The Hunted

Trackers, Book 2
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Series: Trackers, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (550 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The deadly hunt continues as the hunters become the hunted....

Five days ago North Korea detonated three nuclear warheads over the United States, triggering an electromagnetic pulse that crippled the country. A second attack destroyed the nerve center of America in a nuclear blast that flattened the nation’s capital. As the United States descends into chaos, the survivors must decide how far they will go to save the ones they love.

Police Chief Marcus Colton has struggled to maintain order in the isolated mountain town of Estes Park, Colorado, with the help of expert tracker Raven Spears and stranded pilot Major Nathan Sardetti. Together, they fought the evil terrorizing the town, but new threats are rising and old rivalries are coming to a head.

Charlize Montgomery, newly promoted to Secretary of Defense, is caught between loyalty to her country and love for her son, Ty. When the Marines sent to find Ty in Colorado discover a scene of unspeakable carnage, the straightforward rescue mission turns into a deadly chase.

©2017 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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In the first book and first review I noted some of the voices by the reader were distracting. In fairness I am happy to write no such distractions in book two!! The story improved as characters settled in. I really enjoyed it.

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great second story!

I am a big NSS- fan, and thoroughly enjoyed the ongoing story of Estes park, and my new favorite character Raven!
I like authors and stories that put me there--with
powerful characters, and a story I want to continue hearing.
is that not the true proof of an excellent author?

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5 days after in Estes Park, Colorado

The Hunted is Trackers Book 2 and just 5 days after the EMP attack humans are again primitive as they fight to survive. The result is carnage, literally survival of the fittest. I have listened to the final two novels in the series and I recommend them, but am not reviewing them.

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Great story, can't wait to read #3

Awesome! NSS has set the stage for a great fight between good and evil in a world that now lives with a different set of rules. Hopefully the good guys don't lose their humanity along the way

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Terrifying!!!

This story is horrifying as well as terrifying. Not because of monsters but because it comes across as REAL, especially if you have been keeping an eye to world news!

Mr. Smith has a way of making not only his main characters so well rounded that they could potentially be a friend, a neighbor, or a relative but because he writes these characters with faults, demons, and the capacity of goodness, kindness and love.

But I think that it is Mr. Pinchot who is the defining key in making these characters real to me. His ability to interject the right emotions into the character takes him from being a narrator to a Master Storyteller!

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Okay, I’m Hooked

The main story of the second Trackers book involves the newly minted Secretary Of Defenses Charlize Montgomery’s son Ty being kidnapped and held for ransom by a neo-nazi group in their command base The Castle. If you read book one you know that Ty is in a wheelchair and that his mother was searching for help from the government (and from her brother Nathan).

The Hunted dives right into it putting us right back into the story, merely a day or so after the setting of the first book. Raven, Nathan, Colton, and the town of Estes Park are still recovering from the final murder of the serial killer who was tormenting them in book one.

Without spoiling too much, things have not gone well for the squad that was sent in for Ty and Charlize calls on her brother to help her find Ty. Nathan enlists the help of Raven and they set out to try and find the paramilitary group that has taken Ty.

As far as characters go, the General, aka the leader of the Sons of Liberty, aka a skinhead – might be one of the most hated characters I’ve ever read. That includes books about serial killers and other terrible people. Smith wrote him in such a way that just made me hate him on a visceral level. And Pinchot voiced him in a way that I respected. He was calm, collected, and never raised his voice. He premeditated everything he did and nothing got under his skin. But man was he just the worst!

The side-story involving the town of Estes Park (which took a slight back seat to the search for Ty) was also super interesting and I like the drama that Smith included around that. (I can’t really talk about what happened since they are major plot points that I would spoil).

Overall, a great second book that didn’t have the typical sophomore slump that a lot of series have. Smith was able to craft a world that was easily split into numerous stories – but still kept the characters the same. The cool part about characters like Raven is that they are so versatile (and their own arcs have them growing and changing) that they can be thrown into almost any situation and you not only want to know what happens but you’re rooting for them to get out of it alive. I feel for Raven almost the exact same way I feel for X in one of Smith’s other series’ Hell Divers.

I’m also happy to report, due to the death of a character in book one. The annoyance that I reported around Pinchot’s narration in book one is completely gone in The Hunted. There was one character once who felt like was going to slip into the same voice – but thankfully it was a one-time thing and came and went. His narration of book 2 felt much better and definitely redeemed some of my issues with the first book.

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Pretty Good

Good story overall. Bronson Pinchot is probably the best narrator in the business so that's a huge plus. The main characters are well developed with enough flaws to be real though the recon Marine comes off as a little too dull at times. The first firefight the Marine and the pilot find themselves in, the pilot is taking the lead and the simple Marine is following along. That doesn't make any logical sense but the author seems to redeem the Marine in the end. (That would be like an infantryman instructing the pilot on flight maneuvers.)

I'll be purchasing the next installment in the series so that's recommendation enough I suppose.

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Loving this series!

I'm finding myself loving this series just as much as the author's Hell Divers series. Nicholas Sansbury Smith creates such a realistic environments and relatable characters. NSS is definitely one of those authors that I will blindly buy books from without reading the description, because I already know I'm gonna like it!

In this book, Raven and Estes Park face even bigger threats. As if surviving an EMP wasn't bad enough, Estes Park is now having to deal with raiders while Raven and Maj. Sardetti try to find and rescue the Major's nephew from a group of racist skinheads.

Can't wait to start book 3 first thing in the morning. Another great story by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, and a great narration by Bronson Pinchot !

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Fantastic

NSS has quickly become one of my favorite authors, and the Trackers series is fantastic.

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Love this series

I got hooked on this authors books when I read his Extinction Cycle series, and this series is turning out to be even better than that one. There are always a handful of characters in each of his books that you just cannot help but love, and at least a few that you really hate too. He is an extremely talented author, and the narrator in this book did an outstanding job as well.

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  • mark r campbell
  • 10-17-18

Too close to reality!!

A worthy sequel, action packed with great characters the reader can engage with!! Scary to think this could actually happen!!

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  • Les McMahon
  • 06-07-17

American Society Begins to Crumble.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Hunted to be better than the print version?

I did not read this story. I preferred to listen to the narrator who gives an excellent performance.

What other book might you compare The Hunted to, and why?

The Hunted continues the story from Book One in the series "Trackers." The overlap of the two books is seamless as the main story continues with new subplots and adventures to maintain your interest in the story .

What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

The narrator Bronson Pinchot gives an outstanding performance, his vocal/tonal changes for different characters was entertaining and very effective.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The author cleverly uses different characters and story-lines to highlight the effects of the North Korean EMP attack on all levels of American society. Some of the results are not pretty as the social structure begins to degrade.

Any additional comments?

I did a lot of listening at night and during trips in my car. The book was finished in a couple of days. I can't wait for the next installment and have already placed an order for the yet to be published third book in the series.