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ORBS | [Nicholas Sansbury Smith]

ORBS

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing - to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars. Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside.
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The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing - to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.

Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare NTC for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water is gone, too.

As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.

©2013 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    SFBook Reviewer USA 08-04-14
    SFBook Reviewer USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fast-moving Alien Sci-Fi!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone looking for a fast-paced alien invasion would enjoy this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Overton: he's the tough military commander who insures there will be more alien vs. machine gun action!


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Evans – was your favorite?

    She did Sophie really well.


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

    I listened to it while driving to college this past summer.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    gypsy1711 09-10-14
    gypsy1711 09-10-14
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    "Great Science Fiction!"
    If you could sum up ORBS in three words, what would they be?

    Original. Creative. Terrifying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development is a huge thing for me. Feeling connected to the characters can make or break a story and this definitely delivers. I am looking forward to more!


    What about Elizabeth Evans’s performance did you like?

    Elizabeth brought to life the words on the page. I loved her adaptation of the words from the pages.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-12-15
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2011

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    "an environmental theme of guilt and waste"

    Aliens come to Earth and kill 99% of the humans. Sound familiar? Orbs is different in that it takes a generally original and unique approach to the time honored alien invasion. Instead of bombs, lasers or some other weapon of mass destruction, the aliens are sucking the water from every source available – lakes, ponds, animals, plants and humans. They leave all the structures intact. The physics of this idea are dicey, but the logic is sound. Water is likely to be the common denominator of compatible species. And when it becomes scarce enough, aliens might indeed attack other worlds for it. Smith asks the important question, will they be so different from us that moral concerns for other life simply won’t matter.

    Just under the surface of the action packed story is an environmental theme of guilt and waste; that the humans have taken something so precious for granted. The reader is not bashed over the head with it, but the theme is clear and helps us empathize with the characters. There is a strong feeling of connection to our dying earth, personal and deep. “What have we lost?”

    Most of the characters are well developed and easy to empathize with. Sometimes the reader is told too many times about the deep emotions of the characters rather than showing us through dialogue or action. There is also a tendency to report on past action rather than move forward at times. These writing quirks are sometimes distracting, but don’t harm the story.

    Elizabeth Evans does an excellent job with the narration. Her voice is clear and strong and enjoyable to listen to. Each character voice is clearly differentiated and male voices are strong. Her only weakness are her accents, they sound strange. This doesn’t hurt the story, and is only slightly distracting.

    Orbs is the first volume of a trilogy. It ends at an appropriate point, leaving the reader hungry for the next book, but not hanging on a cliff either. Good, hard science fiction for any lover of alien invasions or post-apocalyptic earth. You’ll want to move right on to book 2 and find out if humanity really is doomed.

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    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Dominic C. 04-15-15
    Dominic C. 04-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Full of major prblems wirh plausibility."

    You can travel across the stars but you cant make a basic compound like water?

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    Ben 05-17-15
    Ben 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Like the beginning of war of the worlds"

    The story was very good with multiple twists along the way. The narrators main voices were ok. Didn't care for the geek voices. I am going to continue the series.

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    tazangel BESSEMER, AL, US 05-16-15
    tazangel BESSEMER, AL, US 05-16-15 Member Since 2015

    Obviously love to read!

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    "Mind blowing! "

    I really enjoyed this book. I'm a big scifi fan, so this book had everything to keep me entertained. I'm excited to read the next one and see if they can reverse some of the damage done by the aliens. I also hope they put a hurting on those slimy bugs.

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    Daniel 04-28-15
    Daniel 04-28-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story flawed delivery"

    Good alien invasion story with a lot action and suspense. The narrator has a hard time with men's voices which made the story hard to listen to at times

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    mattyman 04-16-15
    mattyman 04-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome story, great reading except ..."

    I loved the story but one thing kept bugging me in the reading. The pronunciation of HUD short for Heads Up Display. Every person I've ever heard speak the abbreviation says "hud" not "haych you dee". That really started to get on my nerves after about the 100th time (I'm not inflating that number - it really was in that book a LOT).

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    Lea 04-03-15
    Lea 04-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "I really enjoyed this book."

    Sci fi lit has never been a favorite, but N Smith won me over with this one. I like the idea behind this end of times take. It's different and very plausible.

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    Benjamin 02-25-15
    Benjamin 02-25-15
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    "Just doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast enough"
    What disappointed you about ORBS?

    I wanted to enjoy the book. The synopsis sounds interesting, but in the end it tends to drag on without making progress.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s story?

    The story itself isn't bad. The way it's told just doesn't keep my interest.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Again, the story itself is interesting. The aliens and their agenda fits nicely in the world of "almost believable" while at the same time being different enough to distinguish this from a typical alien apocalypse story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Good idea, ruined by cliched characters"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I doubt many people will rave about this. Its a perfectly reasonable story and a good concept.


    What was most disappointing about Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s story?

    The characters we terribly clichéd, from the scar-faced tough talking marine, and the insecure annoying IT geek, to the lead female who couldn't seem to decide of she was a tough professional women or a screaming wet lettuce incapable of making decisions. Don't get me started on the AI! All she seemed used for was a forced narration of events for people who seemed to have short term memory loss and couldn't remember the last few pages.


    What three words best describe Elizabeth Evans’s voice?

    Appropriate, clear, solid


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

    The AI should have had a purpose, it didn't, either remove it or actually have it serving a purpose that supports the story. Ditch the entire love interest element as it didn't work, it fogged the readers understanding of her motives and background. The IT guy! Why was he in the story? What did he do? Delete him


    Any additional comments?

    The concept was good, the science was good, I liked the overall ideas and arc of the story, but as with all good stories you need to be able to suspend belief and get rolled along with the story. All too often I was brought crashing back out of the story by some jarring character cliché.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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