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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (566 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Barnes Narrator: Susan Ericksen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN:
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It is known as National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51. Signed in 2007, it claims specific Federal powers in the event of a catastrophic emergency...

Heather O'Grainne is the assistant secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called Daybreak. Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists' movement, it's a group of diverse people with radical ideas who have only one thing in common - their hatred for the Big System and their desire to take it down. Until Heather can determine whether these people are all talk and no action, she wants to keep this information from going public.

But Daybreak is about to become a lot less secret. Seemingly random events in a recycling facility in Wyoming, on an island off the coast of California, and in Jayapura, Indonesia - where the plane carrying the Vice President has suddenly vanished - are in fact connected as part of a plan to destroy modern civilization.

America is at the dawn of a new primitive age - an age that will eliminate the country's top government personnel, leaving the nation no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program: Directive 51.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Onthecusp | 2/18/2014

    " Interesting premise but didn't deliver. I ended up skimming so much that it was hard to follow the story line. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 2/13/2014

    " This was almost painful to read. It was ambitious to the point of tedium, if that is possible. I don't think the author ever really got a good real definite idea of what he was writing. I suppose you say that means it was "unpredictable" or "ground-breaking", but mainly it was just weird. Maybe others will like it. I did not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Wilkes | 2/11/2014

    " My full review is at Science Fiction and Other ODDysseys. My review of the next book in the series, Daybreak Zero along with an interview with Barnes is also on SFOO here. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brock | 2/11/2014

    " Lots of verisimilitude help this to feel real. However a huge lack of narrative keeps it from being anything but a below average techno thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian | 1/13/2014

    " A little too technical for my taste in places but a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard G | 1/6/2014

    " pretty much a waste of ink but i suppose the daybreak people would be delighted. too many abbreviations. i can't shake the notion that, that seems a cheap trick to sound high tech or slick with no substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 1/3/2014

    " Mixed feelings about this one. Too long and tedious in places. The next one sounds better, but I think I'll wait until there are reviews on the third one, to continue this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan Beaver | 12/19/2013

    " Took about 200 pages to get started and lasted about 50 pages too long, but the 250 in the middle were pretty good. I don't know if I will have the patience to read the sequal unless I get trapped in a cabin where all the electronics have fallen prey to nanoswarm. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/13/2013

    " I am a sucker for disaster tale. This one was ok but not one I will keep on my bookshelf. Nor will I get the sequel. Interesting notion that someone could create nano-bots and microbes that could attack electronics, oil based fuels, and plastics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joe | 9/11/2013

    " too long, should have been edited better. Not enticing enough to reah the next book "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kimberly King | 8/8/2013

    " ugh. too much jargon to be enjoyable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifton | 6/16/2013

    " The cover blurb said it was a "thinking man's techno-thriller". That may be overstating it, but it's still one of the more intelligent post-apocalyptic novels I've read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danny Sullivan | 5/1/2013

    " Barnes back on top of his game. Loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lew | 3/17/2013

    " This was different than what I thought it would be. Very fast paced and kept my interested throughout. It was hard to put down. A very different take on the end of modern civilization and technology. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tom Johnson | 10/26/2012

    " interesting concept, things fall apart, character development gets better the further into the book one gets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 5/6/2012

    " A well done version of the classic science fiction tale of "the day after" with some appealing characters. I look forward to the sequel, although i expect to like it less than this book unless it presents some unusual twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/14/2011

    " So far (bout 1/3 through) it's great! Keeps me thinking about the book when I'm at work. Can't wait to finish...and for the second one to come out in paperback. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 4/20/2011

    " I am a sucker for disaster tale. This one was ok but not one I will keep on my bookshelf. Nor will I get the sequel. Interesting notion that someone could create nano-bots and microbes that could attack electronics, oil based fuels, and plastics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brock | 2/17/2011

    " Lots of verisimilitude help this to feel real. However a huge lack of narrative keeps it from being anything but a below average techno thriller.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard | 1/20/2011

    " pretty much a waste of ink but i suppose the daybreak people would be delighted. too many abbreviations. i can't shake the notion that, that seems a cheap trick to sound high tech or slick with no substance. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kwing (Mook) | 1/9/2011

    " An interesting look at the possible political shifts/governmental changes post apocalypse. not as much action as some others but with a unique antagonist causing the downfall of society. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 10/8/2010

    " Had a rough time reading this one, but I did like it. "

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About the Author

John Barnes is a multiple Hugo and Nebula award nominee and the author of The Return with Buzz Aldrin. He lives in Colorado.

About the Narrator

Susan Ericksen is an actor and voice-over artist. She has been awarded nineteen AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award. As an actor and director, she has worked in theaters throughout the country.