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Day One: A Novel Hardcover – October 1, 2013

3.8 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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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


“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 (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,759,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Readers' perception of Day One will ultimately come down to whether or not they enjoy mindless fun in their thrillers. I have never seen Cloverfield or watched the entire Terminator movie, so I can't comment on how precise the comparisons are. I have watched the Transformers movies which really reminded me of Day One by Nate Kenyon. Day One kind of reads like a Michael Bay screenplay in my opinion. Day One is filled with all of the classic Bay elements: tons (and tons) of explosions, thrilling chase scenes, non-stop action, collapsing civilization, and mindless fun.

Day One wasn't anything sophisticated at all, but it was a really entertaining book. I kind of expected a little bit more than the whole technology will destroy us theme. I have seen this theme portrayed in media so many times, that I feel like this theme has no effect on me. Day One is nothing new at all and there are so many books and movies that have the same exact plot with a few alterations.

Despite the fact that the plot's nothing new, I really was hooked on Day One. It took a bit of time in the beginning for me to really get into the novel, probably because I was a bit skeptic about reading another reiteration of the whole "tech goes bad". Once I got into the story, the pages really flew by and I had arrived at the conclusion. Besides the poorly paced introduction, Day One is an extremely quick and easy read that reads like a summer blockbuster on steroids.

The characters in Day One are just cardboard reproductions of characters from thriller movies and yet that didn't bother me at all. The MC is the typical husband/father who needs to reunite himself with his family in the middle of a crisis.
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This is a muddy, poorly conceived book with a protagonist I can't care about. I got about halfway through it and realized, after I put it down, that I had no interest in continuing. Publishers must be desperate to put this kind of book out. At least I didn't pay for it.
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I liked the book, but I didn't love it. It's very slow in the beginning. Once the action starts, it really picks up and doesn't slow down again until right toward the end. I also had a little bit of an issue with how technical it got at times. For some people this will be fine, but for me it was a little much. I did enjoy the action part of the book a lot. I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.
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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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First, only exhaustion forced me from keeping reading this book straight through. Except for sleep, I've done nothing but read this since I started it yesterday.

Nate Kenyon has written a very dark but thoroughly believable story about the advent, (you might even say apotheosis), of the Singularity. What is any organism's primary drive? To survive. What happens to humanity when we are an impediment to the survival of a more powerful being? Nothing good.

The book also makes the admittedly ugly point that we can't be sure of the information that we filter every day. So much of it comes to us pre-filtered. So much of comes to us anonymously. The level of unconscious trust each of us gives to our information environment is, perhaps, a risk we can't afford to take.

This book will make you consider putting your smartphone in a drawer.
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