Sunday, December 22, 2013

Day One by Nate Kenyon

Day One
304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: October 1st 2013 
Review written by: Alex Buxeres
Rate: Hated it

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.

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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Nate Kenyon's latest novel is the techno-thriller Day One (Thomas Dunne/St. Martins Press). Booklist gave it a starred review, calling it "exciting and inventive." Library Journal called it a "must" and Kenyon's "scariest to date."

Kenyon grew up in a small town in Maine. His first novel, Bloodstone, received raves from places as varied as Library Journal, Fangoria, Publishers Weekly,, Cemetery Dance and The Romance Studio, and praise from authors such as Brian Keene, Tim Lebbon, Douglas Clegg, Mort Castle and Rick Hautala. Bloodstone was a Bram Stoker Award finalist and and P&E Novel of the Year Award winner. It was released in paperback from Leisure Books.

Nate's second novel, The Reach, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it "superb." The Reach is in development as a major motion picture. His third novel, The Bone Factory, and his science fiction novella, Prime, were released in 2009. The Bone Factory was called "masterful" by Booklist, and Shroud Magazine called Prime "a blistering, fast-paced tale."

Nate's fourth novel SPARROW ROCK was also optioned for film. He has written the novel StarCraft Ghost: Spectres, based on the bestselling videogame by Blizzard and published by Pocket Books, and Diablo: The Order, also based on a Blizzard game and published by Gallery Books.

Nate is one of four authors featured in the Dark Arts Books anthology When the Night Comes Down, March 2010.

Nate's dark fiction stories have appeared in various magazines such as Shroud and The Belletrist Review, and in the horror anthologies Terminal Frights, Northern Haunts, Legends of the Mountain State, and Monstrous, among others. Kenyon has worked at the Brookline Public Library in Brookline, Mass. and the Boston College Law School as their Director of Marketing & Communications. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers.

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