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The Last President (Novel of Daybreak) [Mass Market Paperback]

John Barnes
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (27 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425256464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256466
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 880,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Really quite disappointed 3 Jun 2014
By dprees
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Story was sort of wrapped up -- room for another sequel, but to be honest, who cares?

John Barnes has written some really thought-provoking fiction. Sadly, this trilogy has not come up to this standard, and has got worse with each book. I really hope he leaves this series to die, and goes back to some other work (Where is "A Far Cry"?), or tries something completely new. He can do so much better!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good read but ... 16 Sep 2013
By Fred Savage - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book overall. Seemed to drag on quite a bit compared to the first two books. This last novel took the storyline in a quite unexpected turn which I will not spoil. My guess is that many will be like myself and end up disappointed in the direction Mr. Barnes takes the story at the end. This is especially sad for me as I loved the first book, liked the second and have been waiting for this one for a long time.

Still a book worth reading but will probably be the last of this series for me.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Anticlimactic would be an understatement 11 April 2014
By Neal - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me begin this review by saying I really, really liked the first Daybreak novel, and thought this series had a lot of promise. I was drawn to it, since it had a recommendation from S.M. Stirling, whose Montival series I had just finished and totally enjoyed. I will try to minimize spoilers, but will begin by saying it did not end the way I hoped it would. I could have accepted that, but the way it did end would be comparable to the TV series The Walking Dead ending when time travelling Nazis show up and kill everyone. That's different enough from what happens in this book as to not be a spoiler, but bizarre enough to explain how left-fieldish the ending felt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Will Anything Nice Happen? 10 Feb 2014
By Maker - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm okay with that, but Mr. Barnes leaves little hope as this series goes along. At the end of each book, it seems like he has a magic 8-ball with horrific things that he selects at random. "Hey, magic 8-ball says (SPOILER) should happen. I love making my readers cry."

Okay, maybe not at random. But it's enough to make the Mad Max series seem like fluff - I mean, the good guys make an escape at the end of Road Warrior, right? Not in Mr. Barnes world.

I like fiction like his, and would love to give him five stars, but I'm a (tiny) bit sore about his injection of current political diatribe at about three points in the book. It's minor, but bringing in 2012 and 2013 partisan squabbles into an end-of-the-world fiction that doesn't take place until over a decade later jars one out of the story and doesn't add a bit (except alienating about half of his readers). Skip it. Tell the story and stop being sore about what's going on in today's news.

The ending was interesting, and takes the story in a new direction, which, (at current pace) will take about six books to deal with. I'd be okay with that, if Mr. Barnes would start writing. Now. Waiting 12-18 years to finish this up isn't really acceptable.

Get typing.

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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the scariest fall-of-civilization concepts in the genre 21 Sep 2013
By Ivanhoe - Published on Amazon.com
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John Barnes is not afraid of big ideas, and the fall-of-civilization concept in the Daybreak books is one of the biggest and scariest I've seen. Hard to say much more without it being a spoiler, but "Daybreak" is something that is incredibly hard to fight, and in some ways, the more you fight it, the stronger it becomes. The author blends this post-apocapalytic future with how the political structure of the United States could unravel, which only makes matters worse, though at times the two story lines get confusing - either by itself could make an interesting novel but combining them together makes it somewhat hard to follow, and also hard to develop much of a connection with the main characters (who were much better developed in the first book). (Note to author: there were so many character viewpoints and geographic locations that it was hard to keep track of the overall storyline without flipping back and forth, which is harder to do on a Kindle!) At the end of this book, there is a glimmer of hope for humanity, but you are left wanting much more, and I do hope that he continues this series--soon--to a satisfactory resolution!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Third Time is No Charm 1 July 2014
By Al Hence - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Major Spoilers Follow: The first two books were pretty good, especially the idea of Daybreak, the moon gun, etc. But in this last volume the good guys ignore several opportunities to disrupt the baddies, throw away their hard-won advantages and then just decide to quit. When the bad guys more-or-less win, the good guys just say, well, hell, maybe winning wasn't such a good idea anyway. At the very end the author, apparently at a loss to explain all this, suddenly reveals that, gasp, aliens were behind the whole thing. This is IMHO a major cop-out since one of the fascinating questions was how did anybody set up the whole "Daybreak" thing to begin with. After several hints that it was done by some group on earth, he suddenly drops the curtain and, hey-presto- it was aliens all along. A mega-disappointing end to a very enjoyable series.
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