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Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1 | [Paul Antony Jones]

Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.
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Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude.

Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks. The world is in the midst of a strange and frightening transition; something that fell with the red rain is remaking Earth in its own alien image.

Now, Emily alone will bear witness to the terrifying new evolution - and risk her life to outrun it, for the sake of the future and in the name of all that is human.

©2013 Paul Antony Jones (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Charyn Houston, TX, United States 06-26-13
    Charyn Houston, TX, United States 06-26-13
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    "Several hours that I'll never get back"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If a story in which the primary character is a naive dim bulb who repeatedly takes, what in my estimation are, idiotic, ignorant, short sighted actions, sounds interesting to you then this book might be right up your alley. Personally, I found myself repeatedly saying "idiot" out loud each time the central character did something ill advised or conceived and then had to deal with the consequences of her incompetence. In all fairness, I may not have fared any better in similar circumstances. Hopefully I'll never have to find out.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Extinction Point?

    Had the author written the story with a central character who had a bit more understanding of life in general, this could have a much more enjoyable and interesting book.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-14-13
    coreybeth Cincinnati, OH, United States 11-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I actually liked this book allot"

    Our hero, Emily, was likable yet flawed (really ride a bike from NY to Alaska instead of learning to drive quickly? puleez). I love a story that has "monsters" (monsters & zombies - Christmas Day) and I liked how these were portrayed. A nice premise and I think book two will be even better than the first. There were a few cliches that I could have lived without but for the most part interesting and entertaining.

    Red rain begins falling & people die. Aliens? Terrorists? Monsters appear that may or may not be Aliens but definitely scary. Emily doesn't see a single soul but is lucky enough to find a well trained and protected malamute. They journey north towards Jacob & his group of scientist hoping the cold will stave off the effects of the "red rain". Along the way she meets a surviving family and they join her on her trek. Emily runs into lots of problems along the way but triumphs!

    looking forward to book 2.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michele James Biloxi, MS United States 12-27-13
    Michele James Biloxi, MS United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wouldn't have been able to finish this book"
    What disappointed you about Extinction Point?

    I was disappointed in the main character. Almost every aspect of her. I also didn't buy the fact that she couldn't drive even though she grew up in a rural area and not in New York so therefor I felt her plan to bike her way out of harm is foolish and unnecessary. The book also moves at a slug pace. You hear about every single action Emily makes. Even the ones that are unimportant. She took off her shirt and her pants and her socks and her panties (hate that word but they use it) and she put on new panties and shirt and pants and socks.... Get on with it!


    What other book might you compare Extinction Point to and why?

    The only comparison I have been making this book to is the remaining by D. J. Molles simply because I was reading it at the same time. It is similar in the way that there has been some world ending event. The main character of that book is much more competent and his inner thoughts are not mindless and if they are about an old girlfriend that doesn't change the story in the slightest it goes by fast.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't like the "acting" in this book. I felt it was over done and every time Emily speaks out loud I cringe and picture how I would say it. Her voice is shrill and hysterical every time she raises her voice and it sounds like nails on a chalk board. and her voice is fake when she is talking to other characters. Like how someone would sound on an off brand medication commercial or even an off brand infomercial. "Can the Weston 5000 REALY cook eggs in THREE minutes FLAT?!" Not normal conversational tones.


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

    I must say I was disappointed! This book could have been so much more! The story was good. But the main character is a bit of a mess. And uses her "reporter curiosity as an excuse to just stand and watch whatever is happening instead of doing whatever goal is to be done, drawing out the scene another 10 or so minutes. It left me saying just go! I don't care instead of wanting to know more about what was going on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would be a great movie. Without Emily's incessant and meaningless inner monologue and the narrators horrible acting I think the character's downfalls would be more tolerable. The only reason I finished this book is because it was an audio book. I'm glad I listened to it before Christmas b/c I would have shelved it in no time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Rivers NC 11-09-13
    Diane Rivers NC 11-09-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Well done suspense"

    A great, well executed thrill.

    +1 star for keeping the suspense and creep factor going with only Emily left alive in NYC while alien things happen. Reminiscent of 'I Am Legend' in that aspect. Otherwise everything was unique. I'm already on book 2.

    Also kudos to Emily as a character. I like her a lot, especially her potty mouth and determination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Bailey Albuquerque 08-26-13
    Jesse Bailey Albuquerque 08-26-13 Member Since 2003

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    "Stay far far away from this book. It is horrible."
    Would you try another book from Paul Antony Jones and/or Emily Beresford?

    I would try another book by Emily Beresford who narrated the book, however I won't be reading any more books written by Paul Antony Jones.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I am currently listening to Night Film by Marisha Pessl and it has nearly made me forget the horrible experience called Extinction Point.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emily Beresford?

    I think the narrator did a fine job with the material she was given.


    What character would you cut from Extinction Point?

    There is really only the main character, so I would cut her...


    Any additional comments?

    Stay away from this book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 07-20-14
    Michelle SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States 07-20-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Thoroughly refreshing."

    There are 3 books in the extinction point series, and they are all excellent. Action-packed, fantastically narrated, well-developed characters. This series tells the stories of survivors of an alien viral attack that wipes out most of the human race. It is extremely refreshing to read a post-appocalypse tale in which the survivors work together to save the human race. Usually, they start fighting one another, or some psycho goes off on a power trip. If we ever do have an appocalypse, I hope we behave the way these survivors do. Emily Baxter is one tough lady. I love a strong female character, instead of some macho "good ol' boy" type. Emily Beresford is the perfect narrator for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-10-14
    Andrea Anchorage, AK, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A fresh and imaginative apocalypse!"
    Would you listen to Extinction Point again? Why?

    Yes. Because it's a unique and imaginative story, that is well-written and well-told by the narrator.


    What other book might you compare Extinction Point to and why?

    It had a few similar plot lines as Darwinia, but infinitely better. It had the power to pull me in, similar to Day by Day Armaggedon.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Beresford – was your favorite?

    Emily, of course!


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

    Yes. It was THAT good!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of good scifi in the apocalyptic genre, this series will not disappoint!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. L. McClain Chandler, AZ 05-20-14
    D. L. McClain Chandler, AZ 05-20-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Hate this character"

    I really just disliked this character. The world is ending and she decides to flee New York City on a bicycle? I've been to New York, I have issues envisioning this kind of thing. It did not come off as even the least bit imaginable for me. Somehow in the preview I missed the fact that this is about aliens and I dislike alien stories but that's probably more my fault than the authors. Nothing about this one I liked. sorry.

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    Shawn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-30-14
    Shawn Calgary, Alberta, Canada 01-30-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Book 1 is fine, Book 2 was just a rehash"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    A fun book, more color in the characters than Book 2. Book 2 is the SAME STORY rewritten. Poorly I might add. I returned Book 2 for a refund.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-16-13
    Amazon Customer Colorado Springs, CO, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the worst books I have ever paid for."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine anyone finding this book anything but aweful. It has a great story Idea, but it is so poorly written it should have never been published. The Repetitious use of words makes it seem like the writer was trying to reach a word count.


    Did Emily Beresford do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    THe Naration was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Extinction Point?

    This book should not have been published and sold. It will need a complete rewrite.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Marcus Paine
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    "Very poor written and predictable storyline"

    I bought this audio recording because it was recommended by Audible or Amazon's search engine bots for me. Why - I don't know.I'd recently read the exciting and enthralling Robo-apocalyse and Amped by Daniel Wilson and also, Daemon and Kill List by Daniel Suarez.

    My true interest is in the coming of a Robot/AI age and how we get on with that. This book was poorly written, written by numbers horror/end of the world schtick. Think "I am Legend" with a woman instead of Will Smith and red goo aliens instead of the rabid, vampire monsters.

    Why on earth she chooses a bicycle instead of a car is a mystery. The endless descriptions of clothing and "I think this" "I decided that" were tedious.

    It did keep me reading, so it wasn't appalling, but really not very good. Especially as I just re-read Hyperion by Dan Simmons and Player of Games by Iain Banks. I suppose comparing it against them is not fair, but there are a number of modern authors who write exciting and more contemporary stories. This just isn't one of them.

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