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?
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While the strory is well structred and moves at a good pace the whole audio book experience is let down by poor narration. Someone like R.C. Bray should have performed this novel as it requires much more expression and dynamic input than the Bronson Pinchot could bring to bear.
I know some reviews are critical of Bronson Pinchot's narration, but I think he's does a great job. He sounds like a gruff, military type.
I've listen to to the rest of this series and to this work on the Larry Correia's Grimnior Chronicles.
I think he gets more into the story as the series continues so his narration improves.
This is the worst rated book in the series as if you don't like book 1, you aren't going to like the next 4 books.
For me, it was a very exciting and well paced book. Perfect gym and running listening material. It kept me hooked and I listened to all 5 books without a break.
The narration of this is terrible, almost like bad acting as no emotion seems to be shown by the person reading, guess this is the closest thing to having it read to you by a Vulcan.
A good start to a book series os one that leaves you wanting more! And this is defenietly one of them. Nicholas writing lets you inmerse into the story, you find yourself wanting to help the Ghost Team and after wanting to help the Scientists. Bronson Pinchot is a believeble reader, the only thing i did'nt like was he finished every chapter emphasising the last few worlds. But that is a personal thing. Over all very enjoyable
After listening to all the audible books from the Arisen series that are currently available I thought I'd try something similar. This series was recommended.
The narrator was quite difficult to get into at the start of the book. The first 6 chapters the narrator just sounded bored and flat but after that the narrator got better.
The story and the characters were ok. There wasn't really any one character that stood out and I never finished a chapter on the edge of my seat but I'm still curious where the story will go next so I have the next book in the series ready to go.
I would have been slightly disappointed if I had spent an audible credit on it but luckily it was part of kindle unlimited.
"Great listening experience"
This audiobook seriously made me feel like I was listening to a movie. Bronson turned Smith's breakthrough novel into a living, breathing story. I can't recommend this one highly enough. If you like post-apocalyptic/science fiction thrillers then this is for you. Probably the best audiobook I've listened to besides The Martian.
"Finally! Great Journey"
Characters are believable with human emotions - not just the brave "hero." Storyline is captivating with just enough science mixed in. Different take on the normal zombie using bio weapons as we all really think they are being used now. Story moves very fast but author knows how to make you connect with each one.
I want to see what happens next.
"Intense and Gripping Action Scenes Packed with Suspense"
I have listened to and read well over 100 books in the Post-Apocalyptic and Zombie genres and by far have to say this is one of the best. A thrilling and suspenseful mix of horrifying zombies with an excellent plot and story line that builds a relationship and depth with each character. Add to that the realistic and superbly painted scenes you can see, touch, and smell. Nicholas knows his stuff and it shows in this book - Pinchot knocked it out of the park - an excellent combination of writing and narration - don't miss this one! Highly recommended.
"Good Fix For Your Zombie Addiction"
A lot of the zombie books, I have listened to recently, haven't really focused on the zombies. They have been more about how horrible human nature is and how horrible we would all act in a crisis. This book did have the evil human being. That wasn't the focus of the book. Refreshingly it was actually about ZOMBIES! I don't need a book to remind me of how horrible human nature is. We can get a flavor of horrible human behavior by turning on the TV. The main characters were strong and likable. The narrator did a great job of portraying the different characters. The author's descriptions of the zombies and their carnage was vivid but would not be offensive to even the mildest of listeners. I enjoyed this book so much I purchased the second one while waiting in traffic on the way home.
"What the WWZ movie wanted to be...."
I read/watch/play a LOT of zombie fiction. This book lays the groundwork for a series that can only be described as a killer addition to the genre.
Honestly, this the story the World War Z movie tried to be. I wish they would have kept that movie closer to the book, and then found Extinction Horizon to make their fast, rage-filled zombie flick.
From this book's stellar opening, I was hooked.
"Humans: Our Own Worst Enemies"
Beckham and Dr. Lovato
Nicholas Sansbury Smith really knows his creepy. He really knows what would make his readers' skin crawl. Clicking joints will make me even more queasy from now on. The "zombies" were described so well and written so believably. Actually the way they came about is also seriously believable, too scary, too real. I loved it. Humans, we're our own worst enemy.
A fun, fast-paced, crazy ride. Can't wait to see what happens next!
"Non-stop action and thrills"
Intense, action-packed, topical.
Beckham, great action lead, a badass soldiers and man of honor.
First time but he effectively brings the material to life. Great, masculine power to the narration that complements the action-tone of the story. Effective emotional range.
There are some emotional, adrenaline-charged high points to the story that kept me on the edge of my seat.
This made for a gripping listening experience. Can't wait for the next one.
"Not really worth the money."
I have enjoyed almost all the books I have bought except two and this is one of them. Non-stop violence and mayhem. Not worth the money. I want a refund!
"Not a catchy story or narrative"
I listened for a solid 30 minutes. The story, while descriptive, didnt hook me in. In this particular case I think it was a 60/40 split, with 60 going to the way the story was written and 40 going to a flat narrator. I felt disappointed in the first 10 minutes. The story starts off with a boring entrance during Vietnam and it was sorta hard to follow. Really sucks when you burn a credit on a book that you dont like...
Maybe, but not likely.
"BLOOD, IT WAS EVERYWHERE"
I WORK FOR MY RANK
UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, happen in this book, such as two dimensional personalities, tough guys who carry pictures of their mommies with them everywhere, and very amateurish writing. Smith shows he has some talent in glimpses such as an airplane scene, involving BLACK RED VOMIT. Smith does lots of telling, mentions BLOOD a lot, but builds very little suspense. I love a good Zombie story and the best I have read was Cell by Stephen King and First Patient by Jonathan Maberry. Unfortunately this seems to be the genre that new authors seem to think they can gain fortune with. They may be right as this has a lot more glowing reviews then I would expect, as do many Zombie books.
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