The end of the world is just the beginning of the hunt....
Estes Park police chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren't just tracking a killer - they are tracking a madman. As the United States descends into chaos, the hunters become the hunted.
Halfway across the country, Senator Charlize Montgomery awakes to find the nation's capital has gone dark. Forced to set off on foot, she treks across a city that has woken to a new world, and as the night progresses she learns the EMP attack was just the beginning.
©2017 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Nicholas Sansbury Smith is not happy with just terrifying his readers with apocalyptic creatures that rip and tear humans in to bite size morsels. No, he has moved on to more terrifying and realistic-life-like events to stir and make the nightmares even more horrifying.
In addition to EMP’s being strategically dropped around the United States followed up by nuclear and other deadly bombs the US is already struggling to survive and bounce back. Thousands have died, millions more will die horrible deaths due to radiation, starvation and the elements. Senator Charlize Montgomery fights to save her family and keep the US government functioning as DC falls into ruin.
In Colorado, Police Chief Marcus Colton and his sometimes tracker, Sam (Raven) Spears are trying to save their small town of Estes Park from the chaos created by the EMP’s AND a vicious serial killer hunting and killing to fulfill a personal agenda. Time is running out for the victims as well as for Colton and Spears as they race against the serial killer’s timeline.
Sansbury Smith is a thorough writer who tickles the minds of his audience stirring up deep-seated fears. He knows what strings to pull to provoke the greatest reaction. Skillfully weaving two stories together, he creates the chaos we all pitifully imagine but he does it more completely and detailed bringing it to fruition. His characters are well-developed and grow to their potential.
Bronson Pinchot again, does an amazing job of owning the book through his talented skills narrating the book. Each character’s voice sets the tone as to who the reader will enjoy and who they will fear or dislike. While I hated the voice used for the President Diego, it was exactly the voice I would expect him to have, furthering my dislike of the character. Pinchot’s narration of the story matches the level of suspense and horror. I could listen to Pinchot for hours and never tire of his voice.
Sansbury Smith and Pinchot together are amazing! While I have enjoyed Sansbury Smith's other books, this is the best one yet.
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Nick Smith has another winner here plus the audible version is wonderful. Great characterization and expression- kept both my husband and myself immersed in the story during our long drive. Between a gruesome serial type killer, an EMP, and a nuclear attack this story keeps you on the edge of your seat, never knowing what will happen next. Well done!
I liked the plot. Would like to listen to the next one. But, the speech pattern for some characters was jarring at times. This might be called "high rising terminal." Whatever it's called, some sentences began in a conversational tone, then abruptly switched to (almost) screaming at the end. Perhaps intended to reinforce the listener's dislike for that character, but I found it a distraction.
The story is set in modern day United States. The tensions between North Korea and the United States are at an all time high. Following a covert mission where US forces infiltrate North Korea, the North Korean government plans a retaliatory strike against the US. This strike was aimed to take out the US power grid and abilty to respond using EMPs.
With most of the US out of power and civiilans bracing for the inevitable fall out from the weapons used, the Koreans do not stop there. They strike the US again while they are down.
Meanwhile in a small town in Colorado, near one of the blast zones, a Water Cannibal is on the loose. An ancient Cherokee legend tells of demons burning people alive feet first and then consuming their flesh. This is where Raven, a half Cherokee and Half Sioux retired marine, and his trusty tracking dog Creek come into play.
The local police now have to deal with the ensuing chaos caused by the EMP attacks but now have to deal with a serial killer as well...Although, I am sure that the sequels will do just that.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are developed in a way where you sympathize and relate to them. The story keeps you intrigued, with several parts where you dont want to put the book down because you really want to know what happens next. The only thing that I would have liked to see is more development of the govermental response to the crisis. Even with the little you get in regards to them, the book is still hard to put down. I can't wait for the sequeal later this year!
Trackers starts off slow and builds into a great story. You can tell the author put in the effort to research emp and how the different departments would react if such a threat occurred. Granted is it perfect no but that's why it's fiction but what this book does do perfectly well is show you how unprepared the U.S really is to protect against attacks and how unprepared people are in case of emergencies. I really enjoyed this book as well as many other books done by Nicholas and look forward to book 2.
Lover of books with a good plot, strong characters, lots of action, no whiners allowed, and only a small amount of well placed cheese
I've listened to all of the Extinction Series a few times so I thought I was familiar with NSS's writing style. Well I'm not and this story was a huge surprise to me.
Although it was a surprise, it was just as great as I expected from this author. I really liked the individual stories underneath the main apocalyptic story. I think there was an excellent balance between the them - not too much personal not too much end of the world.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery along with your apocalypse.
I love reading! I also love looking for mistakes in what I'm reading.
(This review was written by Melissa's husband - Josh)
This was the second book of Smith's that I have completed and he continues to keep me hooked. This was a much different style of book from the previous one I read (Helldivers) and it kept me wanting to hear more the entire time. I started this book earlier this week and found myself seeking more time to listen to it. With most of my books listened to on my way to/from work, this book took up much of my evenings as I couldn't wait to find out what happens next.
This book feels like an homage to a modern re-telling of the movie "The Day After" (1983). The characters quickly develop into the telling of what would happen when the technology that modern humanity has come to take for granted is no longer available. What would you do without your cell phone? TV? Cars? Lights? Running Water?
When North Korea decides to initiate world war 3, the citizens of the United States find themselves in just this scenario. On one end of the country, the government attempts to rebuild itself and make sense of what happened. On the other end, a group of small town citizens attempt to come to terms with the horrors which have just been unleashed, all while in the middle of their own issues.
I won't ruin the book for you with spoilers, but the characters are very well developed right from the story's beginning. Nick has a great way of telling a story and that trait carries on into this book. You have various stories going on here and this helps showcase the increasingly complex relationships. The situations already haunting the small Colorado town are thrown into further disarray and cause Raven, Sandra, Alley, Nathan, Charlice (not sure if I spelled that right), and Police Chief Colton to really evaluate where their own priorities lie, given the current situation. I will complete this review by stating that I am glad I got to hear Raven come to terms, in a way, with his past at the end of this book in the series.
I, for one, cannot wait for book two. This was a really great story and I highly recommend it! My hat also goes off to Mr. Smith for the research he clearly put into this story. The prologue and acknowledgments were also great to listen to and highlights one of the many reasons I am now a dedicated Smith reader (listener).
The narrator was good BUT he always does this weird thing where he makes somethings sound like a question and then some voices are always booming but without any inflections.
The story was wonderful, definitely a series starter. Reminded me of Jericho (if you never watched the series then shame on you) and 1 second after (read read) but he adds a great twist by adding other elements for the townsfolk to deal with as well as showing glimpses into different parts of the country.
Definitely a must read/listen
Now time to work on my Faraday Cages 😬
Avid Listener since 2001 - Have a long commute so I enjoy listening to books on the way.
Really am enjoying this story. The twists and turns add depth and color to the story. I have one point of contention: Typically in order to get fallout from a nuclear strike you need dirt to contain the particles. The dirt and debris are blown up into the sky and then it rains down as fallout. An EMP attack has no dirt/debris so there would be minimal fallout if any. http://www.atomicarchive.com/Effects/effects17.shtml
I look forward to the next book in the series.
I own 605 Audible Audio books. (See my Stunned Look) That can be a good or bad thing. Either way I'm always entertained and enlightened!
The EMP focus usually does not appeal to me but since its Nicholas Sansbury Smith writing I thought I'd give it a shot.
The combination of mystery and EMP disaster kept the story fresh. and exciting. I'll be honest it was also extremely disquieting and unnerving for me. EMP is too real a threat and it seemed ridiculously easy to accomplish. Hopefully our government has done something to protect us from this threat. (Fingers Crossed!) The ease of accomplishing the EMP over our country left me depressed and shopping on Amazon for prepper supplies! I got over it and looked forward to the Audible version.
Which leads me to my next observation. I love and have loved Bronson Pinchot's work, which makes me feel a little disloyal in voicing my next opinion. His work is usually flawless but I've noticed lately that his acting has started to go a tad...a tad over the top into overacting in this and some other books I've listened to. I've listed to over 400 books and he's one of my favorites. Can you just dial it down a bit? Still love you... just a little nervous about listing to your next narration.
"Pretty good post nuclear war/serial killer story"
Good story if a little short. Excellent narration. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
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