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The terrifying sequel to Day by Day Armageddon—for fans of The Walking Dead. "J.L. Bourne is the new king of hardcore zombie action!" (Brad Thor)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 thThe terrifying sequel to Day by Day Armageddon—for fans of The Walking Dead. "J.L. Bourne is the new king of hardcore zombie action!" (Brad Thor)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?...

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beyond exile Reviews

  • Keith In Ky
    2019-02-09 11:42

    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 commander at his rank was pretty sad too. These other military people would not have bowed to him just because he rose out of the pit with a uniform on. Then the end was so far out of the blue and ridiculous that reading any more of the books seems like a waste. I went through the last half of this book angry and laughing at various times, the author seemed unable to make the continuing story readable unless he went off on these wild tangents that mostly seemed desperate. In other words....awful. Read the first book then stop.

  • Patrick D'Orazio
    2019-01-31 15:39

    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 pieces of this update of the saga between active tours of duty. While it may have been frustration for us fans of the first book to have waited this long, I have to say that the wait was well worth it. An issue that some people had with the first book was perhaps the intentional diary approach to the book, with typos left in and even the text a bit rougher than you would get from a traditional novel. That is no longer an issue, as the format of this book is more traditional, with no errors in the text, intentional or not. I myself had no issues with that previously, but with it gone, it is one less point of criticism that someone may have with this type of storytelling. We once again get a diary of a military officer facing down the zombie apocalypse and this one picks up where the last journal ended, under ground, in the nuclear missile silo the author has dubbed Hotel 23, shortly after an attack by hostile survivors that failed to penetrate its defenses. This is once again a personal journey of one man, with other people entering and exiting the story at different intervals. The characters in the first novel that are with the main character in Hotel 23 remain, but do not play a pivotal role here. The story has more dramatic swings to it than the previous tale, where it was mainly one man gathering who he could with him to find any place they could to survive. In this story, the military is reintroduced and play a huge role in the goings on of this tale. This allows the story to progress beyond what could have amounted to a group of people just trying to hide out underground for the duration of the apocalypse. Instead, the main character is required to make tough decisions and take on new responsibilities that will lead him away from H23 for the bulk of this tale and once again make this a intriguing saga of one man's path, out in the open, during the zombie apocalypse. My favorite character, and one which I am gathering much more will be revealed about in a future journal, is Saien, who our main character meets during his desperate travels and appears to be equally as capable (if not more so) than the main character at surviving in zed infested territory. His background is perhaps not completely shrouded in mystery, but it is clear there is more to the man than what the diary indicates. Suffice it to say, he is an interesting addition to the characters in the book, and the only one that shared a great deal of pages with the main character. While there is a bit of romance afoot for our hero, it is certainly not a significant part of this journal. Personal interactions like that are kept to a minimum, with some character commentary that reveals bits and pieces, but the action is what the author targets, as is natural in a journal format such as this. While there is a great deal of military terminology, the author goes to significant lengths to make the layman, like me, feel comfortable with the equipment and hardware being used in the story. This is not a story about an every day guy beating the odds and surviving, but about someone who has gone through survival training, has a great familiarity with weaponry, hand to hand combat, and battle tactics most of us are not privy to, which makes this book fairly unique among most zombie stories written. I personally enjoyed the gritty, personal perspective that this book and the previous novel have. A journal format does have its weaknesses: minimal dialogue, limited perspective, and by necessity, we know that the person who is penning the journal is okay because they continue to write about their exploits day after day. But done well, it is a compelling format, and it is hard to say that anyone out there does it any better than J.L. Bourne.

  • Megan
    2019-01-27 13:39

    (Re-posted from 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 meander, which sudden narrative events coming out of nowhere? Yep. Was the majority of the action described to the reader after it had already happened? Yep again. But as I said in my review of that book, these things gave the novel a uniquely authentic feel. The plot and structure did not adhere to what one would expect from a novel, and as such the book felt like a genuine diary, instead of a book in diary form. This, for me anyway, lent to the book a level of suspense that it might otherwise have lacked.Beyond Exile, however, reads like somebody took Bourne aside and explained that if he was going to be writing books then he’d best start learning the rules. The result feels very forced. Day by Day meandered, yes, but it felt natural, things happened randomly just like they do in real life. But Beyond Exile has a rather more structured plot, and when reading the book you can feel the author pushing his characters here and there. This neatly robs the book of the genuine diary charm, and without that the story definitely suffers.And despite all this talk of structured plotting, I actually doubt that Bourne sat down beforehand and plotted this book out. Obviously I don’t know how it went down, but I’d bet money that both books were written in one go with no structured plan, but with Day by Day he was maybe ignorant of the “rules,” and with his sophomore effort a little bit too aware of them.For example, early in the book a metric crap tonne of new characters (metric crap tonne being the academic term) are introduced and through a few highly coincidental plot twists our still unnamed narrator is put in charge of all of them. But you can practically hear the cogs turning in Bourne’s mind, realising that a man in command of many lives, who orders others to go do dangerous things instead of doing them himself, maybe isn’t the best POV character. But instead of rewriting the plot, he just twists it around until the problem is solved. As I’ve said already, it feels very forced.But the book is not wholly flawed. A new character is introduced who I found very interesting, an Arab man who teams up with our Hero. Bourne skilfully toys with the reader, making us wonder “is he a terrorist? Isn’t he?” Which, I know, sounds like is could be awful and more than a little offensive, but works really well. I also like how the Hero’s relationship with a character from the first book develops into more, but almost entirely off screen. It gives the impression that there’s a lot more going on in his life than what he puts down on paper.The ending? Pretty much as non existent as the first, neatly setting up the third book. Will I be reading that book? Yes. But I hope that Bourne develops a little confidence in his writing to write what he wants, and all “rules” be dammed.

  • ♥ Marlene♥
    2019-01-23 09:42

    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
    2019-02-14 12:44

    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
    2019-02-03 11:45

    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 survivors, and a secret organization that has a very strange motivation at keeping him alive. Bourne’s knowledge of cutting edge weapons, military tactics and overall survival basics makes him the perfect author for this story. He ramps up the weaponry, but also the stakes as he finds a way to increase the threat from both living and undead to make our hero’s life even harder than last time.The end of the book sets up the next installment with great anticipation as we discover the origin of the zombie plague and the trial our hero will have to endure to help find the cure.

  • Nimbs
    2019-02-06 15:31

    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 actual characters involved. The Officer is apparently in love with Tara but he never speaks about her, we don't know what she's like, what she looks like, what she was doing before the dead rose, her personality. We know a little about John and Saien but the focus of the book is very much on what's going on rather than the feelings involved - something which could flesh out (no pun intended) the story.

  • Rachel
    2019-01-18 11:53

    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 pulled me out of the story. I also didn't find the parts where things started dropping from the sky very believable. The story is still entertaining and I do like some real know how when people write about weapons and such, there was just a little too much in this book for my liking.

  • Kasia (Kącik z książką)
    2019-02-03 14:48

    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:

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-02-13 08:49

    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 marines in a broken down vehicle in case they want to take over the facility, but in the end a rescue begins. It does leads to an armed standoff with local troops until the soldiers surrounding the facility realise that our hero is the highest ranking officer and peace is declared.The marines are grateful for being rescued and are now happy to help the survivors set up the systems inside Hotel 23 and joint cooperation is suggested. The military will give them help and a helicopter to aid them on recon if they assist in a few government operations to back up or rescue their troops. If our man re-enlists, so to speak, the civilians can stay at the facility. It seems the best deal under the circumstances and things improve at the facility. Our hero goes on the recon mission but things go wrong when there is a crash and anyone surviving it has a long walk back to the safety of the facility with limited weapons, food and water, and a lot of zombies to deal with. The first half of the book is really good, having our survivors trying to get over the battle, and the rescues of a few more people-civilians and soldiers. There is decent action and tension, similar to the first book. It was shaping up to be a good read. I liked the new characters and like other reviewers, I kept imagining Naveen Andrews in the role of Saien! I found the character intriguing and I kept wondering what his story really was. However, there were things I didn't like and most of that came in the second half of the book.The book changes format from the first in the series, which is why I didn't like it as much as that one. The main focus of this book is the aftermath of the helicopter crash and the long journey home with the dangers faced. While it was interesting, just having one character for a lot of the book meant that it didn't have the same emotional tension as the first book. We barely see the characters from the first book like John, Annabelle, Jan and William. We only really hear about Tara when she becomes the sexual love interest which is a bit disappointing. I don't get any chemistry between the two as he hardly ever mentions Tara and we barely see her. John is my favourite so not seeing much of him after enjoying his adventures in book one was a bit of a let down. And so little of the cute and cuddily Annabelle!The other thing about this book is that the second half of the book is more focused on military weapons and tactics, technical things, the actions of Remote Six, the introduction of a man who may or may not be a good guy. All of the jargon and weapons talk went way over my head as a non military person and it found it confusing and a bit boring. The long journey back from the crash also had boring and slow parts which made it less exciting to read. Overall it was a decent enough read but it was lacking most of what made the first book so great. And now at the end we discover that our hero is going to be sent to China to investigate where the outbreak began with alien spaceships and a plot resembling The Thing? I'm not convinced and it sounds like we'll barely see the likes of John and Anabelle again. I'll read book three as I already own it but I'm not greatly excited about reading it.

  • John
    2019-02-04 08:35

    "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 onto their base. Initial distrust eventually gives way to cooperation. But just as things are looking up, our protagonist finds himself suddenly plonked deep into hostile zombie infested territory when a routine mission goes awry, leaving him as the only survivor. Thrown back on his wits, what he's carrying, and what he can scavenge, the story starts full circle again...The narrator's journey across the post apocalyptic landscape forms the best part of the book IMHO. His struggles to just to find his next meal and safe place to sleep really bring home just how desolate and desperate a place the world is after several months of the zombie apocalypse. He keeps going, driven perhaps as much by habit as a desire to try and make his way back to his new home and friends. As he continues on through close calls and tough scrapes, he comes to realize that it may not be just luck that has seen him through this far, but something or someone - who eventually provides more tangible proof of their existence by some high firepower assistance. But do these new friends have an agenda? Who are the good guys and who are the bad guys in this bleak world? And whose side should he be on?The writing and style follows that of the first book; if you liked the first book, you'll like this one as well. The officer's day to day struggle to survive keep you turning the pages. The somewhat deus ex machina of outside assistance is actually turned into an intriguing plot point, and I find the new character introduced late an interesting fellow. Events spin fast, furious, and epic at the end. In a sort of 'off book' epilogue, we're given a window into intelligence reports as to what may have caused the initial zombie outbreak in far off China. And somehow we just know, our protagonist is going to be back for more.I enjoyed "Beyond Exile" even a little more than "Day By Day.." as it brings home how tenuous everyone's survival is, focusing on the day to day, minute to minute decisions needed to keep yourself alive with a whole world of undead arrayed against you - and how mentally you would struggle not really knowing if you were the last man on earth. I recommend this book to zombie fans, action fans, survivalist, and post-apocalyptic fiction fans. It's a longer book than the first but still a quick read.

  • Helene
    2019-02-05 13:53

    Just as we think that the main character is getting settled down in H23 and that the zombie threat is becoming manageable, the author throws a curve ball by involving the main character in an helicopter crash. The main character, who is seriously injured, wakes up to find the crew of the helicopter dead or undead. He is the sole survivor of the crash and must now make his way across hostile territory to get back to H23. His adventures on his path back to H23 puts the readers on edge as the main character barely survives multiple encounters with the undead especially the irradiated kind. On his route back to H23, the main character is help by an unknown organization that provides tactical information and equipment to help him cross the many miles to return to base. He also meets another survivor who will accompany him for the rest of the journey to H23. Finally back at H23, the base is attacked by the unknown organization that had helped the main character in his journey back to base because he refused to attack a friendly army ship. Forced out of H23, all survivors on base must run and get to the carrier ship as the attack attracted tens of thousands irradiated undead to H23. Once aboard the carrier, the main character meets with the admiral on board who assigns him to a mission to find patient zero in China where the plague started.The author keeps his readers on edge throughout this book. There is a lot of action in the book and I was not able to put it down. In the end, the author opens up a story to another sequal which I would imagine to be as jammed packed with action, uncertainty and lots of undead. I highly recommend this book to all zombie fans out there.

  • Richard Kearney
    2019-01-18 12:49

    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, the novel is written as a diary in the first person, and Bourne's skillful development of his protagonist's perspective conveyed through descriptive detail and inner thoughts is immediately engaging to a reader. I think the format is a major element in the popularity of this series.I was most interested in seeing whether books by this publisher embraced the nihilistic "survivalist" despair associated with a great deal of post-apocalyptic fiction, or whether there was something more on offer. To Bourne's credit, this novel and its predecessor are most notable for the way they meditate on the meaning of being human and the potential for redemptive clarity in the face of relentless horror. Mixed in with the various battles, close calls, suspense, and humor that provide the book with its entertainment value and carry the narrative forward, these meditations help put the novel a few notches above the standard page-turning pulp.The ending of "Beyond Exile" sets up another sequel - no surprise there. While you're waiting, check out some of Permuted Press' other titles.

  • J.R.
    2019-02-09 10:32

    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 active duty officer, uses real-world equipment, aircraft, weapons, etc, they should strive to be accurate when describing it.The flow of the story in this book was a bit more stuttering and seemed like the author was looking for some way out after adding in additional characters.Then we come to the end of the story and find out the mysterious Remote Six is most likely a villain or so it seems.!!!!! CAUTION !!!! SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT!!!Given the poor plot contrivances and lack of character development, the most cliché and overused cause for the infection should have come as no surprise.A 20,000 year old alien discovered by the Chinese inside a glacier is the cause for the zombie outbreak. What a letdown. I had somehow expected more from the story based on all the reviews and hype and instead get a total stereotypical cause for what some of us had hoped to be unique not something that Mystery Science Theater 3000 would make fun of.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-30 13:31

    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 was used a little more deliberately in the first book. Although it is still there in the second book, I feel that Bourne has refined his writing style in a way that sucks you straight into the action of each journal entry. You almost forget about the format of the book.The narrator of the book is what keeps you there, he's likeable, you want to know what happens to him, but he's also well trained and a tough character to beat. I think the moments where he feels like giving in are some of the best written throughout the two books. You really feel for this guy! This book is definitely more based around him than the first one. I have to say, the end of the book leaves me wanting more! I read the last page and literally sat there and said "is that it" and "well, what happens next." I would love to read another book. I think it's more about the character than really needing any kind of conclusion, but I want to know what happens to the characters.

  • Teresa
    2019-01-30 08:55

    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 ME crazy! I felt paranoid and like *I* was the one going though this shit. I'm sure that was exacerbated by fact that I chose to LISTEN to the brunt of this book, so having the narrator's voice speed up in fear, panic, etc. really affected me. Now, I'm no scaredy-cat, and I can handle some good horror, but I think the detached military feel seemed kinda distancing to me. It felt cold and disconnected (which was the POINT; it just unnerved me). Hell, the more I write, the more I feel like it should be a 5 star read because everything I'm 'griping' about is *exactly* what the author WANTED outta his book. I dunno; I guess I'm a little confused at the ending. Was that a Chinese spaceship at the end???? I know I will read the 3rd book in the series, and hopefully that'll sort out some of my questions. We'll see!!!

  • Netanella
    2019-01-22 11:37

    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 were undead about...A very enjoyable read, although not quite as good as the first. "Beyond Exile" picks up immediately from the ending of the first book: our nameless narrator recovering from a marauder attack on Hotel 23, the nuclear missile silo bunker in which he and his group of motley survivors had taken refuge. From there, the story revolves around his rescuing and adopting more refugees - a tough-as-nails Texas grandma named Dean and her grandson, a group of Marines, and finally a Muslim sniper who might have been al Qaida before the zompoc. I found the first half the story to be a little repetitive, a little too much like the first book. However, once our nameless hero is stranded out of Hotel 23 and fighting to get back home, I really enjoyed the read and had a hard time putting the book down.

  • Bandit
    2019-01-25 11:40

    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.

  • Tamara
    2019-02-02 08:40

    Leider der schwächste Band der Reihe...

  • Ginny
    2019-01-18 15:44

    Niente male, anche se rispetto al primo, questo è molto più lento e fiacco. Riprende molto alla fine

  • Jayson
    2019-01-19 11:49

    Another great zombie book - however Bourne really leaves you hanging with this one-wait to read until the next one is out

  • Anarchic Rain
    2019-01-22 09:37

    1,5* arrotondato per eccesso (di bontà)...

  • Heather
    2019-01-26 07:37

    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.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-22 13:44

    This one was more intense than the first and better writing. I really liked it!

  • Leeuwer
    2019-01-20 08:38

    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
    2019-02-01 08:49

    Holy crapHoly 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
    2019-01-22 14:47

    Nonstop zombie action!

  • David
    2019-01-20 09:37

    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
    2019-02-08 09:51

    "O único dia fácil foi ontem".

  • Darla Belflower
    2019-01-24 12:30

    Aliens brought the Zombie virus? Ok, book 3 here we go!