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Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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in Des Moines , The United States
December 26, 1983




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January 2013


Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers series, the Orbs series, the Trackers series, and the Extinction Cycle series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster mitigation before switching careers to focus on his one true passion—writing. When he isn't writing or daydreaming about the apocalypse, he enjoys running, biking, spending time with his family, and traveling the world. He is an Ironman triathlete and lives in Iowa with his wife, their dogs, and a house full of books.

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Ghosts (Hell Divers, #2)

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I just got back from a wonderful trip to Ashland, Oregon visiting my phenomenal publisher Blackstone Audio and figured this would be a good time to give you all some updates. 

It’s been a grip since I posted anything here, but today I finally sat down to do a recap of where I’m at for 2017 both with my writing and my life. The past few weeks I’ve been contemplating the events of Las Vegas. I was...

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Extinction Horizon Extinction Edge Extinction Age Extinction Evolution Extinction End Extinction Aftermath Extinction War
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Hell Divers Ghosts Deliverance Wolves
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Orbs Stranded Redemption Exodus
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Trackers The Hunted The Storm The Damned
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Deliverance by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
"Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

I said in my review of Ghosts, the second book in the Hell Divers series, that I had no doubt that the author was going to pull something epic for the third boo..." Read more of this review »
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"I just finished reading an early Advanced Review Copy of this third book in the Hell Divers series provided by the publisher. Excellent. I will write a more detailed review as the publication date nears in 2018.


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Hell Divers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
" Five HUGE "HELL YEAH" Stars!

Ahhhh my love for Hell Divers was an insta-love bigger and more obsessive than of one of a sparkly teenager fanger! 

And to think this ARC has been silently waiting for me for months! What a freakantastic surprise!

Can..." Read more of this review »
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"Hell Divers
The Hell Divers Series, Book 1
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" Well holy shi*! A review from THE Scott Sigler? This is epic man, thank you so much for taking a chance on Hell Divers! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the r ...more "
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Phenomenal, nostalgic, and left me wanting more!

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The flukeman story took me back to my childhood. I didn't step into a porter potty for years after
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“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the Native Americans. —STEPHEN HAWKING”
Nicholas Sansbury Smith, Orbs

“The solar wind carried the ejection straight to the Earth’s magnetic field, where it penetrated the upper atmosphere and cut through it like a scalpel through loose skin.”
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“With a swipe from his index finger a hologram of the Sun shot out and hovered over the console. Sophie studied the translucent image carefully. Bright red flames swirled around the perimeter of the ball of energy. She knew better than anyone in the room what they meant. At least theoretically. What they were witnessing was an event scientists had never seen: multiple solar flares followed by a massive coronal mass ejection. There was only one explanation. “That’s impossible,” Henry said under her breath before telling the team what Sophie already knew. “The magnetic disruption is coming from…Mars.”
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What shall we read next, to discuss in June? PLEASE, do not vote unless you will join us for the discussion!

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde
2009, 449 pages, 4.14 stars
$11.52 paperback, $16.99 Kindle, cheap used copies, available at libraries

"Hundreds of years in the future, after the Something that Happened, the world is an alarmingly different place. Life is lived according to The Rulebook and social hierarchy is determined by your perception of colour.

Eddie Russett is an above average Red who dreams of moving up the ladder by marriage to Constance Oxblood. Until he is sent to the Outer Fringes where he meets Jane – a lowly Grey with an uncontrollable temper and a desire to see him killed.

For Eddie, it’s love at first sight. But his infatuation will lead him to discover that all is not as it seems in a world where everything that looks black and white is really shades of grey...

If George Orwell had tripped over a paint pot or Douglas Adams favoured colour swatches instead of towels . . . neither of them would have come up with anything as eccentrically brilliant as Shades of Grey."
  4 votes, 44.4%

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed
2017, 353 pages, 3.76 stars
$17.08 paperback, $13.99 Kindle, $5.01 and up in used print, probably at the library

"Never Let Me Go meets The Giver in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems.

Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires.

The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others.

Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing."
  4 votes, 44.4%

Trackers by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
2017, 340 pages, 4.19 stars
$8.47 and up paperback, $2.99 Kindle, not at library

"The end of the world is just the beginning of the hunt....

Estes Park police chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren't just tracking a killer - they are tracking a madman. As the United States descends into chaos, the hunters become the hunted.

Halfway across the country, Senator Charlize Montgomery awakes to find the nation's capital has gone dark. Forced to set off on foot, she treks across a city that has woken to a new world, and as the night progresses she learns the EMP attack was just the beginning."
  1 vote, 11.1%


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“People don't read any more. It's a sad state of affairs. Reading's the only thing that allows you to use your imagination. When you watch films it's someone else's vision, isn't it?"

[Interview in The Independent, 15 October 2005]”
Lemmy Kilmister

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
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Cedric Nye Good luck at your up-coming full triathlon!

Alisha Thanks for the friend request. I look forward to seeing what you think of The 5th Wave. :)

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