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5.0 out of 5 stars An indepth and powerful post-apocalyptic tale.
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...
Published on 20 Feb 2006 by Chris Hall
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3.0 out of 5 stars An average story with poor editing
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...
Published 4 months ago by AndrewP
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4.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good.,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)After Max Brook's World War Z I found myself wanting to read more about zombies conquering the world. The Zombie Survival Guide also from Max Brooks was a bump on the road, but now Bourne's Day by Day Armageddon seemed to have ameliorated my zombie hunger (not to be taken literally). It's not another WWZ, and is pretty an unfinished book, but I liked the personal journal style, and the survival tips are way better than Zombie Survival Guide (again, not truly concerned about a zombie outbreak but still...). The story is a bit depressing, with very few lone survivors against overwhelming odds. I now this is a strange comment for a book about zombies overrunning the world, but I like the more organized defense style, with pockets of organized resistance and so forth.
Here we accompany a military who survives the outbreak through cunning and calculated risks (and a bit of luck). Along the way he gathers some survivors and we accompany their day by day struggle. Not a great book, but not bad either.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)Very novel approach to the Zombie Apocalypse, very enjoyable read. Only compliant would be the very short nature of the 'book'. Any Zombie enthusiast like myself will burn through this is a day or two.
Overall a great book at a great price and the sellers service was exceptional.
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Kindle Edition)This book is very difficult to put down once started. I personally enjoy a good post apocalypse story and this is one of my favourites. Extremely well written in the form of a journal, this story sucks you in. I kept thinking "I'll just read one more entry" and before I realised it the book was finished and I was hungry for more.
I highly recommend this book.
4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly different read,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)Written the form of a diary, this book describes the story of one survivor and those he encounters during the beginnings and subsequent days of a zombie plague. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
3.0 out of 5 stars I expected more...,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)I'll keep this short and start with the good points. I really liked the style, the journal approach always appeals as you can really connect with the character. It's a book that you'll read pretty quickly as you can't put it down and to be fair to JL Bourne it is a good book.
For me however, I was reading it so quickly for one reason...I was constantly waiting for the story to unfold. For the hoards of ghouls, in their millions to lift this book into wonderland with the likes of World War Z and other such great apocalyptic novels. Unfortunately it never happens; your left wondering why you bothered....(Does JL just wants me to buy his next book?)
Also, it was all a little too convenient for our main character. He seemed to get pretty lucky on too many occasions for me. First rescued by his neighbour John, then jumping off a rather small building with a parachute (and it working perfectly), then getting stabbed with a pair of shears and just drinking through the pain, flying around in the odd plane, and then, by pure chance he only stumbles across a nuclear bunker. A proper one, the type where they press the red button, the type where Jon Connor starts the revolution against the Terminators. Come on JL, what's next? Zombies?..If only. I won't say anymore as you won't have much left to read about.
This isn't a slating, I'd lend it to a mate, but I'd make them buy the next one.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Deep, Heated First Person Account of The Zombie Apocalypse,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)I came across Day By Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne when browsing Amazon for zombie literature, and the premise intrigued me as it was written from a first person viewpoint of a serving soldier, who is dropped into the middle of the zombie apocalypse sweeping the world. As I read more, and researched J.L. Bourne I found that he was indeed a serving U.S. Naval officer with experience in war zones, so I felt that what I was reading was well researched and perhaps witnessed by the author. I personally liked that the story was told in a day by day style, giving us insight into the early days of the epidemic and eventually the days of finding other survivors.
The author takes from the early days of the epidemic, to the later months of surviving bitter winters, and trying to avoid zombies as they search for a safe haven. I enjoyed how the author from his own experiences explained how he prepared for the event, stockpiling weapons, supplies and such but it was in later pages I enjoyed how he kept a mental note of what the group had, and what could not be spared.
I ordered from Amazon, both Day By Day Armageddon, and the second installment Day By Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile which has been just as amazing, since moving onto it after finishing the first installment. I would advise any post-apocalypse literature fans to get a hold of this book, before it becomes rare and goes out of print. Great zombie survival novel, keep it up J.L. Bourne.
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Kindle Edition)From the very start of this book I was hooked, it would have been nice to have a little more back story to introduce our hero but this is a minor aberation. A zombie story with a difference, it is pieced together as an almost day by day diary(sometimes multiple entries for a day) of a man's struggle for self preservation and survival. Along the journey meeting other survivors, bonding with some and sharing the struggle to survive
The book has great pace, it is riveting and keeps you guessing what will happen next. This book was so good that as I got near the end I read it slower as I didnt want it to end.
4.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)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.
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the cover too,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)Diary styled tale of a post-apocalyptic world of zombies - if that's what you want, then here it is.
Easy read with a few pics - if you want something high brow this ain't it - no great depth to it, but hey the fella is keeping a log as his world falls apart. Kept me hooked on holiday - this happens, then that happens then "oh dear that's gonna hurt"...just go with it - it's a good ride..
If it were a song it would be by The Ramones
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Zombie Novel, Loved it!!!,
This review is from: Day By Day Armageddon (Paperback)This was fair to say one of the best zombie books I have read so far. So I just thought I would give it short review, even though I finished the 2nd one July this year and this one some time before that.
I found the journey of the character you follow brilliant, as I enjoyed how it starts from the beginning of the outbreak. The story was well written and quite an easy read. It was also far more interesting and than his second book of the series.
As a zombie fan I found this a great addition to my growing collection of zombie novels. Even with the fact that things seem to go easy for the main character. As being a soldier he seems to know what to do and how through the whole book and making very few mistakes, but otherwise still a gripping story that keeps you interested throughout.
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Day By Day Armageddon by J. L. Bourne (Paperback - 24 Jun 2010)