Day One

Day One

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Scandal-plagued hacker journalist John Hawke is hot on the trail of the explosive story that might save his career. James Weller, the former CEO of giant technology company, Eclipse, has founded a new start-up, and he's agreed to let Hawke do a profile on him. Hawke knows something very big is in the works at Eclipse - a major computing breakthrough - and he wants to use the profile as a foot in the door to find out more. After he arrives in Weller's office in New York City, a seemingly normal day quickly turns into a nightmare as anything with an Internet connection begins to malfunction. Hawke receives a phone call from his frantic wife, and just before the phone goes dead, she indicates that someone is trying to break down the apartment door. Soon, Hawke and a small band of survivors are struggling for their very lives as they find themselves thrust into the middle of a war zone-with no obvious enemy in sight. The bridges and tunnels have been destroyed. New York City is under attack from a malevolent entity that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. It is deadly. It is brilliant. And it wants to eradicate the population of New York.
Somehow, Hawke must find a way back to New Jersey and his pregnant wife and young son. Their lives depend upon it...and so does the rest of the human race.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 1250013216
  • 9781250013217
  • 1,706,333

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"Kenyon is known for his novels of horror (The Bone Factory), but this possible Armageddon scenario is his scariest to date...Kenyon takes our reliance on technology and shows in a horrific and realistic way how much our world would crumble if we had to fend for ourselves. The pace is tense and the violence a bit gruesome at times, but this thriller is a must for horror fans or readers looking to convince others to put down their smartphones." --Library Journal

"Day One will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. A terrifying one-stop read, written by one hell of a storyteller!" --Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Last to Die

"Nate Kenyon comes out swinging with Day One, a powerhouse of a thriller. Scary, eerily plausible and lightning fast. Highly recommended!" --Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine

"After reading this book you're never going to look, touch, or treat your computer (or anything with a smart chip in it) the same way again. You'll always wonder: is this Day One?" --Steve Berry, #1 international bestselling author of The Jefferson Key and The Columbus Affair

"Kenyon's breakout novel and one of the year's best thrillers. A riveting, high-speed techno-apocalypse built around characters you actually give a damn about. A wild ride." --Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Myth Hunters, The Shadow Saga, and Baltimore

"This is a highly imaginative thriller with solidly built characters...Exciting and inventive stuff." --Booklist (starred review)

"In this taut thriller, Kenyon, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Bloodstone and The Reach, amps up the tension and pushes the throttle as far as it will go. Full of twists and turns, Day One leaves the reader and the characters unsure of who or what they can trust. ... Day One is a novel that will appeal to fans of horror, science fiction, and thrillers. Each twist leaves the reader reeling. It is one of those un-put-downable books, and I couldn't recommend it more" --FEARnet Kenyon is known for his novels of horror ("The Bone Factory"), but this possible Armageddon scenario is his scariest to date Kenyon takes our reliance on technology and shows in a horrific and realistic way how much our world would crumble if we had to fend for ourselves. The pace is tense and the violence a bit gruesome at times, but this thriller is a must for horror fans or readers looking to convince others to put down their smartphones. "Library Journal"

"Day One" will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. A terrifying one-stop read, written by one hell of a storyteller! "Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Last to Die"

Nate Kenyon comes out swinging with "Day One," a powerhouse of a thriller. Scary, eerily plausible and lightning fast. Highly recommended! "Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Extinction Machine"

After reading this book you're never going to look, touch, or treat your computer (or anything with a smart chip in it) the same way again. You'll always wonder: is this "Day One"? "Steve Berry, #1 international bestselling author of The Jefferson Key and The Columbus Affair"

Kenyon's breakout novel and one of the year's best thrillers. A riveting, high-speed techno-apocalypse built around characters you actually give a damn about. A wild ride. "Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of The Myth Hunters, The Shadow Saga, and Baltimore"

This is a highly imaginative thriller with solidly built characters...Exciting and inventive stuff. "Booklist (starred review)"

In this taut thriller, Kenyon, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of "Bloodstone" and "The Reach," amps up the tension and pushes the throttle as far as it will go. Full of twists and turns, "Day One" leaves the reader and the characters unsure of who or what they can trust. "Day One" is a novel that will appeal to fans of horror, science fiction, and thrillers. Each twist leaves the reader reeling. It is one of those un-put-downable books, and I couldn't recommend it more "FEARnet"" "Kenyon is known for his novels of horror ("The Bone Factory"), but this possible Armageddon scenario is his scariest to date...Kenyon takes our reliance on technology and shows in a horrific and realistic way how much our world would crumble if we had to fend for ourselves. The pace is tense and the violence a bit gruesome at times, but this thriller is a must for horror fans or readers looking to convince others to put down their smartphones."
--"Library Journal
"""Day One" will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. A terrifying one-stop read, written by one hell of a storyteller!"
--Tess Gerritsen, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Last to Die
""Nate Kenyon comes out swinging with "Day One," a powerhouse of a thriller. Scary, eerily plausible and lightning fast. Highly recommended!"
--Jonathan Maberry, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Extinction Machine"
"After reading this book you're never going to look, touch, or treat your computer (or anything with a smart chip in it) the same way again. You'll always wonder: is this "Day One"?"
--Steve Berry, #1 international bestselling author of "The Jefferson Key" and "The Columbus Affair
""Kenyon's breakout novel and one of the year's best thrillers. A riveting, high-speed techno-apocalypse built around characters you actually give a damn about. A wild ride."
--Christopher Golden, "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning author of "The Myth Hunters," The Shadow Saga, and "Baltimore
"


"This is a highly imaginative thriller with solidly built characters...Exciting and inventive stuff."
--"Booklist "(starred review)
"In this taut thriller, Kenyon, the Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of "Bloodstone" and "The Reach," amps up the tension and pushes the throttle as far as it will go. Full of twists and turns, "Day One" leaves the reader and the characters unsure of who or what they can trust. ... "Day One" is a novel that will appeal to fans of horror, science fiction, and thrillers. Each twist leaves the reader reeling. It is one of those un-put-downable books, and I couldn't recommend it more" --FEARnet ""Day One" will have you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. A terrifying one-stop read, written by one hell of a storyteller!"
--Tess Gerritsen, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Last to Die

""Nate Kenyon comes out swinging with "Day One", a powerhouse of a thriller. Scary, eerily plausible and lightning fast. Highly recommended!"
--Jonathan Maberry, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Extinction Machine"

"After reading this book you're never going to look, touch, or treat your computer (or anything with a smart chip in it) the same way again. You'll always wonder: is this "Day One"?"
--Steve Berry, #1 international bestselling author of "The Jefferson Key" and "The Columbus Affair

""Kenyon's breakout novel and one of the year's best thrillers. A riveting, high-speed techno-apocalypse built around characters you actually give a damn about. A wild ride."
--Christopher Golden, "New York Times" bestselling and award-winning author of "The Myth Hunters", The Shadow Saga, and "Baltimore
"


"This is a highly imaginative thriller with solidly built characters...Exciting and inventive stuff."
--"Booklist "(starred review)
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About Nate Kenyon

NATE KENYON is the author of Bloodstone, a Bram Stoker Award finalist and winner of the P&E Horror Novel of the Year, The Reach, also a Bram Stoker Award finalist, The Bone Factory, Sparrow Rock, StarCraft: Ghost Spectres, and DiabloIII: The Order. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers. He lives in the Boston area.
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Rating details

442 ratings
3.17 out of 5 stars
5 12% (53)
4 25% (111)
3 39% (172)
2 17% (74)
1 7% (32)

Our customer reviews

When I was invited to review Day One, I wasn't sure it would be a good idea, as it's not the kind of book I typically pick up (a.k.a. it's not young adult). However, I thought maybe it would be a good thing to try something totally different and see how it worked out for me. The plot at least sounded pretty interesting, and I've been curious about the concept of "cyberpunk" for a while. Sadly, it just didn't work for me on any level. Here are some of the reasons why: - The plot is like a standard action movie: senseless violence and so many character deaths that after the first few shocking ones I was completely desensitized to it. It became the kind of book where there's a graphic scene of someone getting their face blown off, and I'm just sitting there like, "Yeah, sure, whatever, who's next?" When that happens, I feel completely apathetic. The book just did not strike the right emotional chords for me to be effective. - Part of my apathy probably stems from the fact that we're rushed right into this end-of-the-world territory without actually getting to know the characters. And this is why young adult books work better for me - the characterizations are usually much more thorough and deep, and that's super important to me. I couldn't connect with Hawke at all. - It just plain bored me. The book was so repetitious that after 65% or so, I just started skimming. The whole thing followed a pattern of the following: 1. Hawke has a flashback/dream about his family that is there to remind you that he is a family man but for the rest serves little purpose. 2. They run through the city. 3. They yell at each other about whether they trust each other or not. 4. The police/military/Jane finds them. 5. One of the sidekicks is brutally killed. 6. REPEAT. - It seemed totally farfetched. The book starts off with clear evidence that this is very near the present day. Current events such as Occupy Wall Street, Hurricane Sandy, and the like are mentioned, placing this story in 2012-2013. However, you can't wrtie about the singularity happening in the present day - not to the extent that it happens in the book. We are nowhere near that point. It's like the present day elements were deliberately thrown in there to make us fear this possibility, but then as soon as they start getting to the bigger sci-fi bits, they leave that in the dust. The two don't add up though. They just don't. - It felt like the plot was very disjointed and shallow. I did not understand the actions of the characters (like, oh, the whole city has shut down, but there's a sentient being targeting us that can control anything with a computer chip - hey, I know, let's go run down the subway tracks, there's no way the train could suddenly move to mow us down!) or the back story, the reason why Hawke was a target at all. As far as I could tell, he was absolutely no one special, and I didn't get why Jane would make him a target/scapegoat anyway - as soon as the police/military kill him, she still had 60% of the population left to kill. Are these spoilers? I honestly don't care right now. Summing Up... I didn't hate this book, but I couldn't bring myself to care for it for even a second. It was derivative, standard, repetitious, and shallow. I couldn't get into the story, I couldn't connect to the characters, and I honestly stopped even blinking at all the character deaths. That's not a good thing. This book just didn't work for me. Recommended To... Male fans of gory action movies.show more
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