This book is no more than a shadow of the two books that precede it. This book would have been better if the writer would have taken time to write a story instead of doing a drive by.
Not written it.
Like in the first two books of this series Jay was great reading the story…..unfortunately this book didn’t have much of a story to deliver.
Probably not after this. The author missed a major opportunity.
Unlikely at this stage.
What was so great about the first two books, fell completely flat on this one. The author went for sensationalism and ended up with cliched dribble.
Yes, but I was highly disappointed with this one. I know Bourne was deployed when he wrote some of this, and having been deployed myself I understand why he might have rushed the end. I would have rather waited a few more weeks or months even for a better story.
Not changed his mode of story telling.
Snyder does an awesome job. Haven't listed to a book narrated by him that has been a bad performance yet.
It felt like there were way too many new characters introduced this book. I actually liked the journal style story telling of the last book, so I'm going to have to listen to this one again. I was waiting so long for this one I might have set myself up for disappointment. Although reading some of the other reviews, I do not think I am alone with feeling this was not as good as the other two.
Plot development in Shattered Hourglass is uneven and at times disjointed. The previous two installments in this series were well balanced. However, there is at least a measure of plot closure at the conclusion of Shattered Hourglass.
Some of the character development in this installment was disappointing. Admiral Goedelman on board the the USS Washington unnecessarily loses stature in my opinion. However, this is balanced by the development of the characters of Jan, John, and especially the protagonist's Islamic comrade-in-arms.
Jay Snyder's performance in all three of the installments in this series is professional and quite enjoyable. This entire series benefited much from Jay's narration and storytelling abilities.
There appears to be enough material available at the conclusion of Shattered Hourglass for this series to continue. I hope Mr. Bourne will carry on.
It's a great addition to the series. Had it been written as a first I doubt I would have liked it as much. But he didn't dissapoint in keeping it fresh. Warning! Pay attention! Trust me.
Ok, loved the first two books. This one departs from the first person, journal writing style of storytelling. I wish it had kept with it, though I guess it would be hard to stay with that with various fronts developing that you wanted to show. I did really enjoy the story with the folks up north, that was a wonderful plot line.
As far as the story as a whole, it was predictable. Some of the dialogue felt forced and repetitive. It was good, however, to see J.L.'s ability to write different POVs with a different voice. Prior to this outing, you knew he could do Kill's voice from a first person standpoint. But what about other characters from a 3rd person POV? He showed he has the chops to pull it off overall.
The short story, Grey Fox, was a good edition to this world, but I'm hoping for another DBDA entry that is closer to the timeline of these books. It is something that should be continued.
I was very surprised when I listened to this book because it was SOOOOO different than the first two. I kept checking to see if I was listening to the wrong book. I like the one-person point of view of the first two books. This book is much more of the "military shoot-em-up" books that others write about zombies. I don't enjoy those very much because the "everybody has a nickname like Razor, Doc, Kill, etc. and there is the constant college 'in your mouth' kind of humor."
Don't get me wrong. This book wasn't bad, but it is NOT consistent with the Day by Day Armageddon style of the first too books. If I hadn't already purchased the next book I would probably stop listening to this. If I wanted a military shoot-em-up book I would have purchased one.
Not well. See the above comment. Did J. L. Bourne really write this?
Yes, but at times the dialogue was so mad I just had to roll my eyes. Many of the military characters were not well defined and came across as overly dramatic.
Not this one.
I hope the last book is closer to the first two than this one.
Love to exercise while listening
What the heck? He goes through so much detail on Hawaii (not even sure why they even went there) and then when they get to China, wham, book is over.
I understand that the journal style had to go with so many events seen through other peoples eyes, but did he have to end such an amazing series with this? It's like you put so much love into a garden, select the right soil and fertilizer. Take the time to water and talk to the plants. And then when you get the first tomatoes, you mow over it cause you've moved on to another task. I see he tried to tie up loose ends, but did it in a Lost (tv series) kind of way. So sad.
Now that there were many voices he had to do, he did this ok.
The first 2 books.
If there was ever a book I'd like to have a re-do on, this would be the one!
Jay Snyder does a great job atmospherically as the narrator for this series. He does a good job of making each character distinct sounding (male and female), which helps. None of this is a surprise to you though since you've likely heard the first two books.
I'm surprised by the negative reviews here. The books is certainly a bit different as it tells the story through the eyes of many different parties, thus the journal entry mode is partially abandoned. But this was a necessary way to move the story and the universe forward. We get a great deal of closure that we would not get otherwise or that would of been crowbarred into the previous writing style. All in all, I'm glad that technique was dropped.
I'm even more baffled by people being confused by the story. The vocabulary did not seem particularly niche to me and there is no military jargon I have not heard a thousand times before in previous books/movies/shows.
Expect some closure. Not every loose end is tied up, but the author has already started producing short stories in that regard. The only critique I've agreed with is that things do wrap up fairly quickly. Still, no real complaints for me.
I hope we get more in the series over time.