The artwork for The Exctinction Cycle series is pretty cool. The series is seven books long and the story goes from crazy to... well, extinction! It's gory, monstrous and filled with non-stop action! So why did I pause with Nicholas Sansbury Smith's audiobooks, after book 3?
If the world is going to end, why to give it back to the carniverous, lascivious transformations of what was once our mothers, fathers, sons and daughters?
The story begins with some Egghead thinking it would be awesome to take the ebola virus, mutate it, then use it as a super-soldier weapon! Why do people hold to such Hitlerian ideals? As you can already imagine, it does not go very well, leaving the world in an egregious ruin. But all is not lost; we still have Ghost Team! The world is not all lost... or is it?
There's a ton of betrayal and lies being tossed, and nearly everyone is lost! The world will never be the same and with only a handful of both scientific and military professionals on the job, humanity may be on its last legs. Can the creatures, created by the mutating virus, be stopped?
This is my second read by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, having read the Orbs series too! (Reviewed on June 5th, 2017) The story is fast and doesn't leave you guessing at a thing. Not very predictable either, keeping you in suspense. And the constant evolution of the monsters makes you wonder, could something like this really happen? I don't think so, but Smith made the story enjoyable, except for...
I've listened to the narrator, Balki (Bronson Pinchot) before with another audiobook - but this time, I wasn't happy. His voice during the first book, was so mellowed, it stole from the story. The story is about the extinction of the human race- you can't be mellow or dead! Now in book two, he perked up, but it wasn't enough for me. By book three, I'd managed to tune out the blandness of the narration, but I have to say, it caused me to drone out from time to time. I made the executive decision to purchase the ebooks instead. So after I return from my London trip, I'll dive in to the ebooks for the final four books.
Outside of the narration, the story is crazy-good! If you enjoy horror and adrenaline rushing PUSH for survival, you will like the series. At least, the first three books.
UH-OH! It would appear I may have to endure Pinchot's narration. The ebooks are mad-expensive! I'd rather get the boxed set for 1 credit through my Audible account. Follow-up to soon... follow!
The Extinction Cycle, Boxed Set, books 1-3
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Amazon Digital Services
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