Orbs: A Science Fiction Thriller

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.

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. And what it means for our most important resource…

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  1. Gripping alien invasion tale Orbs is an intense ride that manages to remain grounded in the real world. It’s part Michael Crichton , part James Rollins with the creepiness factor of a Stephen King chiller and the cinematic punch of a James Cameron/Roland Emmerich flick. Science fiction and horror can make for a tricky mix but Nicholas Smith does a killer job at blending the two genres. Like a pumped up, more dynamic episode of the Twilight Zone, the story is driven by a chilling mystery and manages to incorporate some…

  2. Alien-invasion done right I enjoy reading all sorts of science-fiction, however I think Earth-invasion stories are my favorite. This probably stems from my desire for a familiarity with the locale (Earth, obviously, in general), which in turn means I don’t have to ‘learn’ a new culture or discover how humanity has evolved over a long period of time. And when an author can bring something new to the table in this genre…well, that’s even more awesome. ORBS, the breakthrough novel by…

  3. Fantastic story, lovable characters I love post apocalyptic novels, and pretty much spend my time on goodreads looking for the next one in the same vein that I can read. I lucked up and came across this novel when reading about another book, and bought it immediately. I read this book cover to cover in about two nights. I carry my kindle everywhere but I found myself reading this book in the bathroom, while cooking, and every free minute I could get up until it was time to go to bed and then I was reading very late into the…

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