The Last President (Daybreak Series #3)

The Last President (Daybreak Series #3)

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by John Barnes, Susan Ericksen
     
 

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In a devastated, splintered, post-apocalyptic United States, with technology thrown back to biplanes, black powder, and steam trains, a tiny band of visionaries struggles to recreate Constitutional government and civilization itself, as a New Dark Age takes shape around them.  See more details below

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In a devastated, splintered, post-apocalyptic United States, with technology thrown back to biplanes, black powder, and steam trains, a tiny band of visionaries struggles to recreate Constitutional government and civilization itself, as a New Dark Age takes shape around them.

Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Daybreak Zero

“An exciting thriller.”—Alternative Worlds

“A stunning premise.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A major reimagining of the forces that can lead to the end of the world.”—Locus

…and Directive 51

“The large cast is handled adroitly, the tension level is high, the big ideas make you think, and I was kept up all night!”—S. M. Stirling

“Barnes’s view of the collapse of financial life, the halt of most manufacturing systems, the evaporation of the technical knowledge that now exists mainly in the cloud, and other consequences is so alarming that the book could draw attention in a way no official report can.”—The Atlantic

“I put this novel down only long enough to wipe the sweat from my brow.”—Gregory Benford

“A fascinating near-future thriller that looks deep into what would happen if modern-day technology…suddenly stopped working and reverted back to the early nineteenth century…Fans will enjoy this cautionary tale that proclaims that sometimes you get what you wish for.”—Alternative Worlds

Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-15
The final entry of Barnes' near-future apocalypse trilogy (Daybreak Zero, 2011, etc.). The stunning premise here is that a hostile and malevolent entity known as Daybreak has deployed biological weapons that destroy oil and oil-based products, fusion bombs and EMP bombs that wreck electronic devices and components, apparently with the purpose of obliterating technology. Many of the survivors, their minds controlled by Daybreak, have formed weird, anti-technology tribes eager to mount appalling, zombielike assaults against fortified positions. A few scattered, still-sane communities, using biplanes, black powder and steam trains, struggle to reinstate law and order and reconstitute some sort of U.S. government. Only then can humanity rebuild its shattered civilization--at least, so reasons Heather O'Grainne and her small community operating out of Pueblo, Colo. Other groups, in Athens, Ga., what's left of New York, the U.S. Virgin Islands, San Diego and what seems like dozens of other locations, have similar ambitions, while still others have independently found ways to resist Daybreak and have set themselves up as feudal lords. Daybreak itself, however, remains an enigma, since those that try to study it closely risk being subverted. There is a fair quota of action, often involving brave defenders attempting to resist ravening zombies in human-wave assaults. But again, the cast of thousands, incessant scene shifts and sheer density of the narrative makes for tough going. Nevertheless, the story inches toward a conclusion. Fans of the previous entries will keep reading.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441862280
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Daybreak Series, #3
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.75(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
Praise for Daybreak Zero

“An exciting thriller.”—Alternative Worlds

“A stunning premise.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A major reimagining of the forces that can lead to the end of the world.”—Locus

…and Directive 51

“The large cast is handled adroitly, the tension level is high, the big ideas make you think, and I was kept up all night!”—S. M. Stirling

“Barnes’s view of the collapse of financial life, the halt of most manufacturing systems, the evaporation of the technical knowledge that now exists mainly in the cloud, and other consequences is so alarming that the book could draw attention in a way no official report can.”—The Atlantic

“I put this novel down only long enough to wipe the sweat from my brow.”—Gregory Benford

“A fascinating near-future thriller that looks deep into what would happen if modern-day technology…suddenly stopped working and reverted back to the early nineteenth century…Fans will enjoy this cautionary tale that proclaims that sometimes you get what you wish for.”—Alternative Worlds

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Meet 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.

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The Last President 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why does the ebook version cost $5 more than the paperback version?? Something's not right here.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too tired for a substantive review but I liked the series and this one was very good. Surpise ending but a cool one as opposed to something that pi.ssed me off :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Chapter Too Long I enjoyed the whole series. The ending is kind of a downer, and I think it's about a chapter too long (read it and you'll understand). I would've preferred a different twist on Daybreak's origins.