Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Book Review: Day One by Nate Kenyon

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---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 call from his frantic wife just before the phones go dead. Soon he 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 deadly and brilliant enemy that can be anywhere and can occupy anything with a computer chip. Somehow Hawke must find a way back to his pregnant wife and young son. Their lives depend upon it . . . and so does the rest of the human race.

I received Day One for review without requesting it and had never seen nor heard of it before then. I had no real clue what it was, had never heard of the author so I went into reading it blind with no expectations.

The blurb said this book was a cross between The Terminator and Cloverfield and that description was pretty spot on. It took the artificial intelligence from Terminator and race for survival from Cloverfield and mashed them together to create a book that was smart, full of action and terribly exciting.

Day One was pretty explosive, it was fast paced and action packed. It hooked me in from the beginning until the very end. What I really liked about this was that it was so current. Its story line had a great deal to do with Anonymous and the Wall Street Occupation. It was a modern book for modern readers.

The writing was really impressive, Nate Kenyon did a great job describing a wrecked and ravished New York and a panicked population. The world building was superb and I also had no trouble following the tech heavy pages.

There is only on real main character in this and that is John. I found him quite interesting he was desperately trying to hold it together as everything fell apart around him. his journey to get to his wife and child was a perilous one and he was desperately trying to hold himself together.
Day One is an exciting and exhilarating read that really took me by surprise.

4 stars

Published October 1st 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books.  Free copy provided by publisher for review.  Image taken from Goodreads.

Review by Kate Phillips 

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