Directive 51

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: John Barnes

Narrated By: Susan Ericksen

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: April 2010

Duration: 21 hours 38 minutes


It is known as National Security Presidential Directive NSPD 51. Signed in 2007, it claims specific Federal powers in the event of a "catastrophic emergency"... Heather O'Grainne is the assistant secretary in the Office of Future Threat Assessment, investigating rumors surrounding something called "Daybreak." Part philosophic discussion, part international terrorist faction, and part artists' movement, it's a group of diverse people with radical ideas who have only one thing in common - their hatred for the Big System and their desire to take it down. Until Heather can determine whether these people are all talk and no action, she wants to keep this information from going public. But Daybreak is about to become a lot less secret. Seemingly random events in a recycling facility in Wyoming, on an island off the coast of California, and in Jayapura, Indonesia - where the plane carrying the Vice President has suddenly vanished - are in fact connected as part of a plan to destroy modern civilization. America is at the dawn of a new primitive age - an age that will eliminate the country's top government personnel, leaving the nation no choice but to implement its emergency contingency program: Directive 51.


  • Valerie P.

    All in all a good book. The story is a little drawn out, if abridged it would be better. There most definitely is a good story line and while there are stories of the characters within the story...any intelligent person should have no trouble following it.


    I have a better title for this book. I would call it "DOES THIS STORY HAVE A POINT AND IF SO WOULD IT FLIPPING GET TO IT"?????? I listened for 6 discs and then my ears began to bleed and my will to live rapidly started to fade. There were so many stories within the story and almost none of them were interesting - this book is hard to follow and hard to want to follow. I tried to soldier through thinking that eventually we'd get to the actual point/plot but it did not happen. As far as I'm concerned if it can't catch and hold my attention after 6 discs then I'm out. Life is short, books are many and this story is apparently a never-ending million word blather about ..... I give up. I still don't know.

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by John Barnes

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