The first book of Day by Day Armageddon took us deep into the mind of a military officer and survivor as he made a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. The man kept his resolution and brought to us the fall of humanity, day by day. We see the man transition from the life that you and I live to the prospect of fighting for his very survival against the overwhelming hordes of the dead. We see him bleed, we see him make mistakes, we witness him evolve. The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling underground cult classic, Day by Day Armageddon, begins where the first novel left off.
Armies of undead have risen up across the U.S. and around the globe; there is no safe haven from the diseased corpses hungering for human flesh. But in the heat of a Texas wasteland, a small band of survivors attempt to counter the millions closing in around them.
Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a worldwide cataclysm capture the desperation--and the will to survive--as he joins forces with a handful of refugees to battle soulless enemies both human and inhuman from inside an abandoned strategic missile facility. But in the world of the undead, is mere survival enough?
Amazing book, tragicly bad narrator
I read both Day By Day Armageddon, and Beyond Exile. The first book was fine, but this book is really where the story gets awesome. Easily far better than the first. The first book is largely him putting around and sort of half heartedly surviving. This book is still a lot of struggling to survive the new world he has been thrust in to, but now he's been at it for a while and the reality and how grave the situation really is, is starting to get to the narrator.
This book also sheds a lot of light on what the military has been up to and what has happened since the entire world went to hell. The book is definitely time well spent, but again, the narrator lacks character depth. He's got the big, deep, bass voice of someone you'd sort of expect to be an audiobook narrator. I think if they could have gotten someone like Nick Landrum or Jonathan Davis the audiobook experiance would be much richer.
Continues to raise the bar on Zombie Apocalypse fiction
Bourne hits another one out of the ballpark, exceeding my expectations for a follow-up to Day By Day Armageddon. In a genre flooded by mediocre and often formulaic offerings, Bourne raised the bar with his first book. In the second, we continue to follow the adventures of our hero, and like his creation, Bourne diverges from the pack once again, and provides his fans with some surprising turn of events.
Still following the journal-style format, Bourne deftly creates moments of fear and dread, and carefully uses the writing of the first-person perspective with verve. Bourne's understanding of post-traumatic anxieties and sufferings provides an added dimension to his character. Had this come out on the internet as a day-by-day blog (like its predecessor), I would have been on the edge of my seat, eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Unlike earlier reviewers, I found that I liked the narrator's voice, and felt that it added to the reading of what is essentially a journal. The small mistakes, the often cold narration, and the sometimes inconsistent voice acting actually adds to the listening experience. If the story had been presented in something different than a first-person journal, I probably would share some of the earlier reviewer's complaints.
I wish that all sequels were this enjoyable and well scripted.