Facing Extinction Head-On

What do you do when an Amazon and USA Today best-selling author asks you to write a story and help launch a brand new Kindle Worlds property based on his enormously popular and much-loved series? Well, as a fan of Nicholas Sansbury Smith's Extinction Cycle series, and a fan of the man himself, I must admit, the answer was easy. I said yes.

The Extinction Cycle series is a combination of thrillingly badass military action and cutting-edge medical science that presents a zombie apocalypse scenario unlike any other. William Massa, author of the Silicon World and Occult Assassin series, described these books as "World War Z meets the Hot Zone." 

Today, Amazon is launching their latest Kindle World licensed from Smith's series, hot on the heels of Nick's release of book six, Extinction Aftermath. My title, From the Ashes, is set during the aftermath of Operation Reaper, which occurred in the latter half of Extinction Horizon (Extinction Cycle Book 1).

From the Ashes introduces a set of new characters, and takes the fight against the infected right into the streets of the Motor City. Here's the synopsis:

In an effort to contain the spread of the Hemorrhage Virus, the United States government launched an attack on its nation's cities. Hundreds of thousands of lives, and a number of major cities, were lost in Operation Reaper but the monsters created by the bioengineered virus remained.

A small team of Army Rangers have entered the ruins of Detroit in an effort to save whatever refugees they can, and stop whatever creatures they encounter. In an all-or-nothing gambit, the Rangers will soon discover that in the heart of the Motor City, evil rises from the ashes.

I had a tremendous amount of fun writing this story, and it's a pretty lean novella, clocking in at 30,000 words.

My aim was to put a Black Hawk Down spin on the EC events, set in a city close to my own home. From the Ashes is my first pure military thriller. While both Convergence and Emergence had some elements of a military thriller in them, and were pretty heavily inspired by a number of military thrillers I've enjoyed as a reader, From the Ashes is definitely a straight-up boots on the ground military sci-fi horror. And hopefully it will function well enough within the world Nick has already firmly established for readers to enjoy.

You can find From the Ashes on Amazon for $1.99.

If you are not familiar with the Extinction Cycle series, you can find all six books on Amazon.

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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