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Book Review: “Cyberstorm” by Matthew Mather

September 14, 2016

Hello ladies and gentlemen.  Welcome to the Casa!

Just a quick update on the baby front.  He was born on 08/26, 6 weeks early.  He’s doing well, and we expect to bring him home in the next couple of weeks.  No word yet on what his online nickname will be.  More to come later.

This week’s review is one I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  It seems like every time I’ve started writing about it, there is a terrorist attack and I end up shelving it for a while.  The reason why will become self-evident as you read on.  With the 15th anniversary of 9/11 this past weekend, I was again faced with a similar dilemma.  Without getting political, I’ve found that there may never be a “good time” to give the review.  It is a book that definitely deserves some time in the spotlight.  With that in mind, here we go…

In this technological age, with the threat of terrorism always looming, one can’t help but wonder what might happen if the US were to come under a cyberattack. What if the computers, which run practically everything, were to suddenly be turned against us.  Chaos would reign, but most likely an orderly version.  Now, imagine such an attack occurring in New York City during one of the worst snow storms in recent history.  Would people ride it out and stay unified, or turn on each other?

That scenario, scary as it may seem, is what plays out in Matthew Mather’s book, “Cyberstorm”.  I found it a slow boil ride that hearkens to some of the early despair and uncertainty of The Walking Dead, but with snow and ice instead of zombies.  It offers what I think is a semi-plausible description of how people might behave during such a crisis.  People show compassion for others, look out for their own, and some turn on the very people who have what they want.  Without providing spoilers, the twist ending was totally unexpected.  My rating is a solid 4 out of 5.

Now, it is time to go and spend some time with the newest member of our brood.  Until next week…

D.J. Pitsiladis

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