Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, #1) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, #1)

THE WORST OF NATURE AND THE WORST OF SCIENCE...WILL BRING THE HUMAN RACE TO THE BRINK...OF EXTINCTIONMaster 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, B...

Details Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, #1)

TitleExtinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, #1)
Release DateDec 29th, 2014
GenreHorror, Zombies, Science Fiction, Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, War, Military Fiction

Reviews Extinction Horizon (The Extinction Cycle, #1)

  • PirateSteve
    This guy, Nicholas Smith, certainly can write a fast paced SciFi thriller. The plotting was realistically done on how a bio-weapon/virus can be created and then the accidental outbreak.Also a good mix of medical vs. military follow through.
  • RedemptionDenied
    This is second time I've read this book, and for reasons I can't quite ascertain - I seem to have enjoyed it more than my first read- through. This is a hybrid of military and medical horror. On July 10th 1968, First Lieutenant Trevor Brett and thirty one marines, are dropped off (via UH-1 Huey helicopters) into the swamps of South Vietnam; their target is a remote village. As they approach their destination, Brett and the other marines have orde...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Humm, well I'd say that this is a high 3. I considered a 4 but really couldn't quite go there. I do think I'll eventually try the next in the series, maybe not right away, but eventually.So, what do we have here? The synopsis tells us it's an extinction event plague that turns some of it's victims into monsters. What we get is the zombie apocalypse... Well, not precisely as the people/monsters aren't truly the 'walking dead" except in the sense t...
  • Michael Flanagan
    I am fast running out of superlatives to describe just how good Nicholas Sansbury Smith is. After being blown away by the first two books of his Orb series this year, this tireless author has crafted yet another exquisite read.After showing us his mastery of the Science Fiction genre he has now turned his hand to a modern day tale of a truly apocalyptic nature. This books combines some my favorite elements of virology, genetic manipulation, horro...
  • Anthony
    Terrifying and thrilling, Extinction Horizon blends elements of genetic engineering and viruses that might be found in a medical thriller with the action you'd expect from a military sci-fi-esque book. The blending of genres and concepts made this an interesting ride through and through. While the suspense during the military portions of the book kept the pages turning, you can't help but be intrigued by the scientists' endeavors as well. If Mich...
  • Nikki
    Loved it! Wished the 2nd book was out already. If you’re a sci-fi fan who has yet to read a Nicholas Sansbury Smith novel…well then, shame on you! Nicholas Sansbury Smith This is a must read for anyone who enjoys a good apocalyptic, zombie-esque, horror, suspense, or medical thriller. There isn’t too much of any one of these elements in Extinction Horizon that would lead me to believe a reader with interests in ANY of the aforementioned gen...
  • Shari Kay
    3.5 ✭This was pretty good. Though not technically a 'zombie apocalypse' story, it's close enough for the comparison and in that regard I got what I expected from EH.The military's secret bio-weapon has gotten out and is spreading at lightening speed throughout the population. Its a deadly combination of Ebola and a mysterious vaccine used in Vietnam to create super soldiers.(the prologue here was moving and began the usual Military/gov as the b...
  • Ms. Nikki
    I'm going to get straight to the point. This read felt recycled. Of course this subject has been written about a gazillion and 1 times, but a writer's voice should be able to change a read, even if it's only subtlety so. The cadence of this story didn't seem to change even when voices were raised. There wasn't enough tension. Phrasing was amateurish. So were the military that didn't seem to know what to do or how to respond when things got real.I...
  • Willow Brooks
    This could REALLY happen!!! Now I'm all freaked out! I feel like I need to prepare myself because some idiot in power could really create a warfare virus that could turn this world upside down. It took me a minute to get into this story and I thought I was not going to like it, but I think it was because my hubby kept interrupting me. Once I got into it and started getting to know the characters a bit, and reading about all the crazy crap that ha...
  • FanFiAddict
    This is the first novel by Smith that I have read and will definitely not be the last. The book features a fast paced story line, enough blood and gore to scare off the squeamish, very credible science and characters that you just have to root for (though there are some you will come to hate). This is definitely not a zombie book, though the Variants do crave flesh and blood. Think of it as a cross between the rage induced humans in 28 Days Later...
  • Faith
    After reading Hell Divers by this author I was expecting something more imaginative. This book was just a generic escaped killer virus thriller, with maybe more gore than usual. I've probably read too many of them to be impressed anymore. I also didn't care for the narrator of the audiobook so I abandoned the book about one third of the way in.
  • Samyann
    Audible AudiobookThe Extinction Cycle series is read by Bronson Pinchot, and consists of at least four novels. This review addresses only the first two. In the area of ten hours each, the stories address the the extinction of the human race. The plot, characters, and story moves seamlessly from novel one through novel two; I cannot speak to the other books in the series. The fundamental premise surrounds the accidental creation of a bio-weapon in...
  • Shana Festa
    The other day I opened my Amazon page to my first book and BOOM--I see this book is a number 1 bestseller. Of course, I did what any author would do. I stalked Nick Smith on social media and demanded he share the secret to his success. Unfortunately, there was no secret. So I bought the book, and figured it out. Want to know what the secret is?The book is excellent! So that best selling rank is well deserved in my opinion. Great job Smith!Now, I ...
  • Kris
    Aaaaand I'm back to running up the stairs from my scary basement
  • The Nerd Daily
    Published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Salima BensalahExtinction Horizon is the explosive first instalment of the successful Extinction Cycle series, and focuses upon the spread of a deadly strain of the Ebola virus as it sweeps across the world. As the infection response rates quicken and there seems to be no way of controlling the virus, it is only a matter of time to find a cure or destroy the infected.Smith’s novel takes an interesting tur...
  • Albert
    Ok - not Zombies but something along the lines.We've got researchers looking for a cure and of course the Special Forces team protecting them or getting in dangerous situations, or both.There is nothing quite new in this Story that i've havent read many times before, the characters never get any depth even the Military guys which are supposed to be "Special" have an "amateurish" touch.There where so many situations where you ask yourself if those...
  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
    Just recently I read "Hell Divers," also by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and it was beyond fantastic! I'm seriously still thinking about that book today. I loved it so much I was determined to buy and read everything else the author has ever written, then lo and behold the next day, I received this awesome email from the author himself generously offering to gift this series to me if I was interested in reading & reviewing it. I was not only pleasantl...
  • Dan Schultz
    The great thing about this book is that you can read one out of every fifty pages and trust that you will be told four more times what just happened.The premise is unnecessarily over the top -- a virus that mutates people into super powered cannibalistic leeches and takes less than a minute to incubate. Two days to spread across the entire United States. There is simply no room for tension or any degree of interest.Twist - (insert the only plot p...
  • Amanda
    wow. this book was terrifying. there were many times where i couldn't put it down! I've already bought all the other books in this series, so I'll be reading the rest very soon
  • Lisa Cleveland
    I've read so many zompoc books over the years that it really takes a lot to impress me. This book didn't impress. That's not to say that it was awful, because I liked the story. I just wasn't rushing through it like I normally do. I did like the science. I don't "science," but this worked for me. The military jargon was kept to a minimum, which I appreciate as all those initials for things that I don't know are too much at times. Mr. Smith did a ...
  • Ronie
    We enjoyed this book, but didn't think it was as good as Sansbury's Hell Divers. Really liked the connection between Beckham and Lavato--good but also daunting.
  • Amy
    Not especially thought-provoking or emotionally-involving, but an exciting story with just enough science and military conspiracy explanations for the plot line to seem plausible (for fiction, anyway). I'm repainting my house and this book kept me company though a lot of patching, priming and painting. You should all know how I feel about books with sequels by now but in case you don't, I was slightly less than overjoyed to find out that this ser...
  • BookLoversLife
    I've had the ebook of this on my kindle for a few years, but kept putting it off, not sure why but I kept thinking it's a case of "same old, same old." Over the years, though, I started seeing more and more of this and the great reviews it was getting, and while browsing Audible, saw it was available. After listening to the sample, it piqued my interest enough to buy it. Over the course of a few months, I bought all of them with my credits and wh...
  • Brian's Book Blog
    A great start to the series4.75 out of 5 starsThey thought they had a cure for ebola -- what they did have was so much worse. The potential cure ends up turning the ebola patients into crazed monsters out for flesh and blood. Beckham and his Delta Force team thought they'd seen it all when they were called to check out an off-the-grid research center where the virus was being tested. They had no idea what they were walking into.The narration of E...
  • Karen
    I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.First thing I have to say is that these are not zombies! They are infected individuals, there is a difference. I know it does not seem important but I am serious about my zombies. Secondly my true rating is 4.5 stars, and that is only because it started a bit slowly for me. I have here an author who can write a great apocalypse and make me enjoy it as the world falls apart. The ...
  • Michael Hicks
    [I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.]Reading a Nicholas Sansbury Smith novel is like watching an epic big-screen, end of the world action flick. The plot is high-concept, the story is visceral, and the heroes are nicely etched and worth rooting for. It's the sort of book that propels the reader forward with every page, and demands to be read in a single sitting because it's just so damn ...
  • Jason Enns
    Plausible twist on the zombie theme. Moves along quickly, fine summer read, not sure I would continue with the series.
  • Frank
    I gave this 2 stars instead of 3 stars because of the looming romance that starts in second act (but was blatantly telegraphed in the first few chapters), wrapped in yet another wacky engineered virus spells doom for human race (excepting the plucky ones and the sexy, single female characters). FFS, how BIG is the market for zombie apocalypse romance??!!What really soured me was the illogical use of a SpecFor team in a urban war zone that contain...
  • David Dalton
    Another good read from Kindle Unlimited. Not exactly zombies, but darn close. Lots of good ole military/virus victims action. I thought this was a well written thriller. The first of a series of EOTW type books. I just checked and the 2nd book: Extinction Edge, is due out in March. Guess I'll get in line and be ready for it. The virus victims mutate and become even more deadlier. Things do not look good for mankind. I'll have to go out and check ...
  • robert campbell
    Zombies meet 28 days laterWas not expecting the book to read the way it did....found this book by searching zombie in the kindle store.....glad it came up .....it's not a zombie book...it's a monster book or maybe better put it's a end of the world tale that unfortunately could actually happen ....unlike walking dead creatures this is truly a disease that I can see man creating if they haven't already...get this book...well written and a great re...