PJV Quickie: I have never felt so moved by a main characters — and I still do not know his name. The Day By Day Armageddon series is a must read series for fans of Zombies!
Rock my world! Zombies, Marines in Light Armored Vehicles rolling over them and a clinically precise Naval Officer documenting the whole shebang. The Day by Day Armageddon series is a wet dream for zombie fans that don’t want to be distracted by things like romance or fuzzy bunny non-realistic turn of events that some authors think will happen if zombies happen to pop into existence. So, what does J.L. Bourne think is a realistic outcome if a zombie outbreak does occur? Nuked cities, irradiated dead, rogue military operations, roving bands of marauding humans…and survivors that will do whatever it takes to stay alive.
In the second book of the Day by Day Armageddon series, ‘Beyond Exile’, we are still in the head of our nameless officer, who continues to recount his experience in a very militaristic style. By the end of ‘Day by Day Armageddon’ he had somewhat relaxed his rigidity and his “civvie speak” was showing a bit more in his writing, but in ‘Beyond Exile’ the USMC makes an appearance and our narrator is brought back into the fold of the military. The narrator falls back into his clinical approach of narration style as he is sent on missions and takes command of the operation he started at Hotel 23. Things are actually starting to even out as the base brings in more military personnel and civilians from other safe zones. A lot is accomplished within the span of the novel, the narrator brings in more survivors and starts to recruit military personnel to improve his situation. But, like all good things, they literally come crashing down and the narrator finds himself alone in a world where the dead want nothing more than to feast upon him.
I think for some these novels might be a bit too much, especially if you need a lighter side within the gore. This novel did not let up and emotional conclusions were not at the forefront of the authors intended accomplishments. The emotions explored in the novel are all mostly fear based. The narrator of the book does so within journal entries and a lot of his writing is done while hunkered down and hiding from the dead, which the author accomplished almost perfectly. You can almost feel the anxiety, tension and fear radiating off the pages all within the macho package of our hero. But, I do believe the author used his real world experiences as a military officer deployed in the Middle East as inspiration. Sometimes brainless zombies would be easier to face then thinking, calculating, human enemies with guns pointed in your direction.
Why the four star? For one the novel did drag at parts, when he was alone and just when I thought we might see his more human side emerge again the novel took a quick veer to the right which had my head spinning and thinking I might have skipped a chapter. But, still a favorite in my book.
This is a must read recommendation from Parajunkee’s View! It is not recommended that you read this novel first, while not entirely needed, I think you will establish a better emotional connection with the hero if you read the first novel. Fans of zombies will eat this one up. There is violence, but I wouldn’t see anything wrong with giving this to your mature teen. With the militaristic style and male POV this might be a good novel to coax your teenage boy into reading.
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The Joe Ledger series by Jonathan Maberry
‘I Am Legend‘ by Richard Matheson
I enjoy this series both because the characters occasionally do smart things AND because they often do very dumb things.
I love reading and I love audiobooks!
I loved the narration and the great detail J.L. Bourne put into each journal entry in order to paint a vivid picture for the listener/reader.
All the characters were my favorites. I like how even characters that were not the main ones had a storyline and a purpose.
After finishing the Zombie Fallout books I started looking for more material to satisfy my Zombie craving. This series more than did the trick, although the first book was a bit short. The second book was satisfyingly longer, and to-date there isn’t a third book, yet. But I’m waiting…
A solid, believable story with good characters and situations. The military and aviation slants were easily supported with solid details that helped bring the story to life (pun committed with no malice aforethought).
The narrator felt a little stiff, but not so much that he was hard to listen to.
I really enjoyed both of these.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
Very disapointed half way to end, seemed rushed, and dump it in your face ending, and book ends with our journal writer going to China.
No to other books, but did hear his first naration in D2DA, and really liked the first book of this series. He does a great job.
Great attention to details. Very disapointed because the first book established the charactors and his new closest friends, Tara and John. In book 2 they all but disaopeared, and our hero was anti military, awol from the military in book 1, now becomes all out military in book two. A complete 180 degree turn for our main charactor. He becomes frigid, unloving towards his feelings for Tara in a world where only 5 % live and breathe amonst the undead. Spoiler* In final chapters, (are you kidding me), he makes it back to sanctuary, they get attacked, and moved, and govt' in charge is telling him he is going to China - to fight... very chopped. I won't be buying book 3.
It starts where the first book left off, and moves the story into more terrifing twists and turns. The ending is incredible and I hope to see a 3rd book very soon.
I really like this story. I have listened to this and the first book more than once. I could listen to both again. I can hardly wait until the 3rd book comes out. I hope they keep the same narrater. He tells the story so well. His voice is perfect!
On the edge
Jay kept the book moving and interesting, you knew who was speaking from the tones and nuances!
Beyond exile is a continuation to Day by Day Armageddon. It kept me interested and wanting to hear what would happen next. It did get a little too mental sometimes in that it would get too engrossed in character thought process. With that, I do look forward to book 3.
Great overall story
Saving the two people at the airport
The main character
Wish I would have realized this was the 2nd book in the series. Even though I read this one first, I never got lost. When he was on his own and trying to get back to the compound....it dragged on a little long.