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Day One: A Novel Hardcover – October 1, 2013

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*Starred Review* John Hawke, who was a hotshot technology reporter until an ethical transgression got him booted from his regular job, now scrambles for freelance assignments. And he thinks he’s got a doozy: a profile of James Weller, who used to run a tech company, Eclipse, which—or so the rumors go—stole Weller’s idea for a revolutionary invention in computing and is now poised to reveal exactly what that invention is. But then several things happen in New York that make an interview with Weller seem less urgent. Things like any device with a networked computer chip suddenly behaving oddly, even murderously. Things like panic in the streets, explosions, mass destruction. Soon New York City is cut off from the rest of the world, and Hawke must somehow make his way to New Jersey and rescue his terrified family, not to mention figure out what, if any, connection Weller’s invention might have to everything that’s going on. This is a highly imaginative thriller with solidly built characters and a story that, if it weren’t told so well, might have seemed silly (coffee makers and photocopiers going berserk?). Exciting and inventive stuff. --David Pitt

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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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250013216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250013217
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,665,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Nate Kenyon's latest thriller, Day One, was called "exciting and inventive" by Booklist in a starred review. Kenyon's first novel, Bloodstone, was published by Five Star to critical acclaim, named a Bram Stoker Award finalist in hardcover, winning the P&E Horror Novel of the Year, and becoming one of the publisher's all time bestselling speculative fiction titles. His second novel, The Reach, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly and raves from Booklist, Pop Syndicate and many more, was also a Stoker Award Finalist and was optioned for film. His third novel, The Bone Factory, was called "masterful" by Booklist. His fourth novel Sparrow Rock, was released in May 2010 to critical acclaim, and also optioned for film.

Kenyon has written several novels based in the worlds of Blizzard Entertainment's bestselling videogame franchises, including StarCraft Ghost: Spectres (Pocket Books), and Diablo III: The Order (Gallery/Pocket). His latest Diablo novel, Storm of Light, will be released in February 2014. His short science fiction novel, Prime, was published by Apex Books. He has had dozens of stories published in Shroud Magazine, Permuted Press's Monstrous anthology, Horror World, Dead Lines, The Harrow, and Legends of the Mountain State 2, The Monster's Corner, and the upcoming Dark Duets edited by Christopher Golden. Four of his stories were featured in the Dart Arts anthology When the Night Comes Down.

Kenyon is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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Format: Hardcover
The "evil computers become sentient and try to take over the world" plot has been done so many times that it's difficult to breathe fresh life into it. Day One doesn't even try.

The protagonist's name, John Hawke, is the first indicator of Day One's unoriginal nature. Hawke is a hacker turned journalist. In his less disciplined days, he was part of a group called Anonymous that stole secrets from the CIA (because that's what fictional hackers do, at least in mediocre novels). Hawke is disgruntled because he was recently fired by the Times (as he should have been) for hacking into a prominent person's computer, where he discovered child porn.

Hawke, now writing for a tech magazine, is investigating a company called Eclipse. Strange events start to occur all across Manhattan. Copiers and coffee pots become instruments of death. Tablets and cellphones download unauthorized programs. Predictable and uninspired scenes of urban chaos soon follow. These incidents appear to be related to something called Operation Global Blackout. Hawke's friend from Anonymous traced a recent attack on the Justice Department's servers to -- oh happy coincidence! -- Eclipse, putting Hawke in the center of the maelstrom.

The rest of the novel is an extended chase scene as a Computer Gone Bad tries to kill Hawke. Attempts at character development are shallow and unconvincing. Hawke, for instance, still carries scars from catching a glimpse of someone masturbating in a men's room when Hawke was nine years old. Seriously? Hawke has a three-year-old autistic child about whom he is Deeply Concerned, a cheap attempt to generate sympathy for the otherwise unsympathetic Hawke.

Nate Kenyon's awkward prose is often marred by clichés.
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It's the end of the world, or so it seems, and it isn't a plague that does the world in, its technology, man-made technology, so brilliantly done that the program is thinking and evolving on its own, with one agenda, protect itself. How can the world survive the onslaught of a computer attack? Is there any freedom to be found from the prying eyes of "Doe?" An underground group of hackers are on the case, and have discovered that the only way to foil Doe is to be totally and completely removed from technology. Families are separated,just like any other work day and Doe knows just how to mentally torture her enemies: give them computer-generated scenes involving the death of their loved ones, make them look real, and coerce her most formidable foes into revealing their locations, and BAM, they are killed. Is this just another version of David and Goliath? Can the small band of deep hackers stop Doe before she becomes too big even for them? Where is there sanctuary for the survivors? Has technology gone too far?

Day One by Nate Kenyon may not be the first Techno-Armegeddon on the shelf, but it is certainly fresh and full of punch! The author's ability to create tension and action is amazing! After creating his world, Nate Kenyon proceeds to alter it, re-define it and crush it to bits with the aid of "Doe." His imagination, reaching deep into the realm of the unknown, based on current knowledge and making it totally plausible is fabulous! The chaotic feel will have your stomach churning. Let's hope he isn't seeing our future!

An advanced review copy was provided by NetGalley and St. Martin's Press in exchange for my honest review.
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Review written by ALEX BUXERES

First I wanna thank Patricia and Rosario for giving me the chance to read (and review) a book. I hope that, despite what I am about to tell, they will let me read another one.

I don’t intend to offend the Author with this review, and I apologize in advance if any words in this review may be an offence to the Author or anyone reading this. I just want you to have in mind that this is my mere personal opinion and I will try my best to give my honest opinion with due respect.

So here goes... Rosario let me choose between a bunch of books, but at first she pointed that one out. I read the synopsis and I said to myself that it could be a good one, plus it had good reviews.

The story is located in NY City and takes place in the actual era, which I like it because I rarely have the opportunity to read about a story placed in the present.

The book gives an interesting opinion about the future of technology, something like that we are trespassing the limits. Occupy Wall Street and Anonymous are mentioned in the book, especially Anonymous which plays an important part in the book. It’s like technology has revealed against us.

I really like reading about the present and technology, plus I think that the topic of this book is a good one. What I really didn't like about Day One is that it is way too descriptive and hard to read, that’s why I give it one gorjuss doll (or star).
At almost the end of the stage one it starts to get interesting, no more long descriptions are written and comes the chaos everywhere in the City. But after that, the extensive writing is reborn, and that was what make me decide my punctuation for this book. Maybe this book was not made for me.
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