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?
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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.
To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...
Day by Day is simply the best Zombie book I have read. All the negative reviews that accuse this book of lack of character development and straying from the Novel Format are completely missing the point of this book. It’s a “Day by Day” account of one guys journey through surviving the Zombie outbreak. Unlike other novels that start out as a journal then morph the reader into the scene to over hear conversations and thoughts of the characters, this book stays in true Journal format – so there are no conversations between characters we get to experience… there are no side plots… there are no other points of view - from the first page to the last page, this is a documentation of survival.
As if the reader were to find this “Journal” in an old desk, we get a glimpse – a snap shot of this guys life. What he sees, what he thinks, who he meets, how he reacts… I was not so sure a book like this would keep me invested – but honestly, I have never had a book grab hold of me so hard and so fast – literally by the 3rd page I was hooked. In spite of the limitations the author gave himself in picking this writing style, he still manages to make us care about our hero - and care about the things he cares about (other characters). We feel his fear right along with him. We feel his frustration, his denial, and his determination. All this – without any character development at all. (Now that’s a great writer in my book!).
I highly recommend this book! And take my suggestion, if you do purchase this book, have your Google Maps ready – you will find yourself wanting to follow along with the character. :)
The narrator is excellent! He does a good job at sounding like he’s talking to himself… fits in very well the feel of the book.
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.
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.
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!
This isn't pure horror or comedy like most zombie books/films out there. As someone who really enjoys "hard sci-fi" the natural comparison for me is to call this "hard zombie fiction" I admit it's not for everyone but this book and its predecessor standout as being something special in the collected mythology of zombie fiction. It's technical, realistic and smart.
What some critics may not understand about the zombie genre is that prior training and repetitive technique is neccessary to survival, and truly understanding this genre. Obviously many techniques in the story are from max brook's guide or THE GUIDE in my opinion but the authorship provides some innovative ideas as well, the story is great, and I identify with many of the moments in the story what with having been forced to hold up inside my house for 8 days because of my nutcase of a mother. Much of the psychological, and physical pains the main character suffered were similiar. Having had experience patching up a life threatening wound with no one to help me, this was a reminiscence of my past. Overall I have never seen an author to date who can elude to the beast driving someone to stay alive in the Zombie Genre with the exception of "The Walking Dead" Comic books. Which both are substantially on par with eachother.
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.
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