Nicholas Sansbury Smith

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in Des Moines , The United States
December 26, 1983



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Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers series. His other work includes the Extinction Cycle series, the Trackers series, and the Orbs series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster planning and 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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Extinction Horizon (The Ext...

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Hell Divers (Hell Divers #1)

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Extinction Edge (The Extinc...

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Ghosts (Hell Divers, #2)

4.26 avg rating — 2,624 ratings — published 2017 — 8 editions
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Extinction Age (The Extinct...

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Deliverance (Hell Divers, #3)

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Trackers (Trackers #1)

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Extinction End (The Extinct...

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2017 in a nutshell…

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
(7 books)
4.19 avg rating — 17,410 ratings

Hell Divers Ghosts Deliverance Wolves Captives Hell Divers VI
(6 books)
4.09 avg rating — 12,042 ratings

Orbs Stranded Redemption Exodus
(4 books)
3.89 avg rating — 6,693 ratings

Trackers The Hunted The Storm The Damned
(4 books)
4.24 avg rating — 4,948 ratings

The Biomass Revolution
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3.78 avg rating — 572 ratings

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Captives by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
"You know, I read NSS's books and keep wondering how come Hollywood is not paying closer attention. Do we really need 137 reboots of Spiderman when the next thrill ride is already here? When X is the hero we all need? Someone who has given up every..." Read more of this review »
Captives by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

This is one of my favorite series ever.

It is a new take on post apocalyptic Earth and the bravery and Patriotism is refreshing.

I cannot wait for the next adventure.

I would LOVE to get some Intel from Miles' point of view😀" Read more of this review »
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"This was one heck of a ride!! I couldn't read this fast enough and never wanted to put it down. There is so much I want to say about what happens, but it would spoil things. X, Magnolia, Rodger, Miles and all the other characters are put through t..." Read more of this review »
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"Once again, Mr. Smith has hit it out of the park with his newest book in the Hell Divers series! Action, heartache, pissed off, happy.........all the emotions you could ever want in a book is yours for the reading. They just keep getting better an..." Read more of this review »
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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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Hi Craig! I'm writing one more book in the Trackers series. The link to the fourth is in the back of book 3 if you have the kindle. If not, here's a link.
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My review of the audible version.

Phenomenal, nostalgic, and left me wanting more!

What was one of the most memorable moments of The X-Files: Cold Cases?
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”
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“Accept your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. Face your future without fear.”
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“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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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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