The Dead Days Journal

The Dead Days Journal

by Sandra R Campbell


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The daughter of a radical doomsday prepper, Leo Marrok spent her entire life preparing for the end. A skilled fighter and perfect marksman, Leo is her father's second-in-command when Armageddon comes to pass. Together, they lead a group of survivors to a secure bunker deep in the Appalachian Mountains.

Vincent Marrok is willing to take extreme measures to repopulate their broken world. Leo's refusal marks her as a traitor. With father and daughter at odds for the first time, their frail community is thrust into turmoil. Until the unthinkable happens, a blood-thirsty horde arrives. The impending attack will destroy all that they have worked for.

To protect her home and everything she believes in, Leo puts her faith in the arms of the enemy-a creature only rumored to exist-the one she calls Halloween. An alliance born out of necessity evolves into feelings Leo is ill-equipped to handle.

The Dead Days Journal is a post-apocalyptic story of love and family told through Leo Marrok's first-hand account and the pages of Vincent's personal journal, giving two very different perspectives on what it takes to survive.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506100401
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/20/2015
Pages: 266
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Sandra R. Campbell lives along the tranquil waters of the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and weight challenged cat. She can trace her passion for the macabre back to reading Edgar Allen Poe as a child, with her pet crow, Big Fellow, by her side. She has since submerged herself in a wide range of dark literature. An avid thrill seeker, Sandra is always looking for her next big adrenaline rush, and when spelunking, diving and monster hunting fails to deliver, she turns to the creation of through-the-rabbit-hole worlds and sends her characters on their own adventures. Sandra is a member of Romance Writers of America, Maryland Writers' Association and the director of a MWA critique group. She is also the founder and co-author of free fiction website

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The Dead Days Journal 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars The problem with many post-apocalyptic stories, whether book or film, is that there is frequently a strong feeling of unreality in the sense that it's hard to believe that such a scenario could come to pass. Something about the story itself feels like pure fiction rather than the kind of science fiction that opens a window on what our future could be. There's almost a feeling of adventure. Then there is the kind of post-apocalyptic story that Ms. Campbell has crafted in which you feel immersed in the darkness of spirit that surely must develop when the world you know has come to an end. The brutality of survival is what we really should expect and it's what makes The Dead Days Journal so believable from the start. Leo is a young woman who has lived nearly four years in a fortified cave in the Appalachians built to give a handful of people a chance to survive. The 22 members of this small band have learned what it takes to live under perilous circumstances and with dangerous shortages and the tale focuses largely on the leader, Vincent Marrok, and his daughter, Leo. Personalities become intensified during such stressful times and Vincent has become very controlling, generally feeling that his opinion is the only right one. His wish to repopulate is certainly not surprising but, unfortunately, Leo is the only female likely to be able to bear children. Imagine what it must feel like to know that your father is so "invested" in your sex life---it gives new meaning to having a desire for grandchildren, doesn't it? I liked Leo a great deal, partly because she's such a strong woman in every way that matters and partly because she's subject to normal emotions that any of us might feel in her situation. Vincent, on the other hand, raised my hackles and, although I understand his motives, I couldn't like them. The character I thought was least well-developed was Lincoln. No 11-year-old boy in our own time would be so childish and it's even less likely that he would be so living in a world of such hardships. And then there are Ben, the man who seems to be the perfect match for Leo despite all her misgivings and Orrin, an enigma who has an undeniable effect on Leo. As post-apocalyptic fiction, this is a good, strong story but I did not care for the introduction of a supernatural element even though certain characters are quite memorable. Don't get me wrong, I like supernatural and I usually like it blended with other genres but it just didn't work for me in this case. Still, I'll be interested to see what lies ahead for these people who have managed, so far, to survive the unimaginable though they apparently have no idea that they have not yet encountered the worst. Sandra R. Campbell knows how to craft a tale and I look forward to more from her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book, its themes of family and survival, its execution, and its unique cast of characters. The Dead Days Journal offers a new slant on what it takes to survive in a ravaged world. In this tale of heartbreak, twisted ideals, and monsters, Sandra R. Campbell has envisioned a future where the ‘right thing to do’ is not a black and white issue, but a very dark gray. It’s a journey fraught with peril, both from the outside and from within. The reader witnesses what is a mostly-thriving community making its way suddenly descend into all-or-nothing survival, and the choices that must be made to protect one’s own life—and maybe the ones you love. The author does a phenomenal job of showing how family ties can weave together beyond the bond of biology, and also shows how all it takes is one snag to pull loose the threads of a tight-knit community. It’s a family saga that pits father against daughter, and how rigidity in one’s beliefs can destroy the very thing you are seeking to save. Ms. Campbell beautifully illustrates the painful truth that sometimes, the enemy of your enemy really is your friend, and what we see as monsters aren’t necessarily so by how they look and live, but how they act. It’s not until Leo, the book’s heroine, comes in contact with the enemy—the one she calls Halloween—does she learn what sacrifice is to save the ones you love. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How far would you go to survive? Each character in the Dead Days Journal answers this question differently: some heroically and some horribly. What's really special about this book is that it pushed me to think about how far I would go to survive (or help my family survive) after the apocalypse. I hope that I would be as brave as the main character, Leo... but Sandra Campbell's writing shows us how quickly a character could be led to extremism through grief or desperation, and how a person that may seem devoted at first could be a true monster! I was completely immersed in this story from the first page to the last. The rich characters and incredible description throughout the book made this a compelling story that I just can't stop thinking about. Great read!
JKR1080 More than 1 year ago
This book has it all and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading it. A fun and fast-paced read. A great escape into a chaotic world that includes dynamic beasts with fangs.  I loved Leo, as the main character, she is strong and relatable. I found it easy to connect with her and her family through all the turmoil that's thrust upon them. Can't wait to find out what life will entail beyond the bunker. Very much looking forward to reading book 2.