There's a storm on the horizon....
Central Command is gone, the military is fractured, and the surviving members of Team Ghost, led by Master Sergeant Reed Beckham, have been pushed to the breaking point. While the strong return to the battlefield, the wounded are forced to stay behind on Plum Island and fight their inner demons.
Betrayed by the country they swore to defend and surrounded by enemies on all sides, Team Ghost has one mission left: protect Dr. Kate Lovato and Dr. Pat Ellis while they develop a weapon to defeat the Variants once and for all. But after a grisly discovery in Atlanta, Kate and Ellis realize their weapon might not be able to stop the evolution of the monsters.
Joined by unexpected allies and facing a new threat none of them saw coming, the survivors are running out of time to save the human race from extinction.
©2015 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"OK I Cant take it any more"
Look this is a fantasy book. You have to suspend some disbelief.
But let's do some math. 60 Variants load into presumably 5-6 boats driven by human collaborators.
Hundreds die. Meg kills 4 explicitly. Fitz kills 17 that we know about. Red kills at least 6. The machine gun nest kills dozens as they "explode in gore". Various other unnamed soldiers kill "dozens and dozens". The dog even racks up 2 kills. The streets run with gore and the bodies pile waste high.
How many variants do you have left?
If you said "dozens and dozens"- lets conservatively call that 36, maybe 48. Then you are absolutely right.
Smith seems to do poorly at this type of math, which unfortunately creates an unrealistic scenario in my head, I just can't get past. I'm thinking, 'Ok, theyve killed 40 or so, just the boss and like 4 more to go." Then out of no where, there are hundreds more. This has gone on 4 books now, with minimal advancement of the plot, just the same story over again and again.
Will I buy the next book. Probably. But I am not happy about it. As an author, hes gotten progressively lazier. I'm going to give it a bit before I decide. I already know what is going to happen.
Idiot military command sends elite military force on idiotic pointless suicide mission. Hundreds of variants die- usually in "fountains of gore". They get cut off and surrounded and face insurmountable odds, which due to their badassness, they surmount. One main character dies or is injured. Doctor Kate is attacked. Beckam saves her. They share a tender moment, then idiot military command sends an elite military force on idiotic pointless suicide mission.
The series has been pretty good, but this title feels like the content is recycled from the previous book. A small plot addition that adds an additional threat to the protagonists doesn't make for a complete enough feeling story to me. No major character development, or additional subplots.
"Audio book causes physical reaction..."
This book was effing awesome. Nick Smith writes a story so vivid, you find yourself physically jerking as if you can help the characters by punching monsters. Bronson Pinchot, again, adds his amazing talent to just blow your mind with this story. Nick Smith fan for life.
"excellent series when will book 5 be out"
this series never let's you down or bored. each book better than the last
the srength of human survival and the courage of our armed service men shines through
"Everything You Want and More"
This series is great!. Action and drama never quits. Just when you think you have it figured out - Variants evolve and change the rules. More than just a "zombie" story - these things are scary fast - tricky- sly and cunning. We used to hunt them - now they are hunting us.
Right in the middle of chaos and war with the Variants, the Variants attack what everyone thought was "safe" place. The island is overpowered and the Variants take prisoners (including the only person that can find a cure) - for food!.
Unfortunately for the Variants however is the fact that Beckham and his team are not going to stop until they get all their friends and family back - even if it kills them.
Narration is one of the best, he brings it all to life.
Fast-paced action - great story and narration keeps you right there. Can't wait for the next Book.
"Now, the creatures are evolving!"
It’s not bad enough that the government created a special virus in order to create super soldiers; it’s not bad enough that the virus has now spread to civilians; it’s not bad enough that the world has less than a third of its human population due to the virus infected variants. No, none of that is bad enough – the government/command central has now fallen, there is very little if any of the government left; the military is fractured beyond belief.
Now, the creatures are evolving! Not only can they think and plan, now they are adapting to their environment – growing gills, scales, and so much more! Kate has to hurry to get the Kryptonite cure done but can she? Can the fractured military dispense it? And to top off all the badness, it seems, Kate and a few others have gone missing after a sudden appearance of variants on Plum Island and a mysterious “white” king. Beckham will have his hands full now!
This book was a natural progression of the variants and the relationship between Kate & Reed. Sadly, some of the other minor but favorite characters had to die. Reed Beckham is dealing with a lot of horror, decision making, saving people and trying to survive.
Like the others in this series, the action was intense. I was saddened with most of the deaths, some I cheered but others I had more than a few moments of grief. Nicholas Sansbury Smith not only forges connections to each of his characters but Bronson Pinchot provides the passionate voice that seals the connection.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is into zombies, military, romance and action. There is not one minute where the author allows the listener to slow down; he keeps the listeners going full force just like his characters!
I love listening to Bronson Pinchot. His narration skills are excellent - he feels the excitement and projects it into his character voices capturing the attention of the listeners. Not many people have the range to do voices for both genders, but Pinchot does and does it very well.
There were no issues with the production, it was excellent.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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"Human Potential on Display; Good and Bad."
I am writing this after listening to the first five books in the series.
Yes this is a zombie apocalypse series but it is not just another zombie apocalypse series. If you have read my reviews you will know that no fan of zombie books am I; but a fan of Bronson Pinchot I am. Having recently finished listening to The Anubis Gates I was hungering for more Pinchot. This series had many good reviews, so many that I felt it might be worth a chance. From the start the story pulled me in with its realistic characters and Sci-Fi based verisimilitude. The epigenetic justification for humans becoming hungry monsters is at least in the realm of science and not unexplainable magic. The battle scenes are well done, reminiscent of the best military science fiction scenes I have heard. Zombie novel fans may find that the character development and plot development sequences get in the way of the non-stop action they are used to, but fans of military science fiction will find familiar ground here.
Each volume in the series escalates the development of the infected and the desperation of the remaining humans to the point where the survival of the race is in serious question—hence the title: Extinction Cycle. Desperate times are ahead for the listener if you decide to take on the variants in this series. The writing is terse and tight with little opportunity for humor. This is the end of the world as we know it, that’s no laughing matter you know!
Just a little mention of the so-called science behind this piece of science fiction: The zombie-like creatures in this piece of fiction are deliberately created in a military lab as a weapon of war. The designers tapped into the hidden capabilities locked in the DNA of humans and unleashed them through means of epigenetic triggers. When the infected manifest these hidden characteristics it is explained in the novels as evolution. This is typical of the thinking of neo-Darwinians, that any change is evolutionary change. Actual epigenetic change requires the capabilities waiting to be manifested be already present in the DNA sequence of the organism; a preexisting condition. When these capabilities are switched on new capabilities are manifested in the organism, and may even be preserved in the offspring. But these new capabilities are not new as in, never have been seen before; they are only new to the organism. The fact that the DNA stored this information, that the DNA had retained these hidden capabilities in its database, means that these capabilities were already there waiting to be triggered. Epigenetic DNA expression is the evidence of prior planning—dare I say design—and not the evidence for evolution.
Need I mention that Bronson Pinchot delivers a wonderful performance? Okay then, Bronson Pinchot is amazing! His voice is always clear and precise. Every character voice rings true. You always know immediately who is talking. This is such an advantage to understanding a book that it makes any book whole degrees better since the listener is able to engage with the story so easily when the narrator gives the proper queues. Pinchot does everything perfect. His pacing is just right; escalating when things get moving and slowing when things are tense. This is just the Pinchot fix I was hoping for.
The Extinction Cycle:
EXTINCTION AFTERMATH is due to be published October 13, 2016. If Bronson Pinchot narrates watch this space.
"OMG!!! Couldn't stop listening!"
This series is gripping, exciting, terrifying all at the same time. Almost passed it up, as I tire of zombie stories... This isn't a zombie story, love the suspense. Hopefully, there won't be too long of a wait for the next one. Love the characters, especially Fitz, a wounded veteran...
"Another excellent book in the series."
I check frequently on Audible to see if the next book is out and, once again, I was left wanting MORE!!
Highly recommend this series
"The author has outdone himself"
WOW! That's all I can say. What a terrific action-packed story. Yet another GREAT book in the Extinction series by Smith. This guy can write a gripping tale, and he is also a very nice person who loves to hear from his fans. Thanks for another great book, now I'm waiting again as you finish the next one and I can hardly wait to get it!
"Decent story lines... It's just the character names!!!"
This is a good series if you're into zombies and the such as it has a quite a different spin on the usual zombie story line. My only gripe is the names of some of the characters... Thomas and tank for example... Guessing the author is a fan of Thomas the tank engine?! And it took me a while to get over the main characters name 'beckham'... And then of course there's Steve-o. It feels like there's not been much thought going into names. Like I said, it's my only gripe! I'm just starting book 5 so the author must have done something right!
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