Movie loving Brit living Down Under. Anything 'end of the world' themed usually gets my attention, but The Stand has yet to be beat.
Occasionally a bit clumsy as the author tries to crowbar the 'story told through diary entries' mechanic into some fairly unlikely places, the story takes a bit of time to find it's feet and get going but when it does it's a solid and entertaining read.
But it's definitely worth a read because book 2 is very, very good indeed.
Was not able to put the device down. I truly enjoyed this book, as well as the first part of Armageddon series. Well written, excellent military command, and terminology. Just have one thing to say to the author ...Semper Fi...
Let's face it: too much zombie fiction is pure dreck. Throw together a good dollop of gore, a virus, some medical mumbo jumbo (patient zero, mutation, strain, CDC, USAMRIID, replication, incubation period), and a hero who saw it all coming but nobody listened. Add plenty of lurching, twitching, and moaning corpses. Garnish with a love interest, and maybe a sprinkle of political pontification. And there you are.
This book isn't like that. It has characters who act like people might actually act. It has a believable hero. It has women characters who aren't just paper dolly cut outs. It doesn't try to explain what's happening with pseudo-scientific claptrap. It just tells its story. Well-narrated too--dry, raspy, and effective.
It ain't art. But it's a great listen, and at the top of its undead class.
For those (and only for those) who can appreciate the dreadful notion that the dead can re-animate and attack the living, this book offers a most bleak but valiantly written sequel to the original "Day By Day Armageddon". It is again written in diary form and our protagonist expands the world of complete devastation by some unknown virus. The dead are now 99.x% of the population and only a rag-tag group of civilian and military remain. The sequel is arguably better with our hero stranded and alone in a dangerous wasteland. The author again brings the book (and this could be his MO), to an abrupt ending but knowing that, we assume that the next installment will follow. Is it scary? Absolutely! Brilliantly read, you will not put it down until it's over.
The book is fantastic, definitely better than the first installment. The reader is really good as well. I can’t wait for the third.
I greatly enjoyed Day By Day Armageddon. As a fan of the Zombie sub-genre, I have been sated by both of the first two stories in this series. Beyond Exile in my opinion, did not live up to the initial story arc in the first book.
Essentially this is a survival story. The protagonist is out on a scouting mission in a helicopter and it crash lands hundreds of miles from his base. He then has to traverse this distance through millions of zombies and radiated zones. You know he is going to make it because there is another book after this. So basically this story relies on the tension accrued on the journey.
I felt like he got too lucky. He's saved via some mysterious organization too many times. I also felt that the story was too linear. I wanted to see things shaken up a bit. I kept thinking of the greatness of the 3rd book in the Mountain Man series. That one took the protagonist from one independent episode to another, wracking up the tension in unexpected ways. Beyond Exile just did not reach those heights.
I also felt that the diary point of view restrained Bourne. This story might have been better suited with a 1st person real time style. Yeah the diary is a nice gimmick. But you can sense the author is trying everything he can to distance himself from it.
I didn't want to stop reading.
In my opinion, Day by Day Armageddon is the best zombie/apocalypse series out there, followed by The Morningstar Strain and World War Z tied at second place. Day by Day Armageddon had great narration, story development, action, realism, and characters. You won't want to put this book down so make sure you have some free time. Absolutely read this book. I am desperately waiting for the third book in the series.
The story and narrator kept my attention the entire time, with only a few moments where the story dragged a bit.
I have to wonder, however, if the author simply forgets to tie the loose ends, or if he is planning to tie them all in an upcoming sequel. Maybe it's a combination of the two. For example, the author keeps dropping hints that there's something suspicious about the middle-eastern man who tracked the main character. I have a feeling I know what's going on with the middle-eastern guy. But here's where it gets funky. When the two met, the middle-eastern stranger had a signalling mirror. The main character never even asks who this guy was signalling. And what happened to this off-screen character who was getting the signals? That was a really annoying plot hole.
There seem to be other ideas that the author starts and then drops.
Still a great listen, though. Worth getting.
The author does a great job making you feel like the world has fallen apart and zombies have taken over. He also comes up with some good ideas to make that last a good long time.
If you like zombie stories and survival stories I highly recomend this book. WELL worth 1 credit!
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better recommendation for a book about one man's journey through a catastrophic zombie event. It IS written as a journal, which may take a few minutes to get used to, but trust me, IT WORKS. Not only does the journal-style work, but it also adds to the tension of the story. Do yourself a favor, and download this AND the sequel. You will want to start up the sequel right after the first one ends. There is nothing in this book that I would've changed. It is pretty much perfect, for what it is.