- Series: Day By Day Armageddon
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books (September 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439176671
- ISBN-13: 978-1439176672
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,473 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Day by Day Armageddon Paperback – September 29, 2009
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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.
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But having just finished Bourne's first book (and just immediately picked up #2), I have to say I was pleasantly surprised to have read what I figured was going to be a 'disposable' zombie book, and instead found a book that focused on an interesting character & environment and setting (in spite of the somewhat wacky supernatural premise), rather than running down a specific political agenda, what brand/make/model of gear you should own for end of the world, or otherwise beating you about the head with the author's axe to grind du jour.
And I have to admit it was a very refreshing change of pace to have finished the book, and found that it actually had somewhat of a wrap-up (tho' leaving room for the obvious sequel), rather than the now-traditional gambit for most 'prepper' series novels, of turning the page at the end of a chapter and finding mid-story, that it's the end of the book (a particularly ham-handed delivery in the case of the last Glen Tate/299 Days book I read). I don't mind an author stringing an epic story across multiple volumes. But at least make a decent effort to make it episodic, and somewhat self-contained. :D I think that Bourne has done a much better job than most. :)
The duo make a daring escape from their overrun area and travel from place to place, staying only as long as is safe, and having a few near death experiences along the way. John and Annabell, a miniature greyhound, become the protagonist's whole world and they all work together to survive, hoping to find some working form of government, or some place in civilization that hasn't fallen.
Without spoiling it for you, they meet some people along the way as they move from :safe-house" to "safe house".
The story grips you and reads almost like a movie. I was anxious for their safety and waiting for the jump-scare with every sentence I read. I've been come attached to the characters in this book and now I am committed to reading the entire series to see how their survival progresses.
J. L. Bourne’s Day by Day Armageddon, published in 2007, is a zombie horror novel told in a unique diary entry format. J.L. Bourne is an science fiction writer and an active duty Naval Officer adding authenticity protagonists military background. While Major character development and symbolism are used effectively in this book, it lacks minor character development because it is told in the first person. J.L. Bourne effectively communicates that the meaning of life may only be preserved through our own humanity, and the conflicts the protagonist encounters challenge him to make decisions that reflect his evolving morals.
The protagonist is a military pilot who “Starts keeping a journal [for a] New Years Resolution” (Bourne 3). He documents the daily events that unfold even as an outbreak causes the dead to rise. After surviving for weeks, the protagonist becomes desperate for supplies and a simple task to gather food turns into a fight for his life as he is forced away from his home. His journey for a new home introduces him to a handful of interesting characters who together search for a new haven. But as the group grows in size so do the chances of their demise.
Day by Day Armageddon is told from the first person point of view and it is no surprise the major characters are well developed to make them more relatable. In one instance the protagonist, lying injured on a cot, and being treated by Jan, an ex nurse, says, “I was medically attended to by Jan[,] she thought stitches were a good idea” (Bourne 177). Although this act was carried out by Jan because of her medical training, it was as helpful to the protagonist as it was to her stay mentally stable. By using her professional skills, Jan is keeping herself sane and saving a life is a morale booster and a way to maintain her humanity. John is another character who is emotionally unstable throughout the story and to calm himself down he tries to contact other survivors by radio. The protagonist recalls a time saying, “ Whatever keeps his spirits up I suppose“ (Bourne 121). With high “spirits” John shows that with faith comes productivity and in this case it leads him to make the humane decision to contact the other survivors. All in all, the development of major characters as ethical, human beings is crucial to understanding the theme in this story and J.L. Bourne effectively accomplishes that goal.
Another way J.L. Bourne expresses the need to retain humanity is through his use of symbolism. In order to protect the group the protagonist brings John, who is typically a gentle person, to practice shooting a gun. The protagonist knows this and he tricks William into thinking the gun is loaded and as he pulled the trigger “ [The rifle] went high and to the right” (Bourne 118). William was not a soldier nor did he have any training with a rifle and his action shows that he is still trying to grip what little humanity he has left. The symbolism shown here creates a conflict for William as he now has to choose between ignorance or losing a little bit of his humanity to hopefully improve his ability to survive. Another example of symbolism is when the protagonist is stuck between a horde of zombies and a 100-foot fall. He says “I almost F***ing lost it” (Bourne 84) In this one instance, Bourne stresses the importance of being sane during a tough decision. In this case it is particularly difficult to not break down because the protagonist’s life is at stake, but uses his humanity and air force training to survive the encounter. The way Bourne injects symbolism into the story effectively portrays humanity as a high issue.
“Even in the best of lives, mistakes are made” (Joseph J. Ellis), or in this case, good stories have faults. Despite being an overall excellent novel, minor character development needs improvement. From a first person perspective, it is impossible to learn anything from new characters unless the protagonist talks with them and learns about them. For instance, a group of individuals is attacking the compound at which he is staying and he calls them a “Rogue group [of] marauders” (Bourne 197) The protagonist reputedly calls the intruders “marauders” and goes into little further detail about them. The first person perspective limits the knowledge of the reader to the protagonist’s thoughts alone and in turn, the “Rogue group” is yet another underdeveloped band of characters. Most importantly, this book lacks descriptions of other survivors. For instance, the radio the group uses to communicate to the rest of the world, picks up multiple responses from other survivors but when the protagonist goes to describe them he must use their voice alone for he has never seen them. One time he says, “It was a small human voice coming from the radio” (Bourne 121). The lack of description makes the story less dramatic. In turn, The book is less enjoyable to the readers. In conclusion, the minor character development hinders Bourne’s effectivity at portraying the theme.
On the surface Day by Day Armageddon is an a suspenseful thriller, but on a deeper level the book conveys an important message about the humanity within oneself. If you are interested in stories with intricate plots and zombies then Day by Day Armageddon is for you. Overall this story was intriguing and kept my attention from start to finish and I recommend to all zombie fans.