Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Book Review: Extinction Edge by Nicholas Sansbury Smith (EH #2)


The dust from Dr. Kate Lovato’s bioweapon has settled. Projections put death counts in the billions. Her weapon was supposed to be the endgame, but it turned a small percentage of those infected with the Hemorrhage Virus into something even worse.

Survivors call them Variants. Irreversible epigenetic changes have transformed them into predators unlike any the human race has ever seen. And they are evolving.

With the doomsday clock ticking, the fractured military plans Operation Liberty—a desperate mission designed to take back the cities and destroy the Variant threat. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham agrees to lead a strike team into New York City, but first he must return to Fort Bragg to search for the only family he has left.

My Review:

At Plum Island, Kate discovers Central Command may have considerably underestimated the Variant population in New York. As Operation Liberty draws closer, Kate warns Beckham that Team Ghost won’t just face their deadliest adversary yet, they may be heading into a trap… 

Kate's bioweapon has killed 90% of the infected population but the others are turning into a variant kind of creature who is more intelligent, more dangerous and more lethal. Kate is horrified by the prospect that ground forces are being sent into the cities to kill the variants, including Team Ghost into New York. She and Ellis think they are going to need another bioweapon to kill the remaining variants and get to work on it.

Beckham and Horn are given permission to go back to Fort Bragg to look for survivors but they are overwhelmed by the amount of monsters in their path and ammunition is in short supply. Rescue comes at the hands of Chow and Jinx with four army rangers, who take them into the tunnels where the survivors are hiding. Horn is about to find out the fate of his wife and children and everyone who was at Fort Bragg when the zombies attacked. Now they are going to need to call for extraction and hope that all of them can make it to the incoming helicopters alive. Seeing a variant who seems to be giving orders to the rest is deeply troubling...

The mission to clear out the cities is about to begin but Kate fears that the number of variants has been badly underestimated but nobody seems prepared to listen to her. As she watches Jensen and Team Ghost prepare for the mission, she fears that a disaster is brewing. But Plum Island itself is going to face it's own problems with an incoming helicopter...

I loved the introduction of the new characters Chow, Jinx and Fitz after losing several members of Team Ghost in the first book. Fitz was a soldier until losing two legs in combat in the Middle East and has been feeling somewhat ignored and useless. When Beckham and Horn arrive and give him weapons so he can fight the zombies, Fitz is given a new purpose and finally feels he can contribute to the war effort. I love his character and I'm looking forward to seeing what they do.  

We are also following a side story of Meg, Jed and Rex who are trapped in a New York firehouse, hiding from the prowling variants in a basement. They witnessed the extraction of Beckham's team from the city and Meg thinks if they can get closer to that area, there is a chance that they might be spotted and rescued. Rex is frightened by the prospect of going out into the open and being attacked by the variants but the packs are getting too close to their hiding place, leaving them little option. As they leave the safety of their hideout, they are ready for trouble.

The fast pace of the story continues in this book which is what makes it such a great read. Team Ghost face several very dangerous situations which leaves your heart in your mouth as you fear for their survival. I love the characters and the plot, and the twist of the bioweapon turning some into this feared new strain was great for the story. I recommend it to fans of zombie books and who like apocalypse books.

Read May 2017.
5 stars


  1. It's always fun to find a new kind of zombie. One was giving orders? Uh oh. So not good!

  2. Apocalypse and zombies...count me in! This series sounds like a lot of fun. I'll have to look for this one at my library. :)

    1. This is book two in the series so make sure you read Extinction Horizon first!

  3. This is creepy good looking. Drat...Book II. I'll have to check the library.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. It's indie published, though it has been recently bought by a bigger publisher and is being reissued in mass market paperback. It should be available pretty soon in libraries I'd think.