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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (29 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439176671
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439176672
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,174,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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J. L. Bourne is on active duty as a commissioned US naval officer. Born in Arkansas, he lives in Washington, D.C. Visit --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Chris Hall TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2006
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Originally started as an online fiction journal, ‘Day by Day Armageddon’ is written in a diary form from the perspective of a lone survivor in a post-apocalyptic world that is overrun by the living dead. The author, John Bourne has been writing this ongoing zombie saga in between serving as a U.S. Naval officer. His knowledge of tactical survival and weaponry is reflected perfectly within the pages of the novel. Sometimes quite clumsily written, the book gives off a realistic viewpoint of this harrowing and desperate situation.
The tale starts out with the epidemic first impacting on the world, as humanity quickly begins to crumble around the writer. With massive similarities at the start, to that of the cult online diary ‘Alpha_dog’, we see the panic and uncertainty of the situation slowly taking over. From the start, the reader finds out that the diary is being written by a lone military man who falls upon his training and knowledge to ensure his own survival. Soon we meet a few other survivors, as the diary takes the reader on a desperate trip from one location to another.
The small band of survivors end up hiding away, only to find that they have to defend themselves against more than just the decaying hordes of the undead. Drawing heavily from the ideas from within George A. Romero’s cult classic film ‘Dawn Of The Dead’, Bourne ends this first volume with a dramatic turn of events for the survivors. Unfortunetly, the ending does seem to come about all too quickly, but this leaves open the start of the next instalment perfectly.
Bourne opening admits that he is no ‘real’ writer, but his obvious passion for the subject brings out a flare of energy that is often clouded in other similar work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AndrewP on 28 July 2013
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Overall it's really quite an enjoyable, easy read but it feel like it hasn't been proofread. Every few pages there are errors like "to" being used instead of "too" or "pear" instead of "pair", "poll" instead of "pole". It occasionally has helpful diagrams - for example showing the layout of his street, but it was thrown in seemingly at random a dozen pages after the description of his street. The diary angle was interesting at first, but it quickly became silly (for example he would apparently be writing an entry mid-crisis) and in places he seemed to get mixed up with what tense he was writing in. At times the diary pretence seemed to be completely dropped.

The story is a fairly typical zombie survival story and most of the characters are pretty 2D and generally rather useless (apart from the main character, who seems to be an idealised version of the author). His trusty sidekick John spends the first half of the book loyally waiting in the car/house/tower while our plucky hero does all the work and comes up with all the plans.

In spite of the above, it's still worth a read for zombie fans looking for a nice way to kill a few hours. For anyone who isn't specifically looking for zombies but fancies some horror or post apocalyptic fiction then there are better books elsewhere.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lainy on 22 April 2011
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A zombie book and I loved it, no suprise there!

This for me was a zombie story with a difference. It is a day by day account of a Navy officer from just before the epidermic hits and daily (sometimes more than one entry per day) journal entries. Normally it is all kill kill kill to keep you hooked and get your imagination going but not so with this book.

You follow his very early methods of self preservation and survival to meeting other survivers and bonding and struggling to stay together and survive a world of horror.

The book is at a great pace, riveting and keeps you guessing to what is going to happen next. Everytime he ventures out will he be next to die? I feel I should elaborate more but to be honest it is so good you just need to grab a copy for yourself.

There is also a guarentee of a follow up book so watch this space, 5/5 for me.
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By Kat on 1 Jan. 2013
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Day by Day Armageddon was the first ever audiobook I listed to, so it will always have a special place in my heart. I was so enthralled I would stand outside in the snow on my breaks at work so I could squeeze in another few minutes of listening. So when I saw it still queued up in my audiobook list, I thought I'd give it another whirl.

Day by Day Armageddon is written in journal style, which can be a pretty tricky medium. There's a lot of insight into the main character, but the other characters tend to suffer as there is little dialogue and as a reader you never really get to know them. Day by Day Armageddon, for the most part, pulls this off pretty well although at times it felt like the other characters were just there for padding (or zombie food?!).

The plot is the old zombie favourite of outbreak, death and destruction, but with the main character being a US Navy officer, there's more than a little weapons, survival and airplane-speak, but it's written in a way that made it both interesting and relevant to a non-militarist like me. This does spill over into the main character as well, as at times his snarky sense of humour made me grin, at others it felt quite cold and detached, but certainly matched the persona of the character well.

Being in journal-style, there's little insight into what has happened to the rest of the world apart from what the MC witnesses, reads or hears himself, but the descriptions made up for the narrow view. One of the characters that he picks up along his travels, Tara, is almost certain to become a love interest in a future book, but her particular survival story really gave me chills - I won't give it away but it's one of the most horrendous ideas I've ever come across in a zombie novel.

The audio version is very well done as Jay Snyder narrates the story perfectly giving me the feeling that the journal was being read to me by the person who wrote it very soon after the actual events.
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