Like other reviews of this book that I just finished reading,I didn't mind the style chsnge of the book. It is no longer a diary account type story. I'm totaly fine with that,not a deal breaker for me. I loved the first two books in this series,I had even been getting friends to read them and listen to them.
Having said that,and praising the first two books,I must say that Shattered Hourglass disappointed me. The story is decent,but I really feel that the story was rushed. Rushed through key plots (namely the mysterious government help that was given to our hero in the second book), and more importantly the finish. The book was decent all the way to the end,then at the end I felt like someone must have held a gun to the head of J.L. and told him to finish up as fast as possible. I'm not the only person I know who feels this way,several friends listened to this story while I was and we all said the same thing,rushed ending!!! The first two books are the best,this last book is so so at best. But I would say still give it a listen,but don't expect much.
I'm sorry Mr. Bourne,I love your books,but this one let me down a bit.
Some people think the book was left open ended as if there will be another one. Perhaps,but I can't see how the main character could make a return. But knowing how this books ending was so rushed,and some good plots (the arctic station) were minimalized and not really expanded upon,I don't really think that the author has any idea for another bookmark in the series and that he added "quantum" as some sort of after thought to keep the reader guessing.
The narrator did a good job.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
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.
Love to exercise while listening
What the heck? He goes through so much detail on Hawaii (not even sure why they even went there) and then when they get to China, wham, book is over.
I understand that the journal style had to go with so many events seen through other peoples eyes, but did he have to end such an amazing series with this? It's like you put so much love into a garden, select the right soil and fertilizer. Take the time to water and talk to the plants. And then when you get the first tomatoes, you mow over it cause you've moved on to another task. I see he tried to tie up loose ends, but did it in a Lost (tv series) kind of way. So sad.
Now that there were many voices he had to do, he did this ok.
The first 2 books.
If there was ever a book I'd like to have a re-do on, this would be the one!
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.
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.
Should have heeded the advice of other reviewers ... but I loved the other books in the series so much.
I found the "grab ass" macho dialog between the military types to be a huge distraction. There was none of that rubbish in the previous books. I've served in the armed forces (Australian) and worked with a lot of professional US servicemen. No one talks like this. Reminded me of the Morningstar series. Annoying.
And what's with the main character's new name? I guess once the author dropped the journal style, the characters had to call him something ... but "Kill"? The initial reference to "Kilroy" back in book 2 was good for an ironic laugh (given the circumstances) ... but to pick it up as the name even his girlfriend calls him .... c'mon!
Remote 6? Almost laughable ... like a Bond villain ... or Doctor Evil.
I think that Bourne, if he in fact wrote this book, lost interest towards the end and wrapped things up fast to get back to whatever else he does with his time. It was all too aimless.
Only plus is the Narrator. Jay does his best and is clearly worth looking up for his other efforts.
I'd listened to the previous 2 instalments and was really looking forward to hearing this final piece. Admittedly I did fall into the habit from listening to the first 2 if hearing a day by day diary from Kil however because the characters were getting to be many the writer accommodated this very well. Loved it, if you've read the first 2, then by all means purchase this final instalment.
Some of the technical data & comm's talk was way over my head but I realise this is realistic and needed for authenticity and many out there will identify with it.
Too many to say here..,
Yes!! I'm on the road doing long trips and this kept me really focused. When I wasn't doing long trips, I was hanging out, couldn't wait to go for a drive to listen to the next exciting chapter! My 17 year older daughter loved it also!
I just hope and wish J L Bourne has some more of this excitement to unleash! I quite enjoyed listening to all 3 instalments! Please keep them coming?
Probably not, this was my third book from Bourne that I have read.
He could have thought up a better more imaginative ending. It seemed as though Bourne had his deadline and quickly finished the story without the depth of the beginning.It was quite bothersome when the author hinted that an upcoming piece of information was going to be earth shattering and then the reader finds out that it is simply that aliens landed at Roswell, NM.
When deep six gets nuked.
Yes it could be a movie. A haven't a clue about the actors.
poor writing, too much military jargon, lackluster characters
i think Snyder did the best he could with this trite nonsense, but really, he's just polishing a turd. in the end, it's still a badly written book.
the entire ending was dull, but really so much crap filled the rest (aliens, no real zombie actions, no character development or even emotional inner dialogue).
this book was terrible and i would not recommend it to anyone.