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- Print Length: 504 pages
- Publisher: Great Wave Ink Publishing; 1 edition (January 15, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 15, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MFZWRK2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brilliantly written by Anthony Melchiorri, another favorite author co-wrote Orbs IV with Smith, shows the terrible strain and sacrifice of Marines and Navy is under--and provides a horrific bridge to later Extinction Cycle novels with clever new variant mutations and evolving monstrous tactics. Melchiorri continues Smith's skill writing military thrillers and action and makes every member of the squad, no matter how minor, someone we care about. It is the perfect re-entry into the Cycle, and I thoroughly enjoyed having characters like Davis and Garcia explored further. (I'll always take more Lt. Davis, one of my favorites from the series, no matter how much of an appearance she makes!)
The Fall of Fort Bragg
Perhaps one of my most anticipated stories to read was what happens to Big Horn (a Cycle main character) and his family before his return to Fort Bragg. The writing is on the wall for this one, but Rachel Aukes cleverly takes this story and makes the theme of sacrifice resound even louder as Horn's wife, Sheila, seeks to protect their daughters at their home on the base. It's unique in that the focus is on military families, not the soldiers at first, and we see what the families endure sheltering in place and with little actual information, but terrifying signs of the apocalypse growing near. It also has some most welcome cast surprises. It was heart-pounding, and as a parent, terrifying to consider. Perfect evening reading.
One of the most cleverly written and fascinating additions took me by surprise. Russell Blake serves up a prelude to the apocalypse as a murder mystery set decades in the past. It ties well with another companion novel, Red Line! I was surprised and also applaud his unflinching look at the human and drug trafficking, as well as prostitution and racism, and the desperation of people in poverty trying to survive day-to-day before the apocalypse. The mystery is cleverly written, even if you've already read the Cycle, and its buddy-cup dynamic plays out fun. I wish we could have more of these two detectives!
The Bone Collector
Jeff Olah gives us a fascinating character--an athlete dealing with severe debilitating concussions--and how he survives the apocalypse. There's great foreshadowing and unexpected explanations to minor characters only seen in the Cycle's background that were hard to forget. If you're looking for Variant versus Variant, this is the story you want. The action is intense and the insight into the mutated "society" of monsters is intriguing. The nods to some themes explored by Fear the Walking Dead were interesting.
Perhaps the oddest addition to the anthology, this shorter work explores...well...the apocalypse with a bit of unexpected fun. It's weird. At times I wasn't sure if I was reading "Extinction: Dr. Who" or "V-Nation"! To Mark Tufo's credit, that made this trippy horror-comedy unexpectedly funny and a good release from the tense stories that come before it, and the gripping finale of Fort Bragg to follow. Perfectly placed, Trippin' gives a nice summary of a sequence in the first book, which makes it even more of the perfectly weird addition to this great collection.
All in all, this is a perfect anthology of former Extinction Cycle World stories, compiled for reading at night with most of the lights off. For fans of the Cycle like me, this brought a lot of expanded lore that added some welcome fun, while delivering on the terror, thrills, and deep character work we expect from EC. Well done and well edited anthology! Happy reading!
The stories in this compilation range from the beginnings of the outbreak in other countries to the (mis)handling of the victims and contaminated. I love reading how other authors deal with this subject and all the new characters adding their input to the storyline. Each story brings new insight, new information, and new thrills to one of my favorite series!
If you read and enjoyed Nicholas Sansbury Smith's Extinction Cycle Series, but wondered how it all began and how other countries and people dealt with their outbreaks, then you need to read these stories. I can heartily recommend that you add this book to your library.
Great selection, excellent authors and each of the five stories is action packed plus suspenseful. Get ready for a truly excellent anthology. Sit back and don't try to relax...not going to happen with all of these variants roaming around in your midst.
The 'Variant Apocalypse' is alive again...In my case, on my Kindle.
Most highly recommended
Edit on 1/15/19. No idea the reason that this is not showing VP. I checked the correct box when I reviewed it. Amazon has done this to me several times lately. Paid my money and guess it didn't count!! All is well and certainly not worth a call to A. as the reps have zero clues about reviews.... Update...Now a VP is showing...LoL...Thank you A....
Each one is a stand alone 5*. Together, it's a stellar compilation. They are a fantastic view into the phenomenal world that Nicholas Sansbury Smith created in his original Extinction Horizon.
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The one that touched my heart: The Fall of Fort Bragg.
The one that freaked me out: The Bone Collector.
The one that made my heart leap into my throat: Darkness Evolved.
The one that crept up on me: Extinction Thailand.
All reaching into the depths of the Extinction Cycle series and showing the horrors only hinted at in the main books.
5 stories - one a detective story and one alternate reality didn't work for me.