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E-Day III: Dark Moon

By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
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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.

©2022 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Love this epic saga

Big happy, big happy!

E-Day III: Dark Moon is the third and last book in the absolutely amazing E-Day Trilogy from New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith, the brilliant mind behind other blockbusters such as Hell Divers, The Extinction Cycle, Orbs, and The excellent Sons of War saga.

The action of E-Day III: Dark Moon picks up immediately after the dramatic events in Burning Earth in which we saw humanity fighting for its existence and survival – with just 1 million people remaining alive as a tragic result of the brutal war with the machines, forced to flee the burning Earth and hide on the moon.

With no other feasible solution than to bring the war to the machines and with the Moon under attack by the brutal hybrids, Ghost Squad and the unlucky survivors will fight the last battle, one that can doom humanity once and for all or give it the hope for survival that it desperately needs.

The writing is beautiful and sharp, the pacing is absolutely insane, the characters, the post apocalyptic world, the locations, and the events spring to life in our imagination thanks to another outstanding performance by the legendary audiobook narrator R.C. Bray who returns for a third and last time to this series and fights alongside our beloved characters with passion, bravery and emotion in humanity’s last stand against the machines.

E-Day III: Dark Moon is a fitting end to a superb trilogy partly rooted in Japanese culture, filled with unforgettable characters, dramatic events, bravery, technology and a glimpse into the apocalypse!

I said it before and I say it again now, the E-Day Trilogy consolidates Nicholas Sansbury Smith as one of the most talented and prolific writers of his generation! This epic adventure ended for me about two weeks ago and I can tell you that I am still thinking about it.

I tried several military sci-fi series over the years, but the E-Day Trilogy is the only one that actually kept me interested on such a level and entertained me endlessly. I listened to these three audiobooks in less than one week and was really sorry to see the action end, but, hopefully in the future, Nicholas can think of new stories featuring these unforgettable characters.

This is a wonderfully dark, gripping, viscerally atmospheric and bloody violent post-apocalyptic series that should be experienced by readers all over the world!

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Another great listen

Just finished E-Day 3 and I must say Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the ultimate story teller in creating characters that come to life and make you care so much. I have read books where I skim over whole sentences but with Nick’s books I hang on every word. If you haven’t read any of his works you are really missing out. The series E-Day is brilliant in characters and story.

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Amazing end to a great series

It’s always sad when a great series ends but as NSS always does, he did it well. Whereas I’d love more books in this world, I’m ready for the next Sansbury adventure.

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Stop Sleeping on This Series

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.

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Eday iii awesome

I have read many books by Nick and RC and the random just does it right every time.

This book is heart pounding, adrenaline running laugh out loud reading.

Great ending to a great story!!!!! For now possibly!!!!!

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All good things eventually come to an end, sadly.

Loved this book and series. Sadly it had to end. This story was absolutely amazing and very well thought out and delivered! It is sad when characters we like do not survive or badly maimed. But the story has to go on and must come to an end at some point.
I would like to see a spin off from this one (if possible). Great series! Highly recommend this!

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Not sure what happened

Loved the first book, the second was okay, but I struggled to care about anything in this book.

I feel like R.C. Bray did his usual great job.

I can't totally put my finger on what it was about this that fell flat for me. I had a hard time caring about what happened to the characters or the characters overall. I couldn't finish it.

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when's the MOVIE?

An astounding end to a great series. Humanity's final last stand against the machines. the vivid detail and action is blistering and non-stop. RC Bray, as usual, knocks this one out of the ballpark, bringing intense likeability to characters while drawing you deep into the storyline. No one does it as well. This series would make an EPIC motion picture or three.

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OMG just OMG!

I loved this book so much but have to wonder why authors must make us cry in exchange for a fantastic 'end' to a series? More would be great - it would just be different.

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A fitting end....

I honestly don't even know how to write this review. I was happy. I was sad. I was angry. I was satisfied. It's really almost impossible for me to adequately express how I felt about the ending to this series without spoilers. Suffice it to say Dark Moon was a heroes journey with a heroes ending. NSS does an incredible job weaving the lives of his characters into a tapestry that just makes sense. Threads break and new threads are added, but the gripping tale keeps you on the edge of your seat.

RC Bray continuing his narration is just icing on the cake. His incredible voice acting brings the characters to life. There's a world of difference between narrating and acting. Listing Bray as "Narrator" doesn't do his incredible skill justice.

In all, chock this series up to another incredible NSS/Bray journey that I'm really sad to see come to a close. Maybe we'll see the battle for Earth continue as new heroes emerge. This is a must-read.

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  • Handcuff
  • 10-27-22

The end of an epic sci-fi adventure

The conclusion to an epic 3-book sci-fi story of AI v humanity!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

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  • 06-25-22

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Really nice finish to the series.

Bloody and brutal how I like it.

No one is safe so I felt concerned for the characters.

Ending was a made me feel a little emotional and this is good.

5/5 story.

The one negative was in the begging the over use of Jackson’s name (I think it’s his) was a lot. It yanked me out a few times but after that it was perfect for me.

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  • 05-16-22

the best of 3

i loved it all the way thriugh. the storyline has been built up quite nicely. and the end was a blast keep on writing thanks

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  • Bradly Holt
  • 06-18-22

Love this series

R C Bray brings these characters to life.
N S S writes a cracking yarn.
Hell Divers and E Day are fantastic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-22

The conclusion of an epic series

With the imagination of Nick Sansbury Smith, he brings to life some incredible characters. Futuristic samurai that fight AI to save the human race from destruction.
An intense story with many well developed characters that are fighting for life and at times can make you laugh and cry with their adventure.
As with every book of Nicks, he keeps you on your toes as the twists and turns that keep you wanting more.
Great book in an incredible series.