Day by Day Armageddon, by J.L. Bourne – Book Review

I bought and read this book last month – don’t know how I missed it the last few years – it was published in 2007 by Permuted Press, and it is without a doubt the best zombie story I have read in the past couple of years. In Day by Day Armageddon, Bourne takes us on an action-packed, emotional ride through the zombie apocalypse day by day, in the form of a journal written by a survivor fighting for his life as he is forced to deal with life after the undead slowly take over the world. The author of the journal, a Naval officer, is alone and decides to chronicle his struggle in a journal format, partly for therapy and partly to tell his story for someone to read after he is gone.

The journal covers about five months of his life, where he befriends a neighbor and together they set out to find a safe place since the small town he lives in is quickly being overrun by the undead. He does find other survivors along the way, as well as bandits, gangs, and plenty of horror.  The journal is believable due to the author’s military background and I found myself completely involved in the protagonist’s ongoing struggle – there is a humanitarian inside yet he is forced to make decisions that go against his nature if he is to survive.

There is a sequel to the book which I can’t wait to read, and make no mistake, this book’s ending leaves you wanting more, and more, and more.  This book is a kick-ass, emotional  ride on the zombie highway of horror.  Highly recommended!

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