Book Review – Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, volume 1) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, volume 1)
by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Courtesy of the author
Release Date: December 29, 2014


Nicholas Sansbury Smith is on the fast-track to becoming one of my favorite authors. Aside from a smooth writing style, the guy has an imagination that is akin to my own. Whether the subject is aliens or disease-infected people, Smith has a knack for giving his readers a major dose of entertainment amidst fast-paced action and vivid characters. This is once again proven with his latest release, EXTINCTION HORIZON. If you enjoyed the ORBS series, then you’re in for a real treat; the first book in his new Extinction Cycle series is like a sucker-punch to your senses, and it will knock you flat out.

If you are not familiar with EXTINCTION HORIZON, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the author:


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?

I love the cover art for this book, almost as much as I like the story within. When you pick up the book, the image on the front just screams “READ ME!” This is an excellent example of how cover art can pique a reader’s interest and keep hold of it.

As with his previous work, EXTINCTION HORIZON is written well and flows very smoothly. Smith’s writing style has hit a new peak with this book, however. His conveyance of ideas seems to have matured since the ORBS series, which is very impressive given that it was refined to begin with. But there is a notable difference in his sentence structure and storytelling mode. I daresay this makes Smith an even bigger asset to his publishing companies, and even more importantly, an even greater joy to his readers.

Likewise, his characters pop with realism and believability. I particularly like his soldiers in this book. They are gritty and raw, but not so much as to become Rambo-like figures. And despite their edge, they also have a spark of humanity. Too many times, authors create their soldiers to come across as hardened semi-psychopaths with hair-triggers and fault-line personalities. Not so here. Smith writes people that his readers can appreciate and (in most cases) connect to.

The story within EXTINCTION HORIZON is terrifying and real, a scenario that was hinted at in news headlines just a few short months ago. The grim reality inside the book is one that could very well play out in real life, and that is a major part of what makes the plot so intense. I think this is a big part of what made the book so good for me.

EXTINCTION HORIZON is a heck of a read, and I highly recommend giving it a look. Smith is a writer evolving right before our eyes, and he is certainly worthy to keep tabs on. I can’t wait to see what else comes out of that vivid imagination of his. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait long. In the meantime, check out EXTINCTION HORIZON; it is available in a variety of formats today.


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