Book Review – Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, volume 3) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, volume 3)
by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: February 22, 2015

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I love when an author can manage to keep a series fresh and new despite being several books in. Such is the case with Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s “The Extinction Cycle”. I just finished the third book in the series, titled EXTINCTION AGE, and wow…I am just as enthralled with the story as I was in book one. If you’re a fan of hardcore action and gut-wrenching drama, you must get in on “The Extinction Cycle” now!

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

On the eve of extinction all seems to be lost, but there is still one final hope…

Operation Liberty has failed. Humans are losing the war. With no other option, General Kennor decides to pull back the troops and give science a second chance. Trapped in the extensive sewer system beneath New York, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of 1st Platoon must battle through the tunnels–where they make a grisly discovery in their attempt to escape.

At Plum Island, Dr. Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants. But when a derelict Navy Destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline, she is forced to deal with a nightmare she thought had ended. As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction. Will science prevail–or will mankind vanish off the face of the planet?

The feverish pace for action that Smith sets forth in his books is starting to remind me of another of my favorite authors, Matthew Reilly. Like him, Smith delivers intensity like a shotgun blast to the face. Some of the thrills you see coming, while others you don’t. The resulting read is an exhilarating rush of excitement and terror.

With EXTINCTION AGE, Smith ratchets up the tension and the drama. The Variants are evolving, gaining intelligence and cunning. As a result, mankind’s days appear numbered…unless Kate can create a new weapon. But fate does not intend to let her do so without problems…

Smith’s trademark style of easy-flowing prose is once again present, as is his knack for fleshing out believable characters. I love both of these aspects in his writing, as they tend to make the action move at a breakneck speed. The book measures in at 340+ pages, but they fly by, and you’ll be turning the last page before you realize what’s happening.

EXTINCTION AGE is a big win for me, and I love where Smith is taking the series. I highly recommend this series, and I suggest you pick it up now. You won’t be disappointed. EXTINCTION AGE is available now in a variety of formats.

MSB

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