Review: Extinction Horizon by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

extinctionCover1About Extinction Horizon

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?

About the Author

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion--writing. When he isn't daydreaming about the apocalypse he's likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.If you'd like to hear more about Nick's books, you can join his spam free mailing list here: http://bit.ly/NicholasSansburySmith.Or visit Nick at: http://nicholassansbury.com.

My Thoughts

[I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.]
Reading a Nicholas Sansbury Smith novel is like watching an epic big-screen, end of the world action flick. The plot is high-concept, the story is visceral, and the heroes are nicely etched and worth rooting for. It's the sort of book that propels the reader forward with every page, and demands to be read in a single sitting because it's just so damn uncompromisingly addicting.
I came upon Smith's Orbs novels on NetGalley a few months back and pegged him as an author to watch out for. With his latest, Extinction Horizon, the first in a new series, he fully lives up to the promise exhibited in those earlier novels. And, dare I say, I think I like this book even more than its (entirely unrelated) predecessors.
Extinction Horizon is a real rip-roaring techno-thriller, and it hits all those delicious sweet spots that I tend to favor - there's a dose of credible-enough science and a team of scientists, working alongside well-trained US soldiers, to solve a nightmarish end-times scenario, and grisly, tense, rapid-fire action throughout. This is a James Rollins level of fun, and it's a genre I absolutely love. Smith's elevator pitch for the novel is The Hot Zone meets World War Z, and if it's certainly an apt description (and, frankly, if that doesn't grab your attention, I have no idea what will).
Given the recent over-reactions regarding the Ebola outbreak Stateside, this is also a very timely work. The plot revolves around modifying Ebola with another potent, top-secret viral weapon, to create an even deadlier pathogen. And, of course, that works out about as well as you would expect it to... The nasty bits start flying, and yada, yada, yada, there's a zombie-like outbreak tearing across the globe and destroying humanity. I really enjoyed Smith's take on the infected, and zombie is probably too simplistic a comparison. Think of something zombie-like crossed with a little bit of the flukeman from The X-Files, with incredible strength and reflexes. They're a legitimately gonzo, hostile threat.
Extinction Horizon is a white-knuckle thrill ride, filled with action and loads of suspense. I absolutely loved it, and cannot wait to see what comes next. Highly Recommended!
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Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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