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At the end of the world, who do you save?

There's sabotage from within and a strange virus is infecting the last human survivors of an alien invasion in Nicholas Sansbury Smith's smart and exciting third book in the best-selling Orbs series.

With the alien armies growing stronger, Sophie's biosphere decides to join forces with the team from NTC's submarine. Using data from a surviving satellite, they discover strange alien poles at each of the world's seven highest summits: alien technology that the survivors believe may hold the key to shutting down the alien ships once and for all.

But before the two teams can launch an offensive, the biosphere must deal with sabotage from within and a strange nanotechnology that has infected several of the survivors. As tensions rise, Sophie and team must decide whether their new discovery is worth abandoning the biosphere. The more the team learns, the more they realize that Earth may be beyond saving and that salvation may require leaving the planet forever.

A splendid mix of horror, suspense, and science fiction, Orbs III upends the classic alien invasion story into an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride.

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

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

Phenomenal PA series!

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My only complaint is that it didn’t last long enough. The storyline will keep you engaged from start to finish and in this last book of the series, the strong character development (my personal favorite being submarine Captain Noble) really shines. The author has put them all through “hell” and done a superb job of showing their resilience in the face of near extinction.

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Be warned!

I really enjoyed the first book in the series, though I feel it could have been improved with a bit of research; for example, Marines addressing a Sergeant as "Sir" really bugged me I vaguely remember a Lieutenant addressing one of the Sergeants as "sir," as well, but I don't care enough to go back and check. That particular problem was eventually solved by killing off both Sergeants. I also had some problems with the facts that the "scientists" are essentially interchangeable, with the biologist creating electronic weapons and having little apparent knowledge of basic biology; while the astrophysicist is a tactician and all-around unkillable bad-ass. I know that one must suspend disbelief -- especially when reading science fiction -- but common sense should still play a role. While the main characters made stupid decisions in the first book and amazingly bad decision in the second, while listening to the third I often found myself just shaking my head in disbelief. It would have been much better if they had just ceded all decision-making to the 11-year-old -- especially since the author wrote him as some kind of superhero!

The two "artificial intelligence" programs are also problematic. One speaks English with a Russian accent because she was built by the Russians. Really? It turns out the two AIs have a channel through which they can communicate, but they don't use it until it becomes convenient as a plot device in the third book! And when they do use it, they SPEAK to one another in ENGLISH, showing that either the author has no idea how computers work, or that they are simply contrivances. Even the AIs don't make sense most of the time! And their processing speed! Apparently, these computers were built around ancient Pentium processors! They can't even multitask, like current non-AI computers. Come on!

Bronson Pinchot did a good job as narrator; but there is only so much one can do with really bad dialogue, flat characters and ridiculous plot. Need a way off the planet? No problem! Discover a fully prepped spaceship, sitting unused in a hangar. The reader wonders why the Captain of a submarine owned by the same shadowy company that made the spaceship doesn't know about said spaceship? No problem! Just don't address the question; at all! The planet is mostly but not entirely destroyed, but we find a spaceship so we go to another planet -- the same planet the evil aliens plundered and abandoned millenia ago -- with the "plan" to start again with essentially no resources. Absolutely! Makes perfect sense; but only if you are an idiot. I could go on, but what's the point?

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Let there be more

I really love this book series. I hope that Nick Smith will continue to write it. The characters are lovable and detestable. The aliens are terrifying and sinister. You have hope built and tore down. This book is a really hard one to put down. I highly recommend it! Pinchot brings an amazing depth to the book that I did not have before listening to it.

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Mankind's Last Stand!

In Orbs 3 mankind fights the alien monsters on the land, in the air and on and under the sea. Our military is dedicated and honorable with Captain Noble leading the struggle. Our scientists continue to come up with creative inventions to help in the fight and our children show humanity's heart and hope as they face the absolute terror of the spiders relentless pursuit of Earth's remaining survivors.

This is a grim struggle but I could not put the book down or stop listening. The author and narrator make me feel the emotions and travel this journey with the characters. When I finished this book I could not wait for Orbs 4 because I could see the promised hope for the future and I wanted to see where the creative Nicholas Sansbury Smith will take his readers.

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Great sequel

This is one heck of an action packed book. I'm really glad Bronson Pinchot re-narrated the series as I've stated in other reviews. He really brought the story to life and it was good to have one narrator for all four books. If you enjoy post apoc fiction Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Bronson Pinchot are a great team!

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This ship flies so humanity survives

Josh here

Man, this series just keeps getting better. The spiders/organics are definitely wreaking havoc and the Earth/humanity are suffering because of it. I continue to be drawn to the team, and even more-so Alexia, as I've watched each of them grow over the three books thus far (and as I move on to book four). As I've stated in other reviews, I am a huge fan of AI and I love witnessing how each author interprets/develops an AI character. Alexia is growing and it makes me wonder about the technicals of her neural net. Likewise, what an interesting take on how the organics are able to impact the crew members (nano-bots, anyone?)

Nick continues to draw me in to his multiverse and I am very excited to see what he/Tony Melchiorri have in store for book four. My hope is that the team on Earth isn't led into a Mark Watney style adventure for the crew on the NTC Sunspot. But alas, I digress, go read this series if you haven't already started. If you are reading reviews for all entries in the series before deciding, hurry up and start already. You won't regret it.

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