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Orbs II

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Series: ORBS, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (263 ratings)

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At the end of the world, whom can you trust?

The aliens have invaded, wiping out almost all life on Earth. Their goal: water. Huge spaceships are draining the oceans, and the few remaining humans have been herded into farms, where their bodies are harvested to support the growing alien army.

Humanity's last chance lies in the biospheres that have been planted secretly across the globe. But all is not peaceful in the biome led by Dr. Sophie Winston. With resources dwindling and tensions high, her small group of survivors is divided. Some want to fight, some want to stay hidden, and Sophie just wants to keep everyone alive.

When one of their own, 11-year-old Jeff, is kidnapped by the Organics, Sophie is forced to pick sides. With the help of a promising new magnetic weapon, the biosphere team just might have a fighting chance to save Jeff and the world - if they live long enough to use it.

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

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NSS does it again!

Another amazing book in the orbs series. Nick created awesome characters and interesting alien creations that have a malevolent goal. Easily a five star book! Bronson brought a new light to this story and made it even more amazing!

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Your planet is dying, how do you stop the aliens?

Josh Here

*** REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ***

And the story continues as what is left of humanity fights for survival against the organics (in all of their various forms). It was a fun ride being introduced to the various lifeforms which have now moved on to our planet in order to scout for resources crucial to their survival.

As I moved through this story, it was very easy to identify (at least in my opinion) the deep love for Sci-Fi that Nick has. I found myself identifying multiple connections to other entries in the sci-fi genre. Whether it was the farms containing humans which reminded me of the fields from the Matrix, or the nature of Jeff’s capture and being enclosed with other survivors akin to the War of the Worlds, there is definitely a connection to other sci-fi tales. Likewise, the spiders brought me to memories of the Chrysalids from XCOM.

The book was not only full of action as the survivors sought to fight off the organics, but had its fair share of emotional moments. Alex’s hanging was one of the events in the book which shocked me as did the near murder-suicide which is a common occurrence in post-apoc style books, especially when it seems that all hope has been lost.

There were noticeable changes which were called out in the story. Watching Overton change as his frustration with Sophie grew due to her preference for playing it safe ate at him was a key element to the story. The characters even called this out (Holly brought it up to Sophie and advised her to keep an eye out)I will say that I found myself a bit frustrated with Overton at certain points throughout the story. He was a bit over-bearing and while I understand his motivations, it still didn’t alleviate the angst I had for his character.

The aliens encountered by Sophie (or were they? Was this all tied to the chip implanted in her?) highlighted the same creativity which draws me into Nick’s work. Multi-dimensional beings are definitely an interesting concept as was seeing how the species took shape in different forms. I will say that I cringed a bit with the beaked monster breathing the “blue specked spittle” combined with its bad breath into one of the marine’s face. I could easily picture this scene.

The sci-fi references continued throughout the story as I thought to Terminator Salvation and the sub base hosting the HQ of the resistance. This was linked to the sub base brought up in the story, although I have to wonder how long this will last given the fact that the aliens are draining the oceans. Likewise, when Buma shouted “Let’s kill em all”, I couldn’t help but think of Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers. I was waiting for Buma to yell “Come on you apes, you want to live forever?” ***SPOILER *** Another ST moment came to mind during Overton’s final encounter with the spiders. Him being tossed into the conglomeration definitely brought me to Shujimi’s death scene on Klendathu.

Again, this was a very fun ride. Nick has stuck to his tradition of keeping me hooked on his stories. Another easy 5/5.

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The thrill ride continues with a dash of hope!

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In the second installment of the ORBS series, the remaining members of the Cheyenne Mountain biosphere team undergo more horrific ordeals, punctuated by the occasional limited success. The wretchedness of their situation (and that of Earth itself) is taking a heavy toll. This sequel has continued to brilliantly develop the characters and Bronson Pinchot’s narration is always a joy to hear. Highly recommended.

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Incredible as usual!

I was instantly hooked into this series about an hour into the first book, and being a big fan of Bronson and an even bigger fan of Nicholas Sansbury Smith, i knew this book would deliver. Absolutely loved it! After developing a defensive against the Organics, that Dr. Rodriguez created, they're sure to abolish these aliens back to mars!!

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Awesome

Book 2 is just as good as the first. Bronson did a fantastic job re-narrating this series. I binge listened to all four in the past two days.

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Still a good story.

The variations of the alien beings got tiresome, but still a good story.
Looking forward to book 3 now

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great work yet again

another great story by N.S.S. I dont know how you do it keep them coming man

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struggled a little..... but otherwise good.

had some slow spots but overall tied in well.
it helps to turn the readingspeed up a touch.

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Great

For real, everything I've read from this guy is awesome. I found these books after finishing Hell Divers and I couldnt be more happy. Narrator does a good job, but I find myself missing RC Bray Haha. Great stuff, on to the next.

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Great story, narration lacking

I really enjoy NSS's stories and the information he weaves into them. I've enjoyed all his series, but I find myself routinely getting upset by the narrator. He continues to over emotionalize characters and moments at the wrong times, as well as making main characters seem jumbled and unbelievable. I find it difficult to finish these Orbs stories, but I'm slowly getting through them, doing my best to enjoy the story as I hear it. All this narrators books have this issue, but it seems worse in this one in particular.

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  • saskiadotritchieatgmaildotcom
  • 07-28-18

ok

not as good as 1 but good enough for me to give 3 a go

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  • mark r campbell
  • 05-15-18

The story continues

Picking up right where the first one left off, new characters, more storylines, more twists and turns!!

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