Saturday, July 24, 2010
Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon Review
Beyond Exile: Day by Day Armageddon
By J. L. Bourne
This edition: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
List Price: $22.99
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 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?
I was lucky enough to have this brilliant sequel to get right into after finishing Day By Day Armageddon, no waiting for a sequel to come out if great if the novel is this good. The story pick up right where the first novel left us and is an excellent continuation for fans of J.L’s first novel.
If you haven’t heard of this author then you must be a zombie, there’s even a hoard of followers with their own forum here at http://www.tacticalunderground.us/forum/. Like many of the followers of this series, the only issue I have with the second novel is that it is too short. I finished it in a single reading and now have to wait for Mr. Bourne to get the next novel to us; write a little faster please J.L, we are waiting.
“Beyond Exile” takes place immediately after the events of the first “Day by Day,” (so if you’re not all that familiar with the story line then go get both books and read them back to back and then this review will make more sense) where we see the assembled survivors of Hotel 23, after taking a beating from a group of post apocalyptic raiders and zombie hordes, regrouping and faced with the realities of the new found truth, that they may be the only ones left in the world.
Not far into the sequel we see the narrator, and his rag tag band of survivors grow into a highly affective and lethal unit, not to mention the fact that through a chance run in with a small group of stranded Marines, the narrator goes from being on the run to being in command. We also see the introduction of some other elements of danger added to the survivors list of things to worry about, besides the flesh eating zombies. A unique addition to this zombie novel is some zombie eating survivors. Nothing like getting a bit of your own back on those nasty flesh eaters.
A definite to read for all.