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Publisher's Summary

Would you risk it all the save your family?

Living in New Zealand, Jack Gee thought he was safe. The beautiful, isolated country had always provided a sense of security. When a virus begins to spread across the globe, he is on a hiking trip in the mountains, blissfully unaware. A desperate message from his wife Dee alerts him to the viral threat that turns humans into apex predators with one purpose - to kill. 

The country collapses as Jack races to get home, and when he finally does make it out of the mountains he finds his peaceful life has been shattered. Banding with other survivors, they all must quickly learn how to survive in this new world. 

In the fight to stay alive, friendship and family will be tested and new alliances formed. But dangerous new enemies emerge in the war for the future of the country, and the world.

©2020 Adrian J. Smith (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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An awful embarrassment for NZ

I was so excited to find an NZ zompoc book.
But what a disappointment.
I would also put money on this being the only legit review written by someone not a friend of the ‘author’.
I was interested in the first few mins of this book, and after that was consistently bored in general and then slightly excited for a few seconds here and there, but mostly bored.
The character development was poor at first, but disgusting a little later on, which I’ll get to.
I am huge into apocalyptic, post apocalyptic and zombie genres and am from NZ myself.
I did not feel this book or writer captured even in the slightest, the emotion, foreboding or the setting of an outbreak in NZ. Also the language and the way people interacted with each other didn’t feel genuine or fleshed out.
I never felt engrossed, never felt any connection to any character. The ‘variants’ eg this ‘authors’ version of zombies, didn’t seem thought out & were nonsense, and not even in the enjoyable way.
They did not make for even a semi acceptable replacement for an actual zombie, or work in a storyline, especially with such a small country setting.
So many eye rolls at the escapes of the main characters which were obviously only input to suit plot, and did not even elicit a shuffle on the couch let alone getting anywhere near the edge of my seat.
Now as for the main characters, I am disgusted and embarrassed for NZ that the main female character who we are meant to root for and be on side with as a protagonist, is actually a murderer who has been let off the hook by an overly lenient system after committing an extremely violent murder, and yet still complains of ‘rape culture’ and a ‘sexist’ (against women) justice system - after she, a woman, violently murders a man for touching her, gets off on self defence and avoids manslaughter, even though she had used a weapon to hit him repeatedly (not just stopping at one hit) after he was already rendered incapacitated. We as the audience are then expected to see a murderess who has avoided the justice system as a ‘survivor’ and a ‘heroine’ and cheer her on? And we are also expected to root for her partner who loves her, regardless that she is a murderer and avoided justice?
So there are two main protagonists who I’m now rooting for getting torn apart because they are such awful people, yet the author clearly wants us to see them with decency and integrity. Not the sort of main characters any reader of this genre can get behind.
As the reader this is offensive. As a female, Kiwi reader, I find this this highly offensive. And then for the author to push his (but no doubt her) personal beliefs of ‘rape culture’ and ‘sexist (against women) corrupt justice system’ upon the reader through her book - just a complete embarrassment to a country and a genre.
A talented writer creates a character/s and writes from their own created and different POV, they don’t push their own beliefs through their one dimensional character as a vessel for their own beliefs.
I will be asking audible for a return on this book and avoiding any others written by this author in future. Not just because of their disgusting lack of sense of justice, but because they are not a good writer and do not have an interesting, fresh or unique take on the zombie or apocalyptic genre.

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A somewhat interesting story that just fizzles. Other than that the bizarre social justice tangents excessive introspection on the main characters what finally tore it for me was a Sergeant’s instance as being addressed as sir. The native English attempts at a New Zealand accent was admirable but unsuccessful I thought it was a South African part of the time trying to do a NZ one that got confused with an Australian one. I tried to persevere but after a few chapters of the second book gave up.

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Fantastic post apocalyptic fiction.

A well read story that really reflected the pace of the story well.
Loved this series, especially being set in New Zealand!!
Fantastic story, lot's going on, never got bored.
Superb series.

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It was cool to have a story like this based in your home land so that’s a plus but the pronunciation of the Māori language was terrible I would have thought with the effort that goes into production a little time put to checking for correct pronunciation would have been a given

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good but then not

the first few hours of the book are good, the timeline then advanced way to fast within too short a span and then the creatures change to quick and dramatically in nature to often.
had real potential but the need to change it up to quick ruined it for me.

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  • Gib
  • 13-01-2021

good listen wish authors learned about firearms

I like it as it fit the extinction series to bad they didn't give a base story to the authors about how folks are effected. An how tough the variants are. the digging Beatles differ between. the series out. and can you authors please learn up on the firearms you have in your books??? ARs are not fully auto. and the bolt locks back when last round is shot. its the details.

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  • kayla
  • 20-10-2020

Riveting Story, Incredible Narration

So, I've listened to the entire Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and the Extinction Survival series by Walt Browning. Both are incredible pieces of story telling. This bit of work by Adrian Smith is no exception. He has done an incredible job capturing what life would be like in this universe as a average civilian rather then a trained soldier. Raphael Corkhill is a AAA narrator who nails the soul of the characters perfectly. I would hands down recommend to anyone thinking about giving this a try to go for it, though I would recommend starting with the original Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. That way you really have a grasp on what is happening in this universe. I only have one critique and THIS WILL BE A SPOILER FOR ANYONE WHO HASN'T YET LISTENED TO THE BOOK. Now, I am only on book 2 of the 3 book box set so this may change. In the original series and the take off by Walt Browning, if you are cut or injured by a Variant the you yourself are going to turn into one of them. A single drop of infected blood entering your system will turn you within hours. In this series however there are people being eviscerated, stabbed limbs completely severed from the body by the creatures and surviving without infection. That is not really true to the originals or the Extinction Universe but that however does not take from the story. It only decreases the risk/danger the characters are in, in my opinion. Otherwise, you have done an incredible job here Adrian and Raphael and I would pay twice the price I did for these books. WELL DONE!!!

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  • Rachel Ridley-Smith
  • 17-01-2021

Great story!

It is a really great book with a lot of good movie references that lightened the mood in intense situations. Definitely worth the read and worth looking into other books by this author!

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  • Robert Ellenwood
  • 02-04-2021

A welcome addition to the Extinction universe

The Characters are likable, the story line is great a fresh twist to the story. Makes me want to read more about other countries in the extinction-event as well. It’s not needed to read the original books to enjoy this but this was a welcome change of scenery for the series.

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  • A. Cosstick
  • 02-04-2021

Variants invade the south Pacific!

loved this addition to Extinction cycle universe!
The NZ trilogy is at first a love story where a husband and wife are desperate to reunite as the world they knew crumbles around them. Weaponized Ebola mutates and causes humans to become apex predators!
What follows is the story of ordinary people standing up and taking the fight to evil.
Fantastic Loved the inclusion of the Maori culture.
Highly recommend

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  • Damien Schneider
  • 24-03-2021

I can't even finish this

I want to preface this with the fact that I have literally every single Extinction Cycle main book, and every single side story. I gave them all wildly glowing reviews, so take me seriously when I say that this book is a SNORE fest. It gets the whole start of the outbreak wrong and the entire first book is setup for a story that never pans out in a meaningful way. I'm currently halfway through the second book and I've given up. I literally fell asleep at some point because of the pointless story lines. I'm sure that people living in NZ would love this because it's always fun hearing names of cities you live in, but do yourself a favor and pass up this one. I'm not trying to sound like a Karen, but honestly I need to speak to the manager lol

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  • Jesse
  • 12-01-2021

Survival Horror in New Zealand.

Extinction New Zealand.
Adrian Smith takes a different look at the Extinction Cycle in this box set. This isn’t running and gunning, it’s straight up survival horror. When the Maori warriors and the Alpha Variants show things really take off. With likable and well written characters this fits in with the EC mythology. I enjoyed every minute of this. If you enjoy Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s EC check this out. You won’t regret it.

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  • BriMan73
  • 10-12-2020

Okay but .....

Completely struggled to finish. Didn't feel like a extension of the Extinction Cycle world. It didn't have me hooked and I didn't really care about what happened to the characters.

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  • Bruce Forsyth
  • 01-11-2021

New Zealand?!

Loves the story. Living in the Waikato myself and being a keen bush man there was a lot to relate to with the locations. The narrator however just butchered our accent🤦🏼‍♂️ Sorry Adrian, try and use a kiwi narrator next time.
Look forward to you next book and to running into you out there one day. Cheers.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-07-2021

Loved This Story.

This story is a whole new take on the infected. I enjoyed the look into the Maori. you really care about the Characters. The narrator was awesome.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-10-2020

amateur writing, childs book with swearing,

complete waste of money, is this the authors first attempt at writing wiithout attending college, its like an essay written by a 10 year old, time i will never get back spent listeing to this, and money not well spent.
the narrator isnt any better and his accents are atrocious, make sure you listen to the sample, i made the mistake of not doing this, to my regret

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