Book Chat: Extinction Age
The Extinction Cycle Book 3
by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Beckham and his team try to survive the onslaught of Variants beneath the streets of NY while Kate races to discover a way to kill the creatures wiping out humanity.
MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.
Humans are losing the war. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of 1st Platoon must battle through the tunnels–where they make a grisly discovery.
Dr. Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants when a derelict Navy Destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline carrying yet another threat.
As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction. Will they prevail–or will mankind vanish off the face of the planet?
Reed Beckham and his team don’t know if they can escape death in the sewers of NY. Variants attack and they fight. What they discover in one sector is too horrific – a nest where the Variants stash their food – humans. Beckham saves one woman near him, then using grenades, he blows up the nest and the team flees the tunnels. Fortunately, the Plum Island base sends helicopters to pick them up. While Beckham’s team was in NY, the island was invaded by Variants; many survivors were slaughtered, but Kate and other characters we know are fine.
When supplies start running low on the island, Colonel Jensen requests supplies from General Kennor. The General says no and the Captain comes up with a plan. One of the island’s lookouts had just spotted a Navy destroyer adrift. Jensen will send several teams aboard to search for food, ammo and guns. Of course Beckham volunteers to lead his team. Though at first it seems a ghost ship, soon each team is attacked by Variants. It’s a battle royal as the soldiers try to survive. These Variants are even more dangerous, for they leak blood from their eyes and nose, making them contagious.
In the meantime, Kate comes up with a way to kill the Variants. The delivery system is tricky and will be transmitted to the bloodstream through cancer drugs. Her “medicinal poison”, named Kryptonite, piggy-backs with the cancer drugs, targeting the same cells that the cancer meds strike. Where do they get the large supply they need?
FEMA seems the best choice. The agency maintained a huge stock at Raven Rock, the underground bunker set up for important government officials. Unfortunately the base has dropped off the communication grid. A team had been sent earlier when contact was lost, but they never reported in, so the Colonel knows the base has been overrun. Beckham’s team and others are sent to secure the meds and save any personnel left alive. Of course they find much resistance from the Variants. Still, they manage to extract several truckloads of the drugs, plus rescue people, including the Secretary of State.
When they return to Plum Island, Colonel Wood, who runs the military operations at the island, makes it clear the drugs are only for America. He won’t even consider sharing with U.S. allies. Reed and others sense of “right” and horror won’t allow this; any cure is supposed to be shared with the world. A battle erupts and our heroes win. As the story ends, Kate asks what happens now. Beckham replies, “We get Kryptonite ready and send it over every corner of the… earth”.
This is a very appropriate ending and leaves us readers anxiously awaiting the ongoing saga. Highly recommended for zombie and Nicholas Sansbury Smith fans.
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NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the February issue.