[real-eyes] Re: A few book ideas for your summer reading

Here's another one, but this is not in the same vein as those you have
recommended. 
DB-Carr, Nicholas-The Shallows- What the Internet Is Doing to Our
Brains-DB74072
 And before I am accused of being a neo luddite (<grin>) give it a shot. It
is an interesting and thought provoking book. Loads of good science on the
brain for the layperson. Don't let "science" and "the brain" detour you from
this. Science isn't my gig, and in college I stayed as far away from those
subjects as I could. This is well -written, interesting and understandable.
We blinks even get a few paragraphs regards the brain's adapting itself
(reconfiguring would be closer) after sight loss.  

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Hi,
Here's something to do on these hot days of summer. These are books that are
tech related and a thrill to read.
These 3 books are currently available for download via BARD.

1.
  Zero Day
Russinovich, Mark. Read by Ray Childs. Reading time 12 hours 7 minutes.
Suspense
After an airplane's computer fails in mid-flight, a cascade of catastrophic
events occur around the world. Former government analyst Jeff Aiken fears
these cyberterrorism attacks are just the beginning. 
Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.
Zero Day, DB73939

2.
Daemon
Suarez, Daniel. Read by John Polk. Reading time 18 hours 6 minutes.
Suspense
Thousand Oaks, California. A computer-game designer's death launches a
powerful program that wreaks havoc on CyberStorm Entertainment. After a few
deadly mechanical accidents occur on the company's grounds, lead detective
Peter Sebeck races to prevent further destruction and save lives. Violence,
strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.
Daemon, DB68916

3.
Freedom (TM)
Suarez, Daniel. Read by John Polk. Reading time 13 hours 43 minutes.
Suspense
Daemon--the computer virus created by now-deceased mad genius Matthew
Sobol--continues to assassinate people, control the Internet, and amass
millions of followers. Meanwhile, civil war breaks out and a movement
against corporations emerges in the Midwest. Sequel to Daemon (RC 68916).
Violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2010.
Freedom (TM), DB71118


I've read all three of these books and they are excellent. Both authors have
books soon to be released. Mark Russinovich has a new book scheduled to be
released in September called "Trojan Horse: " here's a brief description.
   Publication Date: September 4, 2012
It's two years post-Zero Day, and former government analyst Jeff Aiken is
reaping the rewards for crippling al-Qaida's attack on the computer
infrastructure of the Western world.  His cyber - security company is
flourishing, and his relationship with Daryl Haugen intensifies when she
becomes a part of his team.

But the West is under the East's greatest threat yet. The Stuxnet virus that
successfully subverted Iran's nuclear defense program for years is being
rapidly identified and defeated, and Stuxnet's creators are stressed to
develop a successor.  As Jeff and Daryl struggle to stay together, they're
summoned to disarm the attack of a revolutionary, invisible trojan that
alters data without leaving a trace.  As the trojan penetrates Western
intelligence, the terrifying truth about Iran is revealed, and Jeff and
Daryl find themselves running a desperate race against time to reverse it -
while the fate of both East and West hangs in the balance.

Like Zero Day, Trojan Horse is a thrilling suspense story, a sober warning
from one of the world's leading experts on cyber-security, Microsoft's
Technology Fellow, Mark Russinovich.  Trojan Horse demystifies the
dangerously realistic threat of a cyber-terrorism attack on the Western
world, while chronicling the lengths through which one man and will go to
stop it.

The new book from Daniel Suarez, "Kill Decision"
Publication Date: July 19, 2012
The shocking techno-thriller that cements Daniel Suarez's status as the heir
to Michael Crichton and Tom Clancy-a terrifying, breathtaking, and
all-too-plausible vision of the world's near future.

Unmanned weaponized drones already exist-they're widely used by America in
our war efforts in the Middle East. In Kill Decision, bestselling author
Daniel Suarez takes that fact and the real science behind it one step
further, with frightening results.

Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social
structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for
the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help
run an unmanned-and thanks to her research, automated-drone army. Odin is
the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless
enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed
to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention.

Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world
to recognize its destructive power, because for thousands of years the "kill
decision" during battle has remained in the hands of humans-and off-loading
that responsibility to machines will bring unintended, possibly
irreversible, consequences. But as forces even McKinney and Odin don't
understand begin to gather, and death rains down from above, it may already
be too late to save humankind from destruction at the hands of our own
technology.

As of today, these two new books are only available in an electronic format
via kindle and text to speech is enabled for both books. It should be just a
matter of time before they are available from Bard and other sources.

Happy reading,
Steve

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