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The world lies in ruins Day By Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglassexpands upon the critically acclaimed series of the zombie apocalypse, and alternates between the handwritten journal depicting a military personnel's struggle for survival and the survivors he has met along the way-mankind's final hope in its darkest hours.

Trapped in the midst of global disaster, they must individually and collectively make the agonizing decisions that could mean either living for yet another day, or the eternal curse of forever walking among the undead horde Read more Read less. About the Author J. Bourne is on active duty as a commissioned US naval officer. Born in Arkansas, he lives in Washington, D. Visit www. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.

Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Day by Day Armageddon has proven to be a phenom in the dreadfully overcrowded world of zombie-lit. For some reason, that first entry just captivated all of us with a grim tale of survival from the perspective of reading a lone survivor's diary.

When it ended, we ravenously thirsted for more. The follow-up to that entry was good, but somehow lost a bit of its mystique. This third entry, however I take care to avoid major spoilers wherever possible.

Rather than focusing on the group of survivors we've come to know, the story now splits to focus on several different splinter groups among the large gathering of survivors living on the remaining U.

L Bourne hooked us with his first-person writing in the first two entries, but the transition to third person seems to have been slightly difficult. The story is still pretty gripping but it attempts to go into too many places at once. The "Remote Six" threat remains mysterious, even moreso now than originally to the point of almost being baffling.

With the story branching out into third-person narrative, the opportunity to shed light on their true intentions is possible, yet never taken. There is some backstory revealed but very little, and although the resolution is satisfying, it ultimately remains an unsolved mystery. The most dramatic and suspenseful aspect of the book would undoubtedly have to be the incursion into Hawaii, a stopover point before the China operation that was setup at the end of Beyond Exile. Bourne brilliantly utilizes his "Rad Zombies" the irradiated type here to great effect.

It is ultimately the high point of action and tension in Shattered Hourglass. Similarly, the Arctic team scenario was easily the most frightening. On top of that, there are a few government transmissions slipped in between chapters that suggest the outbreak also reached a certain secret area of a particular Air Force base in Nevada that "doesn't exist" with frightening consequences.

I feel that the significant change to the way the story is told was a bit detrimental overall. With Kilroy, the character we have come to know and care about taking a backseat in this entry, it almost feels stressful trying to form a feeling for the new characters introduced.

Perhaps the most disappointing aspects of the book are the fact that the China incursion Operation: Hourglass is resolved so easily and without any sort of major obstacle. Even the "Patient Zero" or "Chang" issue is resolved without incident, and is ultimately a tremendous disappointment. Like the Remote Six resolution, it is baffling and raises too many questions. The most frustrating aspect is that the entire mission is resolved in less than 10 pages. Overall, while I enjoyed the book, it feels as though it was rushed with the intention of a quick end.

Whether J. Bourne wishes to expand the mythos of DbDA into third-person novels or continue in the future with Kilroy remains to be seen.

He may even choose to end it here. In any case, even though I was disappointed here, I will gladly pick up anything J. Bourne writes. While this conclusion was unsatisfying in many ways, JLB has made his mark in the zombie-lit world with quite a significant impact that will be tough to top.

What a disappointment! I was so looking forward to this book and it just left me going "huh? There are several things wrong with this book. The switch from 1st to 3rd person dialog is just plain strange. Some of the storyline didn't make sense either. Take the nuking of major American cities. If that many cities were nuked, the radiation level all across the US would be extremely high. But yet, people are still going out in the open without any danger?

That part didn't make sense either. Then there is the bringing of two zombies aboard the USS Washington. If they don't know anything about the zombies, why bring them where there are unaffected people? Of all the places to dock, the Washington goes to a hurricane prone area such as the Florida Keys to establish a permanent residency? Talk of a safe haven in the Florida Keys would be a story in itself as they had blocked themselves off from the rest of the infected area, of course without radiation.

Just didn't make sense. What about the Phoenix team? What happened to them? Shattered Hourglass is more like Shattered Story that reads like a spy novel.

But most of all was the very abrupt ending. I had a couple of chapters left to read and there was lots of room for the continuation of the story line and boom!! The book ended with a very abrupt and silly ending. Where were Kil, Tara and the baby going if everything is destroyed?

It was like Mr. Bourne couldn't wait to finish the book. All in all not a bad read but it could have been oh so much better. I loved the first book, Day by Day Armageddon and the second book Beyond Exile was okay but this one is a big disappointment. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.


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Day by Day Armageddon: Shattered Hourglass

In this book of the Day by Day Armageddon series, J. Bourne attempts to wrap up the Zombie Apocalypse and somehow add extraterrestrial beings into the mix, as well. Will there be any survivors living happily ever after or has an ancient alien abducted a promising franchise? After an unknown anomaly turned once-living human beings into an undead terror that quickly spread throughout the planet, the United States government nuked multiple high-density areas, hoping to destroy them. Our hero is an unnamed Naval officer who is referred to as Kil, short for Kilroy. Rescued by the remaining U.

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