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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.

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A bit on the dull side

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!

28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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Who Wrote this book?

Would you try another book from J. L. Bourne and/or Jay Snyder?

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.

Any additional comments?

I would recomend people to just pass on this version and hope there is another creative author that could do a timeline Zombie tale.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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sadly disappointed! where did you go J.L.?

Any additional comments?

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.

remote 6
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.

chang
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!

36 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Garry
  • St Paul, MN, United States
  • 12-27-12

I can live with the change in style but...

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.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Unimaginative ending

Would you try another book from J. L. Bourne and/or Jay Snyder?

Probably not, this was my third book from Bourne that I have read.

What could J. L. Bourne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

When deep six gets nuked.

Could you see Shattered Hourglass being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes it could be a movie. A haven't a clue about the actors.

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  • Kelly
  • Culver City, CA, United States
  • 01-15-13

just terrible

What disappointed you about Shattered Hourglass?

poor writing, too much military jargon, lackluster characters

Would you ever listen to anything by J. L. Bourne again?

no

How could the performance have been better?

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.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shattered Hourglass?

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).

Any additional comments?

this book was terrible and i would not recommend it to anyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not Bad, Not Great

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend the series. You won't 'get it' if you start with this one. In fact, though I've read the entire series so far, for me this was oddly hard to follow. It seemed a bit rushed and confusing. Still, if you are a fan of the series it does advance the plot.

What did you like best about this story?

The scenes aboard the sub.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • SteveK
  • The Woodlands, Texas
  • 12-31-12

A "Morningstar-ed" Book Three

Would you try another book from J. L. Bourne and/or Jay Snyder?

I haven't given up on the author; the first two books were great. I just wont jump on buying until some reviews are posted.

What could J. L. Bourne have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I'd hoped book 3 would continue in the same style as the first 2 books. The story was choppy and rushed, with huge gaps missing in the action. The radical departure makes me wonder if it was even the same author.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and disappointment. This was a huge missed opportunity to wrap up the story.

Any additional comments?

I understand military messages begin with a long string on numbers and letters. I get it. Listening to the narrator read them aloud is VERY annoying.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Confusing and boring

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

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.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. L. Bourne again?

Hard to say...loved the first two, but definitely not going to be watching for the fourth book.

Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't know...but the narrator was lovely.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Random
  • Orlando, FL USA
  • 02-02-13

Honest review.

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Alun
  • 04-11-13

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.

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  • Justin Coyne
  • 02-26-15

Disappointing

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MattWPBS
  • 10-11-13

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Eddie smith
  • 04-19-18

loved it


loved it ,very well read gripping,as the the whole series was I want more

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  • Bananaman92
  • 04-17-17

Another fantastic book

not going to do one of those massive multi-paragraph reviews. all I can say is that this was another fantastic story, as expected of the author, and I'll be jumping into Ghost Run as soon as I've posted this!

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  • zombie reader
  • 01-26-17

Another home run

Kills third adventure in the zombie waste land and it was amazing I look forward to the next adventure

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  • Max Gearing
  • 10-05-15

Awesome

Not exactly what I expected the third book in the series to be like, but none the less still fantastic.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • R
  • 09-16-15

anticlimax

started off well but I felt the story rushed to a poor climax, will I follow the story of kill, probably.

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  • A. Ross
  • 05-18-15

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!).

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  • kmcca5
  • 01-16-14

NICE BIT OF FAST PACED, ZOMBIE SPLATTER TRASH!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Emma
  • 09-14-17

Pretty good!

I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book after reading the many, many one star reviews. I don't really think it deserved them, but to each their own. I didn't mind all the entries not being in a diary format - it was great having so many new characters and storylines.
I can't wait to start book 4!