The Extinction Cycle, boxed set: books 4-6 & Extinction Lost (a short story) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
I KEPT MY PROMISE: I FINISHED THE SERIES, TILL BOOK SEVEN ARRIVES NOV. 2017
So I finished the story and I'm very glad I did. Pushing through Pinchot's narration, I found I really did enjoy the story, from book one through to book six. I'm even interested enough to grab book seven when it releases later this year. The story is a wild ride!,
The best part about writing this review for this boxed set is that I don't have to go book by book, as with most reviews on a series. All the books are lumped as one, allowing me to give one heck of a blurb review instead of breaking it down. Here we go!
The Variants have changed again, even worse! The metamorphosis from human to diseased, to creatures, and then mutated monsters took about 60 days. And the changes didn't stop. The things kept advancing, while the remaining humans kept doing their best to get ahead of the game! No matter what our heroes did, the entire world was falling prey to the new and horribly improved Variants.
Team Ghost and the Variant Hunters were on mission after mission, a surprise arose for Reed Beckham that has him working harder than he's ever pushed before- which seems impossible. Another bit of betrayal carries a strong theme, and there's a new president of what remains of the United States. What's big in this story is battling the newest generation of variants, via a nuke blast. No one wants to deal with that fallout... pun intended. Or do they...?
Book 6, TEC: Aftermath has an amazing start. You see how progress in the US is nothing compared to Europes- THAT'S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT HORROR! The monsters are bigger and badder and we humans... we just keep getting worse and worse. The best of humanity is barely in existence, but there seems to be a new set of humans.
The books and their action never stop.
The dislikes with the series are few. One thing that grew tiring for me was the description of the creatures. Their tell-tale sign: "...the stench of rotting lemons...", "the rancid aroma of rotten fruit", "...rotting meat..." I was like, is that all? The creatures were once human, are any of them funky? Smell like fecal matter- anything animalistic? It was on repeat, non-stop! The other was the constant chasms of guilt our commanders repeatedly fell into. I knew they wereresponsible for lives, but hear it through all six books, over and over... Uh, yeah!
Now with Extinction Lost: book 6.5- things were different. The story took place shortly after Fitz's Failed-Not Failed mission, resulting in him sent on another impossible mission. This time to Greenland for recon. The new Team Ghost was locked and loaded, but totally unprepared for the something new that was added. The audio-story was only an hour and about forty minutes long, but felt like a full novel. It was exciting and VERY gory, like I like it.
All the books are beyond adventurous. I'm not sure how book 7, Extinction War will end, but the world has been over run by a vicious pandemic that is leaving no human in any form of happiness nor peace!.
If you feel I've given away a ton of information, you are sadly mistaken. This was a brief summary of all three and a half books. I do plan on purchasing the next book that should be releasing in November, I believe. Be on the lookout. Just know, there's a ton of cursing and gross stuff. There's not really any to disrupt the tale and you get monsters galore. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did- Bronson Pinchot and all.
The Extinction Cycle, Boxed Set, books 4-6.5
Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Amazon Digital Services
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