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Day by Day Armageddon by J.L. Bourne
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Apr 13, 2010

really liked it
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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 semi-small house about 18 miles away from San Antonio. He is a modest man who doesn’t have very many close friends before most of the world’s population is turned into flesh eating undead. Other survivors see him as a good honest man who, several times goes out of his way and risk’s his own life to save other survivors. They also respect him and view him as an authoritative figure. The most important secondary character is John. He is with the main character for almost the entire duration of his fight for survival and is always helpful to other characters. Though he is troubled by the death of his wife and son, and the caring of his dog Annabelle, he still manages to do his best to keep other peoples spirits up. The other four characters, who are later recued by this rag tag duo, are (in order of their appearance) William, who is a chemist and the husband of Jan (short for Janet) who was a nurse before the outbreak. Their daughter, Laura who we are not told much about, only that she is under ten years old. And finally Tara, a 20 year old woman that they find trapped in a car in the parking lot of an old shopping mall. For quite some time after her rescue she is unable to speak or eat.
The main plot goes like this; Reports of strange attacks halfway around the globe, all American troops pulling out of other countries, foreign duty assignments cancelled without reason. Total outbreak. The disease hits home soil and the proverbial shit hits the fan. After it is announced that the president has died, the newly appointed president authorizes the use of tactical nukes on all major cities in the U.S. When they get this warning the main character say’s “Then the anchorwoman spilt the proverbial beans”. They decide they need to bug out, so they find an aircraft and fly aimlessly until they come upon an old beach resort.
Here they find an old ham radio. Soon after establishing a base they receive desperate cries for help. It is at this point they find William and his family. Upon returning to their little slice of heaven/hell they discover Tara locked in a car surrounded by the undead. A short while later they have her on a boat and they decide to head further up the coast until they run out of fuel. When they reach land they start heading inland. After several days of travel they stumble upon one of the 8 original minutemen launch and storage sites named, hotel 23.
I don’t believe that the author wrote this book with any particular message. With all things considering (Like, that this book started on a forum for small time zombie fiction authors) this is an extremely well written and interesting novel.
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message 1: by David (new)

David C what store did you see this at?

message 2: by Matt (new)

Matt Given that he's now published two books that are at least modestly successful, is it fair to still refer to him as an "aspiring" fiction author?

message 3: by Patrick (new)

Patrick Just a comment. Page 1 starts off with main character being a naval aviator (not air force). However, I am not aware of any naval air stations in San Antonio, TX. The rest of your review is good.

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