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New York Is Cut Off...
As the holiday season rolls into full swing, a monster winter storm descends on New York City as a string of bizarre events grips the nation. First the internet and cell phones go blank, then the power goes out just before New York is completely cut off....
A Terrifying Mystery Begins...
At first, residents of the city treat it like any other black out, but then as the days and weeks go by without contact with the outside world--and New York is blanketed by feet of snow--desperation and fear set in. In the chaos, conspiracy theories rage. This is the very personal story of how one family survives, and of the worst and very best of humanity in the face of catastrophic disaster.
A Worldwide Bestseller
CyberStorm is an international bestseller, translated into over twenty-four foreign languages including most recently Chinese and Russian. This scary, thought provoking and believable tale of cataclysmic survival has gripped readers all around the world.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Mather creates characters you've instantly known your whole life." --BOING BOING editor Jason Weisberger
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Relentless pacing...bombshell plot twists." --Publishers Weekly praise for The Dreaming Tree
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Terrifying because so plausible." --Washington Post bestseller Steven Konkoly
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Michael Crichton reincarnated." --New York Times bestseller Nicholas Sansbury Smith
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ "Not only a great thriller, but a wake up call." --FBI Special Agent Brent Watkins (retired)
From the Author
I'd like to thank my editor, Gabe Robinson (previously at Harper Collins in NYC but now freelancing) for his incredible help in getting CyberStorm assembled and edited. I'd also like to thank my small army of dozens of beta readers who combed through the early manuscripts--this is as much my novel as all of theirs, and a testament to the power of the internet in shaping new media. I have a full list of everyone who helped me contained in the novel itself.
Finally, I'd like to thank all of the members of the cybersecurity community who lent me their time and insight into making this as realistic a scenario as possible of what a full-scale cyber event could like. I have named several key individuals at the start of the book.
Thank you everyone, and hope you enjoy the read!
FROM THE BACK COVER
Matthew Mather earned international bestseller status (Amazing Stories Magazine, Feb 2019) when CyberStorm was translated into over twenty-three languages and reached the bestseller charts in Spain,Finland, South Korea and more, and sold over a million copies (Amazing Stories Magazine, Feb 2019). He has earned multiple film and television deals, including development for film by 20th Century Fox(Deadline Hollywood, July 2013) and NBC Universal.
He has won the coveted Best Science Fiction Book of the Year award(Discover SciFi, June 2016) award from the Authors' on Air Global network, as well as being a Good Reads Award winner (GoodReads, March 2014) and ranking as the #1 Amazon US bestseller in rankings for suspense, mystery, conspiracy, techno-thriller,and science fiction categories (April 2015, Feb 2016, May 2018).
Mather has accumulated over 70,000 ratings on his books CyberStorm, Polar Vortex, Nomad, and others on the GoodReads, Audible, and Amazon websites.
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- Publication Date : March 15, 2013
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- Print Length : 358 pages
- Publisher : Matthew Mather ULC (March 15, 2013)
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,131 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story is told through the eyes of one man and his family as they face an increasingly severe and deadly situation as NYC is literally cut off from the world with only very scant information that is totally unreliable getting through on short wave or a few remaining local radio stations. The brilliance and terrifying events described are incredibly chilling and Mather, who works in the internet security field and obviously knows his stuff, makes the reader think of a realm of horror that can happen if, such as in "Cyberstorm", events collide with several cyber terrorist groups all descending on the world infrastructure at the same time, a near war state between the U.S. and China, and the loss of all utilities, including power, sewer, water and less and less food as the attacks have shut down the freight industry and storms closed the highways.
To get into more details isn't really a good idea in the interest of being a spoiler, but as we read further in, more and more consequences of the attacks and storm manifest, and the toll it takes on people's minds and bodies is terrible to read about, but Mather presents a picture that we should all give careful consideration. The book has already been a best seller, and a movie is being made based on the book.
Besides being presented in a manner that the reader doesn't know the whole scope of the disaster any quicker than the primary characters, it presents very real problems with the over reliance on computer networks and so little thought to non-cyber back up protections, such as utilities and many services having systems still capable of operating without computers.
This scenario isn't in the book, but my brother and I have thought about it in the past: today's cars are basically computer operated, and a skilled hacker with a VIN number could literally bring your car to a dead stop any time, any where, just by disabling the ignition system from a laptop computer. Only very old junkers and antique vehicles would be operational then.
Besides a very good read, "Cyberstorm" is a modern day "Brave New World" or "1984", complete with a thorough vision, the problems that bring the story to life and possible fixes, if indeed any are available. This is a cautionary tale but one that is terribly important in our world today. An absolute must read for anybody concerned about our futures.
The protagonist was a complete clown whose stupidity was only surpassed by his wife and his friend's wife. As a woman, I was insulted by the women in this book. Are we really expected to believe that a woman with an infant and a pregnant woman with a small child would make so many poor decisions that obviously compromised their children? Really? The only strong, smart, likely-to-survive woman in the book was 90 years old.
The main characters were not believable and I felt nothing for them but disgust. I live in New York and have seen more than enough to know that the morons in this book would have died. The only people who seemed capable of actually surviving were the elderly couple.
The syrupy, preachy conclusion was precious. And not in a good way. I have no idea why this book has such great reviews.
There is speculation through the entire story as to what actually happened and who was responsible. Communicatiion is misinterpreted which cause many survivors to end their own lives. Is there an invasion? Is there still a government? Is help coming?
The story bogs down in certain spots when sharing technical IT information and then rehashing the same issues over and over again. I admit that I skimmed through many of those areas. The final 5% of the story also seemed rushed while everything was explained and solved within a few pages which left me disappointed.
Top reviews from other countries
Only bugbear was that I started reading the author's Compendium, and having double-checked the introduction (where it stated that some books were just tasters), thought it featured the whole book (and my Kindle showed reading time of 9 hours). After a number of chapters in, suddenly it's the end of the initial chapters ... but as you're captivated by then, you go and buy the book. This left me feeling really cheated and so I won't read anymore in the Compendium ....
All in all, a very well written story and I know look forward to reading everything this author has to offer. This book kept me turning the pages so fast I got blisters, or that could have been frostbyte from the frozen wastelands of New York flowing through the freezing pages as I turned them to find out what happened next.
If you're a lover of survival stories, New York and the snow and ice, then this book will not disappoint. Grab a copy today and read it under a nice warm duvet with a hot drink. You will need it.
An event which is not beyond the realms of possibility and becomes increasingly more likely as our reliance on computer technology is a dream or nightmare depending on your point of view.
A great book that brings home just how reliant we are on technology. Probably even over reliant as we become so accustomed to it being an integral part of our lives.
We've had a few episodes lately where the payment card system failed for a short time and that was chaotic.
Cyberstorm builds on that focussing on a group of people's battle to survive. It makes me wonder how well I could survive.
I love the old Russian couple and the ease with which they accept the situation and survive. Less reliance on technology.
Well written and well worth reading.