Central Command is gone, the military is fractured, and the surviving members of Team Ghost, led by Master Sergeant Reed Beckham, have been pushed to the breaking point. While the strong return to the battlefield, the wounded are forced to stay behind on Plum Island and fight their inner demons.
Betrayed by the country they swore to defend and surrounded by enemies on all sides, Team Ghost has one mission left: protect Dr. Kate Lovato and Dr. Pat Ellis while they develop a weapon to defeat the Variants once and for all. But after a grisly discovery in Atlanta, Kate and Ellis realize their weapon might not be able to stop the evolution of the monsters.
Joined by unexpected allies and facing a new threat none of them saw coming, the survivors are running out of time to save the human race from extinction.
Almost seven weeks have passed since the Hemorrhage Virus ravaged the world. The remnants of the United States military have regrouped and relocated Central Command to the George Washington Carrier Strike Group. It's here, in the North Atlantic, that President Jan Ringgold and Vice President George Johnson prepare to deploy a new bioweapon and embark on the final mission to take back the country from the Variants.
With his home gone and his friends kidnapped, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and his remaining men must take drastic measures to save what's left of the human race. But not everyone at Central Command has the same plan for victory. As the Variants continue to evolve, only a handful of heroes stand between the creatures and mankind's total extinction.
One way or another, the battle for the United States of America ends here.
Newly christened as the leader of Delta Force Team Ghost, Master Sergeant Joe Fitzpatrick arrives in Normandy over 70 years after Allied Forces joined the fight against the Nazis. The war to free survivors and eradicate pockets of adult Variants and their offspring is underway by the European Unified Forces. But as the troops push east, rumors of a new type of monster spread through the ranks. Fitz and his new team quickly realize that the fight for Europe might be harder than anyone ever imagined.
Back in the States, Captain Reed Beckham and Dr. Kate Lovato are settling into a new life on Plum Island. Across the United States, the adult Variants have all been wiped out, and the juveniles are on the run. But survivors soon realize there are other monsters at home, and they may be human.
As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction. Will science prevail - or will mankind vanish off the face of the planet?
©2015 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
I never get tired of listening to Bronson Pinchot. He's truly a great reader. The last three Extinction Cycle books were what I thought they would be, pretty much like the first three. There were a few twists and turns to the plot, which I really appreciated. Some of my favorite characters were lost, which made me actually upset a bit. I hated it when Meg was killed, for example. I thought she would survive anything. I won't spoil the other surprises for anyone who will read these books, but I suppose when the actual survival of the human race is at stake, there will be a few losses.
Over all, still, I fell as though I was listening to the same story over and over, in a way. It's not the author's fault, I don't think. How many ways can you describe combat? I'm a veteran and I can't think of more than one way. Chaos.
So, I think he's done a good job over all, considering all the fighting that was done. He also dwelt a lot on the sense of failure felt by survivors. Survivors guilt is a very real thing, and again, I think most vets can relate. We don't dwell on it, so if felt a little weird to see him do so. It was in the character's minds mostly. So that was more real than not I think, and perhaps I found that uncomfortable for my own reasons.
Overall, this was a real bargain, all three books for one credit. Couldn't beat it. Thanks to Audible for offering it.
The story, action, research and performance all add up to a vivid, gripping experience.
The Tide series, same, same great action.
Brings the characters and world alive, heightens the suspense.
I wish I could have.
The kick-ass narration once again elevates this dynamic combo of military action, science fiction and post-apocalyptic mayhem. Keeps deepening the characters and scope of the series. Still my fave series of this ilk. Looking forward to more!
I'm very picky about the type of books I enjoy. Great courses guides, political books, science-fiction among others. Nicholas Sandburg Smith is a great read. I think the man could write tax code that was interesting.
I'm addicted to the last chapter of long fantasy series. It's a legitimate problem.
The first five books were, at their very best, mediocre. Author had a decent story idea then failed at everything they tried. Too specific scientifically for a bit then too vague. Very detailed about weapons and ammunition used in the fight but then manages to write "7.62" about 3 times per sentence. Forgets that grenades exist for 3 books? I don't know. But the first 5 books are tolerable if you turn the reading speed up to like 1.4 and are extraordinarily bored. The 6th book is so bad I had to quit listening. never done that before but it's that bad. I dont know if I could have finished an outline. But if I had it would have looked like this: "after all the bad stuff, more bad stuff. top 5 protagonists always survive while everyone else gets picked off one by one. The some more bad stuff happens followed by more bad stuff. There are no victories only narrow survival. And an Italian guy."
For the 1st 3 books a reader could suspended belief to a point. But the 4th book threw all that out the window.
This time he put the characters is outrageously, unrealistic scenarios. Then stretchs belief beyond the breaking point when snipers who previously could not miss now miss by a fraction of a inch in order to carry the story on.
Brave men with shotguns, at point blank range, can't hit a variant in the head.
Where in previous battles a few defenders would repulse an attack while outnumbered, now a larger force of trained Marines succumb to a smaller force of variants even though half the variants are not fighting but rounding up prisoners.
The most frustrating part is the description of Marines running away along with civilians in a situation where there is no where to run.
It's terrible to see an author ruin a story in an attempt to extend it into another trilogy.
I'm very disappointed.
Update after Book 6: Bought the box set, books 4-6 so I went ahead and finished it. All I felt at the end.. whew, thank God that's over!
I am definitely done with The Extinction Cycle.
One of the top, especially with this three-for-one-deal.
Nonstop action and really cool science.
Ha, yeah, but with all three books in there, you have to take a break to sleep and eat at some point!
Great bundle to grab if you like the apocalypse or thrillers. Really fun!
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