Recommended Cybersecurity-Themed Novels

Hopefully, this summer, you will take some time to cool down with a good read. Whether relaxing poolside, on your favorite chair or in your local coffee shop, taking a break to recharge your brain with a novel or e-book can significantly increase your productivity at work and in your personal life. Herein, we list our favorite cybersecurity-themed novels. 

Our CYBER-ON-CALL team is rediscovering Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, and is taking a digital dive on Kindle into Nicole Perloth’s new cybersecurity-themed opus, They Tell Me This Is How The World Ends

CYBER-ON-CALL’s complete recommended books for those interested in technology and cybersecurity-themed novels: 

Player Piano

by Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, spins the chilling tale of engineer Paul Proteus. He must find a way to live in a world dominated by a supercomputer and run entirely by machines. Paul’s rebellion is vintage Vonnegut – wildly funny, deadly serious, and terrifyingly close to reality. The acclaimed American author is known for works blending satire, black comedy, and science fiction. In 2022, Kurt Vonnegut turns 100 years old. 

They Tell Me This Is How The World Ends: The Cyberweapons Arms Race

by Nicole Perloth

From The New York Times cybersecurity reporter Nicole Perlroth, the untold story of the cyberweapons market-the most secretive, invisible, government-backed market on earth-and a terrifying first look at a new kind of global warfare.

The Paladin

by David Ignatius

David Ignatius is a prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post. CIA operations officer Michael Dunne must infiltrate an Italian news organization that smells like a front for an enemy intelligence service. Headed by an American journalist, the self-styled “people’s bandits” run a cyber operation unlike anything the CIA has seen before. Fast, slick, and indiscriminate, they steal secrets from everywhere and anyone and exploits them in ways the CIA can neither understand nor stop.


by Chase Cunningham

Chase Cunningham takes the reader on a wild ride that demonstrates what could happen if a dangerous AI (Artificial Intelligence), capable of creating havoc on its own, is unleashed on the internet. This fast-paced read merges the cyber and physical spaces. gAbrIel is the first action-packed book in this cyberwarfare thriller series. If you like resilient heroes, technology, and intrigue, then you’ll love this book’s adrenaline-fueled rush.

Breaking Backbones: Information Is Power

by Deb Radcliff (audiobook)

In this exciting cyberthriller, investigative reporter Deb Radcliff tells a gripping story that raises important questions about invasions of privacy in a global bid for power through technology. A hacker war – 17 years in the making – erupts after GlobeCom takes over the world through human chip implants. Dozens of hacker strike teams around the world attempt to relieve GlobeCom of its iron grip on humanity through a coordinated attack on its data centers.

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