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Beyond Exile (Day by Day Armageddon #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  10,283 Ratings  ·  414 Reviews
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.

Survivor, Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a worldwide cataclysm capture the de
Paperback, 277 pages
Published July 13th 2010 by Permuted Press (first published 2010)
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Keith In Ky
Feb 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was ok
(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♥
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, zombies
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.
Ignacio Senao f
Ahora nuestro militar de alto rango nos deja en su diario la aventura que él en solitario ejerce para salvar a unas personas.

La trilogía sigue teniendo los mismos problemas con su falta de acción bien narrada y mal descrito los lugares.
Timothy Ward
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it liked it
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 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
Kasia (Kącik z książką)
Jestem ciekawa, jak dalej potoczą się losy zarówno bohaterów powieści, jak i całej Z-apokalipsy. Zakończenie bieżącego tomu jest dosyć nietypowe i… niepokojące. Z pewnością też oryginalne w porównaniu z innymi tego typu powieściami. Autor może to pociągnąć albo ku pewnemu sukcesowi, albo zaliczyć totalną porażkę. Mam nadzieję, że to pierwsza opcja będzie bardziej realna, bo szkoda by było dobrze zapowiadającego się cyklu. Póki co polecam wszystkim fanom gatunku.

Cała opinia:
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 rated it really liked it
"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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, apocalyptic
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Richard Kearney
Oct 12, 2010 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was amazing
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 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 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leider der schwächste Band der Reihe...
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it
This one was more intense than the first and better writing. I really liked it!
Oct 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great improvement over the first novel!

Our anonymous survivors has to makes an arduous great trek across Middle America, running into thousands of the undead. Reveal at the end is well-timed.

If you didn't like the style of first, you won't like this one though.

Can't wait for the (supposed) finale.
Andrea C. Day
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy crap

Holy crap this book was the best zombie novel yet, so pleased to read this series as it actually made me sweat from stress related to the book lol. Can't wait for book number 3 if it isn't already out yet
Kristian Norling
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nonstop zombie action!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
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.

Diego Souza
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: zombies
"O único dia fácil foi ontem".
Darla Belflower
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
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