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5 out of 5 stars
Being the third (and final?) book in the E-Day series – I jumped into Dark Moon as soon as I could. I’ve obviously been a fan of Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s work for some time. And anyone that reads my reviews knows that I love R.C. Bray as well. These two of my favorites working together is amazing because these books sound so good. Bray really does a great job bringing Smith’s work to life.
I LOVE the Hell Divers series – it’s easily one of the best series I’ve ever read and I can’t believe that Smith has been able to get as many books out of it as he has (while still keeping it so good). But people are SLEEPING on the E-Day series. It has all of the drama of Hell Divers with characters that absolutely jump off of the page (one of them riding a badass horse.)
Dark Moon had so many moments in it that stood out to me – but I love the mixture of post-apocalyptic and science fiction. Smith is able to write a story that feels both rooted in the near future and so futuristic and sci-fi-y that it could be in its own genre. The different robots/AI and not even knowing if they’re good or bad really make this one stand out as a star in both genres.
And talk about not wanting to spoil anything – I always try and provide non-spoiler reviews but I have to add here that the final maybe 25% of the book was an absolute sprint to the finish. It also cleans up book three AND the series really nicely. It felt like all of the work Smith put in was paying off and I had a constant smile on my face throughout the ending (even when I was nervous everything wasn’t going to work out).
Overall, Dark Moon was an absolute blast. Smith writes stories that just FLY by and ones that have a ton of heart. This did both and did both so darn well.
The final battle for humanity is about to begin…
On the moon, Ronin Hayashi trains to protect the colonies from the inevitable invasion of the machines. While he prepares to stand his ground, Sergeant Tadhg Walsh is planning an escape mission to deliver a weapon to the resistance on Earth.
At Neptune Station, Captain Akira Hayashi and Shadow Squad have returned from a deadly journey into enemy territory, where they learn the machines are building an army at an astonishing rate. After continued attempts to contact the Lunar Defense Corps for help, Shadow Squad accepts the hard truth—the LDC isn’t coming.
With hope for salvation dwindling, Akira deploys on a desperate mission to find Apeiron, believing only she can stop Doctor Otto Cross from completing his reset of Earth. But Akira soon realizes they need more than just Apeiron. Shadow Squad must somehow reunite with Tadhg and the weapon he carries. Only then can Akira lead the charge against the machines in one last fight for the future of humanity.
Dark Moon (E-Day #3) by Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrator: R.C. Bray
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
Series: E-Day #3
Published by Recorded Books on April 5th 2022
Genres: Science Fiction
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Also by this author: Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, The Extinction Cycle, Extinction Age
Also in this series: E-Day, E-Day II: Burning Earth