The Last President (Daybreak Series #3)

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An author who “excels at combining the tension of the chase with the elements of science fiction,”* John Barnes delivered a fascinating and frightening scenario about the collapse of America’s political and social infrastructure following the destruction of modern technology. Now, the author of Directive 51 and Daybreak Zero continues his story of the wild postapocalyptic frontier—and humanity’s last desperate attempt to re-civilize their world…

For more than a year, Heather ...

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Overview

An author who “excels at combining the tension of the chase with the elements of science fiction,”* John Barnes delivered a fascinating and frightening scenario about the collapse of America’s political and social infrastructure following the destruction of modern technology. Now, the author of Directive 51 and Daybreak Zero continues his story of the wild postapocalyptic frontier—and humanity’s last desperate attempt to re-civilize their world…

For more than a year, Heather O’Grainne and her small band of heroes, operating out of Pueblo, Colorado, have struggled to pull the United States back together after it shattered under the impact of the event known as Daybreak. Now they are poised to bring the three or four biggest remaining pieces together, with a real President and Congress, under the full Constitution again. Heather is very close to fulfilling her oath, creating a safe haven for civilization to be reborn.

But other forces are rising too.

Some people like the new life better...

In a devastated, splintered, postapocalyptic United States, with technology thrown back to biplanes, black powder, and steam trains, a tiny band of visionaries struggles to re-create Constitutional government and civilization itself, as a new dark age takes shape around them.

*Rocky Mountain News

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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: 9781937007157
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Series: Daybreak Series , #3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 371,907
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

John Barnes is a multiple Hugo and Nebula award nominee. He is the author of Directive 51, Daybreak Zero, and The Last President, as well as The Return with Buzz Aldrin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Why does the ebook version cost $5 more than the paperback versi

    Why does the ebook version cost $5 more than the paperback version?? Something's not right here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2013

    Liked it a lot

    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 :)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    A Chapter Too Long I enjoyed the whole series. The ending is kin

    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.

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