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Extinction Shadow

Extinction Cycle: Dark Age, Book 1
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
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The top-rated hit series that sold a half-million copies returns in the next season of the Extinction Cycle. Welcome to the Dark Age!  

Survivors thought the extinction cycle ended, but a powerful evil lurks in the shadows....   

Eight years ago, an engineered virus ravaged the globe, infecting and transforming humans into apex predators called Variants. Billions died, civilization collapsed, and the human race teetered on the brink of extinction. Nations banded together and heroes rose up to fight these abominations. On the front lines, Captain Reed Beckham and Master Sergeant Joe "Fitz" Fitzpatrick of Delta Force Team Ghost fought against the Variant hordes. With the aid of CDC Doctor Kate Lovato, they helped lead humanity to victory.  

Now, almost a decade after the end of the war, civilization has slowly clawed toward recovery. In the Allied States of America, survivors live in outposts where they have rebuilt industry, agriculture, and infrastructure. The remaining Variants are believed to be dying off under destroyed cities and the abandoned frontier.  

But evil and intelligent forces dwell in the shadows with the starving beasts, scheming to restart the extinction cycle and end humanity forever. And once again, Beckham, Fitz, and Kate will rise to fight them, joining forces with new heroes to try and save what's left of the world.

©2019 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2019 Blue Heron Audio

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Highly, Highly Recommend!!

The Extinction Cycle is one of my all time favourite series, so needless to say, I was beyond excited when the author announced a new book was coming out!!

This takes place about 8 years after the ending of Extinction War, and while this can be read as a stand alone series, I'd advise everyone to read the Extinction Cycle books first in order to fully realise the depth of the story and the characters.

The Allied States (formally the United States) has been slowly rebuilding itself and safe zones have been built. Life has been mostly quite for the survivours, with only some Variant attacks. But some of the outposts have gone dark and Team Ghost have been sent to investigate. What they find will call not only Beckham and Horn back from retirement, but also Kate. The Variants have adapted and the peace they have known is about to be shattered.

The plot of this was just as fast and nerve racking as the rest in the series. It never lets up and my heart was in my mouth so many times. The Variant threat has evolved and they are just as deadly as before. Kate is sent samples of things Team Ghost find and it's up to her to see exactly what they are facing. I'm being intentionally vague because I could easily ruin the plot!! The science was well written and easy enough to understand! I'd be the muggle of a science community so I'm glad I was able to understand a lot of it. The action is brutal, fast paced and intense. I found it hard to put the book down and kept thinking of it even when I wasn't reading it.

I haven't read Anthony J. Melchiorri before (even though I have all his books!!) but the writing and characters here were seamless. It didn't feel like two different writers wrote this!! I've said it before about Nicholas Sansbury Smith though and I'll keep saying it... he writes exceptional characters. Seeing Beckham, Horn, Kate and Fitz again made my heart happy. Seeing the kids all grown up was amazing too as was seeing Dohi, Rico and the rest of Team Ghost. Of course, each character is put through the wringer, as was my heart!!

This book was amazing and I hope we get a good few more!! I urge all fans of the extinction cycle books to pick it up. But I also urge anyone who enjoys a non stop, action packed read to pick it up. This is a worthy edition to an amazing series and I'm more than ready for the next one.

Highly, highly recommend!!

R.C Bray is without a doubt, one of the best in the business. He brought this book to life and made it effortless to listen to. His performance was flawless and if you haven't listened to him yet, then you're missing out.

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  • Jesse
  • SEBASTOPOL, US, Canada
  • 08-19-19

Holy sh**t

Extinction Cycle Season 2 is a game changer for me. I liked Season 1 well enough (it was not Hell Divers or Trackers) but season two has hit the ground running. I was instantly hooked. I had a hard time putting this one down. There is so much to say so I’ll make it simple. This book is awesome and I am eagerly awaiting fbook 2. Full credit to all three who made this amazing. Nicolas Sansbury Smith, Anthony J. Melchiorri, and R. C. Bray you have created something so special it rivals Hell Divers.

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Awesome, highly recommend this book

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Team Ghost back in action in this latest entry. Somehow this series just keeps getting better and better with each book. Great tension throughout, and an excellent job on the narration. I highly recommend this entry for fans of the series and this series for sci-fi fans in general.

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Running out of people but not ordinance?

Another good book by NSS. Missed Apollo being in it. While I did enjoy the book, it did make me wonder about where all the ammunition is coming form. Was the stockpile large enough to last all these years? Also, where is the electricity coming from? Same thing with fuel. Any stockpiled fuel would have degraded by now and be unusable.

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amazing

what an awesome book, the writing and reading were amazing. truly cant wait to see what happens next.

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Excellent Outstanding Kick Ass!

Really enjoyed the other series and i'm so glad that this spin off turned out to be excellent. Its well written and the story is great from the start and keeps you glued to listening,,,RC Bray took an excellent series and brought it to a new level with his narration. RC Bray brings a story alive like no other

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Extinction Cycle is back!!!

I was cautious when I heard this took place 8 years after the original series, but I wasn't one bit disappointed!

The book was perfectly paced, just as they've all been. The action never stopped. I found myself literally gripping my steering wheel until my knuckles were white.

The characters are solid, solid, solid.

R.C. Bray & N.S.S. is the partnership of a lifetime!

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So glad this story is continuing!

I loved the original books but this second set is just as great ! I love the author his stories are amazing and once you start reading you don't want to put it down . can't wait for the next one

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A new adrenaline rush with old friends!

Wow! First, it was so nice to hear from old friends. Over the years I've gotten quite invested in the characters. Like all of the readers I'm sure. To find them again, in this story line, 8 years later was a gift. the heart pounding action, start early and stays strong through the end. again, I find myself gasping out loud and shouting "No!" out of concern and exhilaration. What a ride. Book two can't come out soon enough! I can't wait to see where the rider takes us.

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Team Ghost is back in the fight.

I devoured the first E-Cycle books when I found them. An ever-growing story that twisted and turned its way through the world after the rise of the Variants. Now, after an 8 year calm in the storm, Team Ghost is back in the field trying to save humanity from extinction once again.

All of the familiar names and faces are back with one notable exception - Bronson Pinchot. RC Bray now narrates the new series and, as always, he does a fantastic job! It took some getting used to not hearing Bronson's familiar, low voice describing the gaping maws of the Variants, but that passed quickly and I was fully engrossed in RC Bray's on-point delivery.

Nicholas and Anthony's team-up for this new series/continuation is great as they introduce new threats into an already ravaged world.

If you have read, or haven't read, the first series - it doesn't matter. The story fills you in on what you've missed if you're new without being too much of a rehash if you're already familiar with the world.

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 08-13-19

Highly, Highly Recommend!!!

The Extinction Cycle is one of my all time favourite series, so needless to say, I was beyond excited when the author announced a new book was coming out!!

This takes place about 8 years after the ending of Extinction War, and while this can be read as a stand alone series, I'd advise everyone to read the Extinction Cycle books first in order to fully realise the depth of the story and the characters.

The Allied States (formally the United States) has been slowly rebuilding itself and safe zones have been built. Life has been mostly quite for the survivours, with only some Variant attacks. But some of the outposts have gone dark and Team Ghost have been sent to investigate. What they find will call not only Beckham and Horn back from retirement, but also Kate. The Variants have adapted and the peace they have known is about to be shattered.

The plot of this was just as fast and nerve racking as the rest in the series. It never lets up and my heart was in my mouth so many times. The Variant threat has evolved and they are just as deadly as before. Kate is sent samples of things Team Ghost find and it's up to her to see exactly what they are facing. I'm being intentionally vague because I could easily ruin the plot!! The science was well written and easy enough to understand! I'd be the muggle of a science community so I'm glad I was able to understand a lot of it. The action is brutal, fast paced and intense. I found it hard to put the book down and kept thinking of it even when I wasn't reading it.

I haven't read Anthony J. Melchiorri before (even though I have all his books!!) but the writing and characters here were seamless. It didn't feel like two different writers wrote this!! I've said it before about Nicholas Sansbury Smith though and I'll keep saying it... he writes exceptional characters. Seeing Beckham, Horn, Kate and Fitz again made my heart happy. Seeing the kids all grown up was amazing too as was seeing Dohi, Rico and the rest of Team Ghost. Of course, each character is put through the wringer, as was my heart!!

This book was amazing and I hope we get a good few more!! I urge all fans of the extinction cycle books to pick it up. But I also urge anyone who enjoys a non stop, action packed read to pick it up. This is a worthy edition to an amazing series and I'm more than ready for the next one.

Highly, highly recommend!!

R.C Bray is without a doubt, one of the best in the business. He brought this book to life and made it effortless to listen to. His performance was flawless and if you haven't listened to him yet, then you're missing out.

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