Zero Day Code: End of Days, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Original recording
Every modern city has one week’s worth of food to feed itself. Then it will collapse.
Cut off the resources to New York, Sydney, or even a mid-size metropolis, and millions will soon starve. In Zero Day Code we see those immense and open, hyper-complex, networked supercities of the new millennium die. And in the last moments we see their vengeance take form as all the best and worst traits of humanity bubble to the surface.
Zero Day Code is set in a realistic near future with dwindling global food supplies under increasing pressure from worsening droughts, floods and extreme weather events. Written by prolific Australian writer John Birmingham, the thriller follows a handful of survivors from the first day of society’s descent into violent, uncertain futures.
James, a consultant to the US National Security Council, is the first to suspect that the worldwide emergence of a crippling computer virus is actually a cover for something else - a devastating cyber-attack by China on the food distribution system of the United States. The attack is a bid for the Middle Kingdom to distract America as it seizes the food bowl of South East Asia and feeds its starving population. But Beijing has miscalculated.
Follow the missions of an embittered activist chasing salvation, a single mum rescuing her child from a frantic San Francisco and an army veteran who has long retreated from society, as the world they knew crumbles around them.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 32 minutes|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||04 July 2019|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,089 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
18 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
45 in Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction (Books)
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An exciting cast of characters coming through the unfolding catastrophic circumstances, from the first mild inconveniences that like the recession of water from a beach heralds the tsunami, through the tumultuous 'can things get worse' to the devastation that is, 'things got worse'. The fall begun by an organised attack on the backbone of the internet, that you discover a result of the decades of environmental ignorance finally driving the natural systems to the point of collapse, resulting in economic and social system soon caught in a death spiral which you can view from numerous distinct characters, each with their own unique voice and problems you are sure to find one you cheer for and one you hate.
Dispersed throughout the tale are interludes giving an insight into how the rest of the world is failing.
The excellent vocal choice for the audio format bringing the story a more dramatic feel, it resonates with the terrifying shockwave prescience I have not since experienced since John Brunner's 1972 work The Sheep look Up.
Buy it, listen to it, tremble at its terrifying immediacy, my only caveat it could have used zombies.
The different character story lines and the gradual escalation from mere inconveniences to greater and greater levels of catastrophe make this book a real page turner. So check your canned soup and toilet paper stocks, charge your powerbank batteries, and settle in for a great read about how a missing muffin can become a portent of doom.
Like a lot of other reviewers here, I'm a John Birmingham fan. Don't let that put you off. JB has done his homework and research. The setup that he puts together is entirely realistic, the societal decay predictable (and only a few steps past the insanity of 2020's COVID pandemic), and the characters - while some are definitely extreme or caricatures - fit the story like a glove.
If you enjoy apocalyptic fiction, this should absolutely be your jam (on delicious sourdough end-of-the-world toast.
This book is eerily similar to the COVID nightmare many of us have been living through. Panic buying and shelves stripped bare is something we have now all experienced first hand. The only thing that missed the mark was there were no fights over toilet paper. :-)
If you've read any of John's books, rest assured, this one is up there with the rest of them.
Buy it. Read it.
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None of that ‘real’ in the context of ‘gun-tooting prepper geek other authors draw as thinly disguised variants ... the type who spends 75% of ‘its’ narrative doling out schadenfreude-laden expositions (they were RIGHT goddamit and those lefty liberals are ALL sorry now). Tiresome right wing some of it too.
Sadly, I enjoy apocalyptic fiction and have had the trauma of far too many detailed descriptions of the 23 different firearms said eponymous ‘Proud’ central character just happens to own - or the bunker they dug etc Ad-nauseum
No. JB does it right. With this entry into the trilogy he takes the time to notch up the threads, building against a story arc that gradually wraps you up as the tension becomes more taut, page by page.
A great start and I’m already hungry for book 2 (already in audible format but I like to read my books).
If you like JB you will be very happy with this one
I've ripped through this book (got it yesterday, finished it today) - I couldn't, to use the hackneyed phrase, put it down.
This book struck home to me how dependent we are on the interconnected systems that now run our businesses/governments/daily lives, and how a cascading malware attack escalates out of control of those who started it.
The book's slow build up gives you time to invest in the various (and varied) characters, with occasional side-trips to see how the world arrived at where it is, by seeing snippets of ordinary people's lives from different parts of the world, and their viewpoints. No one's really a hero, just (mostly) ordinary people responding to extraordinary events beyond their control.
I can't wait for the next book in the series to be published.
There are those who complain about the main characters coming together in the way they do, they say it seems trite. Ummm, it's a story, characters have arcs. The writer isn't going to write about characters that don't come together. (Well, not all the time...)
Anyway, I liked this book, but am reading it just as energy bills spike, there are shortages in shops, (I live in the benighted UK). So it's all a bit close to the bone.
I've stocked up on soup though, and I was pleasantly surprised to see this is the first book in a trilogy. I've already bought the second instalment and look forward to reading it by candlelight in my bunker... Surrounded by my tins of food.