The Extinction Cycle series is read by Bronson Pinchot, and consists of at least four novels. This review addresses only the first two. In the area of ten hours each, the stories address the the extinction of the human race. The plot, characters, and story moves seamlessly from novel one through novel two; I cannot speak to the other books in the series. The fundamental premise surrounds the accidental creation of a bio-weapon intended to produce ‘super’ soldiers. An oops that mixes the virulence of the ‘super’ soldier chemicals and the Ebola virus is the cocktail that turns humans into monsters … or zombies. Swollen eel-like-sucker-lips, clicking joints, yellow eyes with slits for pupils …. familiar description? Within a week or two billions across the world die. No secrets given, you’ll figure this out very early in book one.
Personally, I’ve a problem with a virus traveling so fast, especially one that is not air-borne. There is little, if any, mention of fundamental supplies, i.e., food, medicine, gasoline, etc., in addition to characters devoted to this issue. How exactly people can survive without basic necessities isn’t a factor, nor is it mentioned. The books are focused on military efforts, a few type A Delta Force dudes, and a young female scientist. Suspending belief, however, is a requirement in order to enjoy science fiction. So … suspend.
I don’t plan on finishing the series, in that fundamental survival issues, given the scenario, aren’t addressed. The narrator’s interpretation of the female scientist brings forth a frightened teenager instead of an educated, intelligent woman who is saving the world. She’s whiny and valley-girly. The zombie-monsters are one dimensional, the description like any made-for-TV creature-feature zombie, the soldiers stereotypical. Audible’s Daily Deal was motivation for book one, giving the author benefit of the doubt, book two. I’m not motivated enough to continue.
If you’re a die-hard SciFi and apocalypse or zombie fan, you’ll find something to enjoy. Extinction Cycle is getting good reviews, ergo I’m probably nuts to have a ‘meh’ opinion. The author is pretty conscientious with regard to blood, guts, puke, making things scary … I guess.