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Publisher's Summary

A deadly storm of violence sweeps across the United States in the thrilling third installment of the best-selling Trackers saga.

One month after the North Korean attack, the United States continues to fall into anarchy. In Estes Park, Colorado, Police Chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears work tirelessly to defend their hometown. But after a brutal coordinated attack, they realize it will take much more than roadblocks and a volunteer militia to protect their borders and keep their families safe.

Defense Secretary Charlize Montgomery has been reunited with her son, but his homecoming is short-lived due to the state of the FEMA survival centers around the country. She heads to the one in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her loyal bodyguard, Albert Randall. Outside the camp's walls, the city has descended into chaos, and desperate civilians will do anything to get inside. When Albert stays behind to rescue his sister, he is caught in the middle of a turf war between rival gangs.

In this lawless new world where the most ruthless thrive while innocents suffer, Colton, Raven, and Charlize are faced with their toughest challenges yet. One thing is certain - they won't be able to save everyone. Not with their humanity still intact.

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

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A surreal and terrifying entry in the series

Josh here. The third entry in this quadrilogy was absolutely fantastic. As my title hints at, the book is very surreal in that it drew me into a world that felt less like fiction and more like reality. This leads me to the second adjective in my description of this book being terrifying. The realism with which the various groups in this story are described is nothing short of breathtaking. Knowing full well what the world would descend into upon the loss of law and order, Nick has really driven home this aspect of our nature and the tendency towards chaos without some form of oversight or governance.

I am going to try and write this review without spoilers so I am likely going to end up leaving out some details I really want to include. Let me start out by saying that I was fearful, at multiple points in the story, that Nick was going the way of George R. R. Martin and was set on killing off main characters in the series. Those of you who have read this series to date will know the characters I am referring to. I pushed through, regardless of my feelings at the time, and was very pleased with the outcome of this story. Needless to say, I am now certain that Nick is a mad man in the way he writes, a method which keeps you on the edge of your seat as you hang on for a very emotional ride.

There are very key aspects of humanity which Nick hits on in the story, a trait I have noted in every series he has written. In a wartime situation, how does one decide who is granted access to a town that is already strapped for resources? How do you make the hard decisions that are required in a time of crisis, something Charlize finds herself faced with at various points in this novel? When resources are limited, how do you decide where those resources are distributed to, such as the case of the Charlotte Survival Center? These are decisions I would not want to make myself, nor are they decisions I could ever imagine making or wish upon someone else to make.

One of the key things I picked up on in this powerful novel was how to explain to a child what was happening, had happened, or was going to happen. As parents, we often want to shield our children from the evils of the world while also preparing them to survive in it. In a situation such as the one found in Trackers, some of the citizens are faced with explaining to their children what is going on. This is seen with the encounter Dave had towards the end of the novel as he is forced into an action his young mind was ill-prepared for.

Another aspect of humanity that I found intriguing was the betrayal which took place later in the novel. The specific scene I am referring to involved Don and was immediately reminiscent to Nick’s other work, Extinction Cycle, where-by a carrier group was almost taken over by a rogue military officer.

You see various groups come to the forefront in this novel as society is in shambles and attempts to maintain some semblance of order. The gangs bring about a new dynamic and challenge for those who seeking order and peace.

I won’t give a spoiler but I will see that I found myself drawn to Raven and Creek in this entry. Additionally, Nick really got me thinking with this novel as to just how unprepared most are for a situation such as this. What do you do when the luxuries (which, we have to admit that is what electricity and the technologies we have today are) we are so used to are gone? What happens when another country enters ours as an occupying force?

This is an easy 5/5 entry from my favorite author. The prologue and epilogue of this story are fantastic as well and the prologue shows just how much research Nick puts into his stories. This is one trait that draws me into his work and shows his desire for being thorough in telling a tale.

With the state of the world today, Trackers leaves me with just one question: ”Where will I be when the EMP attack occurs?” Nick might be a fiction/sci-fi writer, but this is a story that is quickly looking more and more like it was a Nostradamus style foreshadowing of things to come.

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wow

Smith yet again nailed it. I'm loving the Trackers stories! continuing to follow the people of Estes park and what remains of the U.S. government after the world altering EMP attacks by NK. Smith makes you feel right in the middle! highly recommend this series to everyone!

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Smith is relentless in his creativity

🏆🎧 ABR Reviewer's Choice Award Winner

There is nothing more frightening than reality.  Nicholas Sansbury Smith knows this and uses it mercilessly. In Trackers, Smith has created a series that could mimic our future if North Korea acts as threatened. There are no monsters and no evil greater than ourselves; Smith weaves a story that demonstrates too close to the reality of what would happen!

Trackers 3 is the next installment of Senator Charlize, Albert, Colton, Raven and the town of Estes Park. Each character is faced with a new issue; a new danger or a new mission or a betrayal of epic proportions.  Decisions come fast and hard; some make it, some don’t. Smith shows us how gang mentality plays out – whether it is Latin Kings or Nazi-Racist survivalist the end is always the same – death, destruction and the summation of all things wrong with humankind.  While I could give you a taste of the storyline, I fear I would not do it justice and I might reveal too much.  Suffice it to say, this book takes you places where fear is too real and not where you expect to go.

Smith is relentless in his creativity and packs each line with action, fear or some other emotion that leaves one bug-eyed in anticipation of what’s to come next.  I have listened to Smith’s books beginning with the Extinction Series moving on to Hell Divers and now Trackers. Smith, in his writing, is not only entertaining and terrifying; he is detailed in every aspect capturing our fear and twisting it more and more until we are breathless.

Bronson Pinchot, the narrator, is magnificent!  Pinchot becomes completely engrossed in the tale capturing Smiths vision and gives us a stunning performance.  Pinchot is smooth transitioning effortlessly to the next intense action.  Together, Pinchot and Smith are formidable!

NOTE:  Have you ever wondered where people get their ideas?  It should be known that Smith used to work for the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management … maybe he knows something we don’t …

There were no issues with the audio quality or production of this audiobook.

Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

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Already anticipating book 4!

Another great addition to this series. When I don't want to stop listening, this is a winner!
Raven, and all the characters are interesting and like old friends, you'll find yourself rooting for them!
This story is also real to life in today's political and world climate.
This young writer only becomes better in his craft with time.
Take the time to listen to this series, it will not dissappoint!


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Best Trackers entry so far

I've enjoyed each new installment of the Trackers series more than the last, and this was no exception. The story translates incredibly well to audio and will keep you on the edge of your seat with action throughout.

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It keeps getting better

Can't wait to pick up the fourth installment of this series. Each book has been better than the last. Bronson does a phenomenal job of bringing the world and characters Smith has created to life. Highly recommend picking up this series if you have liked Bronson or Smith books in the past.

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A cliffhanger is a cliffhanger, an unfinished novel is something different

I like the series well enough. I don’t enjoy when a story narrative is left incomplete. This is not a surprise twist that opens the door to the next adventure. A key portion of the story at the heart of this installment is left unfinished. I will read on, if only because if I didn’t, the time devoted to this installment will feel wasted.

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The Storm

Raven and Colton are still trying to protect their home and loved ones in Estes Park Colorado, Charlize is finally reunited with her son only to leave again to try and help her bodyguard Al find his sister. But what all three find is much worst than can be imagined. While they might be able to save some, hard decisions will have to be made and they will have to be the ones to make them.

Out of the three books so far I think this was also the hardest one so far. There are so many wonderful (and a few not so wonderful) characters, and so much suspense and action you won't want to uncover your eyes, so maybe you should just get the audio narrated by Bronson Pinchot. This is a awesome audio Mr. Pinchot does a awesome job with all the voices, I really like his Raven, and makes you feel as you too are part of what is going on and there with everyone, only you don't have to eat the MRE's, woo hoo. It really is a great audio if you get the chance to try it out, if not the book is always waiting for you by the Creek.

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Love it love it

I’m hooked on this series I’ve burned through the books fast. Thank You Nicholas Sandbury Smith

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Good first half of a story

This book feels like the author needed to get 2 books out so one story was cut in half. Reasonable story starting but this is one of the worst examples of "to be continued" I have seen. Disappointing.