I had the pleasure of reading the entire Extinction series written by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Beginning with the first book, Extinction Horizon, Smit..Show More »h 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!
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This audiobook seriously made me feel like I was listening to a movie. Bronson turned Smith's breakthrough novel into a living, breathing story. I can..Show More »'t recommend this one highly enough. If you like post-apocalyptic/science fiction thrillers then this is for you. Probably the best audiobook I've listened to besides The Martian.
I have been called an aficionado in the zombie genre for the sheer number of books I've read and reviewed, and now written. The one thing many will he..Show More »re me say over and over again is that I prefer a traditional zombie. Mutations, aliens, and a strong sci-fi theme has never been my thing.
So I really have to hand it to Smith for taking me well out of my comfort zone and earning my five stars.
Smith's zombies are terrifying. Multifaceted genetic mutations crafted by the callus hand of man where the only thing you can count on with these abominations is that you have no idea what they'll do next. Smith continues to up the ante with his second book in his bestselling Extinction series and I'm left hungry for more.
A successful z-book for me must have ample gore, and Smith doesn't disappoint. Buy this book. Tell your friends to buy this book. For those who say zombies aren't trending anymore, i dare you to read this series and reevaluate that statement.
And now, to nag the author on social media to write faster!
This series has been an amazing thrill ride. Book 3 is the BEST of the series so far, and I cannot wait for the next. I listened to this book straigh..Show More »t through and loved every second. That Fitz is still my favorite character!!
...so I prefer to think of the outstanding Extinction Cycle series as apocalyptic/post apocalyptic novels. The variants created by infecting humans w..Show More »ith an Ebola variant are indeed zombie-like as they quickly multiply and evolve into killing machines with increasing capabilities as well as ever more deadly offensive and defensive weapons.
If the potential listener is looking for continuous action and intense suspense, this series provides both. After listening to novels 1-4 in the series one year ago, I decided to wait for a year to listen to the 5th and final novel only to find that the 6th novel, Extension Aftermath, has been released. This is a serialized series that cannot be understood unless the novels are read in order. Listening to the entire series is a 58 hour time commitment.
We were misled into believing that the 6th novel, Extinction Aftermath, was the series end. Earlier we were led to believe that the 5th novel, Extinc..Show More »tion End, was the series end. Now we find out that Extinction Aftermath really should be titled Extinction Continuation because at the end we find out that the series and the extinction continues with Extinction War.
I'm through with this series! It has been great and exciting listening. But it has gone on too long and worn out its welcome. It's a nice collection of six 5 star apocalyptic/post apocalyptic novels with superb narration. Its a bit like Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles which was originally to be a trilogy but turned into an 84 hour seven book series.
Warning: Novels in this series MUST be listened to in order because each builds on the story as each finishes in a cliffhanger situation.