Extinction Ashes (Extinction Cycle: Dark Age Book 3) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony Melchiorri
The latest book in the Extinction Series continues to deliver a powerful and action-packed ten hours of suspense. It is truly up to Timothy, Fitz, Team Ghost, Kate, Beckham, and Horn to defeat the “new gods” and crack the purpose of the variant webbing. There is not a moment in which anyone is at peace, it is a consuming war in which trust is valuable and not easily given but life can be snuffed out in an instant. So many different pieces to the story are moving at once but the authors, Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony J. Melchiorri keep everything flowing and consistent.
I would have to echo what many others have said about this series; the characters are so well developed that they are like one of the family. As a listener one cannot help but groan out loud when Timothy, Fitz, Beckham or Horn are caught between a rock and a hard place. Smith and Melchiorri have a talent for connecting the listeners to the characters in the book – there are some you can’t help but love and others … you hope Karma comes around in the form of a variant or bullet and takes care of the right ones!
This was an intense book, it took me several days to get through it only because I was so involved in the book. I would find myself experiencing a wide range of emotions – relief, anger, fear, OMG moments and then the strong feelings of patriotism, dedication, and duty. Those real feelings that not many of us experience throughout lives now except vicariously through books and movies but they are accurate feelings that I have seen throughout my family members who have served in Korea, Vietnam, WWII and more. Smith and Melchiorri are very perceptive and talented storytellers to be able to invoke those feelings with words along. Their words reveal the passion and dedication very strongly.
RC Bray, as a narrator, is the best! His ability to speak in different tones and inflections helps move the book along as well as cement that connection to the characters for the listener. His distinctive voices are strong and well-executed. I cannot imagine listening to the Extinction Series without him present – he has become the voice of the characters!
There were no issues with the production quality of this book.
Star Rating: * * * * *
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