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Daybreak Zero (A Novel of Daybreak) di [Barnes, John]
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What began as a technothriller
continues as high adventure
in the newly savage ruins of civilization.

In late 2024, Daybreak, a movement of post-apocalyptic eco-saboteurs,  smashed modern civilization to its knees. In the losing, hopeless struggle against Daybreak,
O'Grainne, a one-time minor bureaucrat and former Federal agent, rose
to become a vital leader in the struggle to restore civilization. That story was told in Directive 51.
Now Heather's story continues in Daybreak Zero.  In
the summer of 2025, she leads a tiny organization of scientists, spies,
scouts, entrepreneurs, engineers, dreamers, and daredevils based in
Pueblo, Colorado. Both of the almost-warring governments of the United
States have charged them with an all but impossible mission: find a way
to put the world back together.
But Daybreak's triumph has flung the world back centuries in technology, politics, and
  • Pro-Daybreak Tribals openly celebrate ending the world as we know it. 
  • Army regiments have to fight their way in and out of Pennsylvania.
  • The Earth's environment is saturated with plastic-devouring biotes and electronics-corroding nanoswarm. 
  • A leftover Daybreak device drops atom bombs from the moon on any outpost of the old civilization it can spot.
to her base in Pueblo to give birth to her first child, Heather
recruits and monitors a coterie of tech wizards, tough guys, and
modern-day frontier scouts: a handful of heroes to patrol a continent.  All the news is bad:
  • Tribals have overrun Indiana and Illinois
  • The last working aircraft carrier sits helplessly out in the Indian Ocean, not daring to come closer to land
  • The crash of one of
    the last working airplanes kills a vital industrialist
  • Tribals try to
    force appeasement on the Provi government while the Temper government
    faces a rebellion of religious fanatics
  • Seventeen states are lost to
    the Tribals as California drifts into secession and hereditary monarchy
  • Everywhere,  Provis and Tempers lurch toward civil war.
Heather's agents may be brave, smart, and daring, but can they be enough?  For the sake of everything from her newborn son to her dying nation,  can she forge them into a the weapon that can at last win the world back from the overwhelming, malevolent force of Daybreak? 
Her success or failure may change everything for the next thousand years,
beginning from  Daybreak Zero.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 402
  • Editore: Ace; Reprint edizione (1 marzo 2011)
  • Venduto da: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00466ISDA
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11 di 13 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0x92ee5378) su 5 stelle Book Two of the Daybreak Series 14 maggio 2011
Di Antinomian - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina rigida
This novel follows the events from the first novel Daybreak novel, Directive 51. That was where two major organisms/entities were released wide spread to the world to bring down civilization. They were biotes, petroleum and by products( mostly plastic) digesting organisms, and nanoswarm, electrical-contact attacking nanobots. I'm not sure what attacked automobile tires since rubber is a natural substance, albeit much synthetic rubber is in use so I'm not sure how much of petroleum by-products are in rubber, but it could be the biotes digest both polymerized and hydrocarbon molecules.

The previous novel and the beginning of this novel spend a long, long time considering upon the agents/system still existing behind the attack. There are still ongoing attacks and it's not known if it's left over from the initial pre-Daybreak attack or if there's an intelligent agent somewhere directing the attacks, and important to the high level members of the existing US government, that can be counterattacked. Well this iteration of the theme gets completely dropped by the middle of the book where it seems it's been answered, well kinda, sorta. There are certainly high level Daybreak agents and they have infiltrated into high level positions with the remaining dispersed US government by some mechanism not fully explained, but seemingly similar to hypnosis. What is revealed is what their goals are. Humanity has been decimated by 75%, still leaving 2 billion people, and the Daybreak's *goal* is to reduce that still by a significant amount, so attacks by them continue.

So a major on going theme is *what* is Daybreak and it is not fully answered yet here. What is sort of answered is *why* is Daybreak. Daybreak considers humanity a blight on the earth needed to be pared down to allow the planet and the rest of its biosphere to return to a balance determined by Daybreak. Note that this is implicitly stated, not explicitly. One gets a sense that Daybreak is Gaia herself. That the living organism that is planet earth is reacting like some trees do when attacked by leaf eating caterpillars, releasing an agent that attract certain wasps or other caterpillar enemies. And here Gaia, not implying it's an intelligent entity as we typically think of it, calls out some agent that forms Daybreak and humanities enemies, and in this case the most successful one, others of humanity. So outside of the remnants oft he US government around three basic locations in the original US, are massively populated tribes living at the medieval level more or less. Note there are some scenes of torture in the book. It's not extensive but graphic for a short duration. I contracted a mild illness while reading this novel, and I was figuratively, to match the literally, sick to my stomach. This is not gratuitous by Barnes, but is to indicate the mindset of the tribes. The agents working in or along side the tribes are the deep trained by Daybreak although again it isn't revealed by who or what. That is still to be revealed.

Barnes has interestingly used symbolism throughout the novel. The right wing, left wing, and central-moderate sections of the government are located in the right, left, and center of the US as seen on most maps. Theocracy, yet again in a novel, has spread throughout the eastern section like a cancer and is achieving power throughout the novel. The goal( for most) in the government is the restoration of a constitutional US government with elections coming up. Candidates that will run for the US presidency start to arise and unexpectedly a third party moderate, yeah lets hear it for third parties, arises before the novel's end. The novel started with the three centers organized roughly together, but it's severely strained by novels end setting up events for the next novel. There is also the theme of many, I read, that distrust technology produced since the American civil war. Well, here, technology is now right about at that level, 1870's, so now all can get on board with how technology evolves as hopefully humanity successfully continues.

I thought I read somewhere that this would be a trilogy, although I have not read that confirmed. By the novel's end it feels like a good diving point to conclude the series based on all the events and parties revealed. And I suppose I hope so; there's a lingering sense that there are events about to occur that are right around the corner and at this point you're pulled into seeing them to their conclusion. It's built up to the point where I'm reminded of the ending of Rush's 2112 song. A macroswarm of operating helicopters descend with operating cannon-machine guns on the tribal areas with megaphones blaring; "Attention all tribal members, Daybreaker's and enemies of the US constitution; you are on sovereign United States of America territory and will peacefully surrender, you are on sovereign United States of America territory and will peacefully surrender, you are on sovereign United States of America territory and will peacefully surrender," ... and, as we know this will not be acceptable by the tribals, etc, the conclusion kicks into high gear.

Novel published 2011, 388 pages, 4 stars.
5 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0x92ee53cc) su 5 stelle Phenomenal post apocalyptic sci-fi thriller! 26 agosto 2013
Di J. Foberg - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
A great follow-up to the Directive 51 novel. Barnes continues to build an interesting near-future dystopian, post apocalyptic world. The tense, multiple threaded plot lines will keep you on the edge of your seat. This book has everything: adventure, science fiction (& fact), political intrigue and trickery, action, survival and prepping scenarios, and most importantly hope!

I originally bought the books several years ago and loved them. I recently bought Directive 51 and Daybreak on Kindle to reread as the the sequel is getting released in September and wanted to refresh my view of the Daybreak world.

I'm a mechanical engineer with strong practical background in electronics, computer science, and material science. I found the unique plot devices and the trappings plausible and quite scary.

My suggestion to potential readers is to definitely read the first Daybreak book, Directive 51. Barnes ranks as one of my favorite near-future world builders, alongside Daniel Suarez (Freedom & Daemon) and William Hertling (AI Apocalypse)
7 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0x92ee56b4) su 5 stelle Surprisingly good for this sort of thing 20 ottobre 2011
Di DickStanley. - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
The best thing about this dystopian series is the hope of the small towns and the hard-workers such as the Boy Scouts. Too many writers of this sort of thing are all gloom and doom. I especially liked the author's even-handed way with the various cultural and political factions of modern America.

Scifi today too seldom gives conservative politics equal time, much less respect, as Mr. Barnes does, whether he agrees with it or not. I even got a laugh out of the Marine chopper pilot's remark that naming an aircraft carrier after Jimmy Carter was just asking for it.

My only criticisms, besides the occasional slow pace, are the ebook price, clearly designed to shore up the publisher's failing business model, rather than to profit Mr. Barnes, and the fact that I'll have to wait six months or more for the sequel.
HASH(0x92ee55ac) su 5 stelle Stopped Reading 7 dicembre 2015
Di Fnord - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
The interpersonal relationships are wooden. Dialog is leaden. Pace is plodding. But my single biggest complaint is that the bad guys are given almost magical superpowers. Yawn. If you need to pull a rabbit out of a hat over and over again just to maintain some suspense then, brother, write a better story.
11 di 16 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
HASH(0x92ee5be8) su 5 stelle Disappointing 12 febbraio 2012
Di Patrick E. O'Neil - Pubblicato su
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There are "Spoiler" points in this review.

John Barnes has incredible talent, but his best books were his early ones, such as "Orbital Resonance" and "The Sky So Big and Black"; I recommend these books unreservedly! Barnes hit a bad patch in more recent books, and I avoided reading his works for a while, but when I saw the high ratings on "Daybreak Zero", I bought it immediately (I know it was the second in the series, but I didn't think that would be too much of a problem, and I don't think it was). One problem I did have was that there were so many different people's names in so many different localities (which were important), that I had to start my own list to keep them straight. Why didn't Barnes or the Editors create this list? Several other SF titles of this complexity had such aids to the reader.

But the most important problem was believability. (Spoiler here!) We are asked to believe that a group of "Back to Nature" people have become terrorists and taken down civilization in the US and most other countries, leaving alive only one person in a thousand! Where and how would such people get the nuclear technology (Yes - Nukes!) to do this? They're even sending Nukes down from the MOON to destroy any major radio transmitters. They are also supported by the "Tribes", a group of pseudo-Indians that sprang up to constitute 10% of the population, and fight like demons with bows and arrows against normal people with rifles. AND, get this! They can hypnotize crucial people in the small governments that have been founded since the destruction of the US -- they go right into the towns, catch such a person alone, and bring him or her under a spell. The people hypnotized then sabotage the efforts of the governments against the terrorists, and the only way they are discovered is through some sort of happenstance. Problem 1: the dice are loaded too much in favor of the Eco-terrorists to be believable -- how COULD they be so advanced. Problem 2. The only possible defense against this form of hypnosis is for people to move about in groups of three (two might not be enough) to stop any attempt at hypnosis, but for some reason the sophisticated leaders never seem to think of that!

I just couldn't swallow all this.
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