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At the end of the world, who will survive?

The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing-to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.

Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare the company for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water has disappeared, too.

As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.

©2018 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • TMG
  • Michigan
  • 10-02-18

Good start to the series!

I love this author and have read/listened to everything but this series. I really liked the first book and look forward to starting the 2nd as soon as possible.

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Great book

It's actually one of the better alien invasion books i have read. It flows well is descriptive and we'll written

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wow! Love it

I'm not entirely sure why I waited so long to listen to the ORBS series, I love Hell Divers. This is fantastic end of the world action and adventure. I love it when authors create female characters that are tough & smart leaders. Bronson Pinchot is amazing as the narrator, I may have to find other books he's read because his voices & narration are so good. If you love end of the world fiction, start reading. You won't be disappointing.

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A good listen

The writing was good, and the performance very good. I enjoyed the book, as well as the second in the series. One quibble, though: I cringed every time I heard one of Sgt. Overton's men address him as "sir." I also had some difficulty with the idea of this military man handing a handgun to a civilian at all, but especially without a holster or other safe way to carry it. NSS referred over and over to the "black matte NTC armor" worn by the adult characters . This apparently included armoured gloves. First, where does one carry a handgun? Stuck in your belt? Second, how does one fire said handgun? Third, why is a Marine Sergeant carrying a sidearm in the first place, let alone two? I had other quibbles, such as the likelihood of the biologist on the team being the one to invent a weapon, rather than the astrophysicist. Some explanation of his very unusual level of technical expertise in a totally different field might have been nice.

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A Must Read

I listened to all of Nicholas’s books but held off to do Orbs in a marathon read!! OMG this book kept me on the edge of the seat. I had to start listening at home as well because I was driving too slow and wanting to be in the car all day. Bronson Pinchot knows how to bring the story to life with his Narration!!

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Kept me hanging on

Very interesting premise for the story line. Bronson Pinchot did a wonderful job again. Nicholas books always make you think man I hope this never happens. Looking forward to listening to book 2.

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  • L. Yancey
  • Corvallis, Oregon United States
  • 04-18-18

Brilliant imagery!

Would you listen to Orbs again? Why?

Yes, because my husband hasn’t heard it yet and I would love to share it with him.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

It was a fast-paced ride through a post-apocalyptic world that I found fascinating.

What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoy his voice and vocal inflections.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it regularly got my pulse racing.

Any additional comments?

I stumbled upon Nicholas Smith’s Orbs series while searching for the caliber of storytelling that keeps you glued to your seat. Orbs is a plot driven, alien invasion thriller with layers of conflict and tension that does not let up. I can’t wait to dive into the next story in the series!

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love Nick's books!

very much enjoyed and can't wait to start book 2, I'm hooked on Nick's books!

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Finally!

Glad this has been released again I’m ahuge NSS fan but I could not get past the old narrator for the series..Now I can finally enjoy this gem..

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Bronson brings the Orbs series to life!

Loved the new narration by Bronson Pinchot. The Orbs series was my first NSS story and I've been binge listening to the first 3 to prepare for the release of book 4: Exodus.
If you like alien invasion science fiction this is a great and unique take on the genre. Action, mystery, and an interesting premise. I have been consumed with these audiobooks for the past 24 hours.

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  • Peter Buckley
  • 05-05-18

Disappointed

I chose this title having read the previous reviews thinking it would be a good read. Unfortunately I found the story to be laboured and predictable. I only completed the book as once I start a book I force myself to finish it. I will not be reading anymore in this series

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  • Paul
  • 10-02-18

Not NSS’s best

Let me get two things addressed first I like Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s Extinction Cycle and The Trackers Series I’ve listened to 20mins of the Hell Divers and still have the rest to listen to. The second thing is the narrator Bronson Pinchot does his usual super job with the narration.

The Orbs.

I know it’s a series of books but to read or watch a second and subsequent series you need to care about the people who are in it. I finished this book this morning and can only remember a few names. There is no real explanation for anything. NSS did his research for Trackers and the use of EMP devices. This seems almost like a ghost writer or in the style of than his others. Personally I won’t be listening to the next

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  • saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom
  • 07-27-18

I just loved it

horror... sci fi... non sickening romance... unfathomable aliens, realistically flawed charachters and the end of humanity

what's not to love about this fast paced story?

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  • wolf boy
  • 06-21-18

Living through the ending of the world

Another great series from my favourite author, well read by a professional who acts his way through the reading in great form.

Can't wait to find out what happens.

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  • mark r campbell
  • 05-15-18

Rollercoaster Ride!!

Loved this book, fast moving and action packed, characters you can relate too!!
Looking forward to book 2

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  • Teressa Scott
  • 09-09-18

Great concept

Well paced and decent character development. Narration is excellent . Will definitely go to next book