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Romero may be the master on the silver screen. Bourne is the master in print. -- Mary Robinson, Lulu.com, June 14, 2004

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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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Lulu.com (June 11, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1411608313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1411608313
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #825,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Day by Day Armageddon was one of the first books I read when I became interested in zombie literature, to go hand in hand with my fascination with zombie movies, almost exactly four years ago. As is the case with many people who enjoyed its personal approach to the apocalypse as told by an active officer in the military, I have waited all this time for the long hoped for sequel. Since J.L. Bourne is himself an active member of the military, my guess is that he was only able to write bits and pieces of this update of the saga between active tours of duty. While it may have been frustration for us fans of the first book to have waited this long, I have to say that the wait was well worth it.
An issue that some people had with the first book was perhaps the intentional diary approach to the book, with typos left in and even the text a bit rougher than you would get from a traditional novel. That is no longer an issue, as the format of this book is more traditional, with no errors in the text, intentional or not. I myself had no issues with that previously, but with it gone, it is one less point of criticism that someone may have with this type of storytelling. We once again get a diary of a military officer facing down the zombie apocalypse and this one picks up where the last journal ended, under ground, in the nuclear missile silo the author has dubbed Hotel 23, shortly after an attack by hostile survivors that failed to penetrate its defenses.
This is once again a personal journey of one man, with other people entering and exiting the story at different intervals. The characters in the first novel that are with the main character in Hotel 23 remain, but do not play a pivotal role here.
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CONTAINS SPOILERS CONTAINS SPOILERS CONTAINS SPOILERS

Moving right along....

I know I am gonna get blasted here, given all of the 5-star ratings for this book. I'm Ok with that, because I struggled with writing an honest review because I wasn't thrilled with the book, and writing a lukewarm review because I heart JL Bourne and didn't want to piss him off. Honesty has won out in this epic struggle. But hey, JL? I still heart you, man.

Another reviewer, lou villaflor says:

"Big fan of the first book (and the zombie genre) so I couldn't wait for this second book. For those that have read the first book, Bourne doesn't disappoint as takes you through a journey of survival but the book literally dumps the reader in the last 30-50 pages(can't tell because I'm reading from a Kindle). It's almost like Bourne had to go somewhere and rushes through the ending. For example, they are attacked by an unknown and unexplained party with high tech weapons, they shut down the fort, evacuate, fight off the Z horde, end up in the carrier base and is forced to go to China-all this with very scant depth-it leaves you empty; especially after you've been on this great journey with the main character. WTF?
3 STARS IS ABOUT RIGHT."

I could not agree more with every single point, though I think it was more than the last 30-50 pages that are...off.

I totally heart JL and was waiting with trembling fingers to get my hands on a copy of this, as the first book was so entirely fabulastic that I just KNEW this book was gonna be ace. It was not.

It wasn't a BAD book, it just wasn't up to par with the first one.
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