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  1. Adam Mccarthy Adam Mccarthy says:

    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 arounded 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 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 arounded 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 opening for at least onebook as to how well further exploration within this fictional world might go is anybody s guess


  2. Timothy Ward Timothy Ward says:

    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 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 narrative summary and the ending was a let down because of how easy it was once they reached their mission destination They even mention something like how missions have so much build up and then the last stage is over before you know it That may be how it is in real life, but I like my stories to build up to a fireworks kind of finale and make me emotionally effected.The idea shown in the following short story, Day by Day Armageddon Grey Fox, redeems this series for me, but I hope future books focuson story engagement through characters instead of through military strategy Bourne has a unique ability to give us what the strategy and problems would be, but I need to haveheart involved to care about what s happening


  3. Kurt Kurt says:

    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 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 do.The third book takes all of that and chucks it out the window Gone is the unique narrative, replaced by atraditional some would say boring novel format Multiple characters are introduced and the story revolves through each of their perspectives Gone is the gritty, visceral struggle for survival, replaced instead by a cookie cutter military novel plotline, replete with cartoonish bad guy trying to take over the world.It s almost like the author decided he wanted to try his hand at being Clancy and forgot everything that made the first two books so great.In case it isn t obvious, this book was a HUGE disappointment for me If you really enjoyed the first two, be prepared to hate this one I sure did


  4. Tracy Tracy says:

    And the beat goes on What a phenomenal plot These zombies are in a class all their own Fright and the unexpected get amped up to a whole new level, and succeeds quite consistently in scaring the bejeezus outta me which I wouldn t have any other way Love to be scared, yet also have an intelligent plot with relatable characters This series succeeds and then some on all these fronts.Day by Day Armageddon is a must listen, and the narration is perfect


  5. Donna (Jaevenstar) Donna (Jaevenstar) says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Some might consider this review contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.Well, I have to admit that the first two books were much better than this one But I think the biggest reason for that is the huge shift in the author s writing style Moving from a first person perspective, the author decided to tell the story from a third person, omniscient, point of view The story switches between several different groups of survivors rather than just told from the main character s perspective Th Some might consider this review contains spoilers, so read at your own risk.Well, I have to admit that the first two books were much better than this one But I think the biggest reason for that is the huge shift in the author s writing style Moving from a first person perspective, the author decided to tell the story from a third person, omniscient, point of view The story switches between several different groups of survivors rather than just told from the main character s perspective The main character is actually a relatively minor character in this story I needed to witness the internal thoughts and stress and fear that the first person narrative offered to really feel like a part of this story rather than an on looker I felt distanced from the action I almost think he could have pulled all of those stories apart, made them into short stories, and instead told them from each character s perspective It would have brought back that intensity I felt in the first two books.I also felt like the author tried to throw too much into this book There were so many different story lines going on it almost felt diluted and the addition oftechnical jargon lost me in a few places, too My biggest complaint though is the rushed ending After putting the characters into seemingly impossible to survive situations throughout the first two books, the characters seem to prevail much too easily in this book As the ending approached, I was a little disappointed in how quickly things were wrapped up I thoughttime could have been spent on that than on some of the other story lines I still really liked the book and the action kept me wanting to read it But I definitely didn t devour it like I did the first two books.Having said all of that, I thought the author did a great job continuing the explanation behind the why and the how of the anomaly There was plenty of zombie mayhem involved and a lot of action and adventure


  6. Keith In Ky Keith In Ky says:

    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 w 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 will be different, you ll see he wrote, so I guess he has taken the critism and is trying harder now or took some online writing courses I saw a problem with the author s need to explain the first two books, that was a red flag The first book was so simple that the 2 days it took me to read it didn t seem like such a waste of time, why explain that But, the second book went way off track and brought the first book down with it it didn t have far to fall But, it was still very simply written and if anyone needed to synopsis to understand that poorly written drivelwell, that would be just sad And reading the breakdown of the first two books, anyone picking up the third without reading them would chuckle at the explaination and throw it back I read them and I almost threw it back myself More to come as I read.Like I said, I have read the first part of the book last night and so far it is dreadfully dull The change in format is good for him, though He was not able to pull off the journal style very well and got worse in the second installment If you want to see what a good written journal type zombie book is like, read the last book I read, Apocalypse Z review upcoming So I am giving Bourne a chance on this one and I hope it is good enough to finish My God, I finished his second in this series so I must be a glutton for pain and suffering But, second, or third chances should always be given And the genre always needs support, so choke down the first two books and take your punishment for the cause.Saturday Morning I wanted to update as I went along on this book to see for myself if it got any better I didn t post after the second night of reading because nothing happened in the book of any importance whatsoever Sadly, after reading another night, nothing has still happened The author has indeed gotten better at writing But, there is no story here, it is just better written I have a feeling I will finish this book, but it will be like I have to read onechapter to see if anything happens I am sure something will happen, it has to.right While reading last night and sifting through useless jargon, it hit me what the author should really be writing about I have read a few military special ops books that are like 50 pages of technical terms with a page or two of actually meat My brother who I got the books from loves these types of books They bore me to tears This is one of those books only with a few, so far zombies Now most zombie genre readers like action Not just some Constant action There have been just a few slow zombie books that I have liked Zone One, for example, was a great book that probably bored other genre readers But, for the most part, kill kill Bourne s new book is snooze, snore, so far I know I am really hard on these books, but Goodreads is for honest appraisal and I feel I have to be as honest as I can be I wish I could write like this guy, albiet bad, because I can t write jack He beats the living snot out of me there But, so far with this book there have been a couple of things that has bugged the crap out of me, other than the bad story and useless technical jargon 802.11n wireless was actually a description of the wireless setup in the book Seriously, and this is just one example, but do we really need to know the 802.11n part of this Yeah, it is written on the box when I bought the modem and peripherels, but I don t tell everyone I have a 802.11g, 2.4GHz wireless router Useless information Like do we really need to know down to the part number and the person s social security number who made it where the freaking assault weapon came from The hero , which is now like a bit player, is a freaking Commander now A FREAKING COMMANDER yeah, I know this happened in the last book, but I still can t get over this And it has become even sillier now that I know alot of other people exist and should have been bumped up to that position before him The guy who ditched his unit and went AWOL at the beginning of the first book is now being treated like he is a go to guy with special knowledge over the people that have been responding to this event from the beginning Both sequels have made HUUUUUUGE jumps in that character s development Another small thing, but it is so annoying is his new name Kil Yeah, it was a sorta kinda funny part where it came from, but come on It doesn t make him appear any cooler in text It just is a sad attempt to give him a badass persona that the people that has followed this all the way has seen right through Kil Really The other thing that bothered me is Jonathan Maberry You say whaaaaa I have read a few of his books including Patient Zero and liked them He left praise for these books on the inside of the cover How can I trust Maberry again Tuesday Morning Okay, I read a little of a short story book I picked up Revenge Really good so far, so I missed some time reading DbDA SH I read quite a bit last night and have made it past halfway through Yeah, I know, I am kinda shocked I made it this far But, once I start a book, I tend to finish it no matter the harm it does me I have only put down one book that I didn t finish and that was a short story collection of supposedly horror stories a couple of years ago During the reading on this book, in this period, something finally happened Well, it was referenced at the end of the last book, so it wasn t a surprize, but it was something Also, there was actual contact with a zombie Like a page of action This book isn t even fitting into the above mentioned 50 pages of useless crap to actual event ratio It is on a 100 page per event bend So the military special ops book readers would LOVE this guy to just write that shhhtuff I have said this after reading the other times and it is true The author is a much better writer than he was in previous books That is obvious But, the story is still so slow and dull that it doesn t help He might as well be writing the instructions for constructing an entertainment center And the book is spread so thin There are 5 different storylines going on, somewhat connected, and it jumps around alot That would be awesome if something ever happened in any of the unique settings There is no character that is worth caring about, even the main guy No descriptions of actual people but I think I can build a Ham radio or break down an assault weapon now after reading this book Useless info I read alot of reviews on here to get other takes on books that I am going to read or have already read and there were alot of great reviews of this book It is pleasing and puzzling to see that people liked it When I read that some people liked the action, I just scratch my head The way I read the reviews, this book has about 2 5 of the book left for something to happen because alot say the ending is rushed That makes me evenconfused at the reviews If nothing has happened so far, no action worth speaking of, then there must be 10 timesaction in the next 100 pages than ever written before by any person in any book I am doubting this greatly Sigh I have left reviews and have graded many books on Goodreads I almost always leave at least 3 stars or , if only for effort I tend to be easier on new authors because they deserve the encouragement for trying to entertain me I think I could count on one hand the 2 or less star grades I have left for any book That is another puzzlement for me Why is this book and the two previous so bad for me I ask myself this as I read and wonder if it is me, am I missing something Probably But, honesty is the best policy and all that crap So, over halfway through I can continue to say that this book is still awful I will probably read the other book tonight to keep things in balance, but I really, really want to be done with this book And you know the sad thing If the author writes , I will probably pick it up to see if he got any better at story telling I am an idiot.Thursday Morning I set my jaw and said I NEEDED to get done with this book I read almost the entire last half last night It was chopped up so much with the jumping around that is was easy to get that much read I faded out after chapter 54, and finished it up in the parking lot of the library so I would know that this book was not going back home with me I unknowingly stopped last night at the chapter right before the story blew up into a million little pieces and became utterly ridiculous When people stated that the ending was rushed, they were not BSing Even before that, with the aircraft carrier, things jumped at an amazing pace It went from Hey, I think something is on here to Hey, we are totally screwed and it is all over, no action to see here I was actually surprized when the little group escaped and tied the hatch shut, because there may have been survivors down there Heck, the one they cried for a little later may have been one of them beating on the door yelling let me out you mf ing, self absorbed asshats As with the aircraft carrier story line, he cut out the action parts and left in the dull back and forth between the different story lines 5 And the story lines Two of the story lines were needed well, take that with a grain of salt I saw no use for two of the story lines at all at all the arctic one was only for relaying messages, frozen body fat and getting rescued And the third which could have been folded into the other useless story arcs had the only decent chapter in the book 35 but still didn t have to be in the book at all the climax with Remote 6 could have been at either one of the two useless storylines And let me say something about Remote 6 Here is a super secret organization that has controlled almost every event that has ever happened and they couldn t get to a downed plane before a another group could They were everywhere at all time when it was needed And naming the top R6 guy god and having him make a I would have got away with it all if it weren t for you meddling kids speech was a full on laugh riot Remote 6 ended up being a bumbling set of fools ran my the villan from the Smurfs Throughout the book there was so much not happening that the shockingly fast ending was the biggest surprize in the book And that is not a good thing The romantic relationship in the book was depressingly dull and totally not important at all I think that is the desired word for 9 10ths of this book Unimportant filler Seriously, this book could have easily been a short story and would have still been dull Albiet there was never any tension built up for the ending so the reveal of the reason they went into China was flat and unimportant I never figured out why the hero was in this book at all He did absolutely nothing And here is this guy Kil that over the trilogy became a freaking technical genius, but didn t figure out for quite a while the reference his neighbor from the beginning of first book, who somehow by odd chance became the communications guy on another ship had sent no matter how terribly simple the encrypted messages he was sending him The only action Kil saw was that he was on the last and most uneventful end story in history This should have been the most exciting part in the book Kil s friend Kil ended up just being a bit of a prick , the Afghani terrorist turned Kil s secret love crush, was useless Yeah, he shot a few zombies, big deal He mostly just walked around the ship and took up some page space And that is what I think this book was, a book full of filler I can not imagine there was a contract for the author that he had to finish a trilogy, but it damn sure felt like he didn t put any thought into anything but the useless jargon There was no story worth speaking of I could describe the book in 3 sentences, one little paragraph I did so to my wife last night and she just laughed The shifts in time were staggering From the above mentioned aircraft carrier to the amazing fast trip to China, it sucked all of the air out of a breathless book that was turning blue within the first few chapters By the time it died before the ending even started to flash before my eyes, I was already wishing someone would shoot it in the head so another one didn t pop up and eat a few days out of my life.So, I go into review mode of the rant above Don t read this book It is that simple It is terribly boring, dreadfully slow for the first 9.5 10 of the book and mopped up with amazing speed and inefficiency You won t give a crap about any of the characters There is no good description of anyone, physically or emotionally When someone dies, it just doesn t matter Hell, the ones that lived I still didn t give a shite about If you liked the first two books, first off I feel bad for you, secondly, this one is way worse than the first two Nothing is ever a waste of time, mostly, and I did get entertainment out of this and the other two books I entertained myself by reviewing them as honestly as I possibly could I am just happy that it is over with and I can move onto something just as interesting Like reading the phone book or peeling my nails off with a pair of needlenose pliers


  7. chucklesthescot chucklesthescot says:

    This book takes the form of a straight novel instead of a diary from the outset which gave me hope that we would seeof my favourite characters John and Annabelle However the author then decides to addnew 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 This book takes the form of a straight novel instead of a diary from the outset which gave me hope that we would seeof my favourite characters John and Annabelle However the author then decides to addnew 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 thought of John and Tara but not anywhere near enough.What did I like Well the mission of the seal team on Hawaii was the best thing in the book There was a real purpose to it, it was exciting and nerve shredding, just like Kil and John s initial adventures in the first book Really enjoyed that The few bits we got of John kicking ass with Annabelle and the Hotel 23 survivors was good but not enough of it The marines going to Hotel 23 was also a decent subplot.What I didn t like The whole Arctic outpost story was not necessary and it slowed the entire story down With that and the alien plot, I felt as if this was a fanfic version of The Thing rather than a zombie novel Tara whining and sobbing all the time made me want to throw her overboard Going to the ship outbreak after the event and telling us what happened instead of the excitement of showing us John and the others in the battle I can t even tell you how disappointing that was The ease of the mission to China and the actual point of it I just didn t find any of that interesting I didn t find the ending greatly satisfying other than the Remote Six outcome It all felt a bit rushed and a bit of an anti climax really The story is left open for a possible follow up but unless it was based fully on the Hotel 23 people, I wouldn t be that interested in following it A bit of a tame end to a series that started so well


  8. Holden Attradies Holden Attradies says:

    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 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 a loved one I was going to link to his fan forum where he talked about why there is almost no chance of a movie of the book being made while he s alive, but it seems to be down Any ways, at the end of book two the story was at a point where it needed to switch narration styles if the story was going to be continued There were just to many characters and plot threads heading in too many different directions.So what did I think I thought the book was nearly as good as the last two, almost a five star review Just like the last two books I had a hard time putting it down and I felt very immersed in the narrative I know a lot of non military readers were put off by the constant military jargon, but I found this to be one of the many things that made the story so real and engaging He also did a good job at explaining to the reader what different military terms meant through the narrative either directly like when he would straight up explain them Saien or indirectly, surrounding the term with enough context for you to be able to figure it out yourself.Another big complaint I frequently saw was that the end was both rushed and anti climatic As I was approaching the end of the book I found my self wondering how in the world there was enough time to finish all of the stories, but as I read those last twenty to thirty pages I felt like I was on a roller coaster and thoroughly enjoyed them I had a feeling from the very beginning CHANG was not going to be the golden goose everyone hoped for, that was just to much of a fairy tail ending and wouldn t have fit in with the rest of the story I felt the ending matched the previous two books perfectly, answering the immediate danger but leaving many questions and the future of the characters totally up in the air.A final thing that really makes me think of this as such a great book is that it was not only well written and engaging, but that it adds something to the Zombie lit genre Bourne s perspective as an active duty serviceman brings bounds and leaps to a story told from a military perspective The nature of the infection, it s origins, and the way the zombies act are all unique enough in my mind to file this under the previously stated adds something to the zombie lit genre category.Now that I ve gushed I feel I have to point out what kept it from a five star review I liked the writing style, but it did come across as a bit rougher than his previous two books It definitely felt like his first novel written in the traditional narrative Some of the dialog for non military people came off as a little simple and unrealistic, but those moments were far out shadowed by the rest of the dialog that came off spot on There were also a few times where I felt he didn t use the new narrative style to it s full worth, the biggest thing being the exclusion of how the outbreak started on the carrier.All in all it was an amazing read, and I heartily look forward to re reading all three books again before too long I felt it ended in a place that could be the end of the series, but is left open with plenty of room for at least onevolume I still want to know whats the deal with the Quantum s, who were they really helping and why I want to knowabout CHANG, where he came from and how I want to know what was in those data cubes and as horrible as it is to say it, even about fictional characters, I want a major outbreak to happen on their little island so Kil and his little family have to sail away back into the wastes on their boat so I can see him survive Day by Day once again


  9. Zombiefan101 Zombiefan101 says:

    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 onor 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 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 onor 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 would be new excitement as with all diaries only the important details were included which made for fast and excited reading.None of that is here. I think the author has let all the You are so great and pampering from the publisher go to his head He completely left his original formula of a single mans struggle and has now come up with a very bland zombie book There is no diary, there is no cool hand written notes or pictures as were included with the first to books to add to the ambiance This time around the main hero from the previous two books is just a side character and he is now telling the story of about 3 different groups of people, all rather boring, all have a boring back story and unlike the original Hero who you have built a relationship with over the course of the first two books, these new offshoot stories have no connection and you find yourself not caring and saying ok is the next chapter going to have the original guy in it.What makes it even worse is the story is just bland as hell. Ok you went all indiana jones and the crystal skull with us by saying aliens brought the zombie disease. But how could the author make it so boring Chapter after chapter is just talking about Fixing communication problems on a aircraft carrier, or the 3 chapters of talking about how depressing and boring the Submarine is for our hero and his companion The author literally talks about him jogging and working out on the sub and attending meetings we have already been told the purpose of several times The boring does not end there in this slow paced book, there are also many chapters dedicated to a team in the arctic repelling down a cliff and going back up. You quickly forget this is a zombie apoc book and start skipping whole paragraphs, pages and eventually chapters to try and find the good stuff I am at page 128 and have to say I have not reached the good stuff Its taken me 4 days to get to this point, had this book even had 1 10th of what the original two novels had, I would already be done with it in a single setting.I am tossing this book out, keeping the previous two and making up my own story for the hero in my head. a GOOD ending I really think this upcoming author let the fame go to his head and instead of doing what everyone loved, he tried something different and failed Pay no attention to the good ratings of this book, like most authors or celebrities or sports stars, they have a following who acts as if they can do no wrong.This book was such a let down and I intend to give it onehour of decent reading before I give up on it.JL Bourne. Please please please pull your head out of your and return this to the original heroes diary or at least stop using We are trying to repair communications as filler for 4 chapters..1 out of 5 stars, its a solid one


  10. Cole Patterson Cole Patterson says:

    To all the literary genius critics out thereget 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 To all the literary genius critics out thereget 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 Armageddon and have thoroughly enjoyed it Yes he knows military jargon and yes he uses too much of it, yes sometimes the story drags, but there is enough scares, tension and compassion for largely well defined empathetic characters.This book sees Kil, Tara, John and the rest of the Hotel 23 inhabitants at sea aboard an aircraft carrier as the radiated mainland remains a hostile home to roving super hordes of the undead This book introduces the tragic team abandoned in the Artic and their perilous grip on life along with various specialist teams searching for answers and life in Kils old home and in China.There are a lot of leaps and character developments, but I thoroughly enjoyed this, as I do with all my Zom_Litlighten up and enjoy it for what it is literary pop corn


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Shattered Hourglass [PDF] ✩ Shattered Hourglass Author J.L. Bourne – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk TOP SECRET FROM SECRETARY OF WAR TO PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED ST ATES SUBJECT VESSEL RECOVERED FOUR IN CONTAINMENT ONE ALIVE, EN ROUTE, WRIGHT FIELD DECEPTION OPERATION UNDERWAY, DEBRIS STAGED, ROSWELL, TOP SECRET FROM SECRETARY OF WAR TO PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED ST ATES SUBJECT VESSEL RECOVERED FOUR IN CONTAINMENT ONE ALIVE, EN ROUTE, WRIGHT FIELD DECEPTION OPERATION UNDERWAY, DEBRIS STAGED, ROSWELL, NM 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 or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death Shattered Hourglass The terrifying new novel in the acclaimed zombie apocalypse series.