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 frontierand 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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What People are Saying About This
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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Why does the ebook version cost $5 more than the paperback version?? Something's not right here.
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 :)
Great series. Apocalyptic, scifi, militaristic, great constitutional study with a little romance and a plot. Great characters that developed unexpectedly. Hated the ending until the aliens showed up, but loved the rest. As someone who reads a novel a day, its a bit expensive. Please consider bundling all your series for those of us that tend to stick with a talented author with a fresh take on the genres.
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.