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Thursday, August 10, 2017

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Beyond Exile by J.L. Bourne @jlbourne @Pocket_Books

TITLE: Beyond Exile
SERIES: Day by Day Armageddon, Book #2
AUTHOR: J.L. Bourne
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books
PUBLICATION DATE: July 13, 2010
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 277 pages
GENRE: Horror/Zombies
ISBN: 9781439177525
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?
MY REVIEW:

Even better than the first one in the series!

The story continues from Day by Day Armageddon, which spanned approximately four months from January to April following a viral outbreak that turned people into flesh eaters. This next installment in the series spans a seven-month time period from May to November. The main character (“MC”) and the people he rescued from 
Day by Day Armageddon are holed up in an abandoned military bunker known as Hotel 23. The MC continues to do what he does best, which is rescue other survivors. First, he finds a senior woman in her 60s and her young grandson named Danny. Then, he rescues a group of Marines who have been cornered by a mob of the undead. When a larger group of Marines return to claim the right to take over the facility, the MC is forced to identify himself for self-preservation because he outranks the men trying to infiltrate his base. He becomes the official man in charge, and with that comes more responsibility. He sets out on a recon mission with some of the Marines, but it ends badly and the MC is injured and alone and has to fend for himself and find his way back to Hotel 23.

I loved the MC in 
Day by Day Armageddon, and he continues to shine. He has had to make some very tough decisions, and he does so with what is in the best interests of his group. He is very selfless that way and often self-sacrificing. About three-quarters into the book, there was a lot of description on weapons and such that pretty much went over my head! The MC’s sidekick from the previous book, John, plays a very minor role here and I missed his presence. However, I thought the ending was a great set-up for the next book in the series, and I am very excited to see what happens next in Shattered Hourglass.

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR if you enjoy horror/zombie or science fiction/apocalyptic stories!

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4 comments:

  1. I liked the first book the best as it was more of a team thing. This one was more about a solo mission and I didn't like it as much. I liked book three less as well!

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    1. Oh, no! I'm sorry to hear that. I still plan to continue with the series.

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  2. Glad to see you are enjoying this series. You have me curious :)

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    1. It kinda reminds me of The Walking Dead! However, this is definitely less gore and more technical.

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