By Nicolas Sansbury Smith
Nicolas Sansbury Smith made his debut with Biomass Revolution, which was quickly followed by the Orbs Series. His latest series is The Extinction Cycle. After rereading book one for this review, I was reminded how effective military science fiction can be as a lens to watch civilization unravel. In this tour de force, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham leads the action with his elite Ghost Team. A new threat emerges from the history books, as failed Vietnam Era experimentation with VX-99, a serum designed to enhance soldiers during combat, mixes with Ebola, a new strand runs rampant. The virus causes its victims to contort and reform into deadly creatures. As the pandemic intensifies, Beckham and Ghost Team are tasked with securing Doctor Kate Lovato, a virologist with the Center for Disease Control. The clock ticks as the crew searches for the origin of VX-99 and struggle to find a cure.
Extinction Horizon is a high-octane rush that forces the reader to go from page 324 to page one of book two. As civilization declines into mayhem at the hands of monstrous-humanoids, our heroes experience love and lost during humanity’s final hour. Hope is not easily found in the world of The Extinction Cycle. EH’s drama and action is on par with The Walking Dead with strong character leads and satisfying moments of heroism. It’s a beautiful cross between hard-hitting zombie fiction and Michael Crichton-styled science. Highly Recommended!
Written on 5th October 2015 by D. L. Denham .