Review: Left to Darkness by Craig Saunders

left_to_darknessAbout Left To Darkness

A meteor strikes the Earth. Dirt and dust fill the air. Only a few people remain under the setting skies, and those who still live find it’s not God’s England anymore.

It’s the Devil’s turn.

Lines are drawn between the dark and light. For the darkness, James Finley and his cult for the end of days. On the side of light, Paul Deacon, the lost policeman, and Dawn Graves, the last mother.

To survive, they must put their lives in one man’s hands: Frank Liebowicz, a killer with a soft spot for lost causes. Because come Armageddon, God won’t choose his champions.

They’ll choose themselves.


About the Author

Craig Saunders is the author of over thirty novels and novellas, first published with ‘Rain’ in 2011. Stories include ‘Flesh and Coin’, ‘The Estate’, ‘Deadlift’ and ‘Masters of Blood and Bone’, called ‘A rare treat from a master of horror’ by The Examiner.

His writes dark fiction/horror with an element of crime or mystery, and epic fantasy. His shorter fiction appears in various anthologies and magazines. Sometimes he dabbles with humour – but only when he’s feeling serious.

Born in 1972 in London, England, Craig did some stuff (like growing up – abridged version), then studied Japanese and Law in Cardiff, Wales. After deciding the legal side of the law wasn’t much fun, he left British shores to live and work in Japan. He has experimented with jobs as diverse as a translator and interpreter, English teacher, editor, dog walker, carpenter, doorman, and others besides.

He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children, likes nice people and good coffee.

Find out more at:
http://www.craigrsaunders.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/craigrsaundersauthor
@Grumblesprout


My Thoughts

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher via NetGalley.]

I first became aware of Craig Saunders with the release of another DarkFuse title, Masters of Blood and Bone, in the early part of 2015. For me, that title was an elegantly written, and perfectly crafted, fusion of dark horror, fantasy, and noir. In short, it’s a tough title to beat and sets a rather lofty benchmark for Saunders to reach on subsequent novels. And so, I came into Left to Darkness with a certain measure of expectation.

The setting is England, in the months prior to and the days following a meteor strike that heralds the apocalypse. Saunders bounces the narrative around his primary characters – the overweight Paul Deacon, a policeman who has settled into his career after many years, a pregnant Dawn Graves, whose husband was recently murdered, and hitman Frank Liebowicz. Life in the End Days puts them up against a cannibalistic cult, its members clad in sack cloth and barbed wire crowns, led by James Finley.

And while the meteor-ruined landscape is an impressive locale, it’s the characters that are of prime importance here. Saunders displays a knack for developing each of them sufficiently well, enough that when danger befalls them there is an honest sense of worry and a few squirm-inducing moments that hit all the right “oh shit” notes one would expect and demand of a post-apocalypse survival horror story.

Frank pretty well steals the show here: not quite the hitman with a heart of gold pastiche, but still an easily relateable enough figure with an iron will. He’s a tough bastard, a friggin’ tank, bound and determined to survive, meteors be damned. Dawn, meanwhile, is utterly sympathetic – pregnant and alone, fending for herself and her unborn child, torn between the safety and security that being alone could bring, but needing to find and rely on other survivors for help in delivering her baby and keeping them safe. The cult members and killers they square off against are nicely drawn as well, but hanging out with Sid and Silvia is like stuffing your head inside a hornets nest. They’re a real bag of crazy, those two.

My only point of contention is that Left to Darkness lacks a truly satisfying resolution. The finale is action-packed and exciting, but there’s a host of information missing between the final chapter and the epilogue. I was somewhat let down by the open-ended nature, but would certainly dig in to any follow-up immediately because the story here is damn compelling, enough that I must know what happens next (or perhaps in between).

As I said earlier, I came into this story with a certain degree of expectation, which was mostly met. Saunders has a clean, straight to the point style that makes for a compelling voice, one that damn near happily drags you from word to word. This book might not have hit all the right notes that I savored in Masters of Blood and Bone, but he gets pretty close and has me fired up for more.

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Review: Left to Darkness by Craig Saunders

Review: Skinner by David Bernstein

skinnerAbout Skinner

For six close friends, a weekend away turns deadly when their vehicle skids off the road and crashes in a remote part of the Adirondack Mountains.

In the direct path of a blizzard, they are hurt, cold and scared, wondering if they’ll make it through the night. But the group’s luck seemingly changes when they take refuge in a small cabin.

Their plan is simple: wait for the storm to pass. But there is something else out there that has its own plans for them.

Invade. Reveal secrets. Invoke madness. Make enemies out of friends. Create chaos. And shed blood.


About the Author

David Bernstein is a dark fiction writer, a horror writer. He writes the gamut, from atmospheric horror to extreme gory horror to dark fiction and dark thriller, oh, and the occasional bizarro tale. Please visit him at davidbernsteinauthor.blogspot.com for more about him and his work or on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/david.bernstein.3


My Thoughts

I have a bit of a soft-spot for horror set in snowy climes, so I was very curious to see what David Bernstein would have in store for readers in SKINNER. For the most part, I was pretty pleased.

The opening chapters hit all the right notes for me, satisfying expectations for a story of this type, but also offering up some intriguing differences. The group stops at a creepy old gas station along the mountain route to a cabin in the woods, and encounter the creepy old gas station attendant – pretty standard fare and an expected well-worn horror staple. When a crazy and sudden snow storm sets in and the travelers are forced off the mountain path in the wake of a car accident, the fun sets in. They find an abandoned shack in the woods, and tensions rise quickly as the supernatural element of the story barges in to wreak havoc and they find themselves surrounded by wolves.

There were some good surprises in the group dynamic, as these friends are forced to confront some awful truths about themselves, and the survival elements bring in a heady dose of fun. The action is well done, and the writing is pretty solid and well-paced. In fact, the good elements in this story far outweigh my few nitpicks. One point of contention is that some of the supernatural stuff here feels cribbed from a Grimm’s’ Fairy Tale and felt a little too borrowed from the fantasy genre for my tastes. Another issue I had, and I’ll issue a small SPOILER WARNING here is that multiple characters end up wandering down the tracks of similar trains of thought, mostly about how, when they escape, they’re going to get filthy rich off their story. They get so wrapped up in their imaginings that they completely forget about how much danger they’re in and have to be sucked back into reality by their buddies. I spent most of the story thinking this was a result of manipulations from the menace they face, but it happens a few times too often that I started to wonder if it was simply a one-note idea or if these characters were really all just that shallow. It’s a minor gripe, and one I’m largely willing to overlook simply because the ride was enjoyable enough.

So, as I said earlier, I dig snow-driven horror and climate-based survival stories are one of my favorite subgenres within horror. Ultimately, Bernstein delivered what I was looking for quite well. The fantasy elements weren’t my cup of tea, but the character interactions and bursts of violence and ratcheting tension held my attention and kept me glued to the page. Mostly it was just an entertaining and fun bit of reading. Nicely done, Mr. Bernstein.

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Review: Skinner by David Bernstein

Review: Tortures of the Damned by Hunter Shea

torturesofthedamnedAbout Tortures of the Damned

SHOCK…

First, the electricity goes—plunging the east coast in darkness after a devastating nuclear attack. Millions panic. Millions die. They are the lucky ones.

AFTER SHOCK…

Next, the chemical weapons take effect—killing or contaminating everything alive. Except a handful of survivors in a bomb shelter. They are the damned.

HELL IS FOR HUMANS

Then, the real nightmare begins. Hordes of rats force two terrified families out of their shelter—and into the savage streets of an apocalyptic wasteland. They are not alone. Vicious, chemical-crazed animals hunt in packs. Dogs tear flesh, cats draw blood, horses crush bone. Roaming gangs of the sick and dying are barely recognizable as human. These are the times that try men’s souls. These are the tortures that tear families apart. This is hell on earth. The rules are simple: Kill or die.


About the Author

Hunter Shea is the author of the novels The Montauk Monster, Sinister Entity, Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, and Evil Eternal. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales and the Cemetery Dance anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on. He lives in New York with his family and vindictive cat. He waits with Biblical patience for the Mets to win a World Series. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at http://www.huntershea.com.

My Thoughts

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher via NetGalley.]

Hunter Shea’s latest finds the Padilla family, and their neighboring couple, Buck and Alexiana, toughing out life in a post-apocalyptic Yonkers where, seemingly, everyone and everything wants them dead, right down to the skunks and racoons.

After a series of attacks on the US mainland force the Padilla’s into Buck’s bomb shelter, they emerge to find a radically changed world. A chemical assault has killed off most of the human population, and animals all across the spectrum – from racehorses to domesticated dogs and cats – have gone berserk. Venturing out into this brave new world for the first time, Buck and Daniel, the Padilla patriarch, are attacked by a tidal wave of rats, forcing everyone out of the bomb shelter and into this stark, new reality.

Shea is a proficient horror author and he drums up a few scenes here that are gut-twisting, including an early introduction into the horses gone wild and, later, a scene where Daniel and his wife, Elizabeth, are forced to confront a naked, knife-wielding lunatic with truly depraved intentions. The action is pretty frenetic and makes for a quick and propulsive read, with all kinds of different scenarios and variations on man vs. animal and man vs. man themes.

My only complaint is that, for me, the characters felt somewhat flat. We learn enough about them to feel comfortable as they’re set off on their less-than merry way, and Elizabeth, a nurse, is called into action more than a few times, but we never really get to know their histories or the depths of their souls. The Padilla family is pretty large, which leads to most coming off as a bit one-note. Max is the angry teen, Gabby the scared the kid, Elizabeth the worried mother, etc.

Where I cannot fault Shea is in giving each character a great moment to shine. Their father, Daniel, gets a nice scene where he performs a necessary evil that would have been impossible for him to carry out in a more civilized world, and when a certain tragedy befalls Alexiana, her reaction and fears are suitably realistic. The ordeals endured by the Padilla’s generate a solid dose of emotion and a few uncomfortable squirms that helps the material live up to the promise set forth in the title.

All in all, Tortures of the Damned is an entertaining read, with plenty of great action scenes, but not one in which I felt terribly invested in character-wise. Still, the climax is resoundingly exciting, punchy, and more than a little brutal. I definitely recommend that fans of post-apocalypse survival fiction give it a shot, particularly if you’re looking for some zombie-free fare but one with a nice little spin on the typical tropes.

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Review: Tortures of the Damned by Hunter Shea

Review: A Song of Shadows by John Connolly

asongofshadowsAbout A Song of Shadows

Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.

But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.

For something is emerging from the shadows . . .


About the Author

John Connolly is the author of The Wrath of AngelsThe Burning SoulThe Book of Lost Things, and Bad Men, among many others. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.


My Thoughts

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher through NetGalley.]

I can only imagine how difficult it must be to keep a long-running series feeling so fresh and vibrant, but after thirteen books John Connolly is still, somehow, plugging along and not only providing a satisfying series read, but continuing to grow and improve. Readers, like me, who have been following Connolly from the very beginning and have invested now more than a decade in the cast of characters circulating through these Parker novels will find another winning entry into the canon for sure, but also a damn good read that continues to plumb a lot of this honeycomb world’s depths.

After so many novels, it should be readily apparent that Connolly knows his characters inside and out, and although he manages to introduce a few nasty surprises and shocking violence, it’s this apparent comfort that makes each new entry warm and inviting akin to the finest and heady soul food. Readers, too, know these characters and their idiosyncrasies very well by now and will likely find several reasons to laugh out loud as the dashes of humor surrounding the nature of Louis, Angel, and Parker and how the surrounding world views each man, along with a sequence of events surrounding the Fulci brothers that had me snickering for pages on end.

I absolutely relish these annual releases, and have been anticipating A Song of Shadows since finishing A Wolf In Winter last year, which left our title character, Charlie Parker, in some seriously dire straights after surviving an attack. The Charlie Parker we see here is very much the private investigator readers have come to know and love, but he is a changed man. After the grueling ordeal that befell him in the prior novel, how could he not be? Here, he’s the walking wounded, slowly making strides toward recovery. His mind his sharp, but his body is not – he’s slower, his reflexes dull, his muscles weak to the point that he can barely grip well enough to give a good handshake, let alone use a gun. Even injured, Parker is still a formidable adversary with loyal friends who are no stranger to killing and exacting revenge on behalf of the investigator. And, of course, his history carries enough weight that even while hurt so badly his presence in Boreas prompts one local cop to think that “It was like having a grenade rolling around, one you had been assured was defused but hadn’t had time to check out for yourself.” While he may be at his lowest point physically, he’s also more driven than he’s been in quite some time, imbued with a purpose that rises far above the latest mystery. Parker has always been a bit of an avenging angel figure, even when serving as a pawn of the nebulous shadow groups that often manipulate the world around him, but here he’s finally learning to truly own his position and status in this stratum.

Parker’s recovery and the shifting balance among his friends, Louis and Angel, provide much of the emotional spine for a story that otherwise revolves around Nazi atrocities and the mysterious, interlinked killings in the present-day that appear connected to the deportation of recently discovered ex-Nazi officers living under assumed identities in Maine. The scenario is certainly compelling enough on its own, but by plugging the story into the ever-developing mythology of the Parker novels, Connolly raises the stakes a notch or two, coupling it with the changing nature of evil and splashes of paranormal activity that have long since given this series its edge.

If you’ve been following Connolly’s career and are a Parker devotee, than reading A Song of Shadows is a no brainer. If you haven’t gotten invested in these works yet, then you absolutely must start with Every Dead Thing and work your way forward, as this is a series that demands being read in order. Meanwhile, I’m off to pine away another year waiting for book 14.

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Review: A Song of Shadows by John Connolly

Review: The Harvest (The Heartland Trilogy, Book 3) by Chuck Wendig

The HarvestAbout The Harvest

Blood will water the corn…

It’s been a year since the Saranyu flotilla fell from the sky, and life in the Heartland has changed. Gone are the Obligations and the Harvest Home festivals. In their place is a spate of dead towns, the former inhabitants forced into mechanical bodies to serve the Empyrean—and crush the Heartland.

When Cael awakens from a Blightborn sleep, miles away from the world he remembers, he sets out across the Heartland to gather his friends for one last mission. As the mechanicals, a war flotilla, and a pack of feral Empyrean girls begin to close in on the Heartland, there isn’t much time to make their next move. But if they can uncover a secret weapon in time, Cael and his friends might just find themselves with the power to save the world—or destroy it—resting in their hands.


About the Author

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter and game designer. He’s the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, and the YA Heartland series. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. Wendig has contributed over two million words to the game industry. He is also well known for his profane-yet-practical advice to writers, which he dispenses at his blog, terribleminds.com, and through several popular e-books, including The Kick-Ass Writer, published by Writers Digest. He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, tiny human, and red dog.


My Thoughts

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher through NetGalley.]

Chuck Wendig returns to the Heartland one last time to wrap up his cornpunk opus in grand fashion.

The previous novel, Blightborn, left our MC, Cael McAvoy in seriously dire straights, but Wendig wastes no time in resolving it and jumping right into the action one year later. Tasked with a mission by the Maize Witch to recover a decades-old weapon that could destroy the Empyrean empire for good, Cael and his Obligated, Wendy, are off to save the Heartland! Along the way, familiar faces from past novels return to reestablish the cast of friends and enemies as the tyrannical rule of the evil skylords grows ever more constrictive. As the Heartland inches closer to war, McAvoy and his old crew of Sky Scavengers are simultaneously reunited and torn apart by conflicting loyalties, emotional turbulence, and a devastating attack by the Harpies, a band of teenage female warriors with self-inflicted scarring across their faces.

Across three novels, Wendig has expertly plumbed the emotional depths of his cast of characters, thrusting them into uniquely dark situations that make their hard-scrabbles lives all the more difficult and turbulent. The Harvest is no exception as, come hell or highwater, these new adults are forced to make very mature choices as they find their way in a very old world, fighting against a system that seeks only to oppress and dominate. The stakes are higher than they’ve ever been, particularly for Cael who, previously, had no ambition to change the world but to simply make his small part in it better for him and his. With adulthood thrust upon him, Cael is learning that the world is larger than he imagined, and much bigger than merely himself.

The world-building and mythology that has been developed in this series is utterly top-notch, drawing its cues from real-world food politics, comic books (I couldn’t help but sense shades of X-Men‘s Dark Phoenix Saga in one character’s progression through the story), and epic works, like Star Wars, which Wendig’s trilogy, and The Harvest in particular, have drawn multiple allusions to and several loving odes. Naturally enough, the Lord and Lady has seen fit to have Wendig author an upcoming Star Wars title, which is due out soon and will most definitely be hitting the top of my TBR stack upon release.

While I would certainly love to see Wendig return to this world in some capacity in the future, I’m quite happy with the time I was able to spend among the Sky Scavengers. I suspect my appreciation and fondness for this body of work will only grow stronger in the coming years, and I’ve grown a certain affection for this series across the three books. The Harvest is not only a solid work in its own right, filled with plenty of action and flotilla’s worth of heart and genuine emotion, but, equally important, it serves as a fitting finale to The Heartland Trilogy. There’s a sense of darkness to the proceedings here, but also a promise of hope and brightness. Fair warning, though: not everyone gets a happy ending, and not everyone walks away unscathed. But, that’s just life in the Heartland.

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Review: The Harvest (The Heartland Trilogy, Book 3) by Chuck Wendig

Review: The Dark Man by Ernie Lindsey (writing as Desmond Doane)

The Dark ManAbout The Dark Man

Ford Atticus Ford, former host of the hit ghost-hunting reality show Graveyard: Classified, has more than a few regrets—especially after young Chelsea Hopper was attacked by a demon.

Assisting police departments by conducting paranormal investigations and uncovering buried clues now provides Ford with an ounce of redemption, but it will never be enough.

What occurred on that long-ago Halloween night was unforgivable, and Ford, chasing ratings and stardom, let it happen. With Graveyard cancelled and his reputation destroyed, Ford sets out to avenge little Chelsea, and to save his own soul—if he can.


About the Author

Desmond Doane is the pen name of USA Today bestselling author, Ernie Lindsey, who lives, works, and writes in the Pacific Northwest. Lindsey is the author of thirteen mystery and suspense novels, and Desmond Doane, when he’s allowed to come out to play, will feature as the creator of the Graveyard: Classified paranormal thriller series.


My Thoughts

Ernie Lindsey, writing here under the pseudonym of Desmond Doane, takes his first steps into the horror genre with The Dark Man, and it’s, mostly, pretty darn effective.

The premise revolves around a disgraced reality show ghost-hunter, Ford Atticus Ford, working to atone for his past sins. Two years ago, during a live Halloween special, Ford put the life of a five year old in incredible danger, squaring off against a supernatural threat in the Most Haunted House in America. His career was quickly canned and he’s now a bit of a wandering ghost-hunter, attempting to track down the demon that changed his life forever while doing police consultancy on the side.

Ford himself is a dynamic character and Lindsey gives him a solid bit of development and personality. Ford is, in short, kind of an a-hole. While he carries around a solid dose of guilt over endangering the life of a child, he also pines to resurrect his TV career and rebound bigger and better than before. His personal life is in shambles, as his friends and crewmates from the cancelled Graveyard: Classified want nothing to do with him, and his ex-wife isn’t too thrilled with him either.

Lindsey’s foray into the paranormal brings with it a certain measure of authenticity, and I can’t help but wonder just how many episodes of certain SyFy and Travel Channel reality TV shows he’s consumed to help give Graveyard: Classified the sort-of ‘behind the scenes’ vibe. Regardless, it’s an aspect of the story that works quite well.

More importantly, he nails the creep-factor nicely and had me completely sold on the book’s premise and invested in the outcome. There’s a scene early on when Ford is investigating a haunted house and Lindsey gives readers their first taste of the otherworldly that raised the hair on the back of my neck and got me grinning.

For much of its length, The Dark Man rockets along with the rapid-fire pace of an action story with splashes of humor, evoking shades of television’s Supernatural. However, my main complaint is that the story fizzles out toward the end and lacks sufficient resolution. While the central murder mystery gets wrapped up, the overarching paranormal story is shelved for exploration in future installments. There’s a strange shifting of gears in the novel’s final chapters, with so much build-up leading toward the finish line and then…nothing. It’s a rather anti-climactic finish to an otherwise well-told ghost story.

That issue aside, I’m certainly game to see what comes of Ford Atticus Ford and his ghost-hunting partners in future installments, and am game for book two whenever it releases. See you on the other side!

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Review: The Dark Man by Ernie Lindsey (writing as Desmond Doane)

Review: Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle Book 3) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Extinction AgeAbout Extinction Age

Book III in Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s #1 bestselling and top-rated Extinction Cycle Series continues the fight for survival!
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On the eve of extinction all seems to be lost, but there is still one final hope…

Operation Liberty has failed. Humans are losing the war. With no other option, General Kennor decides to pull back the troops and give science a second chance.

Trapped in the extensive sewer system beneath New York, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of 1st Platoon must battle through the tunnels–where they make a grisly discovery in their attempt to escape.

At Plum Island, Dr. Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants. But when a derelict Navy Destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline, she is forced to deal with a nightmare she thought had ended.

As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction. Will science prevail–or will mankind vanish off the face of the planet?


About the Author

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion–writing. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.

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Or visit Nick at: http://nicholassansbury.com.


My Thoughts

[Note: I received a copy of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review.]

Over the course of his Orbs and Extinction Cycle series, Nicholas Sansbury Smith has risen to the top of my go-to list for rocking sci-fi/horror military thrillers. With Extinction Age, the third in this series, he is at the height of his game.

If you’ve enjoyed the previous two books, you’ll be welcoming this latest with eyes glued to the page. Ghost Team is back, along with Dr. Kate Lovato, whose deepening relationship with Ghost leader, Reed Beckham, has her fully recommitted to developing a weapon to destroy the Variants.

Mankind is plunging further toward extinction thanks to the Variant threat, but even worse are the human enemies embedded in the upper echelons the military’s hierarchy. Their incompetence and duplicity have led to several bad decisions over the course of this series, as these men are revealed to be less interested in saving the world than in covering their own rears. As such, they’re a great force to root against and you’re constantly waiting and hoping for them to get their comeuppance.

The finale is also one of the strongest and most satisfying in the series thus far, mixing fist-pumping cheers with an excruciating denouement that left me screaming at my Kindle.

Extinction Age is brimming with action and terrific set pieces that include a derelict aircraft carrier and the underground tunnels of a secret FEMA installation, along with a few new characters to root for and villains to despise. The supporting cast each get a chance to shine, as well, particularly Dr. Ellis, as well as wounded warrior Fitz, who seems to be building toward a more central role in the series.

Smith does an excellent job balancing the bleak nature of this particular post-apocalyptic narrative with a sense of hope and optimism, despite how dark things get. If you’ve been following this series thus far, then Book 3 is certainly one to buy. If you haven’t, then hustle over to the Extinction Horizon page and start from the beginning ASAP.

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Review: Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle Book 3) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith