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At the end of the world, who will escape? 

Operation Redemption, the final desperate mission in taking back the planet from the Organics has failed. Captain Rick Noble and his soldiers have been captured and imprisoned on an alien ship. But not all is lost. Their sacrifice allowed Doctor Sophie Winston, Doctor Emanuel Rodriguez, and their small team to escape in the NTC Sunspot - their destination, Mars. The perilous journey to find a lost human colony may offer Sophie and the rest of humanity a chance at life. 

Those left on Earth are caught in a life-and-death struggle. Corporal Athena Rollins of the NTC Ghosts of Atlantis submarine still believes they can beat the aliens with the help of AI Alexia, but time is running out. The oceans are draining, the temperatures are rising, and the other pockets of survivors are perishing every day. 

Trapped on the Organic ship, Captain Rick Noble is desperate to escape and save his crew back on Earth. As he waits for his opportunity he finds an ally in the most unlikely of places. 

The fight for Earth may be lost, but the fight for Mars and the future of the human race may have just begun....

©2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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worth the wait!!

Another amazing book by an awesome author. I have been hooked on the Orb series since I found them!!! I am glad Smith finally wrote it.

This is the continuing story of those that survived an invasion by an alien lifeforms called Organics. Now the remnants of a rag tag group survivors are on there way to Mars. Will they survive???

I highly recommend this book for any fans of Nicholas Sansbury Smith's or Anthony Melchorri.
Easy five stars across the board.

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  • Lisa L
  • Allentown, PA United States
  • 04-06-18

The ending I was waiting for!!

The original ending, book 3, left so many questions!! I wanted, no, needed more.

I was so excited to hear Nicholas Sansbury Smith was teaming up with another favorite author of mine to write a book 4 and give us the ending he wanted! Anthony Melchiorri brings real life science to everything he writes and I knew this story was one I had to read.

Let me say, they do not disappoint. From page one this grabs you and pulls you right back into that world. There are plenty of twists and turns and edge of your seat action. You see no way for a good end for us, no way that anything can work out, but you also can’t stop reading!

Is it a happy ending? Does it leave you hanging? I’m not saying. I am going to say it’s a must read story that gives you an ending that works and feels right. It’s a story that any fan of the genre will enjoy from beginning to end and wish would just keep going. I’ll also say I’d love to see these two team up again to make a series from start to finish, cause they make a great team.

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An exceptional ride!

There are so many unanswered questions! i need answers! The twists and turns were shocking. This book had it all. This would make for an awesone series or set of movies. Hopefully there are more in the future.

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Exciting Science Fiction Horror Thriller

This series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith with its engaging characters and vivid creepy atmosphere was my first taste of the author's work. From beginning short stories to Orbs IV, I was totally hooked and could not stop reading or listening. Anthony Melchiorri helped Smith keep the story advancing at a terrifying pace while also keeping us holding our breath waiting to see what would happen next to characters like the young boys, David and Jeff. When Bronson Pnchot narrated the terrifying "scratch, scrape" of the spider monsters while the boys were hiding in the dark alone I felt afraid.

Listening to Orbs is a little like "War of the Worlds" meets "Aliens'. The pace is relentess, the fear is overwhelming and the outcome is the survival of humanity. From beginning to this final novel four this kept me engaged and anxious to know what happens next

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Amazing read.

I highly recommend this series to any who love science fiction and alternate worlds and futures.

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I just can't do it! Too late to return

I bought all four books when they first came out on Audible, but have only recently gotten around to reading them. Book 1 was OK. I had some problems with the author's lack of knowledge of or research into the military (e.g., Marine enlisted addressing a Sergeant as "sir;" Marine Sergeant handing a gun to an untrained civilian; non-MP Marine Sergeant carrying a sidearm), and felt that the characters were a bit flat and stereotypical, but it was "OK."

Book 2 was a bit more problematic. The two Artificial Intelligence programs grew increasingly more annoying, as it became abundantly clear that the author had no idea how computers work today; let alone what we should expect in the future. As I commented in another review, it is as if this huge, technologically advanced company decided to install their AI software on computers running ancient Pentium processors. Neither system could do more than one thing at a time, and often had to switch from one task to another. Modern computers have been capable of multitasking for years. Does the author think technology will run backwards in the coming years? One of the AIs speaks English with a Russian accent. Why? Because the ship was built in Russia. Of course! Makes perfect sense! When the two AIs communicate directly (using a channel that we don't hear about until the 3rd book, when it becomes convenient as a device to move the plot forward), they SPEAK to one another in ENGLISH, rather than instantaneously transferring data. Why? So we, the readers, can listen in, I suppose.

The supposedly brilliant scientists were also a bit of a joke. The biologist doesn't seem to know much biology, but it was he who created the electronic weapon that saved the day. Oh! But not until the brilliant astrophysicist stumbled upon another brilliant scientist who just happened to have created a device that shields them from the evil aliens. Apparently, he was just a plot point, since the author killed him off almost immediately. The astrophysicist doesn't seem to know much about physics, but she is a brilliant tactician and superhuman unkillable badass...except when she is making incomprehensibly stupid decisions.

And then, there were the aliens. Why were they put on the earth's surface in the first place? The aliens apparently have the technology to drain the oceans from space. Why go to the surface at all? Supposedly, the aliens went to all the trouble to mount an invasion in order to collect the water contained in human bodies! And...they set up "human farms" to harvest more water from human bodies! If the biologist had at least a 9th grade biology background, he could have explained that the human body does not PRODUCE water. The human farms made absolutely no sense! They would have been a drain on the alens' energy (and no, they were not taking energy from the humans they were farming. The point of the third book is that their energy is being beamed to them from Mars -- keep up!).

I don't know why I went on to listen to the third book. Perhaps it was the "sunk cost fallacy" at work. I'd already bought it;and I'd already invested hours in listening. Who knew? Maybe it'd turn out to be better!

Alas, no. It was actually the worst of the three!

Because I am not a masochist, I have decided to cut my losses and not listen to the fourth installment. I realize that it could surprise me and turn out to be a literary masterpiece. A sci-fi classic. I doubt it, though. Besides which, I don't really care what happens to the characters, most of whom I find amazingly shallow and stupid. After all, none of them seemed to much care that the rest of us had died horrible deaths! I just can't take hearing about one more really stupid decision by supposedly brilliant scientists and military leaders; and I just can't listen to any more hackneyed dialogue.

I just can't do it!

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Another Amazing Ending

OMG! I love this pair. The book keeps you on edge and waiting to hear what happens next. Bronson does an amazing job with the characters. I love it all!

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Amazing

I started with the Orbs Series thanks to a Friend Lisa Omstead and haven't quit reading Mr. Sansbury-Smith's books since! I couldn't wait to find out what would happen in the next Orbs book and he did not let us down! His attention to detail in everything he writes makes it so entertaining I wish it was a full time job just to read his material! Having Audible has made it to where I can catch a few minutes here and there on my way to and from work and Bronson Pinchot is amazing at what he does! I hope Nicholas can get him to do all his books! I am on to Hell Diver's since I have been patiently waiting to see what happens next in that series :-) happy reading (or listening) everyone! If anyone is looking for a new Author he won't let you down! Between Orbs, Extinction Cycle, Trackers and Helldivers series he has kept me quit busy over the last year or 2!

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The first 3 books were great. This one was rushed

I found myself rolling my eyes pretty frequently starting about a third of the way through. Too many lame "the AI hacked stuff, close call" moments. Sure, the series ended, but c'mon... the first 3 books actually fit together, this one seemed like Nicholas was basically tired of the story. He's an amazing author, but this was not up to par.

As always, fantastic performance by Bronson.

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Great ending to the series

I felt like this was a perfect ending for this series. I really enjoyed the two plots and the authors did a great job bringing them together.