Zero Day by S. Hussaini Zaidi is a cybercrime thriller that pinpoints how a cyber-attack can cripple the city. I had received this book for review as a part of the Blogchatter Review program and the book blurb really made me pick this book from the entire list of books in Blogchatter.
Book Name: Zero Day
Author Name: S. Hussain Zaidi
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: Cybercrime thriller
Mumbai is in a state of chaos. All traffic signals across the entire city have stopped working.
Shahwaz Ali Mirza, head of the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad, receives an anonymous email claiming it to be a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. He quickly puts together a crack team that includes his protege, IG Cybercrime Vikrant Singh, and gets to work trawling the dark web for more information on this mystery attack. However, a move to bring forward the hacker backfires, leading to a second, deadlier attack on Mumbai’s lifeline, the railway system.
It is their first brush with cyberterrorism: a zero-day vulnerability in the Indian government’s system that could bring the country to its knees. Racing against time and investigating a case unlike any other, in Zero Day, Mirza and Vikrant face the most dangerous mission of their lives.
My Thoughts on Zero Day
This is the second book that received a 5-star rating this year from my end. The reason for this 5-star is that this book never deviated from the plot and the pace is not too rushed nor the story was diluted anywhere to heighten or lower a particular character.
Generally in most thrillers, we get to see the super-hero traits or super-villain traits in one of the characters. But here neither the main protagonists were praised too much nor the other parties. All the characters were down-to-earth and were easily relatable.
As the story was set in Mumbai, sometimes Vikrant’s (IG Cyber Crime) behavior reminded me of Manoj Bajpayee in the Family Man series on OTT. I am mentioning this point here just to mention how natural all the characters were developed in this book.
Mr. Zaidi’s writing style is crisp and to the point. Nowhere, the story was exaggerated nor unnecessary drama was built up to lift some characters. In fact, in some places, we couldn’t stop ourselves from chuckling while reading about the tricks and cunningness used to proceed further in this cybercrime investigation.
The moment people hear that it’s a cybercrime thriller, most of them lose interest as some of those books contain too many technicalities. But Mr. Zaidi has used the technical stuff that’s only relevant to the story and also explained that in comparison to the physical investigations. That had really added additional feathers to this book. So this book can be read by anyone and no technical expertise is required.
About the Author:
S. Hussain Zaidi is a veteran of investigative, crime, and terror reporting. His previous books include Black Friday, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, Dongri to Dubai, Byculla to Bangkok, Mumbai Avengers, and Eleventh Hour, some of which have been adapted into Bollywood films. Hussain Zaidi lives with his family in Mumbai. You can follow him on social media here:
This post is also a part of the Blogchatter Book Review Program and got a free physical copy of the book in exchange for an honest review from my end. My review is nowhere influenced by anyone or anywhere. You can read my other reviews here.