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The greatest discovery in human history may also be our last.

Dr. Jack Greer's startling discovery beneath the Gulf of Mexico proved to the world we were not alone in the universe. But when images from the Voyager One space probe reveal an alien doomsday ship hurtling toward the Earth, the human race seems marked for extinction.

As news of the approaching ship spreads panic around the globe, signs of a sinister plot begin to emerge - one that threatens to unravel the already fragile fabric of society and everything Jack and Dr. Mia Ward have fought for.

But could a mysterious signal emanating from inside Greenland's ice sheet unlock the secrets hidden within our genome and prevent humanity's destruction?

From the frozen fields of Greenland to the bustling Indian subcontinent and the cobbled streets of Rome, the race is on to stop the deadliest countdown to extinction the human race has ever known.

©2018 James D. Prescott (P)2018 James D. Prescott

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Review book 2 Extension Countdown: Ancient Origins series book 2

Unbelievable follow up to book 1. James Prescott is an amazing author and when joined by Gary Tiedemann’s abilities, you have a story and performance that keeps you on the edge of your seat. This is a series you will want in your library.

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Great second book!

Book 2 sees so many twists and turns that I almost got whiplash!! I flew through the audio and had a hard time taking out my earbuds.

The plot was even better than the first book. Jack Greer finds out that there is a spaceship after being sighted just days away from earth, and that there's some sort of signal coming from inside Greenland's ice sheet. With the countdown one, can he save humanity before it's too late!! This book was fast paced, intense and gripping. I didn't want to stop listening because I needed to see what would happen next. Intrigue, secrets, and plenty of twists made this a must read for everyone.

All the characters were well written and developed. I think my favourite though is the AI, Anna. She is quickly growing on me :) Jack, Mia and even Admiral Stark are all easy to like and make it really easy to root for them.

In all, this was a great second book and I'm really looking forward to the next one.

Gary Tiedemann was clear, concise and easy to listen to. He has plenty of tones and voices for the different characters and is able to make them easily distinguishable.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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Awesomeness! Science, intrigue, Aliens, suspense!

Extinction Countdown
Ancient Origins Series, Book 2
By: James D. Prescott
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
This is an Audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I loved the first book and this one is just as good. Something triggered the death of millions of people since the last book. The alien ship is sighted coming toward Earth. Secrets are revealed, so many twists and turns, corruption everywhere, and new connections between the aliens coming and the changes to humans are made. Lots of suspense, intrigue, government corruption, science brain food, and great imaginary possibilities!
The narration was terrific! Wonderful performance from start to finish!

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Great second book

I loved the first book in this series so this book had a lot of expectations to live up to and it delivered. A lot happens in this book, it was like being on an adventure park ride.

The story is excellent and it's well executed, there are plenty of twists and nothing can be taken for granted. I've come to care for the characters, they're so well written it's impossible not to want them to survive and thrive.

I love all the tech, especially Anna who is developing so quickly as an AI.

This book left me desperate to know what will happen when the aliens reach earth so I'm definitely going to be getting my hands on book three.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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Fantastic and can we get book 3 our now PLEASE!

I wished I could tell you more about this story but I’d had to start at the beginning with Extinction Code and now with Countdown I was wondering how the Author would top the first novel but to my surprise, the book was pleasant with enough twist and turns and more than anything the huge twist that will more than definitely will make the series finale a riveting tale that involves our past, our present and our future. Where do we come from, where are we going and how and where did we evolve from, and how a government secret can and will change all of humanity forever and the route human kind is heading without a warning. What a new species could mean for all of human kind... Read it. You will love it.

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Extinction Countdown

This story is fun, the characters are enjoyable. What I love about this author is his unpredictability. Many times you know exactly what the plot will be right away when you are first reading a book.

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Great Story.

I loved this book. Just like Book 1 maybe even better. I hope there is a Book 3!

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Disappointing

I read the first of the series and while not great it was passable and at least had a ending of sorts. This book was a mess. The science was beyond bad, seemed to assume the reader was completly ignorant and consistently got even basic concepts wrong. It is important that authors do their due diligence in researching when creating a book in science fiction. The characters were completly flat and motivations were either not there or transparent. The aspects dealing with politics seemed to have a Donald Trump level understanding of how our government works. Beyond that the book simply just ended. There was no wrapping up of anything. It just stopped.

I strongly discourage spelling money or a credit on this one.

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Could have been a good book but....

just too many holes in the plot. Also, I personally did not care for all the long-winded scientific and medical explanations. That just made the book seem sooooo long. I actually started skipping over anything that had to do with Mia and the genetics just to save myself the grief of having to read all the mumbo jumbo. I found it to be completely unrealistic that a group of scientists could take on one of the World's top-tier special forces team and win. Seriously? I stopped at that point. The narrator was awesome with a very nice smooth voice.

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Nostalgia, Entertaining and Engaging!

“Extinction Countdown” is the second book in the “Ancient Origins” Series, and I can say this book is just as good as the first, which I previously reviewed; if not better. The story is very well crafted by James D. Prescott, and even though he is a rather new author, I have found his books complex, believable, and engaging. The audiobook edition is skillfully and professionally performed by Gary Tiedemann who is one of my top five narrators on Audible to date. The book is a contemporary science fiction story that feels a bit like X-Files combined with The Twilight Zone and an apocalyptic disaster movie. I can tell you that the mix really works. The book contains a fair amount of action, mystery, conspiracy, suspense, and even a bit of light romance to help relieve the tension. The story is well paced, and the world created by Mr. Prescott will draw you in wanting more. If you are a fan of aliens, genetic research, and strange signals from space, I think you will find this book quite enjoyable. As this is the second book in a series, it is best to pick up the first book (Extinction Code) before diving into this one.

I was a bit disappointed that there was not a more in-depth prologue giving the listener some background information from the first book’s events. Instead, the listener is dropped right into the action where the first book left off and if you are like me, it sometimes it takes a bit of time to get back into a story after being away. A prologue often assists in getting me back faster than having to depend on my memory. As with the first book, this one also had a fair amount of nostalgic references to the Twilight Zone and others. You might remember from an older Twilight Zone episode a special book the aliens gave to mankind which was a twist once properly decoded? In this book, you have much the same feeling and twists. There is often a sense of both dread and hope intermixed and I liked the balance. Additionally, I liked some of the back and forth between the story scenes and the way the listener is able to discover, or uncover, some of the mystery as it progresses.

One of the key components of the story focuses on genetic research along with some discussion on how a number of unique mutations evolved into the human genome. The first book had the listener discover the code, and this book now focused on the limited time the world has to solve the mystery before being destroyed; this book starts the countdown. Not only do we have genetic research, but there is a fair number of alien investigation and conspiracies to complete the story. The author’s research felt solid and comprehensive. The story’s outcome felt believable. Not only did our characters find some odd genetic traits, much like our own genes, these traits have both positive and negative effects on their carriers. A few of the main characters were fighting for a solution as they had loved ones that were going to die if they failed. On top of this, throw in some mysterious non-human bones discovered and things take a twist and turn from here. Include a few new discoveries involving the Great Pyramids and there is a bit of panic and things get worse as martial law is imposed.

Turning to the audiobook’s narration, the listener can be assured that they will receive a high-quality production from Gary Tiedemann. His deep and haunting voice, which is a good thing, adds to the grim feeling throughout the book. He is one of the narrators that you feel understand their material and is able to deliver more than simply a reading of the words, but instead adds depth and feeling to it. I do not recall any issues with the audio itself. I always look forward to new audiobooks being narrated by Mr. Tidemann.

For both parents and younger readers, there is some light use of vulgar language that I recall. There are a few places where there are sexual topics or references to pornography. Nothing too extreme, and for more mature readers who like detailed writing, I would recommend this as long as you are aware of these items.

In summary, if you enjoyed the first book in the series, this one is just as good if not better. If it sounds like your type of story based on this review, I recommend you pick up the first and give it a listen prior to this one. I do not think you will be disappointed with diving into this series as it is entertaining and engaging. The characters have depth and feel real in an exciting and adventurous journey to save the world.

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