Review of ‘CyberStorm’

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Thanks to the Internet, the world is interconnected. But, like anything, there’s a dark side to it; it means that the world’s infrastructures are vulnerable to attack on an unprecedented scale.

When multiple cyber-attacks combine with a mother of a winter storm, New York City is cut off from the rest of the country, and Mike Mitchell finds that he must rely on himself and a few friends to survive the chaos that ensues.

CyberStorm by Matthew Mather is a dark, apocalyptic story of how a few individuals contend with global events that seem beyond their control. While I found some of the international events hard to reconcile with what I know of the world after thirty years as a diplomat, the author does a good job of weaving them into a chilling narrative. The portrayal of individual reactions to events is, if anything, less dysfunctional than they’re likely to be in real life, but in many cases I think the author got how people react to disaster spot on.

The key to a good thriller is that it makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next, and this book scores well on that point.

I received it as a gift. I give it four stars.


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