In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.
Shattered Hourglasss is the terrifying new novel in the acclaimed zombie apocalypse series.
©2012 J.L. Bourne (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
Bourne is responsible for my Zombie obsession. The first and second book of the series is awesome. Shattered Glass veers off course into choas leaving me unable to focus on the situations, scenarios, and characters. Say goodbye to the journal format of the last two books and hello to multiple character situations, which tugs on my ADD. LOL! The fascination with the main character's struggle has ended with the elimination of the journal format making the listen not enjoyable, hard to follow, and weak!
The positive side is the closer to several elements of the story and characters.
The book WAS worth the credit!
Wow, I listened to this book for about the first four hours and then began to realize that this is not what I expected. This is what we waited 2 years for? I can't believe at all this is the same Author who wrote the 1st two books which are among one of my favorites in Zombie culture titles. I loved the series and told all my friends how this one series was an all night scary listen! But this book was not the same timeline format as the first two successful books.
This storyline jumps like a cat dancing on a hot plate as I was back and forth trying to figure out what and why did he bring in new characters and ignore the pre-established ones we loved and cared about. The name Kill as a character said it all as I groaned as bad as the zombie's moaning in the story. Why and how he made the main character act like a whinney B_tch is unforgivable to start and how predictable it played out was no surprise. I have to believe this was a paycheck to the writer as there was no effort put into this book.
How and why The Author changed the format was bad advice, maybe because he was on deployment most of these years, it may have distracted his focus. I would have gladly waited another year for a more suspenseful type story just like the first two books were written.
I know this is a harsh review but I really feel let down as a reader and fan of the series.
I would recomend people to just pass on this version and hope there is another creative author that could do a timeline Zombie tale.
I would check Audible every month to see when the third book came out. Finally got it. Bummer. I listened to the entire thing, but forced myself. It was not journal style and I personally thought is was so confusing. There's no refresher from where the last book left off and there are all sorts of new people and six different stories going on, it was just so hard to tell who was what and where they were doing it. And honestly, I just thought it was boring. Oh---and it seemed like it was written for military people. Just so much military jargon. Might be nice for people that know the lingo, but just annoying to me. Don't think I'll be watching out for the next one.
Hard to say...loved the first two, but definitely not going to be watching for the fourth book.
I don't know...but the narrator was lovely.
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.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
WARNING: SOME SPOILERS
first, let me preface my review by saying dbda (day by day armageddon) and beyond exile are some of my favorite zombie books. i was extremely psyched about shattered hourglass coming out on 12/26. it was like a belated christmas gift.
with that said, i was extremely disappointed by the time i finished listening to shattered hourglass. i loved the first two books, and that's why i'm soo harsh on shattered hourglass.
many of the negative reviews of dbda cited the one-dimensional characters and the journal style story. me...neither bothered me.
so, i was kind of surprised the journal style storytelling was totally abandoned. really, it's not a bad departure. it would've been really boring to listen to kill roy record his daily thoughts while submerged in a sub sailing to china.
instead, j.l. tells almost all of the story in 3rd person. i don't mind that at all since the hotel 23 group is split up at the end of beyond exile, and it would've been impossible to capture what happened to them via kill roy's journal.
shattered hourglass tells the stories of 6 different groups of people. 3 we already know of, and 3 we're introduced to.
uss george washington: the old hotel 23 crowd
john (kill roy's neighbor), tara (kill roy's girlfriend he rescued from the car), granny deane and danny, and will, jan, and laura. while it's nice to follow their stories, what happens to them is totally predictable.
uss virginia sub: kill roy and sane
thankfully, j.l. uses time skips of a couple of days to help time move along on the sub. i was shocked that kill roy and sane didn't talk much until the very end of the story, like the last hour!
uss virginia sub: seal team
at the end of beyond exile, kill roy is coerced to join a team to venture to china to recover chang. suprisingly, only 4 seals are assembled for the mission: rico, rex, huck, and griff. throughout the 1st part of the story, they are hardly mentioned until the first part of the mission- they have to gain access to an underground military facility on the hawaiian island oahu. while the action is reminiscent of the first 2 books, i was kind of disappointed kill roy didn't join them. i can understand that since he was recruited as a consultant. instead, he plays a minor part as their eyes via a remote controlled drone.
arctic outpost 4: crusoe, mark, brett, and kung
outpost 4 is one of the many covert artic research bases that was set up to drill ice cores to investigate what happened 20,000 years ago. in my humble opinion, this could've been an interesting short story on its own. j.l. starts to build their story- their plight to survive in negative 50 degrees as the dead come back to life and their fuel supplies running low. there was a lot of potential here, but everything j.l. was building gets abandoned to the very end.
hotel 23: task force phoenix
hotel 23 gets some new inhabitants: doc, billy, hoss, and disco. tf phoenix's goal is to investigate the drops by remote 6 and find out more about them. like the arctic outpost story, this culd've been a great short story in itself. the character's flashbacks of how they survived and became part of tf phoenix were great and even deserve their own book. once again, there's so much potential that it's disappointing that their story just abruptly ends.
we finally get a glimpse behind the curtain. sadly, there is no great wizard of oz, but a megalomaniac who is known as "god." this is my biggest disappointment! there was soo much potential wasted. remote 6 were like the ultimate bad guys- they were secretive, powerful, mysterious, and feared. instead, their leader turns out to be a caricature of a bad comic book super villain.
at the end of beyond exile we learn that a crashed alien craft is the reason for the outbreak. ok i guess. it was kind of a buzz kill, but it didn't affect my decision to download shattered hourglass the moment it was available. as i watched the time left dwindle, i kept thinking, "they haven't even reached china yet! maybe we're going to get another cliffhanger!" i was thinking damn...china's gonna be difficult. a billion zombies with maybe 3/10 being those special zombies. instead, the whole story ends in the remaining 50 minutes!
overall, i enjoyed going back to the story and world i fell in love with. however by the end, i felt spurned b/c the ending of each story was rushed. so much potential was left on the table! it's frustrating!
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.
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.
I'm sure the change from the previous diary style will irritate some readers; personally I get why the author made the change. The main group of characters is necessarily split up and he would have had to jump through major hoops for a single narrator to effectively capture what was going on in all the locations. So from that perspective I think it was a bold move to make the change.
Unfortunately I'm not convinced the actual story held up to the switch in style. The writing is a little rough -- the author does struggle a little with the new voice -- but the first half or so of the book is pretty good, demonstrating several of the things that were so strong in the first two volumes. Bourne really does do zombie combat scenes extremely well and even three books in was pulling out scenarios and twists that kept it fresh.
But the latter part of the book felt really rushed to me. Almost as if he couldn't quite decide if it was going to take 4 books or if he had to wrap it in 3. Some of the plot elements introduced in book 2 are wrapped up in what I felt was very unsatisfying ways and at the end I was left thinking that Remote6 and Chang really felt like a let down. The ending could leave it open for a book 4 so we'll see if he does go that route and puts some more meat on the bones.
I'd still recommend the series and anyone who has read the first 2 volumes will want to know what happens but I do think this is the weakest of the volumes by far.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
I knew going in that it was a different perspective than the first two books in the series... that it switched from journal entry style to typical 3rd person narration. What I didn't know was that the author would splinter the perspective between at least 3 different groups, jump from one character's head to another within the same page, and add in characters with no real purpose (i.e. the Northern station). Or... that there would be some "great conspiracy" that was just tacked on all of a sudden. Maybe it was meant to be freshly discovered by the main character? (well, that would require us knowing which was the main character I suppose - there was equal time spent inside several different characters)...
Anyway, it was a great disappointment considering book 1 was one of my top 10 zombie books and book 2 was also pretty good. This one was confused, scattered, and ended very conveniently. Oh, and I was actively put-off by the very un-subtle dig at the end when we are informed that the new society of survivors re-started the education system without that "diluted curriculum" of the pre-apocalypse: I suppose this meant that now men can learn to be men, and women can learn to service those men... (we wouldn't know for sure though, there are no female characters in this story, other than the teacher and two main characters' girlfriends, whose sole role was to weep at their deaths, and get pregnant...)
The narrator did a very good job. My only complaint is that there were section headings (I suppose in the book they are "emails") which must have looked like this: "OOOMEEGGG//X2EE//..." (and so on). So the narrator read this out loud... "o, o., o. m. e.e. g.g.g forward slash forward slash forward slash..." and so on, sometimes taking 40 seconds to finish reading it. It was intrusive, annoying to hear out loud, and lent nothing to the story. But, that's not the narrator's fault.
There is no sex, some moderate swearing and the violence is described, not shown - which makes the (apparently) intended tension/gore pretty tame. If there were another book in this series, I wouldn't read it.
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.
"Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3"
Very disappointing book. He moved away from the diary format of the first two installments and the story suffered as a consequence. The diary format was new - at least to me - and it worked so well because it allowed you to live in that world in a way I hadn't considered before. This book attempts to increase the scale and move the genre forward, but the pace was awkward and stuttering, the characters two-dimensional and the events predictable. This is just another zombie novel. Read only if you need zombies. If you want something different - read the first two and stop.
Loved the first two books in the trilogy. The first one is really good, and I've never read a zombie type book before. So I'd recommend the first as it is interesting as it is done diary style which really works. This book breaks that style and just isn't any where as good as the first two. Not great but just about worth listening to do you know what happens.
"Format change, clumsy politics"
I really enjoyed the first two books in this series, and would recommend them to people. Saying that, I can't recommend this one. The previous two used a diary format which built tension and helped the sense of one man moving through a terrifying situation. In Shattered Hourglass unfortunately, Bourne has moved to a standard writing style. This disrupts the style from the previous two. The second problem is that Bourne has developed a habit of suddenly diverging into clumsy political rants (for example, characters out of nowhere going into a diatribe about gun control in the past or similar). Snyder's performance is still good, but he can only work with what he's given.
All in all, I'd second what another reviewer said - listen to the first two, and stop there.
Not exactly what I expected the third book in the series to be like, but none the less still fantastic.
started off well but I felt the story rushed to a poor climax, will I follow the story of kill, probably.
"Concludes the story"
But not as good as the first two. Not written in diary format which was a disappointment. Still it concluded the story (rather hastily!).
"NICE BIT OF FAST PACED, ZOMBIE SPLATTER TRASH!"
After the first listen to the final part of the trilogy I was disappointed. The change in format took a bit of adjustment and It distracted me away from the story. I just listened to all the others again so I thought I would give part three another go and I enjoyed Shattered Hourglass a hell of a lot more second time around. Don't get me wrong, Shakespeare this aint but it is an extremely enjoyable slice of fast paced, Zombie splatter trash and our world would be worse off without it. A fitting end to an enjoyable trilogy.
"Stopped the series too soon."
This story ROCKS! but it just got finished before it began.
I really like the characters the best and felt shocked when they meet their demise..
King of the spoken word. without a bout. His voice resonates deep in the primal core that makes you listen more intently.
No, it just exuded excellence from beginning to end.
If you like this try EX-heroes or any of the other novels, like Hyperion that Jay lends his voice to. Talking movies dude for-Real..
I was a little apprehensive when I heard they had changed the format of how the book is told, but I needn't have worried as it was a joy to read. It lead to a lot of new characters that I became attached to so I was more vested in the world rather than just a small group.
The narration was excellent and I found it difficult to stop listening each time my commute ended.
All in all a great book well read and I'd recommend it highly.
This book is simply great. Well read by Jay Snyder. The mix of horror and military action works really well, this is what I imagine the Alpha team part of Max Brooks world war Z should be like.
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