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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, followed by reports of a deadly flu epidemic sweeping across America 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-three foreign languages including most recently Chinese and Russian. This scary, thought provoking and believable tale of cataclysmic survival has gripped readers around the world.
Q & A with author Matthew Mather
Q: What was the inspiration behind this book?
A: To show, first hand, what a major cyber/terror attack might look like from the perspective of one family trying to survive it. This isn't zombies, but a believable, realistic scenario of what would happen to a major city if a string of not-that-unlikely events were to pile up one after the other.
Q: So it was to illustrate the potential for disaster?
A: I also wanted to show the best of humanity in the face of disaster, not just the worst--how the human spirit can surmount any obstacle.
Q: Are you still active in the security community?
A: Yes, even years after leaving my position at a major firm to become a full-time writer. This year I will be at RSA 2018, the world's largest cybersecurity event in San Francisco. I will be signing copies of CyberStorm and doing some presentations. Come over and say hello if you're nearby!
Q: Are we really at risk of a cyber attack like this?
A: There have already been several major military cyber attacks, but just none inside of America. While I doubt that something of the magnitude described in CyberStorm would occur in the near future, eventually there will be a major event that will force us to rethink security--but it will take a large scale disaster to really push people to take it seriously. Illustrating this risk was my big motivation for writing CyberStorm.
"So great, I wish I'd come up with it myself..." - HUGH HOWEY, author of Wool (praise for Atopia series)
"The plausible nightmare scenario in this story absolutely terrifies me." - Jeremey Bray, book reviewer for Global Geek News
"A chilling prophecy...well written." - Ian Peterson, book reviewer for Sci-Fi Readers
"CyberStorm is such a page turner. I couldn't wait to see what happened next!" - Adria Fraser, book reviewer for Amazing Stories
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!
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The thing I like best about this book is that the characters are so well fleshed out. They make mistakes and each of them acts according to their values, just as any ordinary human would. And more interestingly, each makes decisions that are limited by what they know. This is something that few other authors can pull off. But information is not always common, and common knowledge is not always correct, and the ways individuals use knowledge is extremely diverse. Mather gets this.
He also gets communication. I have NEVER before experienced fiction that could cause me physical symptoms - but somehow Mather achieved it. His descriptions of hunger were so effective that I felt hungry. Really hungry. Even though I had eaten. Dieters should not be put off the book as a whole, but there is one chapter that had me reaching for a second lunch and some snacks, even though I'm not a big eater. That's real writing skill.
Although Cyberstorm works as a stand-alone book, there is apparently a follow-up (Darknet), which is not yet available via Amazon Kindle. I'm a bit disappointed that I have to wait for it, but the anticipation is good too. I really can't imagine what Mather will do that can beat Cyberstorm.
Anyway, as always my mind can get lost so easily in Matthew Mathers' books. You will not be disappointed if you also, haven't read this older work of dystopia and its consequences. Enjoy, I did!
Cyber Storm tracks a group of Manhattanites as they struggle to cope with sudden radical change. Mather has invented a group of heroes and villains who feel genuine. I marveled at how the characters were pitch perfect. Even the minor "walk ons" are complete. Mr. Mather's writing abilities are those of a great story teller. The read alone is worth the trip.
But Cyber Storm is also a work of science fiction. Here it excels. It seamlessly unravels today's cyber world. It probes at its fault lines, showing how today's world cyber world resembles the sand castles we build at the beach. Gorgeous and beautiful until the first wave. When the crumble.
Mr. Mather looks at this world with a clinicians eye. He deftly explains hoe cyber attacks work. What they can accomplish. He shows cyber space is bound together by loosely tied silken threads. Want to precipitate a crash - one pen knife please.
Cyber a storm is a strong drama. It is excellent near future sci-fi. It sound anthropology. Try it, you won't go away disappointed.