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Orbs 4

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Orbs 4

by | Apr 6, 2018 | Featured Book, Release Days |

Orbs 4Author: Anthony J. Melchiorri, Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Title: Orbs IV Exodus
Published On: April 6, 2018
Genres: Science Fiction
Publisher: Great Wave Ink
four-half-stars
Pages: 443
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
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The long-anticipated fourth book in the bestselling Orbs series has finally arrived...


At the end of the world, who will escape?


Operation Redemption, the final desperate mission in taking back the planet from the Organics has failed. Captain Rick Noble and his soldiers have been captured and imprisoned on an alien ship. But not all is lost. Their sacrifice allowed Doctor Sophie Winston, Doctor Emanuel Rodriguez, and their small team to escape in the NTC Sunspot--their destination, Mars. The perilous journey to find a lost human colony may offer Sophie and the rest of humanity a chance at life.


Those left on Earth are caught in a life and death struggle. Corporal Athena Rollins of the NTC Ghosts of Atlantis submarine still believes they can beat the aliens with the help of AI Alexia, but time is running out. The oceans are draining, the temperatures are rising, and the other pockets of survivors are perishing every day.


Trapped on the Organic ship, Captain Rick Noble is desperate to escape and save his crew back on Earth. As he waits for his opportunity he finds an ally in the most unlikely of places.


The fight for Earth may be lost, but the fight for Mars and the future of the human race may have just begun...

Review for ORBS III  four-stars

Good book. Interesting one to read. I am not a big fan of aliens but this one has an interesting take to aliens. I liked it.

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: four-half-stars

This was a good story. I liked it. I liked the action in book. Still not sure I like the aliens. But I’d recommend this to anyone who loves stories with aliens.

Orbs 4Author: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Title: Orbs
Published On: October 26th 2013
Pages: 289
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A masterful blend of horror, science fiction, and pulse-pounding thrills, the first book in Nicholas Sansbury Smith's bestselling Orbs series introduces the last survivors of an alien invasion and is now available in KU for the first time!


"Akin to watching movies like Independence Day... In other words, it's bound to be a cult classic!" - Men's Journal on Orbs


At the end of the world, who will survive?


The year is 2061, and the planet is dying. Cataclysmic solar storms have forced leaders from around the world to finally put aside their differences and agree on one thing--to jump ship. The human race is headed to Mars.


Dr. Sophie Winston is hired by New Tech Corporation to test a biosphere deep within the heart of Cheyenne Mountain; a mission she believes will help prepare the company for the three-year flight to the red planet. But, just days into the assignment, things start to go wrong. When the blast doors hiss open, Winston's team finds a changed world outside. Humans are gone, vanished without a trace, and they aren't the only thing missing. The planet's water is gone, too.


As the team explores their surroundings, they find thousands of luminous blue orbs lining the streets. It isn't until they uncover what's inside that they realize the nightmare that lies ahead.

Orbs 4Author: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Title: Orbs II Stranded
Published On: October 7th 2014
Pages: 269
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The thrilling story of Dr. Sophie Winston and her team of survivors continues in Orbs II: Stranded.


The Organics continue to drain the oceans, raising temperatures worldwide, and the few remaining humans have been herded into farms, where the water in their bodies is harvested to support the growing alien army. Humanity’s last chance lies with the biospheres that the mysterious New Tech Corporation has planted across the globe. With resources dwindling, and a new, more terrifying alien form hunting them down, not all the biospheres will make it.


But there is still hope. In Sophie’s biosphere, her team has managed to create a magnetic weapon that just might give the human resistance a fighting chance—if they can live long enough to use it.

Orbs 4Title: Orbs III Redemption
Published On: March 24th 2015
Pages: 257
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With their numbers diminishing and the alien armies growing stronger, Sophie’s biosphere decides to join forces with the team from NTC’s submarine.


Using data from a surviving satellite, they discover strange, alien poles at each of the world’s seven highest summits: alien technology that the survivors believe may hold the key to shutting down the alien ships once and for all.


That’s not all, the satellite also reveals an encrypted set of coordinates that reveal SOS messages from US Military bases around the world, all activated on invasion day—except for one: Offutt Air Force Base.


But before the two teams can launch an offensive, the biosphere must deal with sabotage from within and a strange nanotechnology that has infected several of the survivors. As tensions rise, Sophie and team must decide whether a new discovery at Offutt is worth abandoning the biosphere. The more the team learns, the more they realize the planet may be beyond saving and that salvation may require leaving the planet forever.

Thank you Nicholas and Anthony for taking the time to answer our interview questions.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

I don’t know how I really decided to become a writer. It kind of just happened. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but never thought it was possible until I wrote Orbs. I self-published the book with minimal expectations and the next thing I know it went viral. I signed with a literary agent, and a publisher. I decided to resign from my job and write full-time because I loved the craft.

Who/what are your writing inspirations?

Other authors like Joe Haldeman

Favorite writing food / snack?

Coffee and Redbull. I don’t really eat when I write.

What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?

I write post-apocalyptic fiction for two reasons. The first is to entertain and tell the stories of average people trying to survive. The other is as a warning—that if we don’t make some major changes to our world, we will end up destroying it. Either from war, or pollution, or an engineered virus. I think that’s why the genre is so hot. People are terrified of what could happen and that is also entertaining in a way.

Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why?

Probably Corporal Joe Fitzpatrick in the Extinction Cycle. He is a wounded warrior and he continues to amaze me with his resilience. Despite the fact someone seems to always try and kill him, he remains a good, honest man.

What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?

Definitely Outliner. That’s how I write thrillers. I don’t think you can really be a Pantser if you write thrillers. The pacing is just too hard. Unless you’re a genius, and I’m not. : )

If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?

Work on your story until you can’t read it anymore. Then figure out how you want to publish. Lots of people think too much about how to get published, but the first step is writing a damn good story.

Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?

Haha. No. I don’t stay up late anymore unless I’m writing.

If you could collaborate with any other author (living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?

George Orwell. I’d love to ask him what he thinks of our world now.

If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?

I’d probably go into law enforcement. That’s what I would have done if I could do it all over again, and write on the side.

Coke, Pepsi, or?

Sprite. If I drink pop, it’s got to be a Sprite.

What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?

I have hobbit feet. For reals.

Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you?

In the Extinction Cycle I think Fitz definitely has some of me in him. Beckham does as well. So does Ellis. I’m not much like X in Hell Divers though. That was a hard character to write.

If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize?

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. My favorite book of all time.

Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work?

Yup, Amazon is about to launch a kindle world of the Extinction Cycle. I think we have 12 authors signed on so far to write fan fiction set in that world.

Why did you decide to become a writer?

I love the process of creating things. Growing up, I’d stay up far past my bed time with a flashlight and a book, reading under my covers so my parents wouldn’t tell me to go to sleep. I’ve always enjoyed traveling to different worlds through books, and I wanted to have a part in transporting people to a thrilling adventure like the ones I grew up on. However, I succumbed to the pressure of practicality and became a bioengineer. This has been a rewarding career, as I still get to create medical devices and technologies with the intent of saving lives. Not a bad compromise. But at the back of my mind, I couldn’t give up the craving to do something more creative, so I continued to write. And that’s where I am now.

 

Who/what are your writing inspirations?

Science is a big inspiration for me. I love to find out about new technologies and research ask “what if” questions. What would happen if an organ was invented that gave people near immortality? What if an infectious nanobacteria was engineered to take over a person’s skeletal system and make it grow like polyps do coral? Outside of the interesting topics I run across in science, I draw inspiration from the places I visit and people I meet while traveling. For example, I visited an abandoned prison in Estonia that had at one time been a place for the KGB’s prisoners. The spookiness of the place has made its way into a couple of my books.

 

What are your favorite genres to read?

Science fiction and thrillers are my mainstays, and I dabble in fantasy. Outside of fiction, I enjoy reading books ranging from international relations to interesting topics in science.

 

Favorite writing food / snack?

Coffee. Preferably delivered via IV.

 

What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?

I hope that they can enjoy a thrilling story and have fun in a different world for a little while. I try not to proselytize too much, but I do like to expound on the ethical dilemmas we face in science and what happens if we don’t think carefully about the implications of our rapid technological advancements.

 

Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why?

Alpha is a secondary character in my Eternal Frontier series. She’s a synthetic biology AI construct in an android’s chassis. I based her off some real-world research going on now that focuses on creating AI by using actual neural cells to develop sentience. It’s fun to think about the universe as she learns and sees it from her rather unique perspective.

 

What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?

Definitely outliner. An engineer by training, I thrive with detailed planning. Even so, I often find new twists and endings in the stories as I write them, despite all my planning.

 

If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?

Write every day. That’s really the best thing you can do. Set a word goal. Make it attainable. 500 words per day, every day, no excuses.

 

Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?

Well, I saw it on a late-night infomercial, but bought it at a drugstore: a snuggie. No regrets.

 

If you could collaborate with any other author(living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?

Paul Sheldon from Stephen King’s Misery. If that guy can live through that hell and still write a book, you know he’d get our book done.

 

If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?

I’d still be working as a bioengineer/scientist!

 

Coke, Pepsi, or?

The only soda with a medical degree, Dr. Pepper.

 

What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?

I once ran into a tree (as a kid). I hit it so hard I suffered amnesia for a few hours and a nasty concussion. That may also be where most of my stories come from.

 

Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you?

The most similar is probably Tag Brewer from Eternal Frontier. He’s a scientist with a thirst for adventure, travel, and exploration. But he also fights way more aliens than I do. The opposite would have to be Brendon O’Neil from my Tide series. I have to adopt a very different mindset whenever I write him. He’s military trained half-man, half-monster with a chip on his shoulder and not much of a sense of humor.

If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize?

Could I be meta and say Farenheit 451 so I know what is going on? If not, maybe Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Such a powerful book, I’d hate for it to be erased from existence.

 

Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work?

Not that I know of!

 

*Is [insert name here] a pen name? If so, why did you pick it?

Nope, but sometimes I think I should’ve picked one. There’s another Anthony Melchiorri who is the host of a Travel Channel show called Hotel Impossible. So not only do I have a difficult to spell and pronounce name, but it’s not even unique!

 

Have you used Beta Readers? If so, what did you think of your experience and would you recommend it to other authors?

Yes. It’s definitely helpful to get some early input to help see if you’ve stayed true to your characters, find any glaring plotholes, and get some assurances that your story is/isn’t total crap. I think Beta Readers are awesome and great for authors.

About Anthony J. Melchiorri

Anthony J Melchiorri is a scientist with a PhD in bioengineering. Originally from the Midwest, he now lives in Texas. By day, he develops cellular therapies and 3D-printable artificial organs. By night, he writes apocalyptic, medical, and science-fiction thrillers that blend real-world research with other-worldly possibility. When he isn't in the lab or at the keyboard, he spends his time running, reading, hiking, and traveling in search of new story ideas.

Read more at http://anthonyjmelchiorri.com and sign up for his mailing list at http://bit.ly/ajmlist to hear about his latest releases and news.

About Nicholas Sansbury Smith

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. He worked for the State of Iowa for nearly 10 years before switching careers to focus on his one true passion—writing. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals.

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