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Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile | [J. L. Bourne]

Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

BEGIN INTERCEPT

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.

INTERCEPT COMPLETED

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.

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    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 08-07-10
    Lew Cedarhurst, NY, United States 08-07-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Among the Best Post Apocalypse Zombie Genre"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    William Tonawanda, NY, United States 07-28-10
    William Tonawanda, NY, United States 07-28-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    The book is fantastic, definitely better than the first installment. The reader is really good as well. I can’t wait for the third.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 11-30-12
    Wendy Lawrenceville, GA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2011

    To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...

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    "We don't need Character Development."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Hot Springs, AR, United States 04-28-12
    Tony Hot Springs, AR, United States 04-28-12
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    "Best in this Genre. #1"
    What did you love best about Beyond Exile?

    I didn't want to stop reading.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas TX, United States 10-11-11
    Nicholas TX, United States 10-11-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent book with caveats"
    What did you love best about Beyond Exile?

    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.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-05-11
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    "Zombie fiction at its intelligent best"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike rochester, NY, United States 04-03-11
    Mike rochester, NY, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Not simple, fun."

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 09-25-10
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 09-25-10 Member Since 2013

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "One of the BEST Zombie "Journey" stories out there"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    jz0000 07-23-10
    jz0000 07-23-10 Listener Since 2008
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    "Hard Zombie Fiction"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    John Woodinville, WA, USA 07-22-10
    John Woodinville, WA, USA 07-22-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Outstanding Field Craft!"

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    bristol, bristol, United Kingdom
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    "Beyond Exile"

    Well I loved the first book, and could not wait for this one to come on-line. It started o.k, although I felt it was more of the same from book 1. How wrong I was ! The story takes you down different avenues and leaves you wanting more. One point I think you should know, this is a follow up from book 1 and if you have not read that one first you may not fully get what's going on or who's who. This book talks about alot of what went on in the first. Enjoy, it's Great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    United Kingdom
    3/13/12
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    "Good but not as good as the first"

    I am a great fan of the first book in this series, it literally picks up the moment the first book ends and continues in a similar vein. After the first quarter or so of the story it moves of in different directions, our band of survivors from the first book become somewhat secondary to another developing storyline, for me this was a problem as I wasn't really interested enough in the new paths the story takes and (as John states in his review) once the "shark has been jumped" our hero is no longer the lone survivalist but apart of a bigger story line....there is a big section about 2/3rds of the way through where we get right back back to basics tho' which was enjoyable....you will know what I mean when you get to it!

    Reviews are very personal and subjective but this did not reach the heights of the first book, I had really got involved in the characters and their stories and could not wait to see what happened next for them all but this second book did not fully satisfy my expectations. That said I still enjoyed it, just not as much!
    The story ends with a terrific senario for a third installment....I can't wait for it to be written and narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Kendal, United Kingdom
    9/6/11
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    "Jumping the shark..."

    The first half of this story is very good, the second, well, not so much.

    The first half is a very detailed and "realistic" account of survival in an undead world. Gritty, in-depth and with few of the "why the hell did you do that?" moments which seem to afflict this kind of fiction.

    There are two fundamental problems within the second half as far as I'm concerned.

    Firstly, it jumps the shark. For those not sure what this means it refers to an episode of Happy Days in which the Fonz literally jumps a shark on a surf board. The phrase has now become synonymous with the idea of going past the point of no return as far as realism is concerned. As soon as this jump occurs 2/3rds of the way through a lot of the tension is lost because you know there's no real danger anymore.

    Secondly, this jump opens up an entirely separate, potentially crucial story thread which is just ignored. It may be addressed in the planned sequel but the lack of focus on it seemed strange within this novel.

    Worth reading but a bit of a let down.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • may mcgregor
    4/19/15
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    "Gripping stuff"

    Very exciting , can't wait to start the third audiobook . First book was
    Great too.
    Highly recommend this book .
    Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • john
    liverpool, United Kingdom
    5/4/14
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    "brilliant this series if the best i have heard it"
    What did you like most about Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile?

    characters


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile?

    from start to finish you are engrossed within the survival of the maine characters.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    jay Snyder's story telling keeps you engrossed


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    day by day the whole story blends well and once you start on the ride you have to carry on until the end.


    Any additional comments?

    buy it now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alun
    12/15/13
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    "Excellently developed sequel."
    What did you like most about Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile?

    I figured it would be more of the same but he developed and threw in plot directions that I didn't expect and have never experienced in post-apocalypse fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a journal account from one person's perspective. So I cant comment on character as the driving force of this book... and what makes it so very different from other zombie books... is the journal entry format which places greater emphasis on survival, preparation and the world its takes place in.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes - Hyperion. Think he was the soldier Fedmon if memory serves. This performance is excellent and does the story justice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did.


    Any additional comments?

    This takes the original and adds totally new and creative aspects. As said in my review of the first, if you like post-apocalypse fiction, doomsday preppers and found footage movies you'll love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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