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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 18 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: January 9, 2014
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00HS6BM42
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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.