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An ongoing journal depicting one man's personal struggle for survival, dealing with the trials of an undead world unfolding around him. An unknown plague sweeps the planet. The dead rise to claim the Earth as the new dominant species. Trapped in the midst of a global tragedy, he must make decisions...choices that that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as o ...more
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Published June 11th 2004 by
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If I could give this book negative stars, I would.

It's been a long time since a book has made me as angry as this one did. I don't think I'm the overly critical sort. I have expectations, and I want them to be met, but I think that I'm willing to compromise. If a book isn't the best written but has a good story, or if the writing is gorgeous, but the story is kinda "meh", I can appreciate the book for what it is and move on. But this was just painfully, ridiculously bad.

This book's gimmick is
Opening Line: "January 1st 0358 hrs. Happy New Year to me"

Wow, this was a surprise! Before I begin I should tell you that I’ve never read a Zombie book in my life and I’m not a fan of the genre (although I did think Shawn Of The Dead was hilarious.) I generally read romance novels with the occasional biography thrown in. So you can imagine my surprise when I became absolutely engrossed in a book about surviving a plague of walking dead.

Day By Day Armageddon was unputdownable and had me alternat
Richard Derus
Aug 22, 2012 Richard Derus rated it liked it
Rating: 3* of five

The Book Report: The book description says:
An ongoing journal depicting one man's personal struggle for survival, dealing with the trials of an undead world unfolding around him. An unknown plague sweeps the planet. The dead rise to claim the Earth as the new dominant species. Trapped in the midst of a global tragedy, he must make decisions...choices that that ultimately mean life, or the eternal curse to walk as one of them.

My Review: I really, really wish the narrative fra
Brett Van Valkenburg
I guess I can only explain the majority of Amazon users' glowing appraisals with the fact that Bourne has some interesting ideas. It's like he thought of the most interesting places someone could hole-up during a zombie apocalypse and then wrote a book around them. That combined with the fleeting bits of action throughout the story encouraged me to continue reading despite my overwhelming objections to much of the rest of the book.

Some users have tried to explain the main character's overreactio
Jan 20, 2010 Stephen rated it liked it
3.5 stars. While not up to the quality or enjoyment of World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War which is on my list of "All Time Favorite" novels, this book can hold its decaying head up high and proudly moan that it is the SECOND BEST ZOMBIE BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.

Written in "authentic" journal style (complete with misspelled words), this book has a gritty, realistic feel to it and a tight plot that keeps the tension up at a good clip. Short, fast and enjoyable.
Brett Botbyl
Oct 15, 2008 Brett Botbyl rated it really liked it
Ok. Zombie come and zombies go. But as raw as it is...I LOVED this book! It's a diary format tale of a military guy stuck in the burbs of the living dead. What a guilty pleasure. Or maybe it's the voyeuristic me dancing behind the overturned car with a high-powered rifle and only enough SPAM to last me another two days!


Aug 24, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2012
3.5 Stars

This is an interesting take on the post apocalyptic zombie story. I am a die hard zombie-phile and love all the different takes on the genre. This story done by J.L.Bourne takes the zombie story and gives it to us at the point of view of a modern day soldier who's name we never get to know. The name, Day by Day Armageddon, is perfect as this is a journal type story that is told by a soldier. It is a daily written account telling our heroes trials and tribulations from the first day of t
Feb 09, 2012 EdsEds rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I am a great fan of zombie fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction in general. I absolutely loved Max Brook's World War Z so I was really excited to pick up this book. The journalistic style intrigued me and I had hoped to get a realistic, first person view of a survivor in a world ruled by the undead.

How easy would it be to survive in a world full of flesh eating zombies? Really easy - especially considering that the protagonist is apparently McGyver! Our hero can fly a plane, hotwire a car, is a
Jul 25, 2015 seak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2016
Take The Martian, add zombies and subtract the humor and you get Day by Day Armageddon. So ... I guess that means it's just like journal-style narrative, which is what this is. Each day in the journal of the life of an unnamed protagonist.

I was in the mood for a good zombie book and Day by Day scratched that itch. It's nothing that really breaks any mold. They're still a hoard of zombies that suddenly sneak up on you even though they're loud, moaning creatures. The survivors are the ones to worr
Nov 11, 2011 Lafcadio rated it it was ok
Shelves: 850-905, released, poco, zack
This was, in general, a fairly good zombie tale, with plenty of suspense.

One thing I found distracting was the editing. In particular, the error that kept popping up was this:

Zombies should be wandering around. In this book, the zombies wondered around. It's a spelling error that changes the meaning of the word. Every time the author meant to use the word wander, he used wonder instead. This is not the fault of J.L. Bourne. I do not expect authors to be good spellers. The responsibility of the a
John Wiltshire
Mar 23, 2017 John Wiltshire rated it really liked it
Damn, I've only just noticed that this says #1. It had better not end on a cliff hanger. I'm 80% in and loving every minute. In some ways it reminds of one of my favourite books World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War in that it's sparse and written in journal form rather than trying to be a literary piece--a novel in the traditional sense. I mean, zombies are daft, right? The whole concept of reading zombie novels immediately puts you in the loony zone. It's not something I care to admit ...more
Dec 19, 2008 T.j. rated it it was amazing
Ok to start off this book is freaking amazing. I have my reasons why i think this book is amazing. (1.) It has zombies, how is that not cool?(unless you don't like zombie) (2.) It is done in a diary format, in military time, in first person perspective. (3.) and finally this book is probably the most intense and scary book I have read for a long time, but don't take my word for it here is an example from “Day by Day Armageddon”

“I shut the door again. My instincts told me, @* the plane cover;
Angelica Juarez Gonzalez
Jun 02, 2017 Angelica Juarez Gonzalez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazing, 2017
Diario de una invasión Zombie es mi primera experiencia leyendo del tema. Si había visto unas cuantas películas (No, series no. No, no he visto The walking dead. Mátenme) así que mi nivel de familiaridad es escaso. Si agregamos que de pequeña veía a mis hermanos jugar Resident evil en el PlayStation, cosa que yo hallaba entretenidísimo, aunque me aterraba el sonido y vibrar del control. Es un argumento que siempre me ha causado curiosidad, ya sea por la popularidad de los últimos años, el alto r ...more
Dawn Peers
Mar 20, 2013 Dawn Peers rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, especially zombie novels.

I came to JL Bourne's books only a few months ago, but within a few pages of this his writing style had me hooked.

The story initially comes from the perspective of one military man immediately before, during, and after the viral outbreak that brings around the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The pragmatism of the main character brings to mind the way Max Brook's characters operated in World War Z, but he is realistic, fallible,
Mar 23, 2013 Azn rated it it was ok
If you're a hardcore, and I mean hardcore zombie fan, you will love this book. When I said hardcore zombie fan, I'm talking about daydreaming for hours on end about end of the world survival scenarios, reading up on every piece of zombie literature you could get your hands on, devouring every single zombie movie ever made and stockpile on food and ammunition to prepare for an event that will most likely never, ever happen. That is the kind of obsession this book will appeal to, because if you're ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Christy rated it really liked it
This was a simple story, told in the style of a soldier's journal as he deals with surviving in the zombie apocalypse. Many post-apocalyptic book deal with the threat of people, but this one really was more about one man vs the zombie horde. Later on a few other characters are picked up; but they're given a very brief surface treatment, we never really get to know them in depth, as the story is told through a very narrow view. The writing is extremely simple, and I can't quite tell whether this ...more
Christina White
Oct 29, 2012 Christina White rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I had no idea that a zombie apocalypse could be so boring! I had a hard time swallowing the "realistic" journal entry format. I think the author could have more easily drawn me into the story if I wasn't constantly rolling my eyes at his writing style. No one writes in a diary like that. There was a lot of detail put into describing flight procedures, guns, ammo, and boat engines that included lots of numbers and acronyms that meant nothing to me. Parts of the story were so dry it was like readi ...more
Mari Yeung
Jul 21, 2014 Mari Yeung rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf-zone, zombies
DNF 23%

I just can't. I want some realistic fiction about zombies with a kickass protagonist, is that too much to ask?
You can't begin putting up defenses all around your house only because you heard about something that is happening in China. WTH have you the power to predict what is going to happen?!
And obviously this journal thing doesn't work: a zombie book must be full of action, not full of description. I didn't give a shit about what the protagonist was blabbing half of the time. I have re
So disappointed as really thought I'd love this one.

It bored me and I found the characters shallow and bland. Didn't get to know the characters and quite frankly didn't care about them either. The dog was ok !

Could not bring myself to read past page 90.

I also didn't buy into it as from the start it just didn't have any depth or reality especially because I couldn't understand why this guy would be so paranoid about a virus in China and go straight to fortressing his home. Maybe it's a girl thi
Mar 29, 2017 MrsJana13 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, read2017
Ein Zombieroman in Tagebuchform ist mal was anderes gewesen und hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Werde mir definitiv auch Band 2 anhören. Wie immer ist es ein Genuss gewesen der Stimme von David Nathan zu lauschen.
Apr 13, 2010 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3rd-term
This is a novel by J.L Bourne, an aspiring fiction author. The title, DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON suggests that this is a book about either an apocalypse or, an infestation of the undead which is what the cover suggests. It is a 200 page long zombie fiction, and a well written book. It is written in the form of a journal and in the view of the main character.
Though the author never mentions the main characters name, he tells us a lot about him. Such as, he an unmarried air force pilot who lives in a s
Christian, Kelanth, Scala
"Diario di un sopravvissuto agli zombie" è un libro post-apocalittico, con tendenze horror, del 2004 dell'autore J.L. Bourne, primo di una trilogia che la casa editrice " Edizioni" sta ristampando qui in Italia. I primi due volumi sono reperibili, il terzo alla data in cui scrivo, non è ancora uscito.

J. L. Bourne, militare di professione, ha partecipato ad alcune delle ultime operazioni militari americane, tra cui quella in Iraq. Non è uno scrittore di professione dunque, ed effita
Patrick D'Orazio
Nov 05, 2010 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it
This book was fun to read. Moreso than many of the other zombie books I have read recently as I have gotten more and more into this genre. Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed most of the stories I have read, but this one just hit me the right way I guess. I like the narative approach. It is certainly not something I want with all my books-a "Dear Diary" route, but it works quite well here. It gives the author a lot of latitude with how the story flows and even the grammar, etc. After all, this is ...more
Oct 06, 2008 Cameron rated it liked it
This is a good post-apocalypse zombie novel written in the style of a survivor's diary. I enjoyed this book and burned through it pretty quickly, but noticed quite a few spelling, grammar and fact-checking errors that I think have prevented the novel from achieving more success. Spelling and grammar mistakes are pretty unforgivable - the editor needs to be fired. Certain occurrences in the story bothered me as well:

- The guy routinely uses a knife to open canned food. Has the author ever tried t
Unfortunately this book didn't do much for me. It wasn't anything special and merely mediocre. It wasn't completely bad either, just pretty forgettable.

I did like the idea of a journal style telling of a zombie apocalypse. Unfortunately the author doesn't really make full use of that style. The book is written like a normal first person POV with the dates as chapter titles. I didn't really mind that too much, I just thought it was a bit of a missed opportunity.

What bothered me more were the unb
Summer Lane
Aug 19, 2012 Summer Lane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: zombie-candy
You know the drill: the world has been infected by an identifiable virus that turns all of the human population into mindless, flesh-eating zombies. Not transmissible by air or food or water, the disease spreads by a single bite. Our hero, a young American soldier in Texas, teams up with his neighbor to brave this freakishly transformed planet to do one thing, and do it well: survive. Their fight against the undead (who are, it might be added, exceptionally ugly and stinky) is a never-ending one ...more
Timothy Ward
Feb 24, 2011 Timothy Ward rated it really liked it
J.L. Bourne writes my kind of zombie book, not too heavy on gore, language or nudity, and focuses on the survival aspect in a post apocalyptic world. He has an interesting 1st person point of view in journal format, which makes for a quick read and insight into the main character that makes him likable. The only drawback to this style is knowing that he survived the scene he is documenting. Despite this he manages to build great suspense and I often was so caught up in the action that I forgot i ...more
Jo Anne B
Feb 12, 2012 Jo Anne B rated it liked it
I appreciated the different perspective in this story about fighting zombies. It was told by a soldier as he wrote of the events in his journal. However, because of this it felt like a news report. It was also hard to bond with the characters because there was no dialogue and you never heard their voice. It was a superbly detailed account of the events the soldier endured trying to survive in the world of zombies. I found myself thinking what I would have done in his situation.  But even then, t ...more
Sep 07, 2010 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Almost as good as World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War. Has an authentic soldierly feel to it- you can tell the author was/is (not sure which) a soldier. I felt like the last half, especially towards the end, got somewhat weak plotwise.

There is a second book published that continues the story. Might pick it up in the future, but not anytime soon.

*Note- Saw someone mention there were quite a few typos- wanted to clarify that those are intentional typos. It is set up to be supposedly wr
This book is written as a series of journal entries by a US pilot who doesn't report to his base when the zombie outbreak begins. The journal entry format keeps you turning the page and thinking "I'll read just one more entry" and you end up reading 20 before putting it down. I was concerned about not liking it because it follows a military man in Texas, but I loved this book. Although his experience is frequently referred to, he doesn't dwell on any past experiences and focuses on the present. ...more
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