The first books followed the protagonist through his journal, thus it was first person narrative. This book is just a story with our original protagonist being one character out of many. It did not have the same feel at all of the other books. The ending was rushed and the book was less about zombie survival and more about covert ops with zombies. By itself it would have been an ok book but knowing that this is the third installment of a series that started off so well is a huge let down. Mr. Bourne, if your fans felt your series was so unique and stood out so much over other zombie books, why would you totally change the way you wrote the third, and possibly final, installment. At least I can always go back and re-read the first two books to remind myself that you did in fact write some of the best zombie stuff I have ever read. Just disappointed in this one and probably won't be reading any more from the series unless it goes back to the original style. Third installment was just run of the mill zombie fiction.
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.
I love audio book like mostly Sci-fi book s zombies a fav
I loved the first 2 books they were some of the best zombie story's ever. this book a not so much it seemed to me it was rushed and the story was weak and the ending I was disappointing. The only saving grace is that the first two book are so good that you can live with this one.
I have two complaints about this book.
1. The author suddenly forgot how to write tenses and point of views. He was suddenly switching from first person to third person to second person all within one conversation and it often times became rather cumbersome and confusing.
2. The ending. It was too rushed. With all the other ventures into zombie ridden territory, their final trip into China felt rather, lackluster and rushed. More could have been done to continue the horror.
That's all I really had to complain about. I liked the book otherwise.
To be fair I waited to pick up this one after binge listening to the first two back to back because of a major plot revelation toward the end of 2 that made me VERY hesitant to start this one. Turns out that really was the shark we jumped....
That being said I like Jay Snyder as narrator, he really does try to make each character distinct and that in a case where you don't know much less care about the cookie cutter characters is a saving grace for the story.
In the first two books I didn't like that we really didn't know much about supporting characters due to the journals format which was bothersome because as readers we are supposed to feel for characters such as Dean, John, Tara Danny but now that we have gotten away from that for the most part we still really don't care about them much. Tara is supposed to be the love interest and other than her introduction what do we know about her personality and character? Oh yes she cries and is worried about "Killroy" btw why would hotel 28 people be calling him that all of a sudden...?!
The story itself is like a relationship that goes on too long, the characters are familiar if not weak so we kind of accept that. The military jargon and chain of command which we were told broke down is now the only thing we hear about from "Killroy" and Sein, I know some reviews said that bothered them, but for me it was more the fact that we gloss over the fact this guy went absent without leave because the world was ending and earned his blood stripes so now Woohoo military, go USA just a big change for the character whose sole purpose in the first two books was to defend his hotel family.
**Spoilers** So far my favorite scenes have been Danny and Dean after Danny starts getting nightmares. We learn about what Dean went through to save her grandson and it reminds us why we care about these characters without us being told that we should. The old movie adage applies here show us don't tell us.
Probably not. There are enough things that rub me the wrong way in the book and much of what made the first two books good wouldn't translate into a movie so I doubt this would make good Hollywood cannon fodder.
Jay Snyder is a great narrator, trying to save this flimsy story line. Check him out in other stories (ex-heroes my personal fav)
I don't care for where the story is going but some scenes remind me why I keep giving the series a chance.
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.