Extinction Edge by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Source: ARC from author
Format: Kindle ebook
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Laurel

A BIOWEAPON DESIGNED TO SAVE THE WORLD…
A SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY THAT WILL ALTER HUMAN HISTORY…
AND A NEW THREAT THAT WILL BRING HUMANITY TO THE EDGE OF EXTINCTION.

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.

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…

This is an excellent sequel to Extinction Horizon. It picks up the action in the closing stages of Extinction Horizon, but from a different POV within NYC.

Smith expands the scope of the story nicely with this book. New characters are introduced, two of which quickly became my favourites among the new crop, and we see the threat from the Variants ramp up quite a few notches through the course of the book. It was good that, while there was a lot of bad news, some hope and good news is sprinkled through the story, allowing the reader to take a break.

In some senses, this book immerses one more into the utter devastation wreaked, and the threat level posed by the Variants, and I had to agree with this sentiment: “Beckham missed the days of fighting enemies that moved on two legs.” There were times while reading that I struggled to reconcile my daily life to what was in the pages of this book. Well done!

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