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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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