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The end of the world is just the beginning of the hunt....

Estes Park police chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren't just tracking a killer - they are tracking a madman. As the United States descends into chaos, the hunters become the hunted.

Halfway across the country, Senator Charlize Montgomery awakes to find the nation's capital has gone dark. Forced to set off on foot, she treks across a city that has woken to a new world, and as the night progresses she learns the EMP attack was just the beginning.

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

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makes you think

​The story is set in modern day United States. The tensions between North Korea and the United States are at an all time high. Following a covert mission where US forces infiltrate North Korea, the North Korean government plans a retaliatory strike against the US. This strike was aimed to take out the US power grid and abilty to respond using EMPs.

With most of the US out of power and civiilans bracing for the inevitable fall out from the weapons used, the Koreans do not stop there. They strike the US again while they are down.

Meanwhile in a small town in Colorado, near one of the blast zones, a Water Cannibal is on the loose. An ancient Cherokee legend tells of demons burning people alive feet first and then consuming their flesh. This is where Raven, a half Cherokee and Half Sioux retired marine, and his trusty tracking dog Creek come into play.

The local police now have to deal with the ensuing chaos caused by the EMP attacks but now have to deal with a serial killer as well...Although, I am sure that the sequels will do just that.

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are developed in a way where you sympathize and relate to them. The story keeps you intrigued, with several parts where you dont want to put the book down because you really want to know what happens next. The only thing that I would have liked to see is more development of the govermental response to the crisis. Even with the little you get in regards to them, the book is still hard to put down. I can't wait for the sequeal later this year!

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What a great exciting book!

Nick Smith has another winner here plus the audible version is wonderful. Great characterization and expression- kept both my husband and myself immersed in the story during our long drive. Between a gruesome serial type killer, an EMP, and a nuclear attack this story keeps you on the edge of your seat, never knowing what will happen next. Well done!

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more terrifying and realistic-life-like events

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is not happy with just terrifying his readers with apocalyptic creatures that rip and tear humans in to bite size morsels. No, he has moved on to more terrifying and realistic-life-like events to stir and make the nightmares even more horrifying.

In addition to EMP’s being strategically dropped around the United States followed up by nuclear and other deadly bombs the US is already struggling to survive and bounce back. Thousands have died, millions more will die horrible deaths due to radiation, starvation and the elements. Senator Charlize Montgomery fights to save her family and keep the US government functioning as DC falls into ruin.

In Colorado, Police Chief Marcus Colton and his sometimes tracker, Sam (Raven) Spears are trying to save their small town of Estes Park from the chaos created by the EMP’s AND a vicious serial killer hunting and killing to fulfill a personal agenda. Time is running out for the victims as well as for Colton and Spears as they race against the serial killer’s timeline.

Sansbury Smith is a thorough writer who tickles the minds of his audience stirring up deep-seated fears. He knows what strings to pull to provoke the greatest reaction. Skillfully weaving two stories together, he creates the chaos we all pitifully imagine but he does it more completely and detailed bringing it to fruition. His characters are well-developed and grow to their potential.

Bronson Pinchot again, does an amazing job of owning the book through his talented skills narrating the book. Each character’s voice sets the tone as to who the reader will enjoy and who they will fear or dislike. While I hated the voice used for the President Diego, it was exactly the voice I would expect him to have, furthering my dislike of the character. Pinchot’s narration of the story matches the level of suspense and horror. I could listen to Pinchot for hours and never tire of his voice.

Sansbury Smith and Pinchot together are amazing! While I have enjoyed Sansbury Smith's other books, this is the best one yet.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 04-02-18

Another nuclear EMP post-apocalyptic series!

Like William Forscthen's "After" series (One Second After, One Year After, The Final Day), this Trackers series deals with the aftermath of a nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the US. Both series assume an enemy exploding a nuclear bomb (or multiple bombs) high in he atmosphere above the US resulting in disabling all electrical devices. The Trackers series is more recent and makes better use of science by having 3 separate bombs exploding 60 mines above separate parts of the US with each nuclear explosion causing disabling EMP's covering a land circle with a radius of approximately 700 miles with greatest impact to 600 miles from the center. Forstchen's scenario has one bomb exploded over the center of the US.

It is very likely that the impact of a nuclear EMP attack are exaggerated, but with modern use of electronics the impact would likely be substantial.

The four novels in the Trackers series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith (this series) deal mostly with post attack events in Washington DC and a town in the mountains of Colorado. Close to 90% of the people in the US die and the situations described are only moderately better than stone age civilization. Forstchen's After series deals almost exclusively with the small mountain town of Montreat NC and surrounding area. In both series people are thrown back into living conditions of hundreds of years ago. Both series are worthwhile. It is ironic that Bronson Pinchot narrates all novels in both series except for Book 1 in the After series. His narration is superb. (Joe Barrett narrates the first novel in the After series and he is just as good.)

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Realistic enough to believe.

Trackers starts off slow and builds into a great story. You can tell the author put in the effort to research emp and how the different departments would react if such a threat occurred. Granted is it perfect no but that's why it's fiction but what this book does do perfectly well is show you how unprepared the U.S really is to protect against attacks and how unprepared people are in case of emergencies. I really enjoyed this book as well as many other books done by Nicholas and look forward to book 2.

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Great Surprise!

I've listened to all of the Extinction Series a few times so I thought I was familiar with NSS's writing style. Well I'm not and this story was a huge surprise to me.
Although it was a surprise, it was just as great as I expected from this author. I really liked the individual stories underneath the main apocalyptic story. I think there was an excellent balance between the them - not too much personal not too much end of the world.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good mystery along with your apocalypse.

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  • Areana S
  • ST AUGUSTINE, FL, US
  • 04-15-17

You can't go wrong with this author

The narrator was good BUT he always does this weird thing where he makes somethings sound like a question and then some voices are always booming but without any inflections.
The story was wonderful, definitely a series starter. Reminded me of Jericho (if you never watched the series then shame on you) and 1 second after (read read) but he adds a great twist by adding other elements for the townsfolk to deal with as well as showing glimpses into different parts of the country.
Definitely a must read/listen
Now time to work on my Faraday Cages 😬

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Good story -- strange narration

I liked the plot. Would like to listen to the next one. But, the speech pattern for some characters was jarring at times. This might be called "high rising terminal." Whatever it's called, some sentences began in a conversational tone, then abruptly switched to (almost) screaming at the end. Perhaps intended to reinforce the listener's dislike for that character, but I found it a distraction.

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good story, but narration was atrocious

I normally like Bronson Pinchot's work, but almost gave up on this one due to his overacting and bizarre intonations. I stuck through it and even held my nose while grabbing the second book in the series, but the story has to carry the narration, rather than be enhanced by it. It's weird, Pinchot's pronunciation and voices/accents are quite good, just absurdly inflected.

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Great Idea!

The EMP focus usually does not appeal to me but since its Nicholas Sansbury Smith writing I thought I'd give it a shot.

The combination of mystery and EMP disaster kept the story fresh. and exciting. I'll be honest it was also extremely disquieting and unnerving for me. EMP is too real a threat and it seemed ridiculously easy to accomplish. Hopefully our government has done something to protect us from this threat. (Fingers Crossed!) The ease of accomplishing the EMP over our country left me depressed and shopping on Amazon for prepper supplies! I got over it and looked forward to the Audible version.

Which leads me to my next observation. I love and have loved Bronson Pinchot's work, which makes me feel a little disloyal in voicing my next opinion. His work is usually flawless but I've noticed lately that his acting has started to go a tad...a tad over the top into overacting in this and some other books I've listened to. I've listed to over 400 books and he's one of my favorites. Can you just dial it down a bit? Still love you... just a little nervous about listing to your next narration.

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  • kanundra
  • 04-19-17

Interesting, and scary

I saw this book pop up on my facebook feed, and seeing as I've just started in with some End of the World/Prepper books, this one about what happens when an EMP hits the US sounded right up my alley.

I have read a good few of Nicholas's books, they're usually very well written and execute. This was no exception. The idea of such devastation happening and all of the what if's are just so scary that these kinds of books make you want to build your own bunker to be able to survive.

With this story though, you don't just get the usual End of the world. This is extremely well integrated with a serial killer. So not only do the characters have to survive nothing working in the modern world, but a guy out butchering kids and locals. This book seriously has you on the edge of your seat.

What I really enjoyed was the characters. The different POV's inside the main storyline, really went deep. We got to know all of the different characters from the get go. From Nathan and Charleese (sp) to Ravan and Sandra... there were so many supporting characters that really got under your skin too. Jake, and Colton. The little boy in the hospital, Teddy.

Oh and of course, can't forget Creek :) I think we can all relate to using and having an animal around. Creek was a big part of the story even if he never seemed talked (that might be another story haha)

The narration, I think this might have been my only slight off point. I really did enjoy the story, but at times I think there were some odd choices in character voices. It took me a while to get used to the way that particular character spoke, for instance, the President, and one other. I guess that was one reason why I didn't like these characters, so in that sense good job, but it was a little hard on the ears to get through in a day.

Thank you for the listen, and I think I'll go check out some of the others that they might have produced together.

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  • Ian
  • 01-27-17

Pretty good post nuclear war/serial killer story

Good story if a little short. Excellent narration. Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Georgina Farn
  • 05-30-18

Excellent story

Excellent story premise. Well-rounded characters and vivid descriptive scenes. It is great to find a post-apocalyptic story without zombies as the main threat. Very realistic and thought provoking.

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  • 01-28-18

Okay but some really annoying American accents

I had to turn the phone down because of this all cranky shouting accent sometimes which ruin the great performance

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  • S. Smith
  • 12-17-17

Amazing

Another audiobook from Nicholas Sansbury Smith that I love. This one is a bit different from the previous series I have listened to. It has a good mystery, with Native American parts as well as science fiction/fact. It’s scary as it could happen.

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  • Millsy
  • 02-20-18

Quite an interesting if not scary story

This book has been quite an interesting if not scary story, perhaps one that should be read by governments around the world as it’s thought provoking text brings you to consider what we should be doing to mitigate this type of threat especially as we know the sun also poses significant risks as a natural cause of EMP that has in the past caused significant damage to key infrastructure and given our huge reliance on modern technology, surely gives us yet further reason to want to mitigate potential risk.

Slight note. The final chapter that is the authors note feels like it should proceed reading of this book, rather than at the end of the book. Anyhow, this book is well worth the read.

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  • Les McMahon
  • 05-18-17

Are We Prepared?

This is a must read/listen to story. I was hooked from the opening paragraph. The author cleverly moves from one plot to the other in the story and then ties them together in a thrilling ending. This is a great fictional story, unfortunately it could easily be non-fiction. We must be prepared!