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Review: All Systems Down (Cyber War) by Sam Boush

March 21, 2019

About the Book:

24 hours.
That’s all it takes.
A new kind of war has begun.


Pak Han-Yong’s day is here. An elite hacker with Unit 101 of the North Korean military, he’s labored for years to launch Project Sonnimne: a series of deadly viruses set to cripple Imperialist infrastructure.

And with one tap of his keyboard, the rewards are immediate.

Brendan Chogan isn’t a hero. He’s an out-of-work parking enforcement officer and one-time collegiate boxer trying to support his wife and children. But now there’s a foreign enemy on the shore, a blackout that extends across America, and an unseen menace targeting him.

Brendan must do whatever it takes to keep his family safe.

In the wake of the cyber attacks, electrical grids fail, satellites crash to earth, and the destinies of nine strangers collide.

Strangers whose survival depends upon each other’s skills and courage.


My thoughts:

Oh my freaking gosh… okay so apart from the nightmares I started having after only reading a few chapters? What a terrific and terrifying book.

Sam Boush has scared the daylights out of me. There is nothing more scary than life as we know it ending in an instant. Power out for a few hours? We all deal with that… but what if it’s out for days on end… Everywhere? What else stops if we have no power? I hadn’t realized and now I kinda wish I didn’t know.

Add to that no internet and I can’t think of a more apocalyptic tale with a greater power to scare.

This multi point of view story is well layered. The POV scenes and settings well written and characters deeply developed. The characters are all believable. Their behaviors terrifyingly real and the world is described as it is today. Which is scary in its own right. Because I can’t imagine what I would do in such a situation.

How quickly do we as a world and we as a people become monsters given the right set of circumstances? It’s a horrible question that plays out in this story.

I do not want this to happen.

But I believe it could.

Read it now…



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