First, the protagonist's handle is not Killjoy, it's Killroy - And yes, that's a name that originated in WWII. Along with this, there is a lot of military jargon - Both old and new. If you know the jargon, it will add to the experience of the book. If you don't, as some of the other reviewers have mentioned, it will probably leave you a bit bewildered. COB for Captain of the Boat, COG for Continuity of Government, BUD/S for Basic Underwater Demolitions/SEAL, as examples, and of course there's a lot of ballistic and firearm jargon as well.
Second, the book has a disjointed timeline. At the beginning, I had assumed that things were happing chronologically or even concurrently. They're not, no warning is given, and it makes the book a bit hard to follow. It would have probably been a little easier if dates and times were given at the beginning of each chapter.
It's a much different book than the previous two, and a lot of detail was left out. China and Deep 6 could have been elaborated on quite a bit more. The overall listening time on this was 9 hours. It probably "should" have been around 14-15, to make it as good as the previous two. It's very fast paced, and many important plot details were just omitted. I'm going to listen to it a second time, because I just could not take in information as quickly as it was being delivered. It was absolutely not the reader's fault, either. That man is a genius with reading. The book read more like a debriefing with just main details listed with minimal environment details, character building, and in some places it would just jump from problem description to resolution, with no story telling. Not what I'm accustomed to from Bourne. I feel like I listened to an abridged version of the book instead of the original.
Overall, still a great book. Still a fan of Bourne. Think he needs to slow it back down and not write books like he has to write his own mission reports.
If you read the first two books and loved them like I did do yourself a favor and do NOT NOT NOT read this one. You will be disappointed beyond belief. I don't know what J.L. was thinking. The journal entry to 3rd person narrative I understand, don't like, but understand. The plot is weak, feels rushed and I swear I found myself restarting chapters over and over again. It was REALLY had to follow. Dry. It almost felt like a boring documentary that you watch at 3am on a Friday night. I am VERY disappointed. I was so excited to read book 3 and wish now I didn't.
Hopefully he'll get his act together and go back to what we readers love about his work. Military culture, jargon & info weaved into a great story and not "too" over our heads. J.L. Bourne are you reading this.................dude you dropped the ball on this one. Please if there's a book 4 read all of our reviews and take notes!!!!
If there's nothing else to read get it. If you're a fan don't waste your time you'll just get frustrated!!!
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The final (?) book in the Day by Day series. It’s much like the first two with a mix of zombie action (although it seems a bit slower than the others) and insight from the survivors. It gives some more background on remote 6 and wraps things up rather nicely but leaves the door ajar for a possible follow on. The format is slightly different than in the first two books. The vast majority of the first two books was based on the journal of the main character. While there are some journal entries included in this book since the main characters are spread out in the world, it takes on a more third person view. If you liked the first two books you will like this one.
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First impression is that what I had feared has happened, the journal style of the story was completely removed. The main character that has remained nameless through 2 books now has a name, Killjoy. The entire feeling of the series has changed and I am not sure if I like it or not. Yea okay I was totally disappointed with this book. However it was a solid story by itself, not compared to the rest of the story. If you are in need of a one off zombie story fix Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3 would be perfect for you. If you are looking to be engrossed in a somewhat vague journal entries of an unnamed military man trying to eek out his existence, I think you will be disappointed.
Listening to Jay Snyder is like being serenaded by an old friend that has a way will telling stories. It’s kind of funny because every time I listen to an Audible Frontiers book, Snyder often does the intro regardless of who the actual narrator is, I get giddy inside and think to myself “Did I misread who the narrator was?”, then the real narrator takes over and I breath a sigh of disappointment. Not today folks! Snyder has a a very dynamic range of voices, useful for whatever type of character might cross his lips, combined with his foresight to create tension and suspense by choosing great places for pauses, rhythm changes, and emotional outbursts. If you can’t I am a fan of Snyder’s work and will continue to look for his narrations.
I don't know I haven't read the print version
Did not do justice to the series. Felt way too Deus Ex Machina to wrap everything up quickly. I felt that where the characters were 3/4's of the way through the book needed at least another book just to move them forward.
He really portrayed each character very well!
Yes there was, and I wont spoil it.
Good series, though I feel deserved a better ending.
Turn ons??? 1) Obedience 2) Respect 3) Learning to please Master. Master does not do turn offs. He guides and trains His little stooges past what does not please Master.
Nah. I've listened to it once and it was good but not worth a re-listen. I really like the first 2 books and would listen to them again in a heart-beat.
DBDA 1 & 2, The Zombie Fallout series (although they are much more funny) and maybe even the Reign of the Dead series.
Welcome to Hotel 23
This story felt rushed. The action was there but not like in the other 2 books. I really like this series and if it all ends with this book, I'm going to be a bit disappointed. There's just so much more that can be done with this world that J.L. Bourne has created. I'd love to read more about it.
The same narrator for the last 2 books, and he definitely adds something to it beyond a print version
It was great to continue the story line from the last 2 books, but some clichéd additions pertaining to the power behind the scenes was a little weak.
Definitely would have wanted to do this in 1 sessions, but it's better spread out
PLEASE write another book, back to diary style!
I love the story and the characters
Kilroy the main character, he has evolved into a great leader
It's always fun to great men do girl voices
Yes, already listened twice
I hope jl bourne keeps writing
Was it about a Zombie Apocalypse or living on a Navy warship...zombies weren't even a factor in this book. Totally brutal compared to his first two books.
Story? I missed that part, I'm sorry.
Was this a different narrator? It was a complete departure.
Disappointment for wasting a credit, esp. after the first two books.
For those that have read the first two books, be warned... Shattered Hourglass is a disappointing third entry into an otherwise decent series.
Where the first two books are journal entries from a man surviving post zombie apocalypse, the third is...well I'm not quite sure what it is.
The ending is so rushed, it feels like we're reading notes for a fourth novel that the author decided not to write.
And the main story feels like the author was planning on doing a collection of short stories within the same universe but instead attempted to tie them together for the sole reason of rushing out the next novel in the series.