This Zombie novel is delivered as a series of journal entries from a military man who just happens to start keeping a journal prior to the start of the apocalypse. This format works fairly well although as the book goes on some of the entries no longer feel like realistic journal entries. They are too long and detailed and instead feel like chapters in a normal story which works out fine.
Overall this book is less than 7 hours total and there is only so much that can be done in that time frame. At times things feel rushed as the main character has emotional highs and lows that don't match the amount of time that has passed in the book. I listened to this on a long drive and it kept me entertained but felt incomplete when it ended. This is an intro to the series and should be approached as such.
If you are like me and want background details into the root cause of the apocalypse then you should know that little information is ever provided, which in the end feels appropriate for the journal entry format used. As usual Jay Snyder does an excellent job narrating and although I wasn't left with a burning desire to listen to book 2 immediately I am sure I will eventually get to it on another long drive in the future.
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No but I would watch the movie!
Getting near the end not knowing it was a series and thinking 'oh no it is going to end!'
When the main character hears of the family trapped in the attic
Please please will someone turn this into a movie.... six movies... then a TV series!
I really enjoyed this novel. I LOVE books and movies about the end of the world so if you DON'T then I am not the person to ask... Zombies are one of my favorite ways to end it. The story moves along at a good pace. It is easy reading...just the right amount of details. Not going to go down in history as a classic but....can't wait to read book 2.
I've read Bournes entire DBDA series in kindle format and figured the audio would be a great way to revisit the series. I was right. :)
I tend to go comatose at lengthy military jargon and my eyes glaze over...but I'm happy to report no book comas accompanied this read. I loved every second of it and, even as I type, am anxious to get a jump on book two.
So, if you'll excuse my extremely brief review...this chick is ready to hit purchase and dig in for round two. Toodles! PS...buy this book. It's well worth the price!
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY (zombie/apocalypse) - This was my first venture into this genre, and I did so with reservations. I don't like a lot of fighting and gratuitous gore, and I only occasionally enjoy books about supernaturals. This book had its share of violence, but the main concentration was the survival of a handful of humans in zombie-infested south Texas after the government nuked major cities in an attempt to reduce the zombie population.
The story is told in a diary-type format, so the narrator is reading dates, times and events in the past tense. It's suspenseful and maybe a little depressing, but I really enjoyed how the survivors found each other and banded together to fight against incredible odds. They were clever, resourceful and managed to find food and shelter while simultaneously looking for other survivors and fighting to stay alive. I play to listen to the second book in this series, but if the focus changes from interesting survival mode to a gore-fest, I will stop ASAP.
PERFORMANCE - The narrator had an easy job (basically reading from a diary), but he did it well.
OVERALL - This book is interesting, action-packed and should be enjoyable for most listeners. Violence and foul language may be offensive to some.
I work in IT, I love reading, I love Writing and for those daily travels too and fro I love to listen to Audible books too
For a zombie book this is different the style of writing, as in a journal is the difference it is descriptive as it should be and well planned and spoken
I certainly felt the 'closeness' sensations of the un-dead and how they gave the creeps
I bought "Under the Dome" thinking it was another trippy Stephen King book. But little did I know that I opened pandora's box with End of the World type books. I just love that book and then I bought "One Second After". And then that lead me to "Day by Day Armageddon". When I was listening to this book I flew thru it. The concept of Zombies and End of the World all in one book was a score for me. And the way it was written as a journal was just awesome and I think that is what kept the book so simple yet wanting to know what happens the next day. As week speak I am downloading the 2nd book "Beyond Exile" and I sure my reviews will be similar! I do recommend buying this audiobook!
Upon another great review and as a fellow 'Zombie' genre lover, I bought this book not expecting much. But as I listened more and more it draws you in. Fast paced, realistic and gritty. My only 'ummm' was the ending...but then that is what we all look for ...closure. Lets just say the book was very well done and I am glad I bought this audio book. And now..sigh...the hunt for yet another good book!
This book was great. I have recently started to get into this genre with the tv show The Walking Dead which is also great. It was very believable, as believable as a zombie story can be LOL.
I listened straight thru on this book and by the end found myself wishing i was in this post apocalyptic world only for a little bit tho lol. This story took me in completly and i went straight to the second book upon finishing and cant wait for the third. I highly recomend this to anyonewho likes post apocalyptic type stories this is less of horror story and more of a story of survival. It doesnt lack in action but is not too gory even if u are not a huge zombie fan i think u can still very much enjoy this book its definetly worth every penny. My only complaint is that i wish the story was longer even though it does pick up right where it left off in the second book.
I was not sure about buying this book. I have never bought anything from this author before. After reading the reviews I said, "Why not." I was not disappointed!!! I could actually see and imagine myself being there in the novel....very creative...very well written:-) J.L. Bourne definitely has a new fan! I hope to see more works out soon!