Yes, I would like JL to re-write this book and give it more depth and development.
1: The Über-villian, "GOD" completely fizzled after soooo much hyper.
2: the ET, Chang....okay so WTF was that all about? I mean I get it but damn it was like "little ET dude, funky suit, alloy shoes, oh crap he's human...screw him and we're outta here!"
Not in the genre but I wouldn't buy another JLB book until it gathered several decent ratings by other like-minded individuals here. The first two DBDAs were fun and they were, most importantly to me, DIFFERENT!
JLB did something that, for me, has also been exquisitely executed by the likes of "The Walking Dead", Jonathan Maberry's zombie epic and of course the holy grail "WWZ": he made the zombies a catalyst for the storyline and a propulsion vector for the characters!
"Shattered Hourglass" was like a microwaved burrito: temporarily filling with no nutrition and almost no flavor.
Well enough I suppose.
Yes it inspired me to aggravation, frustration and to write this short review.
When I read Mike Naka's review I was like "YEAH" and "ME TOO"! He pretty much outlined all of my story woes.
I really liked the freshness and originality of the first two books. This book just made me feel like the author had to be coerced into writing it and that he just wanted it done and over with.
Honestly I just wanted the book to end so I could read/listen to something else.
WTF happened here? I had to restart this book 5 times. The droning of irrevilent war statistics made my eyes cross. Only the narrator made this book interesting. The actual story line sucked ass
I totally loved his first two books. This one was a spectacular failure though. I hope he keeps trying. I am going to blame his editor for this fiasco.
He is a fabulous narrator.
Zombies Books in order: 1. We're Alive 2. Day By Day Armageddon 3. Roads Less Traveled Series 4. Alaskan Undead Apocalypse 5. World War Z 6. The Walking Dead 7. Rise Again 8. As the World Dies 9. Zombie Fallout
The story's all over the place. I'm just half way through the book and its so boring. There is action, but the story isn't compelling and drawing me in. So many characters and jumping between scenes and no character development. Just a bunch of names to try to keep track of. From my favorite zombie author of all time to....wtf are you doing?
The journal style and the story's realistic settings of the previous books really made the apocalypse believable, like you were there and you really cared about the hero and the people around him. Now its all gone with a bunch of anonymous people who get more reading time then the hero. I so hope the stupid kid doesn't let the zombies out, that would be so predictable. I hate stupid kids in books and movies.
The book is full of technical military mumbo jumbo which I guess is the authors strong point considering his profession, and its also cool, but with the story so weak, it is too dominating. The story is in a submarine, or a carrier or a base....kinda missing the zombie survival feeling of it all.
The first book was best, the second ended in a low point, this one rolled all the way down.
I loved the first two books, even with the monotone reader. The third book seemed like a different author with the same setting. I only have one hour left to finish, and I don't care enough to listen to it. It couldn't keep my attention. I miss the old style (the journal entries). The third book is more of a military novel that follows several different but related story lines. I would not recommend this book, even to die hard fans of the first two books. Just google it and read a summary of the novel. I am extremely disappointed in this book, I was so looking forward to listening to it.
i will have to listen to shattered hourglass again because it was really hard for me to follow. i found myself starting chapters over and there was just too much going on that never went anywhere. the journal dude, i guess his name is killroy didn't have much to do with a mission he was sent to head. i didn't like the change in style from journal entries to 3rd person but i understood it, it would have been kinda hard for this guy to to write about things going on elsewhere, i understand it had to be done, but it just seems like it could have been done better. there is alot of skipping around from hotel 23 to the artic to one sub then another then oh yeh lets back up to 2 weeks after the outbreak occurs and hear what remote 6 has to say. i am going to listen to it again because i loved the first two books so much, i listened to them both half a dozen times. overall its a good book, just not as good as the last two.
j.l.borne rocks, i just think he might have been a little rushed this time, maybe the publishers were giving him a hard time or something. it was a little confusing at times because there was a lot going on. but i will listen to anything he writes about zombies.
jay snyders performance is as always great.
lol, there arent many moments in a zombie novel that move me, i mean, a zombie didn't suddenly look at a character and not eat him because the character reminded him of his grandma, then they hug and walk off in the sunset together.
if you listened to the first two books, buy this one and listen, no matter how the story style has changed and whether i think it is rushed or not, it is the third in a series that is awesome. if you don't get it because of someone else's opinion, you are gonna wonder how it ends. besides, opinions are like, well, you know.
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.
Good but different
I couldn't tell whether this was the same narrator from the previous 2 books, his voice sounded way off from previous work.
I LOVED the first two books in the series, I enjoyed them more for the "Journal" approach the author used to tell his story. The third book, though very good to read, was told in more of "Play" format, where the narrator uses to different voices for the different characters. I did love the book and the narrator but this book felt as if if was written by a different author and read by jay snyder's little brother. Good book, great series, just not what I was expecting or hoping for. The author had a great recipe for a novel and jus went another route on this one
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.