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Summary

You can give up killing, but death never leaves you....

After a lifetime of hunting down criminals, Ryan just wants to live out his days in peace and in the shadows of Tokyo to grieve the loss of his wife and son. But his old team - the Nameless, experts in extraction and recon - comes with an urgent request for help. The young daughter of one of his closest friends, a girl he once treated as his own, has been kidnapped.

The search leads Ryan and his team into the Japanese mountains and a town steeped in secrets that a new sinister adversary wishes to keep hidden. He begins to unravel a deep, macabre plot that goes far beyond this missing girl. With enemies from the past remerging, they begin targeting members of the Nameless. Ryan quickly realizes that no matter how hard he tries to leave this world behind, it will never let him go until he defeats his demons. Those demons are not just after him, and if they aren’t stopped, it could put all of humanity at risk.

©2020 Adrian J. Smith (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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I've been waiting over twenty years for this

The premise of the story is one I came across many years ago and have been waiting for again and for the most part it has not disappointed. A really great listen (or read if you have the book) with an exciting storyline with an international setting. So nice to get away from 'everything happens in america' stories, though the states still is still a significant part of the story line, and Heroes who are not all star spangled and flag waving. There are a multitude of interesting and engaging characters, heroes and villains, a storyline that gets you hooked fast and keeps you guessing as to what is coming next with plot line twists that make you sit up and take notice. Good dialogue between the character's and plenty of action to get your teeth into as they say. I've already formed solid opinions on who needs to die in book two and that's always a good sign that the author has you and that you are invested in the conclusion. Don't let me down... So why only 4 stars? The main reason for this is that whilst the basis premise is a personal favourite subject of mine, the way in which it has come about went beyond the limits that my imagination would allow as plausible. Now, it's fiction, it's not meant to be realistic and I am not looking for that, but when I ask myself, could this happen? I tell myself yes, but not in this way. It's just a little niggle that sometimes has me grimace. Another reason is that I feel the author missed a trick. This subject has the potential to scare the lunch out of you, and I would have preferred it if it had. A book that makes you lie awake at night thinking about the 'what if's ' is an excellent book, but for me the true horror of this technology has not been realised. That said, I really enjoyed it and there are enough plausible what if's in there to have me thinking about the book when I'm not actively listening to it and I am definitely hooked for book two.

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  • Lisa L
  • 30-03-21

What a start to a series!

This promises to be a series full of action and intrigue. I loved this first book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in the genre or who just loves a great story. You can’t miss here. I’m anxiously awaiting book 2!

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  • Jesse
  • 30-03-21

Whispers of Ash

Whisper of Ash.
From rural Japan to the sprawling Redwoods the setting brings the apocalypse to life in way I’ve NEVER seen before. Starting as a “simple thriller”, I was pleased when this took a turn for the strange. The twists and turns of this novel caught me surprise, but they never felt out of place. As I read, the characters (especially Ryan, Allie and Zanzi) came life so vividly I cast actors to play them.
Adrian J. Smith is definitely a name you’ll need to know if you enjoy sci-fi or post apocalyptic fiction.

This is definitely the best book I’ve read 2021.

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  • A. Cosstick
  • 02-04-21

A twisting thrill ride

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening to this book. I really enjoyed the Extinction NZ books and the narration so I was confident it would be good. It didn't disappoint! As the action unfolds you are taken from wartime Philippines to modern day Japan, Oregon and California. Each chapter has plenty of action and the unexpected twist in direction is what I enjoyed the most.
If you like post apocalyptic thrillers and want something different then I can't recommend this enough.

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  • Sandra L Thomas
  • 31-05-21

A Different take on an apocalyptic virus!

Very entertaining story! Good character development for the main characters! Would be interesting to see how some of the minor characters ended knowing our main characters and helping them now. Might make some great side novellas for another day. Moving on to the second audio as I'm anxious to see what is going to happen next and how many will survive.

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  • Cindy
  • 01-04-21

Great opener for a new series

Adrian J Smith has done an excellent job with this opening salvo for a new series of evil corporate America (and then some) versus a few with true morals and honor. If you like Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Anthony J Melchiorri, and Alanson (his first name escapes me. soot), then you should enjoy this tightly thrilling story.

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  • 18-04-21

The story jumps right off the page!

Did you hear the tires squeal, cause this story just took off in a hurry! If you like fast pace and fast action, this book is for you! Smith crafts his story with careful consideration to characters. I enjoy the good guys and bad guys and you'll love as Adrian Smith moves this story along with an adrenaline push. I also enjoyed the location of Japan. Lived there and so it was like revisiting an old friend. This is a great listen and Corkhill did a fantastic job with his many voices. Looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend.

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  • KAG
  • 02-07-21

Never really got into it

The narrator was really good but the whole story I struggled with. Not that it did no thave merit, Just donot think it was my thing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-04-21

So good!

WOW, this series starts with a bang and a unique premise. I can't wait for book 2. Post apocalyptic readers should love this new take on the genre by an up and coming author.

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  • G. Allen
  • 30-05-21

This one tricked me

I just finished several series by another author, so when I started this it took a little bit to suck me in. I'm really glad I stuck it out. Following the Nameless as they fight to save humanity has really sucked me in and I can't get enough. Adrian Smith is a great author and paints a very addicting universe. While I'm sad to see my current book end, I'm still a little excited for it because I can't wait to see what he did in the Extinction Univers.

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  • 02-04-21

Love this book and narrator

I love stories set in Japan and this one had me glued to my headphones from the beginning. This is a very interesting and different story with good characters and a unique storyline. I can't wait to see what happens next. Great work by the author and narrator!

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