All Systems Down, by Sam Boush

A Cyber War Novel

What a beginning to this excellent first novel written by Sam Boush. It will catch you as thoroughly as the tail hook catches on the aircraft carrier at the beginning of the story.

It’s a well done, exciting debut. So many parts to the story, including how one small group eventually connect. With a realistic plot, you’ll find yourself wondering what you might do to prepare. So many of us know of the possibility of a cyber attack yet don’t prepare as we should.

Reading this will give you a view of what impact an attack would have—huge! From infrastructure to the individual, it stops life as we know it. To avoid giving away the reveal in the book, let’s not name them here, but do consider how widespread technology is used throughout a city.

Computers have provided an amazing connection with the world and a wealth of knowledge. More and more is done and stored online. That very benefit can cause havoc when hackers invade with a cyber virus. All Systems Down make it seem inevitable and imminent.

I wasn’t able to finish this book in one sitting, but caught myself thinking about it often during the work day, wondering what would happen next. That is surely one sign of a good story. It stayed on my mind, during and long after finishing.

While there was a solid and surprising end, there is much left to sort out. Hopefully it is the first in a series, or at least a trilogy.

I was provided an advanced copy of this book from the author, publicist or publisher.  It was a pleasure to review.

Sam Boush is an author I’ll be following. Fine, concise writing, a fascinating plot, and likable characters that grow on you. That’s always a treat. Give it a try. You’ll enjoy it.

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.

For fans of REVOLUTION and Tom Clancy, ALL SYSTEMS DOWN is a riveting cyber war thriller that presents a threat so credible you’ll be questioning reality.

About the Author

Sam Boush is a novelist and award-winning journalist. He has worked as a wildland firefighter, journalist, and owner of a mid-sized marketing agency.

Though he’s lived in France and Spain, his heart belongs to Portland, Oregon, where he lives with his wife, Tehra, two wonderful children, and a messy cat that keeps them from owning anything nice.

He is a member of the Center for Internet Security, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, and Cloud Security Alliance.

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