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- Listening Length: 9 hours and 8 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: February 10, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TGHTPW2
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Extinction Horizon: The Extinction Cycle, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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This is the craziest, most action packed post-apocalyptic novel I have ever read! When books use the term "action packed," what they mean is "action included." This book is figuratively crammed and stuffed to a near bursting capacity with thrilling action scenes. I've never been so oblivious to my surroundings before, as I read this in one sitting from start to finish! The military characters are intimidatingly rough, athletic and organized, so when they struggle for survival against some horrifying creatures, you really get nervous and fear for the wellbeing of the planet.
Which brings me to the next point, that these are not typical zombies or diseased humans. These are disgusting and almost impossible-to-kill monsters that are the result of immense evolutionary twists from humans, who are turned into hungry beasts. Basically modified zombies on mass steroids. I think some of the scariest novels stem from having villains that overly dominate and have very few if any evident weaknesses. I was so nervous because it felt like characters were dying left and right, so you never really knew what would happen next. These creatures only seem to get stronger and stronger as you read through each book in this series.
That brings me to yet another point. All of the books in this series are epic. Sometimes sequels pale in comparison, but every one of these was as terrifying and attention grasping as the first. Luckily, all the books are out, so if you experience any cliffhangers, you can dive right into the next book.
If you want to read an intense and thrilling book that will stick with you long after you've finished, then I highly recommend this entire series!
One interesting feature of this series is that we're not facing an EMP, but a bio-hazard catastrophic event, and what really makes it so good to me is how he slowly rolls out the impact. usually there is a paragraph or maybe two that says such and such happened, but in this one, each step of the event unfolds before you as if you were living it! I also like his continuity, and subtle recaps so if you've read previous books you're not bored by having to reread previous events while at the same time helping those who start with a later sequence book enough to understand what's going on.
If you like good post apocalyptic stories and one that seems no immediate happy resolution, then this series is a good one for you!
First of all the science and biology are first rate. I don’t know how accurate it is but the level of detail that Smith provides gives an eerie and plausible insight into how an extinction level event might unfold. Most of novels of this type gloss over the how’s and why’s associated with super-viruses. Smith attention to those details is one of the highlights of the novel.
The second thing that Smith does exceedingly well is that he has created excellent characters with whom the readers will establish a connection and an interest in their welfare. He also writes first-rate dialogue. The human survivors are the stars. The zombies merely keep the action going. On a minor note, I am glad he selected members of the Delta Force as his protagonists. Nothing against members the Navy SEALS but they seem to be turning up everywhere these days. It’s nice to see the Deltas get their due.
My only quibble surrounds a scene late in the book where a zombie attack literally comes out of nowhere, is not explained and seems out of place. It is not shocking as much as head scratching. I would be more specific but that would involve SPOILERS.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed “Extinction Horizon”. I digested it in a handful of sittings and am already half way through book two “Extinction Edge”. Well done!