Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Book Review: Day By Day Armageddon
The novel was written by J.L. Bourne aka "Raptorman" on the Zombie Squad forums I frequent. He is currently serving our country as a pilot in the Air Force. This is his first novel and it is a really good sign of things to come from Raptorman. It was published by Permuted Press and was recently given a new printing with new cover illustration.
The book is a VERY entertaining read. It is not a super long book but Mr. Bourne packs a lot of information and action into it. The book is written from the perspective of an unnamed Air Force pilot who decides it's high time he start keeping a journal. This is the hook of the book and what I think makes it very successful and entertaining. The entire book is a series of journal entries. The first entry is before the SHTF so to speak and ends with a real cliff hanger...perfect fodder for a sequel which Mr. Bourne has indicated he is hard at work on in between flying Sortys.
The main character is extremely resourceful and through some pretty good planning finds himself in a not so bad predicament when the dead start to walk. He befriends another survivor who lives just down the street from him, John and his faithful K-9. The situations and crisises these characters face at some points in the book seem almost insurmountable. Through ingenuity and planning they make their way across a vast area of territory that is crawling with zombies.
What I really like about Mr. Bourne's books is he doesn't wreck any of the zombie "rules" so to speak, as laid out by the master George A. Romero. For the most part the zombies are shambling morons that basically overwhelm with sheer numbers. There are some instances where there are "faster" more active zombies but Mr. Bourne presents a perfectly logical reason for these anomolies (I can't share this without ruining a key plot point).
The book is quite addicting and I could not put it down. I read the entire novel in one day over a period of several hours. I highly recommend you read this novel. Here is the best part...Mr. Bourne has a website where you can read the first dozen or so journal entries on line and decide yourself if the book is worth purchasing. Here is the link to the story...I guarantee you will be hooked. If you are great, buy the book and support a member of our armed forces at the same time.
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