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Extinction Red Line

The Extinction Cycle
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
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The official prequel and origin story of the best-selling Extinction Cycle series!

One marine’s end is the beginning of our extinction.... 

For a dozen years, villagers along the ancient Da River in Vietnam have feared a nightmarish creature who hunts and consumes human flesh. Only in whispers do they mention its name, The White Ghost.

To the United States military, this creature has a different name - Marine Lieutenant Trevor Brett, the chemically engineered experiment gone wrong that they will do anything to hide. Sole survivor of his platoon, Brett has stalked the jungle for prey for over a decade. But the men who made him into a monster are searching for him, and when they find him, the line between hunter and hunted will be blurred.

©2018 Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Tom Abrahams (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Debbie
  • Kirwan, Australia
  • 29-01-2019

Excellent read

Loved this story and how it fits into the series. Lots of action interesting characters and excellent narration. Nicholas Sandburg Smith can’t put a foot wrong in my opinion.

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  • Jorge
  • 20-12-2018

The Prequel we have been waiting for!

I’ve been waiting for the Story of Brett to finally come to life!! This by far in my opinion completes the already great Extinction Cycle series!! NS and TA couldn’t have written this any better. I’ve gone back to “Horizon” and intend to finish the series again! I didn’t want the story to end and it’s not going to!

What I really liked about the book was detailed point of view through Brett. You almost feel bad for the guy. He didn’t ask to be turned into a creature. The voice inside
His head was great!! NS and TA really made this creature come to life! I could hear his joint and limbs popping while he got on all fours and sprinted.

I highly recommend this to anybody who loves zombie style books! But be aware, these aren’t your typical zombies!!

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 14-01-2019

Perfect Beginning!

I have been waiting for this book!!! Initially released as a Kindle World book, it has been expanded and is finally available for people outside the US.

If you've read the Extinction Cycle books, you will be familiar with Marine Lieutenant Trevor Brett. The first book in the series, Extinction Horizon, starts with seeing Brett take an experimental drug that is supposed to make them Super Soldiers, but it does something no one expected and creates a monster! Extinction Red Line is Brett's story and a back story to how VX-99 came to be.

This first takes place when Brett and his team is sent to a village in Vietnam suspected of Vietcong activity. They are given the drug and upon using it, they change. Brett is the only one left and enters the Jungle. Years of tales about a White Ghost plague the region and a Journalist takes up the story. He heads to the jungle in hopes of getting the full story and possibly a picture. What he doesn't realise is that nobody who sees the White Ghost is left alive. When the military see the story they realise that this has to be contained as nobody knows about the experiment gone wrong. They send a team into the jungle to find Brett, but Brett is a top predator now and isn't easy to find!

I have to applaud the authors! Not many times have I read a book that has left me as speechless as this one did. This book was phenomenal!!!! The fact that they make you root for a monster speaks volumes for their writing ability. Brett is a monster, plain and simple, but you can't help but love his character. His strength of character was amazing and the battle within himself was brilliantly written. I felt so sorry for him.

The plot is extremely fast paced and intense, I mean edge of your seat, can't put down, intense!! I didn't just read this, I devoured it and immediately started listening to the first book, Extinction Horizon, again. It just cemented the fact that this series is amazing. I highly, highly recommend you read these books!!!

Bronson Pinchot is amazing. It boggles my mind with how many different voices he can do!! It's almost like listening to a full cast reading it. I also love that he puts emotion behind his performance, which in turn brings the atmosphere alive. Brilliant reading of a phenomenal book.

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  • L.M.
  • 19-12-2018

Back to the beginning!

This is an incredible beginning story of the Extinction series. I love that we get to know more about certain characters (No spoilers!) This is an expanded edition of the previous "kindle world" book and the co-authoring between Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Tom Abrahams is phenomenal. Bronson Pinchot is one of my favorite narrators also. I mean this combination is just perfect! If you've read (or listened) to any of the other extinction cycle books you MUST get this one too. Even if you haven't, this is the perfect entrance into the whole series.

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  • N.W.Wisniewski
  • 19-12-2018

Amazing Backstory

Amazing read. I love all of the extinction cycle books. I really love the kindle world books as well. Red line was one of my favorite books. We know of lt Brent from the main series but we really never knew the hell that he went through. Or the hell the he wrought. Now we have an even more in depth background. Easy five stars for both Smith and Abrahams! Bronson helped bring this story to life. I highly recommend all of his books as well.

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  • Ripcord
  • 19-12-2018

Grabs you by the throat!

This thrilling origin story to the incredibly popular Extinction Cycle series is a pulse-pounder. Strong characterization. Superior storytelling and narration. A real joy for lovers of the post apocalyptic genre.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 09-01-2019

A story where you end up rooting for the monster

- Josh here

This is a book that is something I felt was long overdue to help set the stage for how VX-99 and the variants came to be. Nick and Tom did a fantastic job of presenting the backstory for one of my favorite book series. By the end of the story, I found myself rooting for Lieutenant Brett. It was very interesting to get inside the head of the monster and understand what was going on in there, what was driving him, and to see the remnants of humanity that lingered after his injection. I also found myself drawn to Lynn and Dew and the way their relationship formed throughout the story.

The only thing I would have added to the story is a transition to the modern time, just before the Team Ghost insertion mission, to showcase the events leading up to that operation. Perhaps a book .75 is coming? If so, I will be first in line to buy it. The teamwork between Nick and Tom resulted in a wonderful precursor to the EC series and I hope the two of them team up to bring us more.

Now I need to re-listen to the series again because I have an itch that must be re-scratched.

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  • Amanda Felix
  • 08-01-2019

beginning of the end...

a must for all who follow NSS's Extinction Cycle...from the Soldier that was lied to as he and his team injected themselves with what they believed would be their salvation in a war that this country demonized, to the two mad men and their who yo see this disastrous plan through the end. ...Great to read, better to listen to for the full impact of the first VX99 soldier that survived a 12 year nightmare.

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  • Natalia Martinez
  • 07-01-2019

A must read!!!

Excellent book!! It was so engaging and to hear the story from the beginning was awesome!

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  • Robert Seymour
  • 04-01-2019

GREAT!

I loved this book! the story was well written, the narrator was as usual phenomenal! I could not put it down. it gives you a better understanding of the extinction cycle and major Gibson. well done Bronson Pinchot, Nicholas Sansbury Smith, and Tom Abrahams!

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  • Arlen Newton
  • 24-12-2018

A+

Another great entry in this series. I now have all the books and have enjoyed them all.

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