A sentimental favorite, The Cuckoo's Egg
seems to have inspired a whole category of books exploring the quest to capture computer criminals. Still, even several years after its initial publication and after much imitation, the book remains a good read with an engaging story line and a critical outlook, as Clifford Stoll becomes, almost unwillingly, a one-man security force trying to track down faceless criminals who've invaded the university computer lab he stewards. What first appears as a 75-cent accounting error in a computer log is eventually revealed to be a ring of industrial espionage, primarily thanks to Stoll's persistence and intellectual tenacity.
Tom Clancy A spy story for the '90s -- and it's all true.Chicago Tribune The Cuckoo's Egg
is "reader friendly," even for those who have only the vaguest familiarity with computers...a true spy thriller...The hunt is gripping.The Philadelphia Inquirer
Stoll's is the ever-appealing story of the little man bucking the system...great fun to read...lively and thoroughly absorbing.The Seattle Times
Fascinating...a nonfiction account that reads like a le Carré spy novel.Cosmopolitan
Nothing short of fascinating...Even if you don't know a byte from a bagel, The Cuckoo's Egg
will grip you on page one and hold you as ferociously as the best mystery...It's the intensely human, often funny voice of the man on the trail that makes this book so wonderful.The New York Times Book Review
As exciting as any action novel...A gripping spy thriller.New York Newsday
Stoll is the electronic equivalent of Indiana Jones...Grab the book.
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