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Day by Day Armageddon [Kindle Edition]

J. L. Bourne
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Book Description

Once on the fringes of horror, the “zombie apocalypse,” has become one of the most buzzworthy genres in popular culture. Now, in Day by Day Armageddon, J.L. Bourne delivers an intelligent, gripping thriller that will leave both new and die-hard zombie fans breathless.

Sporadic news 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.This 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 his world. The world of the undead.

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    "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."
    --Brad Thor, #1 New York Times Best Selling Author

    From the Author

    The Day by Day Armageddon project started on a simple pad of paper and from there propagated the universe of worldwide undead devastation.  J.L. Bourne intended the original work to appear as if it were hand written--very raw and realistic.  He began uploading his work piece by piece to the Internet as a serial depicted as a simple serial of journal entries.

    The online journal was intended to immerse the reader into the world that was Day by Day Armageddon--J.L. Bourne's vision of one man, on the run from billions of undead, surviving against all odds.

    After months of posting regular serial updates, Bourne began the laborious task of writing the novel version of the underground online cult phenomenon.  Suspecting that a traditional publisher might alter his work and take away the raw feel of the journal outlining the fall of humanity, Bourne originally published his work non-traditionally and unconventionally.  He wanted the story out there for everyone to enjoy.  He wanted it untouched, as a real post-apocalyptic journal might be. He was quoted as saying, "there are no publishers or editors in the apocalypse."

    Several publishers contacted Bourne before he was approached by Permuted Press.  The two quickly came to an agreement and went to work.  The first edition was re-mastered to the underground cult classic it is today.

    Handwritten notes, underlines, scribbles, random thoughts and other unique markings gave the journal a chillingly realistic (or was it surrealistic?) feel.

    Day by Day Armageddon has since propagated massive interest among fans of post-apocalyptic and zombie fiction.

    As a result if his cult success, J.L. Bourne was approached by Simon & Schuster on the prospect of joining up with their Pocket/Gallery Books divisions to release Day by Day Armageddon to the mainstream.  It was not long until Day by Day Armageddon was headed to the printing press on a 50,000 copy first print run.

    Since that time it has seen many, many printings.

    The sequel to the original cult classic aptly named, Day by Day Armageddon: Beyond Exile is the wildly successful follow-up to Bourne's first novel.  Go ahead, click the Buy Now button, but first, lock your doors.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 3989 KB
    • Print Length: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Pocket Books (September 23, 2009)
    • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B002PMVQ7W
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    353 of 399 people found the following review helpful
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    Let me get this off my chest: I'm a zombie "purist." I'd been looking for a good zombie novel that stayed faithful to George A. Romero's Dead Trilogy (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead) for decades and decided they probably didn't exist (outside of the novelizations of NotLD and DotD).

    I prefer the zombies I grew up with: slow, shambling and not too smart. No matter how entertaining or well-written, I don't really want anything that differs too much from the traditional "rules" laid down by Romero in NotLD. A few fun little twists are okay, but when you start radically changing the zombies just to be different or "extreme," you change the entire nature of the threat and start messing with your reader's expectations... Chances are they bought the book because they are a zombie movie fan and they expect your novel to play by the rules; if not by the "classic" Romero rules, then by the "new" rules set forth in 28 Days Later or the Dawn of the Dead remake.

    Just when I'd given up hope of ever finding such a novel, I stumbled across Day By Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne. Finally, an author who delivered just plain old-fashioned Romero zombies! I will note that there are some fast zombies later in the book but these are well-explained and used sparingly. Far from being distracting, these fast zombies actually add to the horror. Kudos to the author for satisfying fans of both fast and traditional zombies--not an easy thing to do!

    The story, told in first person journal format, kicks off with the narrator (an unnamed U.S. Naval officer) making a New Year's resolution to keep a journal. As the days progress, he comments on his life and various problems he's noticing in the news, particularly about a mysterious disease outbreak in China...
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    85 of 103 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Zombie book fans - it's OK to be critical... November 16, 2011
    After having recently finished WORLD WAR Z (and loved it) I wanted to continue in the zombie genre with another favored book among fans. I came across this one after reading the glowing reviews...

    To be honest, I'm a little disappointed - both in the book itself and the number of fans whom seemingly refuse to be critical of a zombie book.

    I will say that there is some exciting moments in the book (especially the end, although it was quite abrupt). However, the ability of the reader to become deeply involved in the story and visualize this world and the characters in it is severely limited as a result of the author's rudimentary command of the English language. There is practically no descriptive sense in this book. For example, zombies are described as being "smelly" and "hellish-looking" - never did the author bother to go in more detail and way too often are zombie-killing scenes described by a simple one-liner joke. I desperately wanted more depiction and it just simply wasn't there. Where the author focused his attention, though, was on technical babble and military mumbo-jumbo which I found to be really tedious to get through. This is portrayed as a zombie book, but it seemed more a part of the military genre. Funny that WORLD WAR Z had a lot of technical babble in it as well. However in that book it all seemed necessary and did not take away from the author's ability to capture the descriptive undertones of a zombie-ridden world.

    Characters are also incredibly one-dimensional and simply not interesting. Beside the main character, I had to keep reminding myself who was who because beside their names nothing else was significantly different or important about any of them.
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    50 of 61 people found the following review helpful
    The last couple of years has seen a sort of renaissance in all things zombies. Zombies have become the "monster of the moment" in the entertainment industry. These shambling undead (or Olympic sprinters for some of the more recent twist on the genre) have permeated film, video games, comic books and novels. Really, the only mode of media that still hasn't joined the zombie wave are the tv networks. J.L. Bourne debuts with a fast-paced and exciting first novel that takes the well-known conventions of the zombie tale and gives it a nice personal touch to set it apart from the many other zombie novels flooding the market.

    Day by Day Armageddon doesn't go the usual straight narrative of most novels. The novel is written in the point-of-view of the anonymous narrator, but is told through an epistolary-style. Similar to Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bourne's novel tells the story of this one man's struggles to survive the gradual collapse of civilization and through the post-apocalyptic undead world around him through journal entries. Bourne's choice of writing style lends abit of a personal touch to the proceedings as it imbues the tale with less hyperbole and flowery language. Instead, the journal entries gives the reader just the right amount of look into this man's life. Not everything's explained in these journal entries, but enough clues were hinted at to keep the reader interested in reading more. From the beginning of the crisis which has a timely feel of today's current events to the confusion of the crisis spiralling out of control with our narrator as confused as the people in charge seem to be.

    Day by Day Armageddon doesn't lack for action and gory detail, but they seem to be more of affectations to the rest of the tale.
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    J.L. Bourne is a commissioned military officer and acclaimed author of the horror series DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON (Simon & Schuster), and dystopian thriller, TOMORROW WAR (Simon & Schuster, June 2015). With twenty years of active military and intelligence community service behind him, J.L. brands a realistic and unique style of fiction. J.L. is also working closely with software developer, Undead Labs on the future of the wildly successful, State of Decay franchise on Microsoft's Xbox One system. He currently resides in Florida.

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    What the hell
    i'm pissed and outraged as well with the kindle prices lately.
    I know that Amazon doesn't set the prices but, since they have the biggest share of the eReaders market, they should have some say in the pricing structure.
    I understand publishers wanting to charge the same or even a little more... Read More
    Apr 11, 2011 by Renato Rodriguez |  See all 10 posts
    Zombie Invasion to Start in China?
    That and their appalling cleanliness standards, coupled with the fact that they actually could be fooling around with biological warfare...Who knows...S.A.R.S. might've been one.
    Apr 27, 2008 by Rhio2k |  See all 6 posts
    Greatest Zombie Novel Ever
    Has to be 'The Breathing Dead' although it's more of a novelette. However it's like pasta, very filling but an hour later you want more. Great read for a journey.
    Mar 6, 2009 by Alan Ralph |  See all 19 posts
    Not yet...John Bourne has been re-editing and re-working the flow of the original for the Permuted Press re-issue coming late summer. At least we know he's shooting for the 300+ page mark, that's about all that's know at the moment.
    Aug 11, 2007 by SarshelYam |  See all 5 posts
    Missing text in Kindle edition
    I thought the same thing, but it is supposed to be that way. In the next entry he talks about how his writing was interrupted which is why it is incomplete.
    Sep 10, 2010 by John Seibert |  See all 3 posts
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