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Extinction Edge (The Extinction Cycle Book 2) (The Extinction Cycle, 2) Mass Market Paperback – June 27, 2017
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The dust from Dr. Kate Lovato's bioweapon has settled. Projections put death counts in the billions. Her weapon was supposed to be the endgame, but it turned a small percentage of those infected with the Hemorrhage Virus into something even worse.
Survivors call them Variants. Irreversible epigenetic changes have transformed them into predators unlike any the human race has ever seen. And they are evolving.
The fractured military plans Operation Liberty -- a desperate mission designed to take back the cities and destroy the Variant threat. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham agrees to lead a strike team into New York City, but first he must return to Fort Bragg to search for the only family he has left.
As Operation Liberty draws closer, Kate warns Beckham that Team Ghost won't just face their deadliest adversary yet, they may be heading into a trap. . .
Humanity is on the edge of extinction. . . pick up the series that D. J. Molles said "delivers unrelenting, unmerciful action "before it's too late!
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―D. J. Molles, author of The Remaining on Extinction Horizon
"This blood-drenched sequel to Extinction Horizon shows the perils of good intentions.... Smith is ingenious in evolving the threat and escalating the action."―Publishers Weekly on Extinction Edge
"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
"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, bestselling author of The Day After Never 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 of The Jakarta Pandemic 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
"Smith has realized that the way to rekindle interest in zombie apocalypse fiction is to make it louder, longer, and bloodier. ... Smith intensifies the disaster efficiently as the pages flip by, and readers who enjoy juicy blood-and-guts action will find a lot of it here."―Publishers Weekly on Extinction Horizon
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- Publisher : Orbit; Reissue edition (June 27, 2017)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316558036
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316558037
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.88 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #126,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So book 2 picks up after book 1. Kate has created an antidote but is afraid that she might just have created something worse. The projected number of human survivours is going down everyday, with the human race becoming extinct in a matter of weeks, so she knows she has no choice. She also finds herself caring more and more for a certain Master Sergeant.
Beckham meanwhile, is putting his like on the line again, and with the wrong Intel this time it might just be his last. He goes into New York only to find that the Variants numbers were massively underestimated and that they are different. The cure has turned them into elite killing machines. I felt like Beckham just keeps getting better. He is so much more than a soldier. He is willing to do what is needed to save any other human. While he is terrified, he is the best at his job so can compartmentalise a lot of his feelings. I loved how he is constantly thinking of his brothers in arms first and putting them first. It's what a leader should do!
This edition was even more scary and frightening than the first!! Seeing the variants develop to be more cunning, smarter and even communicate was equal parts terrifying as it was fascinating. This author really knows how to write!!! He created scenes that were memorable and ones that will make me have nightmares for days :) He has created a dark, desolate and bleak world, but it's one I don't want to leave. The characters are amazing and have captured my heart and the plot is pulse poundingly spectacular. It is a story that is evolving into something epic!! Bring on book 3.
Again, Bronson Pinchot was astounding. He really brings the action and tension to life and made me want to keep listening, even when I was falling asleep from the tiredness. He was clear and has a crisp voice. He gave each character their own personality and captured their essence perfectly. Brilliantly written and brilliantly read!!
Oh man what a ride! Our story continues with the aftermath of deploying VariantX9H9, Dr. Lovato’s bioweapon. However the remaining Variants are changing and doing some pretty weird stuff. Of course we have the people in charge, the acting president and his general, not following Dr. Lovato’s advice. Do they EVER listen to the scientists???? The budding romance between Reed and Kate continues to grow but will his unwavering dedication to killing the Variants drive a wedge between them? We also get to see how people who have known and worked together in the old world behave toward each other in the new world when the going gets tough. I hope I would be one of the good guys in the end. There are close calls, tense moments, lots of running, creepy things and happy moments on this rollercoaster!
A new character was introduced, Fitzpatrick, that quickly became a favorite. There’s something special about him and I guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out! Looking forward to more of him in Book III.
What will Dr. Lovato’s next move be? Will she have to create her own monster? Just what are those damn Variants up to? Will the Variants die out or will humanity be confined to Plum Island for the rest of their lives? Inquiring minds want to know!
I know I can’t wait for book III to find out!!!!
If you have not read Extinction Horizon (Book I) then what is your problem and I hope a Variant gets you! Go get it now!
This book is extremely scary and riveting because it isn't your typical "zombie" thriller. Smith uses science to explain his threatening and believable bioweapon that has been used to create terrifying creatures that have induced an apocalypse. My favorite part of this book is the transformation that the creatures undergo, causing them to be even more powerful, threatening and downright disturbing. The Variants, or creatures, become even more challenging to control and kill-- putting humanity at risk.
Smith has a cunning way of making me feel just as invested in his characters as his plot/storyline. He introduces some new characters that are truly badasses. The story transfers back and forth between Team Ghost fighting the variants in a terrifying and seemingly never-ending battle in New York City while Kate is left on Plum Island to confront another nightmare.
I can't wait to finish Extinction Age (book 3 in the series)!
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I really wish Amazon (or Netflix) would do a tv series of these books, they’d make awesome watching!
They are called the Variants. The team must now battle a new enemy, one that has been born from the cure of the original disease.
The first book was gripping, the second has maintained the flow of narrative and action. These aren't your average apocalyptic zombie novels.
Can mankind withstand the new invasion, or will the succeed in wiping out this threat? I loved it and don't want to spoil this too much for anyone, but if you're after a thrill ride with non-stop action and some meat to the characters, the "Extinction" series has pulled this off. Can't wait for part three.
This had me hooked because of the first book and I have to say I never lost the interest. The book had my imagination working overtime as I could just hear the screams from the victims, I could hear the clipping sound as the creatures climbed the walls, I could the tension and fear with every person trapped.
Not many books can pull me in that well but this book did and I can not wait to read the next instalment.
I would suggest anyone who wants to be drawn in should give this series a read and I don't believe you'll be disappointed !