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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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no spoilers

OMG! I loved the ending! Nick one more book can be written of Orbs, wink wink!

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Damn...What a rush

- Josh here

There is a single word I can use to describe this entry in the Orbs series, “Damn!”

What a ride. This book took sci-fi to a whole new level and just kept going. Nick and Tony definitely have a winner here when it comes to a conclusion for this series. As usual, I tend to associate different events with other items in modern media. For example, I definitely felt some Starship Troopers and Independence Day style themes with this entry in the series. That is by no means a bad thing, it is just how my mind helps me visualize different characters or creatures.

As with past books, we find ourselves with the various AIs present in the story. Artificial Intelligence has always been a fascination of mine through my upbringing and it is very interesting to see how Nick and Tony brought the AIs into a more prominent role for this final entry. Sonya and Alexia definitely kept my interest piqued in between the various action sequences. Although, I will say, I found myself questioning the ability of the crew to transport an entire AI on a single hard drive. This is a nit-pick on my part, but as a technician, I latch on to these things.

The introduction of the various alien species was a wonderful addition to the storyline. Ribbit and Roots definitely presented an interesting aspect to the story aboard the “Zoo Ships”. Additionally, the integration which took place later in the story left me wondering how I would decide to proceed given the opportunity to merge my human self with that of alien technology/biology.

Watching as the happenings occurred onboard the alien ship was another fascinating part of this journey. The way creatures were treated on-board definitely gave me a few cringe-worthy moments. That, and Bronson Pinchot definitely let his emotions show (in a good way) while he was in the on-board scenes.

This is a fantastic conclusion to the series and makes me wonder if there will be a book five (akin to how book 6 came about for EC) somewhere down the road. Bronson has definitely grown on me as a narrator and it is interesting to hear his take on the Orbs series when compared to Elizabeth Evans and James Fouhey. If you’ve made it this far in the series, do yourself a favor and see just how awesome the conclusion can be. 5/5

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If you like books 1-3 then book 4 is a must buy!

close your eyes and try to imagine how this book ends. Guess what you are wrong! From the first chapter to the last this book will keep you guessing what's next.
If you have read/listened to book 1-3 then you have no choice ...you must buy this book!

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

Sad to see it end...

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The long awaited fourth and final story of the Orbs series has arrived and WOW what a thrill ride! No spoilers here, just acknowledging the writing talent of Anthony Melchiorri and Nicholas Sansbury Smith. Their collaboration has produced a 5-Star story loaded with detail, suspense and more than a few surprises.

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Start to finish! You must buy this book!

close your eyes and try to imagine how this book ends. Guess what you are wrong! From the first chapter to the last this book will keep you guessing what's next.
If you have read/listened to book 1-3 then you have no choice ...you must buy this book!

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Terrific End to a Great Series! Or Not?

This was a very good book that ends in a way to be a satifying close to the series or possibly even to be continued.
The only problem I had was with the narration.
I have listened to many books narrated by Bronson Pinchot and while he usually does a great job narrating I have to ask him not to do anymore AI voices. Extremely annoying. Still well worth the credit.