Day by Day Armageddon Paperback – Sep 29 2009
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About the Author
J.L. Bourne is a commissioned military officer and acclaimed author of the horror series Day by Day Armageddon, and the dystopian thriller, Tomorrow War. With twenty years of active military and intelligence community service behind him, J.L. brands a realistic and unique style of fiction. He lives on the Gulf Coast but is sometimes spotted toting a rifle and a Bowie knife in the rural hills of Arkansas where he grew up. Visit him at JLBourne.com before the grid goes dark.
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Written as a diary, it gives the reader a different, and very refreshing perspective. Once you start reading it, I am sure that like me, you will not want to put it down. The story never gets dull or boring, nor does it go to the extreme in a vain attempt to simply keep you reading. The characters are well built, interesting, and realistic. Unlike many books, the characters in the story feel as if they could be real, thus helping the reader really connect with them and their situation.
This is the first of at least two books. The other is expected to be published sometime in early 2010 as "Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon". There is also one chapter (located at the end of the book) of another book being written by the same author, of another story set in the same universe as this book. The other book is to be called "Dead Land". Though no release date has been set as of yet.
Though one thing is sure, by the time you get to the end of this first book, you will be dying to get your hands on the second one to see what happens next!
It follows a USN pilot who wakes up from a hangover on News Years Day to learn about a plague sweeping through Asia, which eventually makes its way to North America. Being a military type, he goes out and stocks up on food, water and ammo before most other people think to, then gets to work on turning his home into a fortress. Eventually he is forced from his home by a series of events beyond his control and seeks to survive the unsurvivable.
Overall, I thought it was a good novel, but not a great one. The characters suffer emotionally as well as physically, and the author is technically sound when it comes to explaining weapons and planes. but there are errors that irked me. It was all the little things that struck me as odd. How does a US Navy pilot not even vaguely know about all the major military installations in the state where he is stationed? To me that seemed odd, given his otherwise encyclopedic knowledge of everything else military. Heck, I'm Canadian and seem to have a better grasp on US bases then the protagonist. That might seem minor to some, but for me it was a real sticking point. I also didn't like how the book ended so abruptly.
Frankly, if you sound intrigued by the book, go to Bourne's website ([...]) and download the first couple of chapters for free, then decide on whether or not to buy it. Odds are, if you're a zombie fan, you will.
The book is short but it's the way it should be. The diary point of view combined with the believable writing make is a great read. Additionally, his twist on the genre part way through was interesting and scary.
I heartily recommend this and its sequel, "Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile". Well worth the money.
It is from the perspective of a military man who is more prepared, but it really captures that desperate feeling and it's exciting to boot! I couldn't put it down and bought the second one which is just as good.
Day By Day Armageddon was unputdownable and had me alternating between being really freaked out,(checking doors and windows) despairing for the future of mankind (also afraid of the dark) and getting my personal survival kit (weapons, food, Band-Aids, Gin) ready for "that day" -Could I really kill my now undead friends and neighbours? Simply put this is more then just a zombie novel and this romance reader loved every minute of it.
DBDA has been written from the first person and in the form of a journal which for me increased the suspense factor, because our unnamed hero sometimes starts out an entry with things like "0430 hrs- I'm still weak from blood loss" before going back and explaining. As the reader you're like, holy hell what happened last night? The narrator is a US Navel officer who begins his journal as a New Years resolution. It all starts out rather mundanely with day to day life stuff and a few ominous mentions like this one "It seems that something is going on in China; the local news reported some type of influenza virus sweeping them over there."
The flu is of course the Zombie virus and it spreads to apocalyptic proportions within months. I found these parts really interesting; how the author saw the realistic(?) breakdown of society, media blackouts and the extents the US government ultimately took to eradicate the disease.Read more ›
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Have to admit, lately a lot of the post-apok fiction I have been trying has seriously disappointed me.
This novel started off with that against it. Read more
Found this book completely by chance several years ago and have been hooked ever since. Definitely a big fan of the guy and the way he writes his books. Read morePublished on Dec 16 2013 by Colby
I was so excited to read Day by Day Armageddon, especially after I read World War Z. This book however was too removed from the zombie aspect. Read morePublished on June 4 2013 by Amazon Customer
I got this book as a gift and I have to say, I really enjoyed it, it reads well and the plot does not slow down. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2012 by Robert M. J. Walker
I thoughouhly enjoyed reading this book. It is easy to read and while not very suspenseful, kept me entertained and genuinely wanted to keep reading. Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2011 by Mark
If you can get past the diary format, this is a great quick read, perfect for a weekend fright. Very much in the same vein of Max Brooks, this new author seems to have a good voice... Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2010 by IDGS
Pretty short read, less than 200 pages. I can see a pre-teen liking it, but I was disappointed. The story pretty much followed a formula, not much suspense.Published on Nov. 14 2010 by BJD