CyberStorm is book that came out in March of this year, and it was written by Matthew Mather. It was a great change of pace from the fantasy books I had been reading, and if the thought of cyber-warfare is something that interests you it is a must read.
The story follows Mike Mitchell as he is forced to try and keep his friends and family alive in New York. It has been hit by a real physical storm, and an internet attack by an unknown assailant that has taken down all power and communication. It has plunged NYC back in to the dark ages.
Since I work in IT, I am usually put off by books or movies about cyber attacks because they are completely wrong about how it is done, but CyberStorm must have been well researched because it is quite realistic in how it portrays the attacks. Like all disaster books it is still a little far fetched, but plausible none the less.
The characters are well developed and believable, and the depictions of New York without power or law are chilling. My only complaint would be that it gets a little to talky at the end, but that is just a minor nit pick.
If you own a Kindle you can get this book for free on the Kindle lending library, or you can buy it for $2.99, so it is well worth the price, and if you don’t like to read you can just wait for the movie Fox is making out of it, which should be a fun flick.