Synopses & Reviews
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 Americas 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 humanitys last desperate attempt to re-civilize their world
For more than a year, Heather OGrainne 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
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
“Barness 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
“[A] stunning premise.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Directive 51 and Daybreak Zero
“[A] thinking persons techno-thriller.”—S. M. Stirling, New York Times bestselling author
“Ambitious in scope.”—Fresh Fiction
Praise for John Barnes
“A master of the genre.”—Arthur C. Clarke
“Welcome this writer to the front ranks of contemporary science fiction.”—The New York Times
A year has passed since "Daybreak" when techno viruses were unleashed into the atmosphere, destroying everything electronic and mechanical they contacted.
The chaos and panic that followed split the United States government in two. And new societies, populated by "tribes," recognize no authority within their boundaries. If either government is going to retake the country, the United Tribes will have to be recognized.
And the "Daybreakers" who caused the technological catastrophe are preparing to strike again.
Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists' movement, "Daybreak" consists of a group of diverse people with radical ideas who are united in their desire to take down modern civilization. And when they strike, the government has no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program: Directive 51.
A year has passed since the catastrophic event known as "Daybreak" began. Seven billion people have died. Washington, D.C., has been vaporized. The United States barely avoided a second civil war between two rival governments that rose from Washington's ashes. And "Daybreak" isn't over...
View our feature on John Barnes’s Directive 51. The first book in a new post-apocalyptic trilogy from "a master of the genre"
Heather O'Grainne is the Assistant Secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called "Daybreak." The group is diverse and radical, and its members have only one thing in common-their hatred for the "Big System" and their desire to take it down.
Now, seemingly random events simultaneously occurring around the world are in fact connected as part of Daybreak's plan to destroy modern civilization-a plan that will eliminate America's top government personnel, leaving the nation no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program...Directive 51.
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.