Book Reviews – “All Systems Down” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Sam Boush (http://cyberwarbooks.com). This is Mr. Boush’s first publication.
I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set mostly in the contemporary US. The story follows several different people after North Korea, Russia and China launch an extensive cyber attack on the US and it’s allies.
US Navy aircraft fail and fall from the skies. US Naval ships go dark with complete system failures. The power grid in the US fails. Satellites fail and fall from orbit. The telephone network goes down. The US is left in a post apocalyptic state. Military forces from the conspirators invade the US.
The story follows a handful of people as the each try to survive and even strike back against the invaders. In the first hours and days, this is a struggle to simply survive without the essential services. As more time passes people become desperate and dangerous. Then there is the invasion of US soil.
I really enjoyed the 5+ hours I spent reading this thriller. I liked the story following different individuals as they dealt with the disaster. The cover art could be better. Certainly satellites falling from orbit and burning up would have long previously lost their solar array. The way the story was left there could be a follow-up novel. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.
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