A little about Best Selling Author Nicholas Sansbury Smith

 

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Nicholas Sansbury Smith has got to be the busiest author I’m aware of at the moment. He is a USA Today bestselling author and has several popular book series under his belt. He wrote a six-book apocalyptic series called “Extinction” in less than 4 years.  The premise of the series was that mankind tried to protect itself but ended up destroying itself. Literally. Most of the humans on Earth died from a virus made by the U.S. government. It was two viruses that were blended into one. The results were horrific. If it didn’t kill you, it would change your DNA into something completely inhuman. Only a small percent of humans remained unaffected by the virus itself. The mutated humans used the remaining humans for food.

The first book of the series, “Extinction: Horizon” was released in December 2014. The last book, “Extinction: Aftermath,” was just released this year.

Each book in the Extinction series is rich with well-developed and likable characters that you find yourself rooting for throughout every book. It’s the main reason it was such a success. Smith knows that without well-developed characters, you can’t write a good story.

It was such a beloved series that now the Kindle World program and Smith have teamed up with other writers to continue the series. These new and talented writers fill in back stories for characters that we haven’t learned a lot about or create new ones who live in the same universe.

“Hell Divers,” another sci-fi post-apocalyptic novel, was released in March 2015. It is expected to be a trilogy.  This one takes place two centuries after World War 3 had destroyed planet Earth. The only survivors are on airships that are breaking down.  The only thing keeping them afloat are the team of Hell Divers who plummet to the planet and search for ship parts. They also hope to find an inhabitable environment.

His latest work titled “Trackers” will be released shortly. I’m personally very excited about this series because it involves an attack with the use of an EMP. An EMP is an electromagnetic pulse that can fry anything electronic. No cell phones, cars, electricity, and anything else that relies on electronics is destroyed. Thus, our country’s entire infrastructure is destroyed.

I first read about  EMPs in the book “One Second After.” It was written by William R. Forstchen and the forward was written by Newt Gingrich. I believe this book kickstarted the public’s fascination with EMPs. I highly recommend this one because it scared me in ways that I couldn’t even imagine were possible. It takes place in a midsized town in a southern state. In one moment of time, everything stops. Cars, phones, lights and all electronics are rendered useless. We read as this town tries to keep order, avoid disease, and keep outsiders from invading to take what they have created.

So why am I telling you all about Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s books in the first place? They are well written, character driven, frightening, page turning and cover my favorite genre – apocalyptic fiction. I read a lot of books in this genre and his are some of the best that I’ve read. And I also highly recommend “One Second After” if you are interested in EMP storylines.

Click Nicholas Sansbury Smith to reach his page.

Also, click Once Second After for more on this book.

 

Red Legs of the Bulge

 

 

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Photo of C.J.Kelly’s book cover published with author’s permission

 

What started out as being an artillery soldier, viewed as the cushiest job a man could have in the war, became one with a high casualty level.

“Red Legs of the Bulge” is a fantastic book by C.J. Kelly about the complicated jobs of the artillery men in the war. They were at the front line of the Battle of the Bulge.

When the Air Force couldn’t take Northern Europe, it was the brave men of the artillery that stepped up. This book also tells the story behind the rapid advances in science that equipped soldiers with weapons like never before. Check it out and pick it up on Amazon!

Book Review: Zen: How to Live Your Life the Zen Way – Beginners Guide to Zen Meditation

This is another book about Zen  and Buddhism written by Alias Axmar. Alias began his life as a financial advisor but had a mental breakdown. He decided to volunteer in Africa to help children in small villages and eventually moved to China to learn Buddhism.

Because of his unique life experiences, I expected more from this book. This book was too short. It barely scratched the surface of Zen. Just when I thought it was going somewhere, it ended abruptly. It started out great and gave a perfect breakdown for Zen students.

It had a few good tips on overcoming impatience as a newcomer to Zen by using breath to let it go.

He describes 3 aspects ( attitude, attention, and intention) that beginners should be aware of.

Then it ends with an advertisement for another of his books.

Very disappointing for someone who has much to offer. Hopefully, his next book will redeem him as a writer with much to offer.

 

Book Review: How to Practice Buddhism in Your Everyday Life

This is one of the best books on Buddhism that I’ve read and I’ve read quite a few.

I don’t agree with the author’s (Elias Axmar) every interpretation of Buddhism. On one hand, he says our suffering in this life is due to our bad deeds in our past life. But the Buddha said life will always involve suffering. So unless I was Hitler or Ghangas Kahn in a past life, my present life’s suffering is just about this life to me, the one I live now.

He explains that Buddha’s first teaching is to accept nothing on blind faith but to investigate its legitimacy. There is much in Buddhism I don’t believe but I do find the main philosophies to be something worth emulating.

The author discusses Kamma (Buddhism’s version of the Golden Rule), the four knoble truths and the eightfold path.

If you are looking or a book to explain Buddhism in a simple way so you can learn more about it or how to practice it, this is it.

 

Book Review: Self Discipline: Self Discipline Guide to Improve Self Confidence, Gain Will Power and Achieve Your Dreams

This book is poorly edited fluff. This writer did not bother to proofread his own work or hire a proofreader. Lesson one authors: hire a proofreader. It is both aggravating and irritating to try and read a book only to have to pause and realize that the author didn’t bother to proof his own work. It takes away from both the message and the author’s credibility.

This entire book reminded me of a very long Yahoo article of fluff and was basically Amazon unlimited click bate. Although the author had a few nuggets of good information in there, all of those nuggets of good information could be found in multiple other sources by writers that actually know how to write a book.

This is more of a pamphlet than a book. If you’re looking for something that is not challenging to read, has no complex vocabulary, doesn’t cite studies the author alludes to, and will put you to sleep, then this is the book for you.

Book Review: Extinction Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

 

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Photo by Nicholas Sansburg Smith. Published with author’s permission.

 

If you love to read or write sci-fi, you should read this series.

Though I rarely do this, I think I’ll start doing it more often. I emailed Nicholas Sansbury Smith, the writer of the “Extinction” series. He wrote back very quickly and is a friendly guy. We chatted about overcoming writers block and carving out writing time that should be uninterrupted. There you have it. Advice from a best-selling novelist.  You can also follow Nicolas on Facebook.

About Extinction:

A group of scientists attempt to create a biological weapon with the power to strategically take out the enemy. The goal of the program is to save American soldiers from having to go intro the field.

The weapon is hidden on an island off the California coast. Contact has been lost with the facility that houses the weapon.. Now a team of special soldiers has been called in to find out what happened at the facility and if the weapon can be saved.

The book series slowly reveals the mystery and deadly mix that makes the weapon – VX99- so lethal to the human race.

When the superweapon gets out, it not only demolishes humanity but the scientists and solders that are needed to save the people who are left standing.

There are 5 books in the series.  I read up to 4 since book 5 is in th preorder stage.  The series could have easily ended there but Smith decided to add another. The last book, called “Extinction: Aftermath,”takes place in Europe, where the battle still rages.

I have Kindle Unlimited so I read the first four on my $9.99 per month plan.  You can also buy them individually or as a set.

“Extinction: Horizon” is the first book in the series and has over 1800 reviews on Amazon. Each book is available through Kindle, as a paperback or through Audible.

Reading books in your genre of choice that are well written, emotional, and scary as hell is a prerequisite for being a sci-fi writer.