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ORBS II Audiobook

ORBS II: Stranded

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Publisher's Summary

Dr. Sophie Winston and her team of survivors fend off the alien invasion in Orbs II: Stranded, the second book in Nicholas Sansbury Smith's best-selling Orbs series.

At the end of the world, who 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 biosphere 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.

©2014 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    The Kindler 09-28-16
    The Kindler 09-28-16 Member Since 2014

    Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military History, Thrillers, Great Courses, Horror, and anything with a good story. Please forgive errors.

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    "A little better than ORBS I"

    The characters are still very stereotypical but there are more of them and some very interesting ethical dilemmas occur that force most people to pick a side and see how the situation unravels. It is a good addition to the story and you begin to understand what the aliens are and what they seem to be after.

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    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 09-06-15
    Ellen N. Moscoe Vancouver, WA United States 09-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Can't Wait to Discover What Happens Next!!"

    Story is totally engrossing! Characters are engaging and aliens are scary. Perfect book for weekend binge read. I went straight from Orbs - Book One to Book Two and I am starting Book Three.

    I had to get Kindle version of this series because I can read faster. I am enjoy using both Audible and Kindle so I can rest my eyes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ababdrad Oklahoma 08-20-17
    ababdrad Oklahoma 08-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another mail nighter."

    Ready for book 3!
    From Orbs 1 start to the end of Orbs 2, this was a great series. Great book really never any boring or slow parts.

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    Melissa and Josh 08-14-17 Member Since 2016

    Josh enjoys sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, and LitRPG books while Melissa enjoys paranormal and romance/drama.

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

    *** 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 and I wish I had another credit ready to go so I could dive right in to book 3. Nick has stuck to his tradition of keeping me hooked on his stories. Elizabeth Evans did a great job, as she did in the first entry, with narration and helped bring the story to life. It will be interesting to see how book 3 is performed given that the narrator was changed after book two. Another easy 5/5.

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    Vanessa White Allen, TX USA 07-15-17
    Vanessa White Allen, TX USA 07-15-17
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    "Great book for driving"

    I read the first book, and thought this would be good to listen to while I drove. It worked for that and my solitary walks.

    The book is good and a little more hopeful in this one.

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    Harley 05-14-17
    Harley 05-14-17 Member Since 2017

    I never have a bad day! just some days not as good as others

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    "Great continuation"

    The store was a fantastic part 2, I just order part 3, I can't wait to hear it, Elizabeth's narration was awesome, she made very easy to follow.

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    N.W.Wisniewski 08-26-16 Member Since 2015

    Well this is simple. I am a right wing conservative christian gun owning redneck!

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    "great"

    the story keeps getting better! Orbs 2 developed great character back stories and had a great twist.

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    Tilikum 04-09-16
    Tilikum 04-09-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Action Packed"

    Finally! I've waited for this book for almost a year now. It was totally worth it. Stranded is full of action and answers to the questions posed in the first book. There is tension and stress as the survivors deal with the ongoing invasion. Sophie and Overton begin to hit heads over the future of the biosphere. I liked this one more than Orbs.

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    Kathryn 01-22-16
    Kathryn 01-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "love this series so far"

    the story is well written, interesting, intelligently written, and has some very good descriptive writing going for it. I love the development of the ai, and while there unrealistic aspects it's a very good read/listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deidre Gutierrez 10-13-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Better than the first"

    Very intense. I thought it was better than the first and I loved the first. Nick Smith is turning into one of my favorite authors. Come on Orbs 3.

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