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on February 7, 2015
Apparently this book is to be made into a film by 20th Century Fox. I will certainly watch it.

The thing I like best about this book is that the characters are so well fleshed out. They make mistakes and each of them acts according to their values, just as any ordinary human would. And more interestingly, each makes decisions that are limited by what they know. This is something that few other authors can pull off. But information is not always common, and common knowledge is not always correct, and the ways individuals use knowledge is extremely diverse. Mather gets this.

He also gets communication. I have NEVER before experienced fiction that could cause me physical symptoms - but somehow Mather achieved it. His descriptions of hunger were so effective that I felt hungry. Really hungry. Even though I had eaten. Dieters should not be put off the book as a whole, but there is one chapter that had me reaching for a second lunch and some snacks, even though I'm not a big eater. That's real writing skill.

Although Cyberstorm works as a stand-alone book, there is apparently a follow-up (Darknet), which is not yet available via Amazon Kindle. I'm a bit disappointed that I have to wait for it, but the anticipation is good too. I really can't imagine what Mather will do that can beat Cyberstorm.
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on October 16, 2017
Although this book came out over 4 years ago, I have only just read it. Mr. Matther has fast, become one of my favourite authors of today. I have read each one of his books and have thoroughly immersed myself in its content. Matthew has a way of taking the obvious, what we take for granted and breaking it. This topic written is, " what if we didn't have the Internet?" Hacking has always been a problem. But, when it stops, the system falls apart, people die; panic reigns.
Anyway, as always my mind can get lost so easily in Matthew Mathers' books. You will not be disappointed if you also, haven't read this older work of dystopia and its consequences. Enjoy, I did!
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on May 29, 2018
Cyber Storm is more of a story about a group of people who band together and try to survive in an apartment building on Manhattan Island during raging snowstorms that shut down the city - literally - the loss of electricity, lack of food and water, and freezing temperatures cause chaos in the city. It doesn't take long for roving bands of individuals to begin stealing from those who have supplies. Probably the biggest detractor to survival is the lack of accurate communication. With the web down and only a few ham radios operating, the news that is shared is mostly hearsay. There are also warnings of swine flu and people dying all over. All communications cautioned people to stay indoors and wear masks, but when all supplies are gone it's either turn over and die or brave the outdoors to find more supplies.

There is speculation through the entire story as to what actually happened and who was responsible. Communicatiion is misinterpreted which cause many survivors to end their own lives. Is there an invasion? Is there still a government? Is help coming?

The story bogs down in certain spots when sharing technical IT information and then rehashing the same issues over and over again. I admit that I skimmed through many of those areas. The final 5% of the story also seemed rushed while everything was explained and solved within a few pages which left me disappointed.
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on June 7, 2017
I am happy to see that Mr. Mather has done so well. At the end of this book he was asking for reviews & said that he was not a full-time writer yet, etc. Now he is a full-time writer, has gotten so many excellent reviews & so many book sales so he surely feels very successful now. A lot happened for him in 4 years & he is still young enough to enjoy it all for a lifetime. I liked this book a lot. There was no rough language & although that does not turn me against a book, it was a nice surprise. The character development was very good. I always knew who to like or dislike & there was so much misery that it was hard not to feel quite a bit of emotion while reading. The only thing I didn't care for was the long description of the cyber problems & the environmental catastrophes. I like reading some description of computers doing what they should or shouldn't do but there was too much of it that I didn't understand & so began to skip some of it toward the end. I imagine people who understand that language better didn't mind it at all. The book ended very well. There was a good outcome for most of the people I cared about. One Spoiler: I was glad that Richard got what he deserved!!
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on July 7, 2017
This book started out with some real potential. However, I found all of the characters except the elderly couple to be annoying and somewhat stereotypical. A building in a trendy nyc neighborhood with a rich villain, a few immigrant families, a vegan couple, a useless protagonist with no practical skills, his prepper friend who decides to stay in nyc because the useless protagonist and his wife don't want to leave, a doorman named Tony (from Brooklyn, of course) who hitches his wagon to these idiots instead of simply going home, an egghead tech guru/train crash survivor who strolls in to remind us that technology is more important than common sense, and a bunch of women with little character development who make snacks, tea and bad decisions for most of the book.

The protagonist was a complete clown whose stupidity was only surpassed by his wife and his friend's wife. As a woman, I was insulted by the women in this book. Are we really expected to believe that a woman with an infant and a pregnant woman with a small child would make so many poor decisions that obviously compromised their children? Really? The only strong, smart, likely-to-survive woman in the book was 90 years old.

The main characters were not believable and I felt nothing for them but disgust. I live in New York and have seen more than enough to know that the morons in this book would have died. The only people who seemed capable of actually surviving were the elderly couple.

The syrupy, preachy conclusion was precious. And not in a good way. I have no idea why this book has such great reviews.
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on March 15, 2013
We've all been inconvenienced by having the power go out. But suppose it was everything -- from power to lights to computer systems to FedEx. That's where Matthew Mather's book begins. The island known as Manhattan goes from normal to wildly abnormal almost over night

Cyber Storm tracks a group of Manhattanites as they struggle to cope with sudden radical change. Mather has invented a group of heroes and villains who feel genuine. I marveled at how the characters were pitch perfect. Even the minor "walk ons" are complete. Mr. Mather's writing abilities are those of a great story teller. The read alone is worth the trip.

But Cyber Storm is also a work of science fiction. Here it excels. It seamlessly unravels today's cyber world. It probes at its fault lines, showing how today's world cyber world resembles the sand castles we build at the beach. Gorgeous and beautiful until the first wave. When the crumble.

Mr. Mather looks at this world with a clinicians eye. He deftly explains hoe cyber attacks work. What they can accomplish. He shows cyber space is bound together by loosely tied silken threads. Want to precipitate a crash - one pen knife please.

Cyber a storm is a strong drama. It is excellent near future sci-fi. It sound anthropology. Try it, you won't go away disappointed.
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on January 11, 2018
Mather did a great job with this tale! Dependence on the cyber world and a host of attacks combined with a horrible winter storm bring a modern, urban city to its knees and brings life and our human priorities into a focus that should serve as a reality check for us all. There were moments I cried with the characters and times when I was so frustrated. Great story!!!
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on June 4, 2017
I found this book to be a real page turner. It was almost realistic science fiction. I appreciated that the author had some important subtle themes going on too--like getting priorities straight, being aware of the vulnerability of our internet system, and taking care of others. I did wish, however, that the wife, Lauren, had been better developed. Hard to determine her motives sometimes. I definitely will read more by this author. Also appreciated that it was clean and very little offensive language.
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on January 12, 2018
I believe Michael and Lauren may be the most annoying characters in any book I have ever read or in this case listened to. God, they are horrible. Lauren is a narcissist and Michael is a giant wuss and both impossible to root for. Only Chuck gives you someone to sort of root for but as the one lone prepared people he's pretty dumb too.

Give me Morgan Carter any day (The Survivalist Series) over this drivel.
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on December 23, 2017
I got thru 2 chapters of the main character's smug self righteousness before I pulled the plug. I just wanted to punch the guy.
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