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 don't understand all of the negative reviews. I really enjoyed this book as much as much as I did the others in the series. Yes the third person format was different from the others. However it didn't ruin for me. I was still able to follow the storyline. I can't wait until July for the new book to come out! "Have a goodun"
I can't recommend it like I did the first two. It does continue the story, but the problem is this sudden change from the journal (hence the "day by day") to a more classic zombie story.
I'll would recommend, still, the first two books, but would likely just tell them that the story is over. The third book loses what made the first two books unique a sea of zombie apocalypse stories.
Delivery. The "day by day" journal-style of the first two books was engaging and unique. I felt like I was listening to something akin to the style of House of Leaves, only more coherent. If the first two books were published in book form, however, it would be really neat to see! The third would just be another zombie book on shelf.
Jay is fantastic. Great narrator.
Before it had hype. With the third book, it'll be a Syfy channel C-list movie.
I LOVED the first two, but this one was different.
Instead of being written in first person diary form, it was in several third person view points (with the occasional first person narration).
Author of The Hunt Chronicles. jddemers com
As a fellow author, I hate being critical of others. However, the one thing that bugged me in this story was the step AWAY from the journal style. Adding the third person view to a series that didn't have it kind of threw me off, especially since I had no idea who those people were for the most part.
That being said, it was a great ending to the series (if it was the ending).
the tone of the entire series took a twist from what I was expecting at the beginning of this book 3 and it all comes around again in the end which is awesome