I stated in my review of the first book in this series, EXTINCTION HORIZON, that Nichols Sansbury Smith was on his way to becoming one of my favorite authors. Well, he has officially done it; after reading the follow-up book, EXTINCTION EDGE, I can now proclaim he has joined the elite group of favorites that reside within my brain. With this book, Smith has pushed his story and the limits of his imagination beyond comprehension (and this is a good thing). The result is a fast-paced read that is as thrilling as it is terrifying.
If you are not familiar with EXTINCTION EDGE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the author:
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.
With the doomsday clock ticking, 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.
At Plum Island, Kate discovers Central Command may have considerably underestimated the Variant population in New York. 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…
Like its predecessor, the cover of this book is enticing and calls out for the reader to pick it up. Every time I glance at it, I get the urge to play Call of Duty on my XBox 360.
Also like the previous book, EXTINCTION EDGE is well written and moves swiftly, although evenly. The pacing and plotting are once again top notch, and Smith demonstrates a masterful knowledge of the written word. The maturation of his writing style is just as evident here as before, and I would even go so far as to say he is reaching a new peak. There’s no fluff in his work; just straightforward writing and a lot of intensity.
The story continues from the first book, picking up shortly after its conclusion. Things have taken a turn for the worse, thanks to an unknown variable from Kate’s bioweapon. Unfortunately, this new factor might be the final straw for the human race. The stakes are higher here and the dangers are both old and new.
Smith does an excellent job of moving the story along, but also fitting in plenty of action and suspense. I will even state I feel this book is more intense that its brother, if such a thing is possible. I can’t wait to see how book three amps things up even more.
EXTINCTION EDGE is another huge win for me, and I urge you to get in on the story now if you haven’t already. Crammed full of thrills and chills, The Extinction Cycle will keep you tearing through chapter after chapter in the wee hours of the morning. This second book in the series is available now in a variety of formats, so check it out.