Start intercept: Sporadic reports indicate chaos and violence spreading through U.S. cities. An unknown evil is sweeping the planet. The dead are rising to claim the Earth as the new dominant species in the food chain. Intercept complete.
In your hands is the handwritten journal depicting one man's struggle for survival. Trapped in the midst of global disaster, he must make decisions; choices that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them. Enter, if you will, into the world of the undead.
©2009 J.L. Bourne; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
"There is zombie fiction and then there is crawl-out-of-the-grave-and-drag-you-to-hell zombie fiction. Day by Day Armageddon is hands down the best zombie book I have ever read. Dawn of the Dead meets 28 Days Later doesn't even come close to describing how fantastic this thriller is. It is so real, so terrifying, and so well written that I slept with not one, but two loaded Glocks under my pillow for weeks afterwards. J. L. Bourne is the new king of hardcore zombie action!" (Brad Thor, New York Times #1 best-selling author)
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!
"Awesome. Nuff said."
I have listened to this book more than once already. As a big zombie fan it is hard to find a really good zombie tale. There is some real tosh out there. Just because you put zombies in a story does not mean its good. You can't just tap into the cash cow of a genre that is zombies and hope that will carry it. This book on the other hand is a hoot all the way through. Great story and it is very detailed in things that happen and the people involved.
I'm not sure i could compare this book to any others i have read. If i had to i would say it is a as good a read as World War Z. (Book not film)
Does the other books from Day by Day count? i would listen to other books read by Jay Snyder because he does a really good job.
I could easily listen to this in one sitting.
if i could say anything to the author if would be "Keep up the good work and do more".
"Excellence in story telling and narration"
I have the book, but prefer to listen to Jay Snyder read those words to me.
Kill, the main protagonist. Its his diary after all that drives the story.
Hard to pick a Favourite, but the survival aspect really hit home.
All of the above, Fear, anticipation, dread and relief at the survival of characters. Nail biting stuff.
READ THE TRILOGY.
"the devils in the details..."
I really wasn't sure about the narrator at first his commentary plus th constant date n time referances was annoying.
not as good as Zombie Rules but as I got into the believable characters I started to get drawn in, overall enjoyable and I've already bought the next in the series.
Third listen and I still love it.
This book keeps you on the edge all the way
Not at all predictable as far as zombie books go.
Definitely worth a try
"one free book and i was hooked"
the series is in the top 5
I have not read any other zombie books so nothing to compare to.
the whole book blends into a amazing ride
buy it right now.
"Nice pace, And a good story"
The development of the story really holds you. And makes you think of how our life depends on things we know nothing about. You can feel the danger that would be part of every day survival if civilization fell.
Well worth a read/Listen
"Powerful and very interesting"
Great storyline and very good narrator
Story was set out very well lots to hold your interest was hard to stop listening will definatley get the next book to see how story carrys on
Didn't have a favourite as they were all equally good
If time allowed I would of
"A fantastic story to get your teeth into"
Up there with the best.
World War Z fans will find the diary format a treat as it really gets into the psyche of the main character and the Narrator is by far my favorite.
The lead character
It got me feeling anxious when the action kicked in, sad when morality struck and genuinely on the edge of my seat throughout.
Fantastic story with a great narrator. Jay Snyder really captures the gritty, unnerving atmosphere of the post apocalyptic world and the small group of survivors battling with the enemy and the will to stay alive. Recommend to any zombie fan!
"Diary format - very immersive."
Yes. I have done many times over the years since I downloaded it. Jay Snyder's performance was excellent, it felt as though he wrote the journal entries himself. He made the events come alive.
Not really applicable. Being a Journal it feels like an account. So to say you like characters is a bit much because its just the authors viewpoint being expressed you meet others but you only adopt his thoughts and emotions as expressed in his journal.
As said above - he does this book/journal justice. He makes it come alive. His tones in this performance have a sense of gravity and circumstance that makes it come alive.
Yes! Being a journal you need to devour it, to learn more of the world he inhabited.
Like Doomsday preppers? Like found footage movies? Like zombies? This book lets you live in that world in a way you just dont get in other zombie books.
"My favourite zombie book so far..."
I am a fan of the genre - post apocalypic/survival/Zombie so my review is probably a little biased...
I really enjoyed this book, I found the diary style worked well as it creates a pace and continuity to events which perfectly match this kind of story, after all most zombie stories unravell in days and weeks rather than months and years.
Also we get a real sense of the main characters state of mind as he writes in his diary, some times nothing much happens but he still writes it and that creates a believable world where there is always a sense of doom, forboding and risk but in which there is not a zombie round every single corner.
The characters that we meet as the story unfolds are interesting and I found myself really caring for happend to them, again the diary format is good for this.
I enjoyed the nitty gritty of survival portrayed here, the foraging for water, food, batteries, fuel, ammunition medical supplies etc becomes all important and the balance between needing those things and the risk posed in collecting them keeps the listener on edge.
The naration is clear and consise throughout, this book is about survival against the odds and doesnt get clouded by much else which for me is just perfect for a zombie book
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