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Summary

Channel Two predicted a blanket of snow for Thanksgiving weekend - unusual, but not alarming for the little Maine island. What comes is a blinding blizzard, and a mass disappearance of nearly every person Robby Pierce knows. He and his family flee, trying to escape the snow and the invisible forces stealing people right from the street. 

Miles away, Brad Jenkins battles the same storm. Alone, he attempts to survive as snow envelops his house. When the storm breaks, Brad makes his way south to where the snow ends and the world lies empty.

Join Brad, Robby, and the other survivors as they fight to find the truth about the apocalypse and discover how to live in their new world.

©2013, 2017 Ike Hamill (P)2018 Ike Hamill

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Different. Really enjoyed..

Different take on the end of the world. Really enjoyed it. Worth a listen. Good characters

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Imagine

Extinct - One of Ike Hamills best works, in fact as good as Stephen King's .
Is it a horror, a thriller or a bit post apoc - it works in all those categories.
Brilliant piece of writing. I read the book a couple of years back, and just finished listening to the audiobook and have started re-listening again it's so good.
Narration is just how I imagined and paints wonderful pictures of fear & confusion.
I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my own request, and voluntarily leave this review.

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An excellent apocalyptic story fresh & different

This is excellent. I love the two different story threads. We have a young genius or at least someone with a perfect memory facing the ultimate storm and disappearances of everyone. Contrasting this a man living remotely but comfortably in a cabin in the woods with an intelligent and ever growing vine. I love the contrast of the two story arcs with a both excellent. You wonder when they will meet up although both are engaging in their own rights. I really like both of these characters and all of the characters throughout. I like the way we go when the two characters stories do come together and I was hooked throughout.

The pace of the book is brilliant. Spooky and isolating at times and intense in moments. Some really great moments as well in what is a really good story. I really enjoyed the narration which gives a great sense of the characters as well as keeping the pace enjoyable and perfect for the story.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Animals don't know sh*t about zippers.

Extinct is a very refreshingly different take on the coming of the end of life as we know it and the first half had this reader absolutely rivitted to the two seperate story lines - that of Robby, a young teenager living with his parents on an island off of Maine, and the other, set several months earlier, of Brad, who discovers some unpleasant stinging vines at the edge of the garden of his remote cabin in the forest. With alternating chapters about each of the protagonists, the situations become increasingly bizarre and terrifying, the tensions rise dramatically and it all seems mysterious and strange.
Eventually, the storylines converge and Bobby and Brad join forces.
And at this point, the wondering mysteries seem to deteriorate into the more conventional horror of apocalyptic tales - still different, perhaps, but without the weird drama of earlier - and loses some of the magnetic pull. The ending felt less than fully thought out, too.

But then, of course, it wasn't really the ending. With more books to come after, there is still time to explain all of the questions still left unresolved: about the plants and the holes and men from the government, the strange markings on a cellar wall, the constant falling snow, the darkness things and the constant theories from the rather overly pushy teenage boy.
Throughout it all, the narration of Kyle Tait remains consistently good, his slightly gruff voice slow paced, echoing the text, emphasizing the atmosphere and giving good individual voice to each of the protagonists.

My thanks to the rights holder of Extinct who, at my request freely gifted me a complimentary copy, via Audiobook Boom. It started so well, eery and fascinating, drawing me into it's terrifyingly unusual story. But it wasn't sustained and so much was unanswered, replaced with simple apocalyptic horror, or else simply strangely ignored. Perhaps a later continuation will resolve these anomalies but I would have preferred less left abandoned in this volume.
Will I continue to follow Robby and Brad into book two? Not sure.

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Great listen!

I read/listen to alot of apocalyptic horror and was surprised to find a new and original storyline in this book. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series being released on audiobook.

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  • KarmaKarma
  • 16-08-18

One of my favorite authors

I love how Mr. Hamill writes and this book is no exception. The plot develops slowly, sucking you in until food and sleep don't matter-- you have to find out what happens! This is one of those audiobooks that you will listen to again, to catch the subtle clues that end up meaning so much. Highly recommend!

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  • Drew
  • 14-08-18

Great book.

I loved this book. I thought it would be a totally different story then it was. Loved the survivor story it developed into. Very happy that I went with my gut and got this book. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Brian
  • 27-08-18

I Felt So Middle-of-the-Road About This

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I've owned this book on Kindle for years now and never picked it up to start it. So, when I found out that it was released on Audible - I jumped because I thought I would finally have the time to listen to it and get it off of my TBR pile.  Unfortunately, my subconscious was telling me something.  Extinct was just an "eh" kind of book that stumbled its way through dialogue and premise settings.  A redeeming factor was that it was action packed and Hamill seemed to be able to write the action scenes with ease.

I do not normally read other reviews for books before I read a book - and I didn't change that for Extinct.  I did, however, read some when I was having a hard time with this book and it seems like my worries were founded.

The biggest issue I had with this book was that as a reader, I'm not given any real "extra' information about the mysterious things that are going on.  I get keeping me in the dark to add some extra suspense, but it didn't work.  It just angered and confused me.  Things would happen and I thought, "sweet, now we'll finally find out...nope."  You can only take that for so long before you feel like the author is punishing you.

Another issue that I had with the book was that it was just too darn long.  There was absolutely no reason to write 6 hours of backstory for these characters.  Their lives weren't important or full enough to warrant that amount of backstory. Some of the best stories have a full story-arc at the 6-hour mark and in Extinct we were just getting into the story.

Some of the positives for this were that it seemed like a new and interesting take on the Post-Apocalyptic world. I've read quite a few books in this genre and it's a genuine surprise when it's something I've never read or heard before. But, saying that - it wasn't executed to the best I thought it could have been.  I'm not sure if Hamill will go in the direction(s) that I expected in the other books in this series because it wasn't done in the first book and we were left without an ending (or some might say enough of an ending, but a major cliffhanger).  I will not be continuing it to find out. I just can't hang in there for more books.

If it weren't for Kyle Tait's narration of this - I don't know if I could have finished it.  He was able to convince me to stay along for the ride since he was giving the characters such depth and keeping the pacing as fast as he could. Thankfully Tait's voice was like a beacon in the dark.  I knew that it was going to take me to safety at some point. I requested a review copy of this book - it has not affected my review in any way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-08-18

Promising concept but not without problems.

Extinct the first book Ike Hamill's Extinct series has an interesting and promising premise, but the book is not without it's problems. I won't post any spoilers, but I will say the idea behind what is causing the extinction of humanity is quite original, and for the most part the story held my interest, but as I said it was not without its issues. The first half of the book basically bounces back and forth between two different characters as they struggle to come to grips with what it happening. There are definitely some pacing issues, but the real problem is the excessive use of the character's names. What do I mean? Let me explain. As I said the book jumps back and forth between just two characters for much of the first half of the book. There are Brad chapters and Robby chapters. And during these chapters, for the most part, they are the only characters in the chapter. It's a survival story and we are witnesses their individual struggles. And yet for some reason it almost feels like Mr. Hamill is afraid we'll forget whose chapter it happens to be and so is constantly using the characters name. Brad is hungry. Brad makes a tuna sandwich. Brad eats the tuna sandwich. Brad cleans the plate. lol okay it might be that bad, but it's dang close. Ike, dude, use a pronoun every now and then, lol. And to be fair he didn't always do that, but there would be sections where you just couldn't not notice it. Now had I been reading it and not listening to it it wouldn't have bothered me so much, as my eyes and brain would have skipped over that names, but listening you can't help but notice. Now as for the story, as I said the concept behind it was quite cool, but towards the end it kind of falls apart. Some new characters and a subplot are kinda sorta introduced but never completely explored/explained. Also there are definitely issues with the 'solution'...I'm struggling to explain without posting spoilers, let me just say that there are things that seem to come/happen out of nowhere, without any indication of why these are happening or without any hinting/foreshadowing that they'd even be possible. That being said I am kind of interested in knowing what comes next, so he must have done something right.

Kyle Tait's narration is great. He definitely did a good job of bringing the characters and world to life, and despite the issues I had with the story, his narration made listening to this book an enjoyable experience.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Cody
  • 09-08-18

A Better "Yesterday's Gone"

This book starts out pretty strange, and then it gets stranger. For a while I was ready to give up in it, thinking it was kinda directionless and just being odd for the sake of being odd. But then about half way through it starts to tie the story up and get some direction. After that the story really draws you in, and I was happy I stuck with it. It had a similar feel to Yesterday's Gone without but with only one narrator and two POV characters (which I though made it easier to follow). The story had a few plot holes and was shaky at times, but overall it was pretty good. The narration was perfect. I'd say of you enjoy strange sci-fi like Yesterday's Gone or Welcome to Night Vale, this one is for you.

I received this book for free in exchange for a fair review.

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  • T. Lamb
  • 22-07-18

Are they even human?

One of my creative writing professors in college said it best. “Don’t tell them (your readers). Show them.” He meant by using the method of fleshing out characters, building worlds and situations, and by never giving away your true story or plot ‘til the very end. This author did none of that. Within the first hour of the book, he had a character, a 13 year old boy, already talking about extinction and that was only after a few people disappeared (and that was done “off screen”). The so called “scary” parts were barely a blip in the radar. And the way the rest of the characters reacted when people snatched in unbelievable ways right in front of them was beyond nonexistent (these were friends and family who were just snatched and they were like “oh, well, let’s keep going”). I’m only a couple hours in and am struggling to keep going. I really wanted to like this book but there are far better ones like Koontz’s The Taking or Brant’s The Dark. Save your credit or buy those.

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  • Keith LaDue
  • 13-08-18

Very chilling story!

Extinct is a fine mixture of sci-fi an horror. Shifted to the side of horror. It has extremely fine twists/turns throughout the book. Because of the extreme horrific events, it made the story unpredictable. That is not a bad thing. Anyway, Ike Hamill has a winner on his hands. I will soon be picking up the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. Now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Victoria Haugen
  • 28-09-18

SCARY GOOD!

Very interesting and unique take in the post-apocalyptic genre, really liked it! I love anything scary or gory, and this was a delight! (well, you know what I mean haha!)

All kinds of nasty and scary things can happen during a blizzard.... and here, it does. As people emerge, not everyone is there, some are missing and no one seems to know what happened to them... untilllllllllllllllll :) Was it a rapture? Aliens? Hmmmm.
An intriguing listen, I found it a tiny bit confusing at times, but overall really enjoyed it :) :)
Cool story, and great narration!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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  • Deedra
  • 13-09-18

Extinct

I really liked this book.An invasive species of plants shows up on Brads property.By the time the clean up people come,there are more issues,including those clean up people.Then the snow starts on Thanksgiving and doesn't stop.Robby is a kid on an island.He sees people just dissapear in the snow,yanked from above.Eventually Brad and Robby meet and hatch a plan of survival.I found some things weren't explained enough that I understood WHY they did it but all in all it was a great ride! Narration by Kyle Tait was very good.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • RJ
  • 13-08-18

An extremely odd tale for sure!

In Extinct we follow two survivors of a massive snow storm; the Robby Pierce family and Brad Jenkins a widower who lives several miles away. As our survivors head out looking for safety and supplies they discover an alarming lack of people. As time goes by they find people are being taken up into the sky to disappear. Reminds me of the Rapture, but no similarity is referred to. Other startling discoveries involve all-consuming pools of water that absorbed anything coming in contact. Ultimately Robby and Brad’s path cross. There are several other survivors, but their stories are just as vague and confusing as Brads. There are plenty of theories and conspiracies, but no one seems to know what has happened or why. Robby has a weird theory about a sentient organism to the north that intends to take over the earth. Somehow he convinces the other survivors and off they go to find and stop this hypothetical organism. An extremely odd tale to be sure, but it’s just curious enough to get to the ending; such as it was. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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