The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve. The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling underground cult classic, Day by Day Armageddon, begins where the first novel left off.
Armies of undead have risen up across the U.S. and around the globe; there is no safe haven from the diseased corpses hungering for human flesh. But in the heat of a Texas wasteland, a small band of survivors attempt to counter the millions closing in around them.
Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a worldwide cataclysm capture the desperation--and the will to survive--as he joins forces with a handful of refugees to battle soulless enemies both human and inhuman from inside an abandoned strategic missile facility. But in the world of the undead, is mere survival enough?
©2010 J.L. Bourne (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
An interesting look at the world post-zombie takeover. Mr. Bourne paints a very realistic picture of what might happen if our world was over run by the undead. While no longer narrated in the third person, this allows the story to expand and engage in a different manner than the first two books. Some have criticized this change from the first two books, but I found it refreshing and not at all distracting. I sure hope that there is a 4th book in the offing...
I don't give spoilers
How I love the Zombie Apocalypse. This is one of my top 10 series in the genre. If not all but most Zombie books are roughly the same. And many reviews on here will mislead you with words like (brings nothing new to the genre or unoriginal story line) which in turn pisses me off. There books about Zombies!!! If you change much more then Speed of the zombies or how they came about then there not ZOMBIES anymore. Alright that said Book 1&2 are great full marks If your a fellow zombie lover it's a must have. Unfortunately book 3 makes me want to puke, not that it's not alright, it is OK. But next to the first two books it looks like a steaming pile.
Yes, already have and they love it also!
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I dug it!
There were plenty of times the author seemed to have gotten bored especially towards the end. Characters got bland and the Muslim character that's introduced fell into a stereotypical caricature. Also the ending was just brutal
if the material was better... Jay snyder is usually pretty good.
Not really.. The first book was great this one was a stinker
Theres better Zombie fiction out there. Anything by Jonathan Maberry is better than this book.
Very surprised to see all the glowing reviews. I loved the first book. Liked the second book alot (not quite as well as the first one.
In Beyond Exile Bourne tries to do too much and ends up with far less. Has too many characters in too many locations that become too confusing trying to keep up with them all. The story jumps around too much without giving you a heads up the road is taking a turn. You are in a flashback before you know it. The climax isn't much of a climax. Leaves way too many unanswered questions.
I was greatly anticipating the release of this book. Maybe reading the book on paper makes all the jumping around easier to follow. Listening to in just left me confused and wanting it to hurry up and be over. : <
I personally prefer audiobooks and Jay Snyder delivers another outstanding performance.
I really enjoyed the charchter development and how the steady growth of emotion through the eyes Killroy
I enjoyed the addition of the character who gives Killroy his nickname. The two play well off of each other and open up a new avenue of friendship.
Even more so than in the first book as the character development only continues to improve and add to a great story
I listened to this one in one sitting and then had to wait months for Shattered Hourglass.
Would have to be one of the better zombie books I have listened to so far.
The book definitely brought you to the end of the story and wrapped up well. My only criticism was that it seemed to move along a little too quickly towards the end. But overall, I highly recommend it.
Unique, exciting, suspenseful
Kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn't wait to keep listening.
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.
Other Fiction you might enjoy:
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.
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