I am currently reading Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent link here (www.amazon.com) It is part of the stealing the network series. It is a great read. Mostly a mixture of real exploits and technologies is a sci-fi thriller. Not too many new technologies used in the book, but some great concepts on how to get around systems that may or may not be vulnerable.
I am a huge fan of nmap and have always used this tool in all of my jobs and projects. So I came about this book from reading an interview with fyodor over at insecure.org. Here is his comments about the book Many great names in the security industry were asked to author parts of this book. It makes for a great read.
If you are interested in security or possibly just curious about hacking this may be a fun book to read.