- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 520 KB
- Print Length: 284 pages
- Publisher: Lakewater Press; 1 edition (8 February 2018)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078CXKYQF
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 36 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,738 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
All Systems Down (The Cyber War Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"Sam Boush has created a story that feels so real and timely that it reads like terrifying nonfiction from the near-future. You'll be thinking about this novel long after you've raced to its heart-pounding conclusion." -- Boyd Morrison, # 1 NY Times Bestselling Author
"A tightly plotted tale." -- Kirkus Reviews
"An exciting, and riveting tale that at many times seems just all too real." -- Journaling on Paper
"Boush’s novel reads like something between a slap in the face and a punch in the gut…with civilization itself hanging in the balance. This should be made into a movie. In the meantime, wake up and read the novel." -- Paul Levinson, Author of Cyber War and Peace
"With his debut novel, Sam Boush proves that he deserves to be listed with the likes of Tom Clancy, David Baldacci and Dan Brown. Right from the beginning, readers are in for a thrill ride as the lives… a must read." -- SA Examiner
"A tightly written and tense cyber-thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat. Boush imagines a nightmare scenario that’s so plausible, it’s downright terrifying. A gripping page-turner from start to finish." -- Dylan H. Jones, Amazon Bestselling Author of Anglesey Blue--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Human greed and frailty in the face of terror.
Karma kicks the arse of the perpetrators in the end.
I used to work in a field where these scenarios became part of my everyday considerations. I spoke with governments, industry and military clients about the realities of cyber attacks. Most of the time the reaction was akin to ‘oh, that sounds like science fiction’. They were wrong back then; they are wrong today. I guess I was just preaching twenty years too soon. When I started reading Boush’s thriller, all the nightmares came rushing back. The events in his story did not feel in any way exaggerated or overblown. He does an outstanding job of creating a very believable scenario, which serves as the backdrop for a tense thriller centred on the human consequences of a major cyber offensive. And it is the human element that is the standout in this tale. A very diverse group of individuals, normal people with normal jobs and normal lives, centres the attention of the reader on the very real consequences of the global incidents described. The way each of these reacts, as society breaks down at an alarming rate, creates a tension and pace that has the reader rushing toward a finale which is at once optimistic and fearful.
A great reading discovery. Don’t miss this one if you like exciting techothrillers that will keep you up at night and have you thinking for weeks afterwards.
Author Sam Boush describes the sequence of events following THE WORST “What If” event in today’s computerized world.
It’s not a “What if”- it’s happening in real time to Navy fighter jock launched from a carrier they can no longer communicate with in an aircraft with its systems failing. It’s happening to a family struggling to hold together as the city around panics and drops into mob rule.
Imagine watching as each electronic device in the USA fails in a cascading sequence of bad to worse. Every electronic device, from a Smart watch to a jumbo airliner fails. It’s no biggie if your watch stops, unless you’re at 30,000 ft in a computer chip based airliner shutting down.
DOWN is the operative word. Satellites fall from the sky. Motorized traffic grinds to a STOP.
The President issues a warning as the TV Channels fail. A TOTAL Blackout across the USA.
BUT WAIT…THERE”S MORE!
The cyber collapse is the prelude to a military attack by Far East forces.
In a last ditch effort, the Dept. of Defense recruits a Cyber expert, Xandra Strandlien, to ride in an old Cessna prop aircraft WITHOUT modern electronics still flying in the Cyber collapse. Her job is to get to Portland and try to infiltrate an enemy computer and insert a US counter-cyber attack in their software. In Portland, she encounters a group of unlikely heroes, fighting random mobs and Russian forces to stay together.
Oh, did I mention without computer-based controls, all the nuclear power plants in the US a slowly going critical as a prelude to a Chernobyl-type explosion and meltdown.
Can it get any worse??
YES! The Russians have sent a submarine up the Columbia River to Portland as a prelude to a military landing in the city.
The heroes are normal people (with the exception of 2 trained Navy flight crew) trying to do their best in a “Mission Impossible” situation. It’s a good tale (No spoilers here) and contains enough reality to make you believe we are one malware bug away from a Cyber War.
Though this is fiction, it does read as if it could happen. I don't believe that our systems are quite that weak, to be taken over so easily. Especially the military side of things. I bet in reality, there would be some smouldering spots on the face of the earth after something like this.
Still, a very good read, even though the ending was a little far-fetched. Would have been nice to read more about what happened to those countries involved in this.
The reviews on Goodreads are completely out of sync with actual book quality. Despite low Amazon rank and tiny number of Goodreads ratings, the book somehow ended up in Wikiedia list of best techno-thrillers. The only relevant qualification of the author seems to be the "owner of a mid-sized marketing agency".
If you want a techno-triller, read Clancy, Crichton, brown, Stephenson, Suarez, or any number of real authors.
The novel is well paced, alternating points of view between the good guys and the bad. Boush paints a realistic and compelling landscape of sights and sounds that keeps you turning the pages. A couple of over the top characters, but All Systems Down is an overall good read worth checking out.