Irish Suspense for March

The House of Soldiers by Andrew Garve was a pleasantly suspenseful tale set near Dublin, Ireland. James Maguire, an archaeologist, becomes entangled in a plot to overthrow the government. Although he can see the futility of the plot, he is unable to convince the rebel leader of the truth. Maguire’s family is held captive to ensure his cooperation. Maguire is torn by his patriotic duty to warn the authorities about the plan and his frenzy to ensure the safety of his children.
Maguire is not an ordinary book hero. He is a regular fellow (perhaps a book elf) who survives one terrifying summer. His quiet temperament allows the reader to slip into his cozy academic world. The frightening twists of this adventure feel realistic as this “regular Joe” fends his way through a maze of trouble.
One of my favorite details of this story was the explanation of Ogham, an ancient script of Ireland. It can be written vertically or horizontally. Examples of this language can be found on stone monuments throughout Ireland. Its simplicity should entice anyone to write a few secret messages.


Countdown to Zero Day by Kim Zetter book review

Countdown to Zero Day meticulously details the discovery and development of Stuxnet. Stuxnet was the world’s first digital weapon. It was created to slow the progress of Iran’s development of nuclear weapons.
I was enticed into reading this book because the topic reminded me of The Cuckoo’s Egg by Clifford Stoll. Both books explore the accidental discovery of a computer menace. However, Zetter’s book reads like a textbook compared to the easy storytelling of Stoll.
Countdown to Zero Day is well documented. It begins with the discovery of Stuxnet and explores the development of the weapon, how it was used, and the new dangers it presents.The history of Stuxnet’s life spans the presidency of Bush and Obama and the unique pressures that both of these men faced in their decision to use Stuxnet. The book also specifies the danger of using such a weapon. Now that Stuxnet has been used and discovered it is certainly being studied and copied by other countries for similar warfare.
This book was informative and thought provoking. It should be at the top of the list for any computer geek.

This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for a review.