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The Mother of All Viruses Paperback – September 20, 2012
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About the Author
John Kovacich was born in Oakland, California in 1957. He started writing at an early age, writing music, poetry, short stories, radio, film and stage scripts. He didn’t start writing novels until later in life, after he retired from playing music and found himself travelling away from home for extended periods. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife and their birds.
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A fascinating look into the world of computer geeks and the possibilities of a true super computer.
This is a good book about computers and those who make them work for everyone else. Being a geek myself, I got really into the story, and although it might wander at times, it kept my attention all the way through. It really is one of those books where you are thinking, if not saying it out loud, “WOW”. It very much fit the technology of today, and leaves the reader thinking about the possibilities today.
I really got tangled up in this book. It grabbed by mind and my attention, and I was thoroughly surprised by the ending. A book that can keep me guessing is always great, and “The Mother Of All Viruses” does that, all the way to the end.
As a book about computers and the possibilities of what they are capable of, this book is a great read. John Kovacich has done a tremendous job of giving the reader an interesting look behind the scenes of technology.
Geeks and science fiction readers alike will enjoy this book. As a self-published book, the author has taken great care to insure formatting and editing were done right. I will be reading more from this author.
The story is quite enthralling, and the author shows an interesting technique in the middle of the story by splitting it into several strands, and by jumping between them, it feels as though a lot is happening when in reality little is. This is good technique. While the structural technique is excellent, there are perhaps too many grammatical errors, particularly relating to apostrophes and possessive pronouns, and overall, I found too many parts of the plot did not really make sense. One simple example. If the Federal authorities thought that stolen government property was on a site, surely they would simply get a search warrant rather than send in burglars? Or even approach the known innocent professor and ask to see the computer? However, perhaps I am being a little harsh there; I thought that the dysfunctional aspects of communication between various US agencies was ridiculous, however having read about 9/11, maybe they are closer to the truth than I like. To summarize, I think if you like a book relating to computers and undesirable outcomes from computers, and if you do not think too hard about why people are doing what they are, this should be a good book for you.
There is a lot of computer talk in the book since it is all about computing speeds and the calculations they can do. The book is mainly about a university scientist that needs more computing power to prove her theory but she does not have the budget; things progress from that point in really interesting ways. The tech-talk might slow some people down, but most of it can be ignored and just glossed over as it is just for us computer nerds and doesn't really affect the plot. There are a few pacing issues and back-and-forths that aren't really necessary, and then there were parts that just breezed by way too quickly for what was happening, but the rest of the book makes up for it.
A very well written story that is a great read, for nerd and regular people alike. There is a little bit of a sci-fi aspect mixed in too which might be a hinderance to some, and was really the only unbelieveable aspect of the entire book. You can get almost half the book for preview on Amazon and Goodreads, so there is no financial reason to not give it a look.
This book, while very technical, was actually a pretty good story with lots of plot twists. I would shudder to think that it could actually happen. An entertaining story that kept me interested, just trying to figure out what exactly was going on.
Due to the technicality, I skipped quite a few of the paragraphs as I am not a computer geek and it was all greek to me. LOL!
I would recommend this book!!