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Trackers 3: The Storm

Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Series: Trackers (Sansbury Smith), Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (341 ratings)

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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 …

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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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  • Jhmd
  • eden prairie, mn USA
  • 05-26-19

Annoying no conclusion ending

Pretty much a rehash of themes. Just different characters. Liked 1 and 2. Skip this one and go to 4.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 04-23-19

Absolutely Awesome

When reading a longer series like this – it’s easy to see “oh I still have 10 hours left” and hope that things are going to be packaged up nice and neat by the end of the book. What you forget as a blogger is that these books came out after months if not years – making the reader “suffer” between them. The Storm was the first book that ended that way in my eyes. Now, I’m reading it almost two years after it was released and I will be starting book four any moment now, but it ended and I thought “holy crap, I need to know what happens next”. That doesn’t happen to me all the time and when it does, it’s a sign of a great book and an even better series.

I can see now why this book and especially this series have an average of 4.5 stars on audible. It’s just an incredibly well written and immensely well thought out. Smith is able to write characters that I care about and bad guys that I hate. He’s able to make me genuinely mad at him, and then redeem himself in a chapter (no spoiler, but good lord was I mad/sad for about 5 minutes).

You’d think that by book three I would see plot twists coming – but Smith got me again (even after earlier in the book giving the potential twist away). He’s able to write books that absolutely stun me in the best way possible and The Storm was no different.

The Storm has some of the most harrowing moments in the series so far and we’re also starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. The US isn’t recovering yet, but we find out near the very end how things might finally pick up again. Smith did his research and I think that the way he’s taking the book for his characters and for the overall arc was a brilliant decision and one that would really happen.

Overall, another home run for Smith and another well-narrated Pinchot book! I can’t say much more about it since I’ll spoil all the things!

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Excellent post-apocalyptic series

This series gets better with each book. I'll be sad to see it end with book 4, but I'm looking forward to seeing what happens. This is a great post-apocalyptic series with the United States trying to come back after an EMP attack from North Korea. Great narration by Bronson Pinchot!

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Just when you think it’s settling down....

The narrator brings this story to life like no other. Just when you realize you’ve never left the edge of your seat this story will push you off of it. This book continues the story of Raven and his cohorts through a dreary and dark period following the EMP attack against the US. The realism in this book will make you contemplate the apocalypse in a whole new way. If you’re a fan of dystopian books, and a realism that makes you view your world anew; then this book (and series) is for you!!!!

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  • Ty
  • 08-06-18

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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  • mark r campbell
  • 10-17-18

Story continues

No let up in pace, the story races along keeping us on the edge of our seats!!