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Day By Day Armageddon (JL Bourne)

4 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
This is a day by day chronicle of a zombie apocalypse from the perspective of a naval pilot writing in his journal.  Overall, the effect is quite good, although much of the suspense is removed due to knowing that the protagonist will survive due to the existence of later journal entries.  If the lack of suspense doesn’t ruin a zombie apocalypse story for you, though, this is quite good.  The protagonist gets into a series of genre-consistent, believable, interesting situations and has fairly ingenious methods to escape from them.  It also abandons the tired cliche of devoting most of the novel to banal human-on-human interpersonal squabbles and has most of the emphasis on human vs zombie interactions, so if you are hoping for a discourse on the human psychology when faced with insurmountable odds you will be disappointed.  Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, even though I realize its treatment of the zombie apocalypse might turn off fans of the genre who are most attracted to the elements of horror and the fragility of human psyche.
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