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)
Completely disapointed! I thought I would listen to the details of the anticipated last battle, Armagedon but to find something else.. My above rating (the median chosen; so to have least effect) was made just to allow me to access writting these comments..
I really liked the performance and the material. Great book. Good pace that pretty much carried through. Loved it through to the end and downloaded the 2nd book just before it finished.
I'm very happy to see book three in the process. Hopefully we'll get a listen this summer.
Keep up the good work. They're hungry.... very hungry....
Really enjoyed this story - well written and in an interesting format. Got me brainstorming on the better methods for quietly dispatching the roaming undead. I'm definitely better prepared for the zombie outbreak than I was before listening to this book.
The author's writing style is stuck somewhere around junior high and kinda reminds me of obsessively detailed survivalist plans kids used to write at the lunch table - the kids that were not terribly bright and mostly talked about shooting things with BB guns and played a lot of paintball. Yeah, I realize it's meant to be the diary of a knucklehead and that's partly a stylistic choice, but after the third hour of it where we're still listening to the narrator talking about how I AM NOW USING MY LAPTOP IN CLAMSHELL MODE SO IT DOESN'T USE SO MUCH POWER AND I NORMALLY DON'T USE FLUORESCENT BULBS CAUSE THEY TAKE A MOMENT TO GET FULLY BRIGHT AND I HAVE A WEBCAM DUCT TAPED TO MY ROOF holy hell you start to realize it's not a funny voice being put on for effect, it's just how the author writes. If you're into that, enjoy! Don't, however, expect something along the lines of World War Z, this isn't even in the same galaxy.
I have been listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I am new to the books of Zombies. J L Bourne did a great job. It started a bit slow but was like a snowball rolling down hill; it got larger and faster with each minute. By the end I could not put it down. I really enjoyed the logic of the characters, and that just because they think of a plan; they do not necessarily do the plan. I have already bought the next book. Some reviews seem to have a problem with the ending; but a book ends where it ends. Not everything is going to be wrapped up with a bow on top.
Zombie novels are a favourite of mine but I found Day by Day Armageddon rather dull -- nothing new to be found here, and what is here is basically average. It was more of a manual on the logistics of survival among rampant Zombie hordes than a novel with well developed characters and an interesting plot. I think part of the problem was the first person narrative/journal format. Aside from being kind of gimmicky, I found it made it really difficult to get to know any other characters. An author digs a big hole for themselves to get out of when they go with this kind of format unless the work is really focused on getting deep in the thoughts and experiences and feelings of the character, which didn't happen here.
I thought Jay Snyder did a good job narrating until it came to characterizing voices -- which he didn't really need to do because the story was delivered as a journal so would have been better read using the one voice of the main character writing the journal. But maybe that is nitpicking. The point is, he has a great reading voice and pace but fails miserably when it comes to voicing certain characters.
In a way maybe I don't actually like zombie novels as much as I think I do because the majority are essentially the same and I feel the same way. What I actually like are different, "literate" zombie novels with well written characters and a solid plot -- for me, this is not one of those.
Grabbed this book for $4.95 while on sale. I wanted a short read in between the Steampunk books I am reading. What a great surprise!!! I absolutely love the way that this is written like a journal. It gives you a completely different feel to the book compared to other zombie books. Long story short....I got this book to squeeze a short read in between my other books but I am now buying book 2 in this series. Jay Snyder(narrator) did a perfect job of turning the journal into a story.
Perfect narrator for this story. He pulled me into the story and kept me going until the end...getting ready to follow him into book #2.
The way this is written in a journal format will make you feel like you are experiencing it with the character. This is now my favorite zombie book.
I think I just listened to 6th grader's Halloween theme.
The narrator did his best with this stinker.
I loved this story. Something about the way it was written and narrated, it really pulled you in and made you feel the stress of the narrator's situation. Recommend listening to in a darkened room - adds a creep factor to the story.
The main character's (Naval aviator) decision to abandon his command so early in the story was flawed, but that was early on. I think the first of the story would have flowed better had the main character been a civilian, but other than that, great book.
Will be looking for more by this author.
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