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Extinction War (The Extinction Cycle) Mass Market Paperback – November 28, 2017
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"Nicholas Sansbury Smith combines plausible science with fast-paced military action in an epic juggernaut that races along at supersonic speed. Fans of the genre are sure to love it!"―Russell Blake, New York Times bestselling author on The Extinction Cycle
"A blistering, high octane thrill ride to the brink of humanity's extinction. Nicholas Sansbury Smith plunges the reader right into the middle of the action, alongside a cast of unforgettable characters, as they fight tooth and nail to survive one impossible mission after another-to stop an extinction level virus. The Extinction Cycle series is post-apocalyptic, military science fiction at its best. Highly addictive!"―Steven Konkoly, USA Today bestselling author
"Fast-paced military action meets cool, cutting-edge science. Extinction is no longer a Darwinian battle of the fittest. It's a race for survival."
―E. E. Giorgi, author of Chimeras on The Extinction Cycle
"Extinction Horizon is a roller coaster ride of fear and adrenaline that you will not want to put down. Nicholas Sansbury Smith once again separates himself from the masses with a brilliantly entertaining post-apocalyptic thriller."
―W. J. Lundy, author of Only the Dead Live Forever on The Extinction Cycle
About the Author
Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the USA Today bestselling author of Hell Divers, the Orbs trilogy, and the Extinction Cycle series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on his one true passion-writing. When he isn't writing or daydreaming about the apocalypse, he enjoys running, biking, spending time with his family, and traveling the world. He is an Ironman triathlete and lives in Iowa with his fiancée, their dogs, and a house full of books.
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I just finished Extinction War. So, here do I start my review of this great final book of the series? I won't go into much detail because I do not want to risk a spoiler. I'm emotionally spent. While reading War, my pulse, respiration, and probably blood pressure, rose numerous times. I literally sat on the edge of my seat a few times. I talked to the characters out loud, giving them advice. I gasped, laughed, and cried, a lot!
I have enjoyed this series since the first book. Maybe it's just me but each story, and the way in which they were written, seemed to grow, mature and evolve into something better than the one before. So, I was expecting Extinction War to follow the pattern, and Nicholas Smith did not disappoint. In fact, he went way beyond my expectations.
As a Vietnam veteran, “War” touched on me several levels. At several points, I had to put my iPad down and reflect on times when I had been in tough spots. Without going into detail, while reading the part about Lieutenant “Ten Lives” Flathman and Captain Reed Beckham at Fort Deadwood in Chicago surrounded and under attack by a mob of hungry infected survivors who were now beasts, I had a flashback to a terrible night in Vietnam when I was the only American for 15 miles around with about 100 Montagnards fighting off a force of VC and NVA bent on our destruction. The next morning when the smoke cleared and the sun came up, I was a young first lieutenant thankful to be alive, but that is another story.
The characters are well-developed, and the story flows smoothing from one sub-plot to another. I came to love the main characters warts and all. Each displayed typical human foibles and occasionally made bad decisions for the wrong reasons. They expressed the range of emotions I have seen among personnel under stress. I cried when some died.
The author has an expert eye for detail regarding weaponry, biological weapons, and the treacherous world of changing alliances. With 30 years as a field artilleryman in the Army, I was looking for errors. The descriptions of the lab work in search of a “cure” for the deadly virus appeared accurate (I am married to a biology major.). With two tours as a defense attaché at overseas embassies as a senior officer, I am well familiar with the treacherous nature in which so-called allies, partners, and friends can indulge.
Without spoiling anything, the book has an exemplary conclusion that ties up loose ends. I highly recommend Extinction War for anyone who enjoys a fast-paced, action-packed thriller. My only regret is having to say goodbye to dear friends.
In the words of the inestimable Team Ghost leader, Master Sergeant Joe “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, “All it takes is all you got!” Author Nicholas Smith is Captain Reed Beckham.
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It's all out war, both with the Variants and ROT! The battle for Europe is still going strong and Fitz and Apollo are knee deep in it. The Variants there are bigger, badder and harder to destroy than what they had in America, and it's all Fitz can do to keep Team Ghost alive. Meanwhile, in America, Beckham is battered and bruised but still fighting, well just about!! Horn is trying to keep Kate safe, President Ringgold is trying to hold onto her country, safe zones are allying with ROT and things look grim, especially with the Hemorrhage Virus being used against them, but nobody will go out without a fight!!!
This book just about broke me!! I was on the edge of my seat throughout and had such a hard time putting it down, but I also didn't want to keep reading because that meant that the series would end!! I wanted to devour it, but I didn't, I took my time reading it and just immersed myself in the War. I felt everything these characters felt, I cried with them and I laughed with them. I gasped, I was tense and I was terrified for them, I was completely captivated by these characters and their journeys. I'm sad to see it end, but also happy with the way it ended!! Not all the characters made it, and those that did were changed completely, but that's what makes it so good, so real!! That's what gives this series it's heart... the amazingly written characters!
The plot of this was extremely fast paced and intense!! Right from the start, we are thrown into the action of fighting the enemy, both in Europe and America. And boy does it get tense!! So many times had me gasping and going, no, no, no, NOOOO!! Then there were times where I was biting my nails and waiting to see what would happen next, and what happened next would break my heart, but other times would leave me smiling and going, yes!!!! It was an emotional rollercoaster, but so, so worth it! I want to talk about Piero, but I can't, I want to talk about Davis, but I can't, I wan't to talk about Beckham, but I can't!! There is so much I want to say, but I can't because it will spoil things.
In all, this book was phenomenal. As I said already, it was all I wanted and more! It even surpassed what I was expecting!! It was action packed, intense, an edge of your seat ride, emotional, and absolutely brilliant!! My heart has been captured by these characters and I do hope we see more from them, but if the author feels that their story has come to an end, then I'm ok with that!! Horn, Beckham and Fitz have come a long way and deserve a break ;)
Seriously guys, there are very, very few books that I recommend as passionately as I do this series. Go give them a go, you won't be sorry!!!