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Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon (Day by Day Armageddon #2)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  9,803 Ratings  ·  403 Reviews
The terrifying sequel to Day by Day Armageddon—for fans of The Walking Dead. "J.L. Bourne is the new king of hardcore zombie action!" (Brad Thor)

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 th
ebook, 288 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Pocket Books (first published 2010)
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Keith In Ky
Feb 20, 2012 Keith In Ky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Pure letdown. This book started okay, then got completely done in by the author trying to state everything he seemed to know about boring military garble. The names of things didn't matter, the story about how he got this wealth of knowledge would have been, it wouldn't have. Somehow this average Joe hero seemed to learn how to do almost everything overnight. There was no indication of this vast wealth of knowledge in the first book. Making the character some sort of military command ...more
Patrick D'Orazio
ay 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 piec ...more
Oct 16, 2011 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
(Re-posted from

Hmmmmm. Did I enjoy this book as much as it’s predecessor, Day By Day Armageddon? Short answer: No. Long answer: also no. Shall I elaborate?

From a technical standpoint you have to concede that Beyond Exile is Day By Day’s superior. Technically. A lot of the “flaws” of the first book are absent here. The problem is, as you may have guessed by my quote marks. Is that I never thought of Day By Day’s flaws as, well, flaws. Did the plot tend to meand
♥ Marlene♥
Finished this morning and to be honest I was glad I was done.
There is book 3 but to me this book became a bit over the top en again to me, ridiculous so I think I am going to not read the last book. He is going to China I believe?

This author is a typical male writer but that is not fair cause I know many male authors who can come up with good detailed characters.

Lots of talk about the weapons which I do not care much about.
I am sure there are people who will enjoy this book though.
Timothy Ward
Feb 25, 2011 Timothy Ward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
J.L. Bourne has done it again. The sequel to Day by Day Armageddon picks up with our hero in an underground military base when a distress call from an army squad trapped near the city leads him back into the fray. Bourne does an excellent job of amping up the difficulty for his protagonist in this one, forcing him out of the comfort of a base and again exploring the thrill of survival out in the zombie wasteland. In the process, Bourne introduces stronger zombies in larger numbers, some demented ...more
Jan 22, 2011 Nimbs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, kindle
If you're a fan of weapons, gore and frights this book will appeal to you. It's obvious the author really knows war, weaponry and combat like the back of his hand. This makes the book believable, even though it's about zombies. There are some genuinely rather terrifying moments, moments that will make you sad, parts that will have you questioning what you would do in the same situation.

The only thing I would say this (and to an extent the first Day By Day Armageddon book) is weak on is the actua
Jan 27, 2011 Rachel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Day by Day Armeggedon series and, while I liked this book, I didn't like it as much as the first. I think, while the first book is about a guy who happens to have the skills of a marine surviving a zombie apocalypse, the second book gets too technical. The character gets recomissioned into the Marines to save the civilians hiding in a bunker with him. After this a lot of the book talks about different weapons and military devices in a technical way that sometimes p ...more
This review will contain plot spoilers for those who have not read book one so please use caution!

Our hero has been injured in the blast but the raiders have been pretty much defeated and we find out what happened during the battle. It is decided to use the plane to go and get supplies and scout out the area for signs of trouble. At an airfield, they find a note from a woman seeking help for her and her grandson and a rescue is launched. At Hotel 23, reactions are mixed about helping a group of
Feb 08, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Beyond Exile" immediately picks up right after "Day By Day Armageddon" left off, with our protagonist still kicking after the climactic confrontation with the roving raider band at the end of the previous book. Our nameless officer is licking his wounds, still leading his little band of survivors, and still making his journal entries.

Safe for the moment in their new haven of "Hotel 23", the group is actually found by what's left of civilization in the form of military formations who stumble ont
Aug 05, 2011 Helene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, apocalyptic
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Richard Kearney
Permuted Press (motto: "Enjoy the Apocalypse") is a specialist publisher for zombie fiction - yes, that's right, what a genre! This novel is a sequel to Bourne's wildly popular "Day by Day Armageddon" and it picks up right where the first novel left off, detailing six months in the life of its protagonist, a military officer who uses his meticulous, obsessive habits of preparedness to keep himself and others alive through a multitude of threats from the dead and the living.

Like the first book, t
Mar 20, 2012 J.R. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Day by Day Armageddon by the same author. It continues where the first book left off at and is done in the same style, the main character’s journal entries. With this being the second book by this author, I expected more from him in way of his writing. There are still the grammatical errors and lack of contractions within the story that make it feel and read choppy and at times disjointed.

The story is a work of fiction, however, when any author and one who is allegedly an
Jan 10, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book just as much as I enjoyed the first one. I think combining a very first person narrative with a this genre really works, for me anyway.

I think that the original premise was a great idea, and I did adore the first book and getting to know the characters and getting to know how each character became part of the main story was what still leaves Book One lingering as my favourite of the two.

However, I do think Bournes writing style has shied away from the 'Dear Diary' style that
I am having a hard time rating this one. I had settled on 3 stars, as I've decided to 'toughen up' my reviewing standards, but I then thought its more of an 8 out of 10, which makes it a 4 out of 5 and I've already confused the shit outta myself, but anyway, the point is this is a really good book if this kinda plot is your kinda thing. And that ISN'T me saying that it ISN'T my kinda thing. I think I just read the first 2 too close together, and feeling SO close to our diary keeper almost made M ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Netanella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies
First paragraph: I started feeling physically better the day of the twenty-first. The attack from the raiders had really busted me up. I got out of bed, drank a gallon of water (over the course of a few hours) and stretched a bit. I asked John what it looked like topside. He didn’t want to say much of anything so I followed him up to the control room to look for myself. The previous night John had rushed out in the darkness and pulled the bag off one of the cameras and dashed back inside. There ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me this book didn't work as well as the first one. While Day by Day Armaggedon was fun and fast paced and exciting, this book in a lot of parts reads like a military survival manual, much too technical and impersonal. Also, a much slower read. It starts off great, then considerably slows down only picking back up toward the end, leaving it wide open for part 3, which I hope will be more exciting and more like the original. Solid zombie read, but not on par with the first one. 3 stars.
Apr 09, 2015 Tamara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leider der schwächste Band der Reihe...
Jan 18, 2015 Ginny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Niente male, anche se rispetto al primo, questo è molto più lento e fiacco. Riprende molto alla fine
Aug 11, 2012 Jayson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great zombie book - however Bourne really leaves you hanging with this one-wait to read until the next one is out
Anarchic Rain
1,5* arrotondato per eccesso (di bontà)...
Apr 25, 2012 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
still fast-paced and fun, but weighted down with too much military jargon that did as much to scare away me as a civilian as it did to entertain my military husband.
Oct 30, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was more intense than the first and better writing. I really liked it!
Mar 13, 2017 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay but often boring.
Probably like it would be to try to stay alive during the zombie Armageddon...let's face it, carrying wood and fetching water is dull.

Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review was first posted on my blog:

This book is the second in a series; the first was Day by Day Armageddon. There are various references to incidents that must have happened in the first book; however, it does well as a stand-alone book.

Because I didn't read the first book, I am providing background mainly from the author's forenote and clues picked up in THIS book.

A military officer makes a New Year's resolution to start keeping a journal. In this
Oct 26, 2016 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Great book, perfect for the season
Dec 08, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As sad as I am to say it, I feel sort of "meh" about this book. I enjoyed the first one. This one... I don't know. I didn't hate it. But I didn't love it, either.

While the majority of the first book was the initial response & reaction to the crisis, and the gathering of multiple survivors, this book was much more of a one person story. The storyline focuses on the hero, who ends up far from the place where the survivors are holed up, all alone, trying to get back "home" (for want of a bette
May 23, 2013 Scrittevolmente rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lettori e lettrici di scrittevolmente, bentornati! Oggi con la forse attesa (almeno per me) recensione del secondo capitolo del diario del sopravvissuto! Edito dalla edizioni e recuperato al concluso salone del libro, anche questa volta è stato letteralmente bruciato in meno di un giorno! Se questo non vi fa intuire niente allora preparatevi a tornare nel mondo di J. L. Bourne!

Come sempre iniziamo dall’aspetto tecnico: l’oggetto libro. Non c’è praticamente nulla che non vada, la c
Christian Scala
Oltre l’esilio, di J. L. Bourne, ufficiale della Marina Militare americana e neo-scrittore, è il secondo volume dell’apprezzata serie zombie survival horror Day by Day Armageddon e il seguito di Diario di un sopravvissuto agli zombie.

Contrariamente ai più, ho trovato questa seconda parte della trilogia meno avvincente, molto lenta la prima parte della storia dove praticamente non succede quasi nulla e sebbene nella seconda si riscatti e acceleri notevolmente, è troppo infarcita di tecnicismi mil
Jul 11, 2011 Bradshaw rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[I've upgraded this book from a 3 to a 4 star after some consideration. One of the things that really make this book stand out are the details. Details Details Details. This guy is always thinking about everything, where his next meal will come from, where the next toilet paper supply will come from, water, fuel, name it and he has a plan or is thinking about one. Back in the world before the zombies happened he must have been borderline survivalist NRA member of the year. In the zombie infested ...more
Felicia A
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J.L. Bourne is a military officer and acclaimed author of the horror series, DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON, and dystopian thriller, TOMORROW WAR.

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