Reader. Wannabe writer. That's a picture of me standing in line to see Stephen King!
The writing is a lot better in this story than the first two, but there is still an awful lot of explaining and not much storytelling.
Shattered Hourglass continues to be the military man’s expression of survival in the zombie apocalypse, loaded with military jargon and acronyms, names of weapons and details that are meaningless to people who are not military or weapons experts. These particular details did nothing to enhance the story and washed over me as white noise. He could have stuck with saying “rifle” or "grenade launcher" instead of naming each weapon and hiding the details of what they do in meaningless dialogue between characters and it wouldn't have hurt the story.
And I say "man’s expression” very deliberately. Bourne's female voices are somewhat unrealistic. Each woman, and especially the little girl, sounds like he learned “woman speak” by watching daytime television. by contrast though, I thought Jay Snyder did a wonderful job capturing the varying tones of each woman, though the language and the dialog he had to work with was sub par.
Bourne also could have done without the pro-gun proselytizing. The action in the story contradicts his offhand pro-gun remarks that he's sprinkled throughout. In one moment he will state how one community fell because they didn't have guns and another survived because they did, but in the next action sequence he will describe in detail how problematic guns are (gunfire noise attracts zombies), how unreliable they are (bullets run out, shots to the head don't always work), and how if the victim had a weapon other than a gun he would've fared better (ice ax to the head always works). His little pronouncements are superfluous as his pro-gun stance is pretty apparent in the way he names each gun and describes its value.
Still, there is a lot of action and the zombies are nasty, and with this series Bourne has placed himself high in the pantheon of zombie dreamweavers.
The best thing about this book was that it was read by Jay Snyder. He is a great talent and I don't think I would’ve made it through the series if I were reading these on my own. Snyder's narration makes all the difference. I've read other books he's narrated and I'm convinced he could read the phone book and make it sound interesting!
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.
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.
Yes, I love the writer and characters (except the girlfriend). The book takes you on a journey and I found myself scared at times. Like when the protagonist sleeps on the bus and it's attacked by one of the stronger zombies
Well, let's see. The scene where he travels to the broken down house and is inside when the zombie with a (I forget exactly what weapon he has) hatchet is banging on the door. He realizes this is no ordinary zombie. This zombie is different and more dangerous than the normal walkers/runners.
I wouldn't call it extreme, but I dislike when a zombie/adventure book (or movie for that matter) becomes detracted by romance. So, his girlfriend/wife did not interest me at all.
Good book overall. I like the author, his writing, and how he keeps me in suspense. I eagerly waited and monitored for the third installment. I wanted so badly to know how all of this started and if he would find answer. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn't, in fact, an alien. But, I loved it either way.
Very talented narrator, with great capability to push a story forward, even when the story itself has a lull
Without the style switch from journal to traditional, this book would have been impossible to write.
It's a necessary change to expand upon the universe, allowing J.L.B to potentially create off-shoots from our beloved "Killroy".
I loved the first book in this series. I had to read the rest. Although the story slows down a bit, it keeps you interested nonetheless as the plot thickens and the players are developed. I am interested to see where things go from here.