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The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set Audiobook

The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set: Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)

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Here are the first three books of the best-selling, award-winning, and top-rated Extinction Cycle series.

Extinction Horizon

The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction.

Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.

After barely escaping with his life, Beckham returns to Fort Bragg in the midst of a new type of war. The virus is already spreading. As cities fall, Team Ghost is ordered to keep CDC virologist Dr. Kate Lovato alive long enough to find a cure. What she uncovers will change everything.

Total extinction is just on the horizon, but will the cure be worse than the virus?

Extinction Edge

A new threat that will bring humanity to the edge of extinction.

The dust from Dr. Kate Lovato's bioweapon has settled. Projections put death counts in the billions. Her weapon was supposed to be the endgame, but it turned a small percentage of those infected with the hemorrhage virus into something even worse.

Survivors call them Variants. Irreversible epigenetic changes have transformed them into predators unlike any the human race has ever seen. And they are evolving.

With the doomsday clock ticking, the fractured military plans Operation Liberty - a desperate mission designed to take back the cities and destroy the Variant threat. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham agrees to lead a strike team into New York City, but first he must return to Fort Bragg to search for the only family he has left.

At Plum Island, Kate discovers Central Command may have considerably underestimated the Variant population in New York. As Operation Liberty draws closer, Kate warns Beckham that Team Ghost won't just face their deadliest adversary yet, they may be heading into a trap.

Extinction Age

On the eve of extinction, all seems to be lost, but there is still one final hope.

Operation Liberty has failed. Humans are losing the war. With no other option, General Kennor decides to pull back the troops and give science a second chance.

Trapped in the extensive sewer system beneath New York, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of 1st Platoon must battle through the tunnels - where they make a grisly discovery in their attempt to escape.

At Plum Island, Dr. Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants. But when a derelict Navy destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline, she is forced to deal with a nightmare she thought had ended.

As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction.

©2016 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    Allen Anthony 05-30-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Guns A'Blazin"

    Where to start?...make sure you like some of the following : this is a 3book set for one credit, it's a cliff hanger in other words the saga goes on, medical experiments gone wrong on a world wide epidemic level, millions of rounds of ammo being shot, mutated people that are difficult to kill. Not zombies but maybe the next level up because they continue to evolve, there are heroic rescues, did I miss sex, yea there is some of that also, then there are handicapped heroes , oh and I almost forgot a dog. And in the end you find out some higher score have very questionable agendas.
    This set will keep you listening for 3 or 4 days for only one credit, and it is no stopped action.
    Hope you enjoy this one

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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-29-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 04-29-16 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "Smith leaves nothing to chance"

    I had the pleasure of reading the entire Extinction series written by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Beginning with the first book, Extinction Horizon, Smith plays on the fears of men and women everywhere – the government creating super soldiers and the horrific and unexpected havoc this creates in the world. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham of Ghost, a Delta Force Team and his teammates are charged with several missions that force them to deal with an enemy far more deadly and overwhelming than they have faced before as well as protecting Kate Lovato, the only scientist who can bring the enemy down with chemical engineered serums.

    The second and third books of the extinction series brings Beckham’s team and other operatives from SEALs, Black Ops, etc. together to defeat the turned creatures that were once humans but who are now far more deadly and growing more stronger and mutating. The creatures are adapting to the situation and their environment in ways that leave more dead and injured. Plus, they are becoming smarter and capable of strategic planning.

    Not only are Beckham and Lovato fighting time and the enemy but they are fighting the men and women who are their leaders with a hidden agenda – an agenda that started the deadly mess.

    Smith will have you on your seat gasping and sitting stunned as a result of his cleverly placed and planned twists and turns. A vivid wordsmith and accomplished weaver, Smith brings his audience into the story connecting them to characters whom most of us can identify as our brother, neighbor, friend, or colleague.

    Smith knows his terms and has conducted serious research on military, scientific and medical terms/actions. Smith leaves nothing to chance; he constructed his series thoroughly and completely.

    Bronson Pinchot as the narrator is not only seasoned but gifted. He didn’t just read the book; he became the book and its characters. His smooth voice reflected the seriousness of each situation, the soft gentle moments as well as the fiercely chaotic ones. I hesitate to call anyone an expert but listening to Pinchot was like listening to a virtuoso. He maintained his level of professionalism throughout the series.

    If you enjoy conspiracy thrillers, horror, military, a dash of romance and zombies, this is the series for you. You will remember this series AND the narrator for days after. Is it possible that our government could do this for real? Is it happening now?

    Extinction Horizon
    I enjoyed Extinction Horizon very much. The plot was very well developed with several twists and turns. A cliffhanger ending but then again, when humans are faced with extinction … no one wants it to be over! Characters are well developed; readers are able to connect with all including the man responsible for ordering the weapon. I liked knowing how the disease came into existence and how it spread. There were no questions other than the most important one – how to stop it.

    Extinction Edge
    And if this is not scary enough for you – imagine the dark murky depths of the sewers and large coccoons of spider-like webbing holding what few survivors there are in New York … The description of this was horrifying!

    Smith does an excellent job of continuing the story plot and keeping the actors growing. Lovato and Beckham are dancing around a romance but it is far from the true focus of this story – no, its the flesh ripping, terrifying variants!

    Extinction Age
    The human race has entered the extinction phase of their existence worldwide. Who is running Plum Island now and calling the shots? Who will be saved? Who will die?

    The variants are mutating and they are even deadlier now that there food supply is dwindling. Extinction Age is an action-packed non-stop adventure. Just when you thought it was safe … and Kate has a secret!!

    Exciting and well developed plot and characters keep the story line moving. Relationships are well thought out and plenty of those “you love to hate’em” types who get their just desserts!

    Audiobook was provided for review by the Author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    Kira Baranowski 07-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic ultraviolent horror!"

    These three books bring apocalyptic action and horror to a whole new level. I had trouble stopping the audio book to resume my normal life! Not for the faint of heart.

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    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 07-15-16
    Doug D. Eigsti Kansas City, MO United States 07-15-16 Member Since 2013

    Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).

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    "Human Potential on Display; Good and Bad."

    I am writing this after listening to the first five books in the series.

    Yes this is a zombie apocalypse series but it is not just another zombie apocalypse series. If you have read my reviews you will know that no fan of zombie books am I; but a fan of Bronson Pinchot I am. Having recently finished listening to The Anubis Gates I was hungering for more Pinchot. This series had many good reviews, so many that I felt it might be worth a chance. From the start the story pulled me in with its realistic characters and Sci-Fi based verisimilitude. The epigenetic justification for humans becoming hungry monsters is at least in the realm of science and not unexplainable magic. The battle scenes are well done, reminiscent of the best military science fiction scenes I have heard. Zombie novel fans may find that the character development and plot development sequences get in the way of the non-stop action they are used to, but fans of military science fiction will find familiar ground here.

    Each volume in the series escalates the development of the infected and the desperation of the remaining humans to the point where the survival of the race is in serious question—hence the title: Extinction Cycle. Desperate times are ahead for the listener if you decide to take on the variants in this series. The writing is terse and tight with little opportunity for humor. This is the end of the world as we know it, that’s no laughing matter you know!
    Just a little mention of the so-called science behind this piece of science fiction: The zombie-like creatures in this piece of fiction are deliberately created in a military lab as a weapon of war. The designers tapped into the hidden capabilities locked in the DNA of humans and unleashed them through means of epigenetic triggers. When the infected manifest these hidden characteristics it is explained in the novels as evolution. This is typical of the thinking of neo-Darwinians, that any change is evolutionary change. Actual epigenetic change requires the capabilities waiting to be manifested be already present in the DNA sequence of the organism; a preexisting condition. When these capabilities are switched on new capabilities are manifested in the organism, and may even be preserved in the offspring. But these new capabilities are not new as in, never have been seen before; they are only new to the organism. The fact that the DNA stored this information, that the DNA had retained these hidden capabilities in its database, means that these capabilities were already there waiting to be triggered. Epigenetic DNA expression is the evidence of prior planning—dare I say design—and not the evidence for evolution.

    Need I mention that Bronson Pinchot delivers a wonderful performance? Okay then, Bronson Pinchot is amazing! His voice is always clear and precise. Every character voice rings true. You always know immediately who is talking. This is such an advantage to understanding a book that it makes any book whole degrees better since the listener is able to engage with the story so easily when the narrator gives the proper queues. Pinchot does everything perfect. His pacing is just right; escalating when things get moving and slowing when things are tense. This is just the Pinchot fix I was hoping for.

    The Extinction Cycle:
    ENTINCTION HORIZON
    EXTINCTION EDGE
    EXTINCTION AGE
    EXTINCTION EVOLUTION
    EXTINCTION END
    EXTINCTION AFTERMATH is due to be published October 13, 2016. If Bronson Pinchot narrates watch this space.

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    Vincent 06-25-16
    Vincent 06-25-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Whew, I Want more!"

    Wow!!! I stumbled on this book by recommendation automatically sent out after you finish a book. It was in the same genre of the "post apocalyptic" fight or die line. I'm so glad I picked it up. Awesome read!

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    Tammy Hinspeter 06-12-16
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    "Excellent military post apolitical story line."

    excellent military and civilian personalities! the authors use of wounded vets and military canine was a winner in my mind!

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    Jeffrey D Raynor 09-24-16
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    "Meh"

    You can read the first 3-4 chapters and the last two without really losing anything in the story. Characters are not developed well. Plot is extremely predictable and many of the chapters seem repetitive. Some characters don't seem to serve a purpose. The ending was abrupt and, again, predictable. I would not recommend. Balki was a good narrator though.

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    "Fun set of books!"

    Terrific narration by Bronson Pinchot. The battle scenes were my favourite parts of the book. The author manages to keep the science of genetics interesting in spite of the technical jargon. The emotional melodrama is well...melodrama. But overall, I consider this money well spent.

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    Dr. Bubba Texas 09-19-16
    Dr. Bubba Texas 09-19-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Ok book. Very predictable."

    Book is ok. Action and story is fun.

    The reader makes everyone not the hero soldiers sound weak, pathetic, or just arrogant/stupid sounding. But you can get through it.

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    Chris 09-17-16
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    "Great Flow"

    This was a smooth and well told story. Great characters, great story line with some good twists. Go ahead a get this, you will not be disappointed.

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  • Cristian Wadham
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    "Poor performance"
    What disappointed you about The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set?

    Can't really comment on story as the performance totally killed it early on for me. No passion, monotone narration .


    What will your next listen be?

    Similar theme


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Bronson Pinchot?

    R.c.bray, Scott Brick, Ray Chase


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

    Disappointment


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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