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Extinction Inferno

Extinction Cycle: Dark Age, Book 2
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Series: Extinction Cycle: Dark Age, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
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The government said the Variants were dying off....
That the beasts would be extinct in a matter of years....
That the Allied States had returned to prosperity and freedom....

The government was dead wrong. Deep under the cities, the Variants weren't just hiding, they were breeding. While the human survivors of the Extinction Cycle built outposts and brought back industries, the monsters were building something of their own. Working with human collaborators, they constructed a vast underground organic network to control this new army and launch a blitzkrieg assault across the Allied States. After tunneling under the walls, the beasts managed to overwhelm even the most fortified outposts. Many of them fell within days, forcing the military to abandon bases and retreat. 

But not everyone is on the run. Team Ghost hunts a monster behind enemy lines that could change the tide of war. On the USS George Johnson, Doctor Kate Lovato and her team of scientists seek to understand and tap in to the Variant network while oil tycoon S. M. Fischer and his engineers come up with a plan to help buy time for the remaining outposts. And, at Outpost Portland, Captain Reed Beckham and Master Sergeant Parker Horn investigate a frightening conspiracy involving the human collaborators. 

As the Variant armies surge across the Allied States, those working to stop them realize even desperate measures may not be enough to prevent the total annihilation of their country.

©2019 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2019 Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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Phenomenal!!!

Ok, I'm going to try and do this book justice with this review, but it's going to be hard because I may ramble a bit as the book is absolutely breathtaking in it's intensity!!

So book 2 sees the threat of the variants worse than anything they thought it was going to be. Every safe haven is being targeted by both variants and collaborators and the attacks are unlike anything they experienced at the height of the war. Everything is more coordinated and the variants seem to be smarter. Team Ghost, Beckham and Horn, and Kate are all risking everything to find out what's happening before it's too late.

My heart was in my mouth the whole way through this book. Every single page is packed with action and it was really hard to stop listening because I was so invested in the story and needed to see what happened and believe me when I say that there is a lot happening in this edition!!! It amped up the overall tension that was there since book 1 and has made me more eager for the final book.

Between Team Ghost and their missions, Kate and what she is tasked to do, and Beckham and Horn trying to figure things out too, there was so many plot points that I could talk about but I don't want to spoil things for anyone. Every single revelation shocked me and I couldn't imagine where the authors would take the story, but boy did they take it in directions I couldn't see coming. I have so many questions that I wish I could peak inside the authors heads because the waiting will be hell, but I also know that these authors will produce one heck of a finale so I'm willing to wait as long as it takes.

In all, this book was phenomenal. The action is breathtaking, the plot is brilliant and kept me on my toes, the characters are some of the best I've ever read and the story is everything you want in a book. There are few series that I recommend so fervently, but the Extinction Cycle series (I include these in that series) is in my top 5 series and one I will never fail to shout about!!!

R.C Bray is easy to listen to and always performs a book he reads. His array of voices for the characters were amazing and he made the atmosphere come to life. He is one of the best in the business, need I say more!!

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All hands on deck!

The action and tension are unrelenting in this second installment of Extinction Cycle: Dark Age. The Allied States are under siege. President Ringgold and her staff are trying to make the best choices in the midst of impossible situations. It’s difficult to catch your breath with all the devastation going on. Seems like each time humanity takes a brave step forward, the Variants and their wicked human collaborators push them two steps back. Inferno is a page-turner that shouldn’t be started late at night.

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  • Lisa L
  • Allentown, PA United States
  • 10-02-19

Great listen!

Every time I think this series can’t get better it does! Be prepared because once you start you won’t want to put this one down. A definite must read for fans of apocalyptic fiction. RC Bray as always does an amazing job with the story. Cannot wait for the next book!

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Such a Great Book!

A wild and ultra exciting ride!
I love this series so much. The story sucked me in and held me captive, I literally couldn't put it down until I finished it.
Dark Age is a great stand alone series, but what makes it so great to me is knowing what happened after the Extinction Cycle series.
Nick, keep up the great work.
So looking forward to the next book!

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  • TMG
  • Michigan
  • 10-29-19

Awesome!

And the story continues! Great story and the pace does not slow down one bit. Can’t recommend this series enough. Anxiously waiting for book #3!

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WOW! A MUST READ!

Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony J.Melchiorri had me on the edge of my seat the whole time! The way this book was written and the depth of the characters is outstanding. R.C. Bray brought this book to life with the narration and made me feel like I could see what was happening. As for the actual story suspenseful, thrilling, nail biting, and beyond my expectations. I still relate to Reed Beckham and Big Horn. I dont give spoilers in my reviews, so I wont give anything away. This is a must read for anyone who is looking for a fantastic and well written book!

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Amazing Series!

I’m always left ditching work and my family to know what happens next... it’s bad... but sooooo gooood. Haha

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awesome story

R.C. Bray is in my opinion the best at what he does! can't wait to continue this story.

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awsome series

I love this series. It's an incredible continuation of Extinction cycle and I'm excited to see where it goes next. Also has one of the best narrators in the biz. Keep up the good work.

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A wonderful continuation from two PA masterminds!

-Josh here

Nick and Tony make a great team as has been on display not only in this series but in the final book of the Orbs series. It was easy to tell when Tony took over at parts with much of the talk about bio-engineering and I have to say it was fun geeking out in some of the sidebar research I conducted looking for more info on some of the topics presented. One of my favorites was the field-programmable neural array or FPGA.

Anyways, enough of my nerding out. This was another great entry as the original EC series dives into a new evolution, presenting a new horizon to coin a term from the original series. I found the transition that Fisher took in this sequel to be quite interesting although I still wonder what is going to happen when the Election kicks off.

Another easy 5/5 from two very talented authors. The fact that R.C. Bray is narrating the series makes it that much better as he is easily my favorite narrator to date.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 10-07-19

Phenomenal!!!

Ok, I'm going to try and do this book justice with this review, but it's going to be hard because I may ramble a bit as the book is absolutely breathtaking in it's intensity!!

So book 2 sees the threat of the variants worse than anything they thought it was going to be. Every safe haven is being targeted by both variants and collaborators and the attacks are unlike anything they experienced at the height of the war. Everything is more coordinated and the variants seem to be smarter. Team Ghost, Beckham and Horn, and Kate are all risking everything to find out what's happening before it's too late.

My heart was in my mouth the whole way through this book. Every single page is packed with action and it was really hard to stop listening because I was so invested in the story and needed to see what happened and believe me when I say that there is a lot happening in this edition!!! It amped up the overall tension that was there since book 1 and has made me more eager for the final book.

Between Team Ghost and their missions, Kate and what she is tasked to do, and Beckham and Horn trying to figure things out too, there was so many plot points that I could talk about but I don't want to spoil things for anyone. Every single revelation shocked me and I couldn't imagine where the authors would take the story, but boy did they take it in directions I couldn't see coming. I have so many questions that I wish I could peak inside the authors heads because the waiting will be hell, but I also know that these authors will produce one heck of a finale so I'm willing to wait as long as it takes.

In all, this book was phenomenal. The action is breathtaking, the plot is brilliant and kept me on my toes, the characters are some of the best I've ever read and the story is everything you want in a book. There are few series that I recommend so fervently, but the Extinction Cycle series (I include these in that series) is in my top 5 series and one I will never fail to shout about!!!

R.C Bray is easy to listen to and always performs a book he reads. His array of voices for the characters were amazing and he made the atmosphere come to life. He is one of the best in the business, need I say more!!

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  • Scott t
  • 11-04-19

Very slow

not as good as the other books in the series disappointing
rc Bray does his best but really slow and at the end nothing new feels like a filler book.

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  • Mark
  • 10-15-19

awesome

non stop action, I can't wait for the next book. the story just keeps getting more interesting.

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  • Mr Patel
  • 10-09-19

fantastic! on the edge of my seat each time

Story = 5 star
RC Bray = 5 star
Characters = 5 star

Need I say more??

can't wait until part 3!

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  • S. Smith
  • 10-06-19

Bring on book 3.

Very descriptive writing, great scenes written. Portrays an image without spending a whole chapter telling us we are in a city.

excellently read by R.C. Bray, he manages to bring the characters to life, is easy to understand through headphones and speaker. Doesn’t shout but portrays urgency and fear. Great stage whisper,manages to quieten his voice without it becoming too quiet.

Carries on the story well, reminds you of what has happened before in some parts without spending half the book doing so. Great pace.
If you have read the previous books you’ll enjoy this one as well.

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  • mark r campbell
  • 10-01-19

Fantastic 😊😊

and the story races on, the action is unrelenting. I can’t get enough of the Extinction universe