start with the actual review first. This book was a quick read and an enjoyable one. It was action packed and although it’s a thin book to start with, it makes the reading even quicker. Those who love plot hooks where the world runs amok and hell breaks loose will love this book. It immediately starts in the first few chapters and sets the ball rolling. The background story as to how the world (or to be exact the USA) goes downhill is explained by having North Korean hackers finding a way to plant viruses into the web which pretty much breaks down society. It’s a good “what if” scenario and further chapters show how fast society just crumbles when things we rely on daily vanish before our eyes. There’s a variety of characters in the book that are easy to follow. Each have their own share their own spot in the plot and eventually converge and meet together (albeit a bit coincidentally but well, they’d have to meet somewhere right?) My favourites would have to be Brandon, Vailea , and Carmen. Although the survivors of the crisis have their own strengths, these three stood out for me the most. They’re likeable, and as mentioned before showed their strengths to survive to protect their loved ones (or avenge them in some cases) Orion and Xandra would be my two least favorite ones. Orion because he was just so whiny, Xandra because although I know she’s supposed to be analytical and a computer whiz, her personality was blah and just downright unlikable. She has her uses but she’s not really someone I would ideally have tea with if I had a choice. So overall, a really good plot, filled with action and fun to read. The ending does result in a cliffhanger but it was a really good one. I’d love to know what’s going to happen next. It does play out almost like a movie and it’s well done. Now for the next part of my review. Why did I like this so much? Well considering I just moved to Portland, it got me recognizing street names, bridges (still haven’t memorized all of them yet) and asking my husband (who’s lived in Portland all his life) all sorts of questions (ie: “Where is ” in which he replies with a sigh and says: “Oh god you’re reading a book that’s set in Portland aren’t you?!?!?”) so because I’m familiar with the setting, it even made the reading experience twice as special. I greatly enjoyed this one. I can’t wait for the second.
Niles_Shrubbery More than 1 year ago
Full Disclosure: I was provided with a pre-final-edit copy of the book by the publisher for review. I did not receive compensation of any kind for reading or reviewing the book, or for any other purpose. I've been a fan of tales of the decline and fall of the world as we know it since I first saw Charlton Heston rage at Lady Liberty's sunken ruin. In the first book of Sam Boush's new Cyber War series, "All Systems Down", the author gives us the most believable sequence of events I have seen for how Western civilization could be brought to its knees in a single day. Zombies are creepy, but Sam Boush's scenario of exploiting a back door in Chinese microchips to crash our infrastructure seems extremely plausible. It made me want to stock up on bottled water, and maybe some ammunition. The book is a pleasure to read, and is paced like a Jason Bourne film, introducing all its characters, then drawing them slowly together. Villains are juicy and well drawn. I especially enjoyed the depth of the primary North Korean character, whose shoes you really get a chance to walk in. I found that by the time I reached the midpoint of the book, I pretty much had to stay up late and finish it. As some of the other reviewers have mentioned, it tells a complete story, but sets the stage for the future novels of the Cyber War series. I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Systems Down is a thrilling read about what our world would be like if we lost all of the things we take for granted. Set in modern day, it really feels like it could become true tomorrow. Or today. The plot moves at a great pace – including well-written details along the way, bringing it to life. The story seems to be backed up with a ton of research without making it dull to read. Each character comes alive with their personality and has a reason for being in the story. This book expertly makes you want to keep reading far into the night, and it’ll make you forever think differently about the world, as we know it today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very fun book that takes our fears about cyber warfare and colorfully incorporates a gripping story. The book is well written with a lot of great descriptors that make it easy to understand and let your imagination really fill in the picture as if you're actually there. Also, the characters are well developed and intriguing, in all making this a very worthwhile read.
DrKimSil More than 1 year ago
There aren't many books like this one. It's well-researched, incredibly fun to read, and terrifying. What if cyber attacks really did cripple the country? In All Systems Down we don't just imagine it, we live through it.
GG23 More than 1 year ago
This was an incredible read! I was in suspense until I turned the last page. North Korea and its allies attack the United States with an epic series of hacks that take down virtually every type of electronic; planes, generators, satellites, the electric grid. Bridges are stuck up, traffic is at a standstill. From the enthralling story line to the well-developed characters, I couldn't put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read a good number of books, 1-2 per week. This is one of the best I've read this year. It's a page turner that starts out with a very military feel, but quickly moves into the experience of (mostly) ordinary people across the country as they deal with the collapse of infrastructure. Highly recommended!
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Imagine for a moment that all the electric power in the world gradually and quickly turns off. Everything! We’ve all occasionally had power outages at home but not everywhere else, including cars, planes, trains, cell towers, etc. The world is dark and cold. And forces are about to attack America! Brendan Chogan is out of work. He was a parking meter attendant and former boxer but automation has forced him out of his job and he’s none too happy. His interview for a new job goes nowhere and then suddenly his world situation gets so much worse after the power goes out – everywhere! Cyber war is a problem that many fear will eventually happen on a world-wide scale but few realize what Brendan gradually realizes. When there is no help to be had and no substitution for heat, water, transportation, protection, etc., then human beings show their best and worst characteristics. Small groups begin to form, looking to steal and kill just for the sheer pleasure of it. Families have only each other and seek to escape away from the highly volatile urban areas. Nine strangers learn to rely on each other and we never learn the full outcome of this Portland, Oregon area. It seems there will be more to come of this cyberwar series. North Korea is behind this masterful hacking job and there’s a story behind the solution, but there are human frailties that almost prevent that from happening. Sam Boush is a writer who knows how to craft a completely engaging story that is all too real, given our knowledge (and lack of it) about hacking, cyberwar and international spying. This goes deeper and the rollercoaster ride herein is highly recommended reading!