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Shattered Hourglass (Day by Day Armageddon #3)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  3,525 Ratings  ·  251 Reviews

Armies of undead have risen up across the U.S. and around the globe;there is no safe haven from the diseased corpses hungering for human flesh. But in the heat of a Texas wasteland, a small band of survivors attempt to counter the millions closing in around them.


Survivor,Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a wor
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 26th 2012 by Permuted Press (first published 2012)
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Adam Mccarthy
Dec 24, 2012 Adam Mccarthy rated it liked it
The change in narrative for this book was a little jarring. The author has definitely tightened up the style, and introduces numerous additional perspectives for a more rounded story. While some may enjoy this different approach, I preferred the narrower view of the main character in the previous two books. Certain areas of the story felt too drawn out, whereas the conclusion felt very rushed. Some readers may find the outcomes reached a bit novel, others may be annoyed.

There is clearly an open
Timothy Ward
Apr 11, 2014 Timothy Ward rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombies, 2013
After being a huge fan of the first two books, I was really disappointed with this one. It got a little better in the second half, and had some horrific moments, but overall it changed from being a small band of survivors type story to a military strategy course with spy thriller type action.

I stopped reading this one for a while because it felt like a bunch of action, then a bunch of planning of military ops, and all along I got very little engagement on a character level. There is a lot of nar
Kurt Lieber
Jan 01, 2013 Kurt Lieber rated it did not like it
Shelves: disliked
I was a huge fan of the first two books. The unique narrative, where the protagonist tells the story via his diary, made the story incredibly gripping and compelling. The story was all about the individual struggles of the protagonist as he adjusts to a post-apocalyptic world. Finding food, water, ammunition -- things that we all take for granted. It really made you think about what's important in life. It also made you connect with the protagonist in a way that few other books have been able to ...more
Donna (Jaevenstar)
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Keith In Ky
Feb 14, 2013 Keith In Ky rated it did not like it
Thursday Morning: Okay, so I just got started last night on this book. I swore after how bad the first book was and how horribly awful the second book was that I would not read the third. I lied. I picked it up at the library and saw a format change(thank God I never actually paid for any of his books, and by the way, I DO buy most of my books so the authors see the money, which we should all do). I also saw what looked like an apology for the first two books in the author's forward. "This one ...more
This book takes the form of a straight novel instead of a diary from the outset which gave me hope that we would see more of my favourite characters-John and Annabelle. However the author then decides to add more new characters and use multiple POVs which I did not think was required. We follow Kil and Saien on their mission to China, survivors at a remote station in the frozen north, soldiers trying to reach Hotel 23, Admiral of the Fleet, Remote 6, a seal team on Hawaii etc. We do get the odd ...more
Holden Attradies
Jan 15, 2013 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, zombie
First off, I am REALLY surprised at how many negative reviews this got on Good reads. Most of the ones I read seemed to be very peeved by the change in narrative style and were convinced, based on assumptions only apparently, that the change in style was done because of pressure from his publisher. This was entirely not the case and I am basing this on things he has said on his facebook page and his website. He seems to be a man who takes and keeps strong control of his work and protects it like ...more
Cole Patterson
Apr 04, 2013 Cole Patterson rated it it was amazing
To all the "literary genius critics" out there...get a grip. These are largely self funded and published books in a specialist category. Zombie literature is either something you enjoy and read as if you have just found a journal written as society is consumed by the undead..or a poorly written disjointed torture session. If you fall into the latter category, I'm sure Penguin Books has something new you will enjoy.
I eagerly awaited this third installment in JL Bourne's series "Day by Day Armaged
Oct 06, 2013 Mark rated it it was ok
All that I can say is "what happened?" I am not totally against Bourne's departure from the journal format, but I am against the way it was executed. Instead of getting a detailed look into the mind of Kil once again, we get a brief look at a bunch of new characters. I have no problem with adding new characters if had Bourne bothered to develop any of them or even make us care about them a little bit.

The ending is a cop-out in my opinion. We start of with this guy trying to survive on his own wi
Feb 08, 2013 John rated it liked it
*3.5 stars** Teased as we were at the end of "Beyond Exile," we just knew our protagonist would be heading into the mother of all zombie @#$%-storms -- and indeed, here he is in the opening pages, speeding over the Panama Canal to the USS Virginia for what he sincerely hopes is not a one way trip to China to find the source of the zombie epidemic in hopes it will provide clues to a cure.

The change this time is that we're not reading the pages of our newly promoted naval officer's journal. Instea
Nicole Bunge
Still one of my favorite zombie series, but this book loses some steam.

It's inevitable, it's a series, and most zombie books deal with the 'outbreak' premise and then the first days of survival. They find a convenient triumph (with or without annihilating/curing all zombies) and let the sun set. (Unless they start after the 'Big Battle Was Won' and go retrospect - a la WWZ.)

So, I have to admire Bourne for keeping this going. Although I have the same complaint other readers do, I'm disappointed h
Finally, the conclusion to the "Day by Day Armageddon" series by J.L. Bourne! Was this book the best one from the trilogy? Sadly, no. The first book was the best of them, especially as the perspective or the "journal" treatment is no longer present in this one. Since the events of the second book, the whole plot zooms out and takes on a larger scale. The main character is now just one of the proponents of the numerous events occurring in the apocalypse. This is both beneficial and detrimental to ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it
My zombie apocalypse obsession continues with the third installment of the Day by Day Armageddon series by J.L. Bourne.

The story of the small group of survivors from Hotel 23 begins with them onboard the USS George Washington. Our protagonist, Kil, is sent to one of the few remaining US subs (the Virginia) on a secret mission to China to find CHANG, believed to be the first carrier of the virus. Another team of military officers is sent to Hotel 23 to secure the nuclear bomb that is housed ther
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
Shattered Hourglass picks up with Kil’s story right where Beyond Exile left us off. Kil is on a submarine headed to China to extract “Chang”, the source of the virus that has decimated the world population. He has left all of his Hotel 23 friends behind on the carrier except for Saien, he needs someone to cover his back.

Shattered Hourglass marks an important change in the series. The journal format of the first two book is gone, except for a few small sections. Kil’s journal format was something
Aug 04, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok
As other reviewers have noted, this book is weighed down by a ridiculous amount of military jargon and very little zombie action. The writer abandoned the journal format, presumably to visit other story lines/POVs; however, the characters are all so poorly developed that it is a fruitless endeavor. We have so little detail on most of the characters that it's sometimes impossible to tell them apart, let alone build much tension or even care if they die. The ending was definite
Michael Pendry
Feb 12, 2013 Michael Pendry rated it did not like it
After reading the first two books, which I enjoyed despite being overly simple and straightforward, I was eager to read the third installment in the series. When I saw the author apologizing for the first two books and changes he brought to the third, I thought, "not a good sign!".

I'll agree with what other reviewers have stated as the book being an absolute bore. A whole lot of nothing happens through 98% of the book, only to have the climax and the denoument be covered in a rapid and rushed fi
Apr 18, 2013 Carlos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, zombie-fight
La trilogía de "Day by Day Armageddon" es sin lugar a duda el mejor thriller de supervivencia zombie que he leído y en general es de los mejores libros que han pasado por mis manos.

J.L. Bourne cierra magistralmente la narración de Kil, el protagonista, en esta tercera entrega "Shattered Hourglass".

Prefiero no revelar detalles de la trama pero les pido que por favor, lean los tres libros, se sorprenderán gratamente.

"Day by Day Armageddon" es un libro que debe ser leído por los amantes de la cultu
Dec 31, 2012 Trista rated it it was ok
This book was a lot different than the first 2. It took me awhile to get past the change in perspective - this book is not written in day-by-day journal format like the others, and that was something I really liked about those books. I listened to the audio format, which I liked for the first 2 books, but for this one, I probably would have preferred the written format. I had to go back several times to check confusing facts. I found it hard to keep track of all the locations, the characters, ...more
Samantha Cheney
Oct 16, 2013 Samantha Cheney rated it liked it
I'm giving this book a 3.5. I really thought I would fall in love with it, but it was nothing like the first two books unfortunately... I'm not saying it wasn't good, but I couldn't get into it like the others which surprises me considering my favorite genre is zombies. However it did succeed in giving me a mild nightmare lol. I just hate that is was all military based. The characters however were very well developed.
Nov 06, 2014 Luis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
Me parece que el autor cayo en el error de querer explicar la razón de la "anomalía" y esto lo llevo a perder y diluir demasiado el tema. Un final la verdad que no me termino de convencer ademas de sentir que se precipito de forma acelerada cerrando todos los hilos de narración que creo a como pudo. De los tres libros me quedo con el primero.
Sean C
Sep 09, 2013 Sean C rated it liked it
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Feb 23, 2013 Candace rated it liked it
Disappointing after first 2 books. No longer a journal written by Kil in fact not much from him at all in this book.
Francis Gahren
Apr 18, 2013 Francis Gahren rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
J.L. Bourne never disappoints. As the third in a trilogy, the characters and plot are established yet evolve effectively and in a overcrowded genre such as this, it is even more remarkable that this book and series stands above all the mediocre zombie novels. My only slight criticism is that this book felt thin at times and some key events were rushed through with minimal detail. The key event at the end in particular felt over in a minimum amount of pages. Looking forward to the next in the ...more
Nov 12, 2016 Lainy rated it liked it
Time taken to read - 3 days

Pages - 336

Publisher - Permuted Press

Blurb from Goodreads


Armies of undead have risen up across the U.S. and around the globe;there is no safe haven from the diseased corpses hungering for human flesh. But in the heat of a Texas wasteland, a small band of survivors attempt to counter the millions closing in around them.


Survivor,Day by day, the handwritten journal entries of one man caught in a worldwide cataclysm capture the desperation
Stuart Dean
Oct 27, 2016 Stuart Dean rated it really liked it
Bourne moves on from the daily journal format of the previous books and settles into a more conventional style. This opens up the storyline to include viewpoints from several different characters all over the world. He also morphs from the horror genre into science fiction while adding an actual cause for the zombie outbreak. Much military style action, descriptions of firearms long and short, and a small amount of radio theory. The main character gets a name, the enemy is revealed, and we learn ...more
Nov 18, 2016 Backslash rated it liked it
Not bad. I miss the style of the first book.
Apr 16, 2014 Zombiefan101 rated it did not like it
Having read the first two books I could tell this author would be a new favorite. I read both the previous books in single settings and right away paid the full MSRP price for Shattered Hourglass which is something I rarely do because I am a cheapo and know somewhere out there the book is on amazon or ebay for $1 with 3.99 shipping.

But I hate this book.. its terrible. What made the first two novels great were the following through a diary of a single persons struggle. Every page you would turn w
Aug 02, 2013 Scrittevolmente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lettori e lettrici di scrittevolmente bentrovati! Ancora una volta si apre l’appuntamento con le recensioni di casa! Quest’oggi andremo a concludere la saga del sopravvissuto, l’eroe senza (quasi) nome che ci ha accompagnato in una trilogia davvero esaltante. Se vi siete persi i capitoli precedenti ecco le recensioni: Diario di un sopravvissuto agli zombie; Oltre l’esilio.

Partiamo subito dal principio, ovvero dalla parte tecnica, come sempre. Questa volta ho impiegato un po’ più d
Aug 15, 2016 Nadjab rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Erste Sätze
Chaos. Hundert Prozent. Die Szenerie unter uns ähnelte einem Gebiet nach einem Hurrikan der Stärke 5 oder einem Luftbombardement.

Der Kampf ums Überleben geht weiter
Die Erde, in naher Zukunft. Nach einer mysteriösen Infektionsepidemie, die sich von China aus weiter in die USA ausgebreitet hat, haben sich die Menschen der Vereinigten Staaten in fleischfressende Zombies verwandelt. Unter den wenigen Überlebenden ist ein Mann namens Kilroy. Aufgrund seiner Erfahrung bekommt er
Gene Bennett
Jan 22, 2013 Gene Bennett rated it liked it
This is the third book in the Day by Day Armageddon series. The book series went from a journal type book written like a blog to a well written (in my opinion) book series.

This is probably my least favorite in the series because it went in a direction I didn't care for. That isn't to say it is a bad book. I read it in about three true sittings. I really enjoyed it just not where I wanted to see the series go.

The book is broke up into several groups. You've got most of the original characters on
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Zombies!: Day by Day Armageddon #3 28 32 Apr 25, 2014 12:52PM  
(SPOILER) So I Don't Get It... 3 38 Mar 07, 2014 09:34PM  
*Spoilers* Thoughts on CHANG 11 57 Feb 19, 2013 08:52AM  
*Spoilers* Thoughts on Quantum 10 75 Feb 19, 2013 08:49AM  
Release date? 6 75 Dec 21, 2012 04:31PM  
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J.L. Bourne is a military officer and acclaimed author of the horror series, DAY BY DAY ARMAGEDDON, and dystopian thriller, TOMORROW WAR.

With twenty years of active military and intelligence community service behind him, J.L. brands a realistic and unique style of fiction.

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