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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.
I haven't read many novels that are written in a journal entry format; in fact, this might have been my first. That being said, it was a unique experience that allowed me to connect with the lead character in a way that I had not experienced before. The story was well crafted and the journey of the protagonist was well developed.
Bourne had me hooked with the first DBDA and then again with his Tomorrow World series. I highly recommend all of his work.
As I have searched for books to read, most of the zombie / end of days books are fan fiction. While this is great, it also usually means that the writers lack an editor. I've found that a lot of zombie books written by independents / amateurs can be boring, cliche'd, or poorly written (grammar, plot mistakes etc.)
I couldn't put this, or its sequel, down. I loved this book. This is my second favorite book, WorldWar z being my first.
Written from the first person perspective of a military person it was very believable. Minimal grammar errors, a plot that kept me interested.
Once in a while you find a book that you end up reading in 2-3 days that normally would take 1-2 weeks; this is that book.