Directive 51 by John Barnes released today

Directive 51 cover

Directive 51 by John Barnes (Ace)

Directive 51 is President George Bush’s directive that specifies how Executive Branch powers will be transferred in the event of a catastrophic event that kills or incapacitates the Constitutionally authorized successors to the office. Every administration has had such a plan, Directive 51 is just the most current. This techno-thriller novel envisions just such an event occurring and the efforts of the surviving Americans: government officials, military forces, and just plain folks to survive and rebuild. You can read a brief essay by John on the Penguin website, just click here. More than just a disaster novel, this is a political action thriller unlike anything we’ve seen before. There’s lots of neat, cutting edge issues in the book: the real danger of a fully open internet, an epidemic of both bacteria and nanotechnology, and the consequences of thoughtless extremism of all sides of the environmental questions.

If you are an aspiring author who wants to know what sort of novel appeals to our Agency, read Directive 51.

If you have a Bug Out Bag, or participate in the preparedness movement, or are uneasy about disasters like the recent earthquakes, read Directive 51. It will help you visualize what the conditions would be if there’s a complete collapse of the national infrastructure, and no matter what might happen to you: wildfire, earthquake, terrorist attack, you can smile and say, “I’ve seen worse” as you get on with saving yourself, your family and community.

Directive 51 is on sale today, at all online bookstores including Barnes and Noble, Borders and at their retail stores and independent bookshops as well. Check out, they are selling this first edition hardcover at the unbelievable price of $9.99, the same price as the Kindle edition, but we don’t know how long they will offer this discount. If you are a lucky iPad owner you can grab the Apple iBook edition from the iBookstore (only accessible via the iPad).

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5 Responses to “Directive 51 by John Barnes released today”

  1. Sounds absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait to read it. My NYT book reviews are stacked up unread, and here I am finding out about a new book in the blogosphere. Perfect example of how things are changing.

    I also scrolled down to your post-Karl Rove book ad. Superb. It made me feel better just seeing it. Some people ARE paying attention.

  2. Barb Hendee says:

    Hurrah! Happy publication day. I’m very excited to read the book.

  3. Joe says:

    Ashley, is there any news on other locations to obtain the e-book version? I’ve only seen it on iPad and Sony Reader (don’t have either one)…

  4. Ed says:

    Hi Joe:
    Thanks for asking about e-book editions of Directive 51. It is available at the Apple iBookstore through the iPad and at the Sony ebook store for the Sony reader as you found. It is also available on Amazon for the Kindle, but it is not easy to find. While Amazon has a great price for the hardcover, they are apparently still in a snit with Penguin and don’t show the link to the Kindle edition on the regular book page. However, it is quickly available through a Kindle reader device or the Kindle App for the iPad, iPhone/iPod Touch or other device with a Kindle reader application. So far, there’s no edition visible for MS Reader or the other minor formats. The Brilliance Audio audio edition is widely available through a variety of retailers including and Overdrive at many libraries.

  5. Pubmatch says:

    I am very excited to read this book. If there any ebook available; please tell us.

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