- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Jk Pr; 1 edition (June 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966438701
- ISBN-13: 978-0966438703
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
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Y2K -- It's Already Too Late Paperback – June, 1998
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This engaging thriller depicts the chaos that ensues when the all-too-familiar year 2000 (Y2K) bug hits, crashing computer systems around the world. In Jason Kelly's novel, riots sweep through cities around the country after Y2K knocks out electricity. Transportation grinds to a halt when clocks in the microchips that control planes, trains, and automobiles fail. The same high-tech weaponry that toppled the forces of Saddam Hussein is rendered useless, leaving an unprepared United States military virtually defenseless against renegade nations with older but still lethal arsenals.
For computer geeks, X-Files devotees, and Tom Clancy readers alike, Y2K is one of those books that's hard to put down once you start reading it. While many argue that the Y2K bug is mostly hype, this book makes it impossible not to wonder what's going to happen when the ball drops on December 31, 1999. --Michael A. Mariani
One of the first Y2K fiction books to hit the shelves, this John Grisham-like novel follows Y2K entrepreneur Mark Solvang through his efforts to save his business, America, and the rest of the world from the death grip of Y2K. This story really makes the threat of Y2K come alive, so give it to a skeptic. -- Westergaard Year 2000 Book Center, June 18, 1998
Truth may be stranger than fiction, but that didn't stop Los Angeleno Jason Kelly from turning a real-life technology nightmare into a novel. Kelly's "Y2K -- It's Already Too Late" -- apparently the first novel inspired by the year 2000 computer glitch -- envisions massive failures of banks, phones and power plants that ultimately make the U.S. vulnerable to an attack by the Chinese military. The country's hopes rest with one company, Solvang Solutions, which is able to repair Y2K problems because it has its own diesel electricity and a private satellite network. "Jason Kelly's novel is based on evidence from congressional testimony, military documents and reports from computer experts," according to the book jacket. "It is a chilling look at what lies just around the corner." We'll see. -- Los Angeles Times, Karen Kaplan, July 6, 1998
With dizzying action...it carries you through a worldwide power outage, runs on banks, bloody raids on suburban grocery stores, plane crashes, and massacres in the streets of Los Angeles. The second half of the book even takes a turn into international espionage. -- Denver Post, Leyla Kokmen, June 22, 1998
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Jason Kelly has done a remarkable job of assembling and incorporating the relevant elements of the year 2000 problem into a solid, suspenseful and plausible view of life around the time of the new year in 2000 AD. His book offers a view of Y2K that may well hold our epitaph as a modern global society and serves as a cogent warning for people to look into the matter.
It seems inconceivable that a simple presumption in programming computers and embedded chip devices, now entrenched into so many of our modern society's products, could offer the seeds of our own demise. So much so, that many first reactions to Y2K are to diminish or discount the problem as trivial or worse, deny that a problem exists at all. It exists. Large companies and governments have spend billions on the problem to date and will continue to spend billions more to negate the effects of the millennium bug.
I fear that we will not have adequate knowledge worker resources to place on this problem because of its tremendous scope. For companies who choose a fix on failure strategy, through misunderstanding of the matter there will be devastating consequences.
Devastating? Consider this. Just in time (JIT) manufacturing has become the standard for making many of the products produced globally. JIT presumes predictable product demand and ability for all component parts of a product to come together to form the product as the parts are needed. When parts cannot be provided in time, product production schedules will collapse. Examine what a localized strike of a parts supplier does to a single manufacturer's ability to produce product. Extend that to all manufacturers as well as consuming companies who require those manufactured goods. It quickly becomes evident that, once started, the cascading ! domino effect will be difficult to reverse. Devastating.
Jason Kelly has put the essence of the problem into a strong technology thriller. I read the book in a single sitting; I simply could not put it down.
I recommend that you buy, read and consider the serious implications presented in the book.
The Year 2000 bug? It's a computer problem, right? Somebody will fix it... Won't they?
Jason Kelly's Y2K -- Its Already Too Late.
After all, it's just a novel, a work of fiction... Isn't it?
The most impressive part about this novel is that it is a great read AND an accurate interpretation of Y2K evidence. Several parts of the story have come true and I'm beginning to see others on the horizon. The novel has already become something of a cult classic, but I believe it's aspiring to an even greater pinnacle. People will one day point to this book as the story that warned the world about the greatest technology problem we've ever faced. It might even become required reading in history courses. It is without a doubt one of the finest "predictive" novels I have read.