The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction.
Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force Team, codenamed Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top-secret Medical Corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.
After barely escaping with his life, Beckham returns to Fort Bragg in the midst of a new type of war. The virus is already spreading. As cities fall, Team Ghost is ordered to keep CDC virologist Dr. Kate Lovato alive long enough to find a cure. What she uncovers will change everything.
Total extinction is just on the horizon, but will the cure be worse than the virus?
This audiobook seriously made me feel like I was listening to a movie. Bronson turned Smith's breakthrough novel into a living, breathing story. I can't recommend this one highly enough. If you like post-apocalyptic/science fiction thrillers then this is for you. Probably the best audiobook I've listened to besides The Martian.
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Characters are believable with human emotions - not just the brave "hero." Storyline is captivating with just enough science mixed in. Different take on the normal zombie using bio weapons as we all really think they are being used now. Story moves very fast but author knows how to make you connect with each one.
I want to see what happens next.
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I have listened to and read well over 100 books in the Post-Apocalyptic and Zombie genres and by far have to say this is one of the best. A thrilling and suspenseful mix of horrifying zombies with an excellent plot and story line that builds a relationship and depth with each character. Add to that the realistic and superbly painted scenes you can see, touch, and smell. Nicholas knows his stuff and it shows in this book - Pinchot knocked it out of the park - an excellent combination of writing and narration - don't miss this one! Highly recommended.
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A lot of the zombie books, I have listened to recently, haven't really focused on the zombies. They have been more about how horrible human nature is and how horrible we would all act in a crisis. This book did have the evil human being. That wasn't the focus of the book. Refreshingly it was actually about ZOMBIES! I don't need a book to remind me of how horrible human nature is. We can get a flavor of horrible human behavior by turning on the TV. The main characters were strong and likable. The narrator did a great job of portraying the different characters. The author's descriptions of the zombies and their carnage was vivid but would not be offensive to even the mildest of listeners. I enjoyed this book so much I purchased the second one while waiting in traffic on the way home.
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Who was your favorite character and why?
Beckham and Dr. Lovato
Any additional comments?
Nicholas Sansbury Smith really knows his creepy. He really knows what would make his readers' skin crawl. Clicking joints will make me even more queasy from now on. The "zombies" were described so well and written so believably. Actually the way they came about is also seriously believable, too scary, too real. I loved it. Humans, we're our own worst enemy.
A fun, fast-paced, crazy ride. Can't wait to see what happens next!
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I've had the ebook of this on my kindle for a few years, but kept putting it off, not sure why but I kept thinking it's a case of "same old, same old." Over the years, though, I started seeing more and more of this and the great reviews it was getting, and while browsing Audible, saw it was available. After listening to the sample, it piqued my interest enough to buy it. Over the course of a few months, I bought all of them with my credits and when I downloaded book 6, I started listening.
So this starts with us seeing some American soldiers during the Vietnam war. They were given an experimental new drug that is said to help them turn the tide of the war. They were to become the weapons, it was to make them faster and stronger, but what they unleashed was monsters who killed indiscriminately. Friend or foe, it didn't matter, all they wanted was to kill.
Years later, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and his Delta Force Team, are called back into action because a top secret lab has gone dark. Team Ghost are told to proceed with caution as this lab deals with highly contagious and deadly diseases. It was currently working on a cure for the outbreak of Ebola that was gripping the nation. Team Ghost suit up and head out, only to discover that everyone in the lab seems to have succumbed to....something and are now something more than human. They are monsters who will stop at nothing to feed.
Narrowly escaping with their lives, Team Ghost arrive back only to discover that the Ebola virus has spread but also, one person from the lab had left before the place went dark, he was infected with this new strain of the virus and changed! The new strain is creating monsters. It is highly infectious and looks like it's also incurable. What can Team Ghost do?
This book exceeded all my expectations and absolutely blew me away. The plot was extremely fast paced and had me on the edge of my seat throughout. Ebola is a horrible and frightening disease but add in what they did with it and it was scary. The results of the outbreak were even more frightening.... The Variants are, plain and simply, monsters. The author also explained the science behind everything in such a way that it was quite believable!! You could easily believe how the Variants came to be.
The characters were amazing! Team Ghost are the best of the best and Reed Beckham has kept his men alive through every mission they were sent on. Now though, the new threats aren't easily killed and it's up to Beckham and his team to help save humanity. I loved the friendship that Team Ghost have. They are brothers and would risk everything for each other, non more so than Beckham. Each of them were well written and developed and you can't help but root for them.
Even apart from Team Ghost, there are a lot of other characters. Dr Kate Lovato being an important one. She is a scientist, one of very few left, that deals with infectious disease. It's up to her to try to find a cure, or a way to kill The Variants. She was extremely well written and was one of my favourites.
Anyway!! This book was phenomenal. Fast paced, action packed, brutal and brilliant, it's a must read for everyone. I devoured it and am so glad I have the next book to dive into straight away. Honestly, this book was amazing and I urge you to go try it. I would so love to see this as a movie or TV series!!! Highly recommend!!!!
Bronson Pinchot was also amazing. I can't believe I haven't listened to anything else narrated by him, though I do have some of them in my TBR pile. He nailed the performance and brought this book alive. His narration was flawless and you could easily follow who was talking. He also did an amazing job heightening the tension and keeping me on the edge of my seat. If I could give this book and the narrator 10 stars, I would.
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If you could sum up Extinction Horizon in three words, what would they be?
Intense, action-packed, topical.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Beckham, great action lead, a badass soldiers and man of honor.
Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
First time but he effectively brings the material to life. Great, masculine power to the narration that complements the action-tone of the story. Effective emotional range.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There are some emotional, adrenaline-charged high points to the story that kept me on the edge of my seat.
Any additional comments?
This made for a gripping listening experience. Can't wait for the next one.
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I WORK FOR MY RANK
UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, happen in this book, such as two dimensional personalities, tough guys who carry pictures of their mommies with them everywhere, and very amateurish writing. Smith shows he has some talent in glimpses such as an airplane scene, involving BLACK RED VOMIT. Smith does lots of telling, mentions BLOOD a lot, but builds very little suspense. I love a good Zombie story and the best I have read was Cell by Stephen King and First Patient by Jonathan Maberry. Unfortunately this seems to be the genre that new authors seem to think they can gain fortune with. They may be right as this has a lot more glowing reviews then I would expect, as do many Zombie books.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I read/watch/play a LOT of zombie fiction. This book lays the groundwork for a series that can only be described as a killer addition to the genre.
What did you like best about this story?
Honestly, this the story the World War Z movie tried to be. I wish they would have kept that movie closer to the book, and then found Extinction Horizon to make their fast, rage-filled zombie flick.
Which scene was your favorite?
From this book's stellar opening, I was hooked.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Extinction Horizon to be better than the print version?
Did not read the book
What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Any additional comments?
Please, please, please instruct Bronson Pinchot to read/use military lingo for acronyms. United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases/ USAMRIID is pronounced u-sam-rid. I'm sure there are other acronym pronunciations for the titles in Extinction Horizon. It drives me crazy every time Bronson Pinchot reads the entire title!!!
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While the strory is well structred and moves at a good pace the whole audio book experience is let down by poor narration. Someone like R.C. Bray should have performed this novel as it requires much more expression and dynamic input than the Bronson Pinchot could bring to bear.
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Didn't get into this at all. Got half way and found it boring. So glad it was a BOGOF. Will maybe try again when I've nothing else to read.
What made the experience of listening to Extinction Horizon the most enjoyable?
I know some reviews are critical of Bronson Pinchot's narration, but I think he's does a great job. He sounds like a gruff, military type.
Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I've listen to to the rest of this series and to this work on the Larry Correia's Grimnior Chronicles.
I think he gets more into the story as the series continues so his narration improves.
Any additional comments?
This is the worst rated book in the series as if you don't like book 1, you aren't going to like the next 4 books.
For me, it was a very exciting and well paced book. Perfect gym and running listening material. It kept me hooked and I listened to all 5 books without a break.
The narration of this is terrible, almost like bad acting as no emotion seems to be shown by the person reading, guess this is the closest thing to having it read to you by a Vulcan.
A good start to a book series os one that leaves you wanting more! And this is defenietly one of them. Nicholas writing lets you inmerse into the story, you find yourself wanting to help the Ghost Team and after wanting to help the Scientists. Bronson Pinchot is a believeble reader, the only thing i did'nt like was he finished every chapter emphasising the last few worlds. But that is a personal thing. Over all very enjoyable
After listening to all the audible books from the Arisen series that are currently available I thought I'd try something similar. This series was recommended.
The narrator was quite difficult to get into at the start of the book. The first 6 chapters the narrator just sounded bored and flat but after that the narrator got better.
The story and the characters were ok. There wasn't really any one character that stood out and I never finished a chapter on the edge of my seat but I'm still curious where the story will go next so I have the next book in the series ready to go.
I would have been slightly disappointed if I had spent an audible credit on it but luckily it was part of kindle unlimited.
Very scary book, I've listened to a lot of zombie novels and this for me is not the best but the scariest.