I just got back from a wonderful trip to Ashland, Oregon visiting my phenomenal publisher Blackstone Audio and figured this would be a good time to give you all some updates.
It's been a grip since I posted anything here, but today I finally sat down to do a recap of where I'm at for 2017 both with my writing and my life. The past few weeks I've been contemplating the events of Las Vegas. I was there, not far from the attack that occurred with my fiancée Maria. What should have been a fun filled night ended in tragedy for innocent victims just trying to enjoy a concern. I'm so very grateful my family is safe and my thoughts and prayers remain with the victims of this terrible and cowardly attack.
I've been blessed to be where I'm at with my career and my life. My trip to Ashland reminded me of how lucky I am to be where I am. Every day is a gift. I want to thank all of my readers, many of you who I consider friends, for your support over the past few years. You're the reason I write, and the reason I continue to write.
Speaking of writing... 2017 has been my busiest yet with the launch of Trackers 1, 2, and 3. The series is about the aftermath of a North Korean EMP and nuclear attack that feels too close to home some days. So close that I had to put book 4 on hold to clear my head, and to focus on Hell Divers 3: Deliverance!
Hell Divers 2: Ghosts hit in July and I was fortunate enough to attend Book Expo of America in New York City with Blackstone Publishing and my fiancée Maria to promote the series. To my surprise, Hell Divers 1 was selected as an Audible Editors pick of 2016 and An Audible best of 2016 in Science Fiction. It also took home the gold from the Indie Forward Reviews best science fiction of 2016. I'm blown away by the popularity of this series, especially in audio, and look forward to releasing the third book, Deliverance in May of 2018.
The Extinction Cycle also saw a new addition with Extinction Lost, the short story bridging the gap between Book 6, Aftermath and Book 7, War. Extinction War will drop on Nov 28th in all formats. The longest installment yet, I really hope readers find it's worth the wait. My gut tells me they will, as the story is breakneck action from start to finish.
2018 is going to mark a fresh beginning for me after I close out the Trackers series with Trackers 4: The Damned. The Orbs series with Orbs 4: Exodus, and the Hell Divers trilogy with Hell Divers 3: Deliverance. By May 2018 I will have finished all of these series, and while I'm not sure about the future of the Extinction Cycle, I do have two new series I'm currently plotting. I'm thrilled to dive into something different and I hope you will continue to join me as readers. I appreciate each and every one of you that takes the time to read and listen to my work! Thanks again for everything!
1. The Extinction Cycle.
2. Me at the Blackstone booth at BEA.
3. Maria and I on a police ride along with the NYPD in Jamaica NYC.
4. Me and RC Bray at a reading of Hell Divers 2: Ghosts in NYC.
This evening I read a review of Trackers that said, "Where will I be when the EMP attack occurs? Nick might be a fiction/sci-fi writer, but this is a story that is quickly looking more and more like it was a Nostradamus style foreshadowing of things to come."
For the past few months I've read multiple reviews such as this one and heard from countless readers reach out to me about the plot and how it mirrors very closely the North Korean EMP threat we're hearing about in the MSM. Fox News, CNN, the NYT are all reporting the same thing–that an EMP attack might be more likely than an ICBM attack from the isolated NK government.
Tonight I decided to talk more about why I wrote the Trackers series. The shower answer is in 2016 I wanted to write a realistic thriller instead of a science fiction thriller with monsters, aliens, etc. Little did I know the scenario I used in Trackers 1 would not only become a possibility, but perhaps even reality. Each time I've published a new installment I've had to update the acknowledgement section to reflect current events and I thought my readers would be interested in how the story came to be. Who knows where we will be by the time I publish book 4 in 2018.
The purpose of this blog post is to give readers an idea where I came up with this idea. For anyone that hasn't started the series and would like to dive in, book 1 is currently free in Prime reading/KU, and book 2 and 3 are discounted on Amazon. The series is also available in paperback and Audio (narrated by Bronson Pinchot). Click here to purchase.
With that shameless plug out of the way, let's talk about how about the Trackers series came to be…
In 2016 I was finishing up book five of the Extinction Cycle, and at that time, I thought Extinction End would be the "end" of the series. I decided to write a new type of story--a story without monsters, zombies, or aliens--about a different type of threat to our national security.
Rewind ten years. I'm sitting at my desk as a planner with the State of Iowa. It was there that I learned a good deal about a terrifying weapon known as an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). During a meeting with several agencies, I was shocked to learn there wasn't much being done to harden our utilities and critical facilities to protect against such a threat.
A few years later, I started working for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management. I had several duties as a project officer, but my primary focus was on protecting infrastructure and working on the state hazard mitigation plan. During my tenure, I helped multiple communities apply for grants to build safe rooms in their schools or municipal buildings to protect from tornadoes. A few years later, I started working on grants that strengthened and hardened power lines in rural communities.
After several years of working in the disaster mitigation field, I learned of countless threats from natural disasters to manmade weapons, but the EMP, in my opinion, is the greatest of them all.
That brings us to today. We're living in tumultuous times, and our enemies are constantly looking for ways to harm us, both domestically and abroad. We already know that cyber security is a major concern for the United States. North Korea, China, and Russia have all been caught hacking into our systems. We also know other countries are experimenting with technology that can shut down portions of our grid. But imagine a weapon that could shut down our entire grid. The perfectly strategized EMP attack gives our enemies an opportunity to do just that.
Trackers is more than just a post-apocalyptic thriller about the aftermath of an attack on American soil. It's meant to be a mystery as much as it is a thriller. There are a lot of EMP stories out there, but I wanted to write one that included new themes and incorporated elements of Cherokee and Sioux folk stories, which I encountered when obtaining a degree in American Indian Studies.
This story, like many works of fiction, will require some suspension of belief, but hopefully not as much as my other science fiction stories. Any errors in this book rest solely with me, as the author is always the gatekeeper of the work. In an interview several years ago, I was asked why I write. My response was that while my stories are meant to entertain, they are also meant to be a warning. Trackers could be a true story, and I hope our government continues to prepare and protect us from such a threat.
Much has happened on the North Korean peninsula since Trackers was first published in January 2017. I've updated this forward with new information each time I've published a new installment in the series. We're now on book three and tensions continue to escalate.
To recap, the North Korean People's Army has fired multiple ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan, conducted several nuclear weapon tests, fired new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), and most recently the regime threatened to launch four Hwasong-12 missiles toward Guam.
These frightening developments have ended the debate over whether or not the North Koreans have nuclear weapons. Some intelligence analysts believe they have up to sixty, and some experts believe they have even miniaturized one that can fit on an ICBM. While the North Korean regime claims they can now hit the continental United States with one of these ICBMs, there are other ways to attack an enemy with nuclear weapons, and I explore one of them as a novelist in the Trackers series.
Recent and continued saber rattling by North Korea and the United States has brought the world to the brink of war--and many intelligence experts fear it will go nuclear. I personally believe North Korea will find a way to attack us where we're weak, and I believe that our electrical grid is the most likely target. Aside from hardening our critical facilities and grid, I don't know the best way to approach this threat, but one thing is certain--if something isn't done soon, the stability of the entire world could be at risk.
During my visit of Estes Park, Colorado in 2016, Captain Eric Rose of the Estes Park Police Department told me that he wasn't sure he was ready for a post-apocalyptic Estes Park. I'm not either, but only time will tell if the Trackers saga remains fiction.
With that said, I hope you enjoy the read, and as always, feel free to reach out to me on social media if you have questions or comments.
The Hell Divers 2: Ghosts trailer has finally arrived! Blackstone did a phenomenal job producing this and I hope you all enjoy the dive. Don't forget to reserve your copy of Hell Diver 2: Ghosts. The second book will hit stores on July 18th in all formats. Click here for buying options.
The end of the world is just the beginning of the hunt…
In the latest thriller by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, readers are taken down a gauntlet of chaos after a devastating North Korean EMP attack. Smith’s work has been described as timely before, but this new series is ripped from the headlines.
If you are looking for a thriller depicting what a North Korean attack could possibly look like, and the lives of those trying to survive it, Trackers is a must read.
Available in kindle (free with Kindle Unlimited), trade paperback, and audio (narrated by Bronson Pinchot)
Grab books 1-2, and pre-order Tracker 3 at the links below.
Trackers 2: The Hunted
Trackers 3: The Storm
R.C. Bray shares his experience narrating Nicholas Sansbury Smith’s bestselling, post-apocalyptic adventure HELL DIVERS, recently honored as a 2016 Audible Pick of the Year for Science Fiction!
The end of the world is just the beginning of the hunt in USA Today bestselling author Nicholas Sansbury Smith's newest thriller, Trackers.
Estes Park Police Chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam ‘Raven’ Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren’t just tracking a killer–they are tracking a madman. As the United States descends into chaos, the hunters become the hunted.
Halfway across the country, Senator Charlize Montgomery awakes to find the nation’s capital has gone dark. Forced to set off on foot, she treks across a city that has woken to a new world, and as the night progresses, she learns the EMP attack was just the beginning…
Trackers is now available in kindle, paperback, and audio (narrated by Bronson Pinchot). Grab a copy here today!
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog. But today, I couldn’t resist. Here’s a post-apocalyptic (ish) image from the Godzilla movie. I love this one so much it helped inspire my newest book, Hell Divers. Check it out here… PA fans should really dig this one, especially if you enjoyed the Extinction Cycle.
But enough about my work. Let’s talk about post-apocalyptic art for a moment.Â One of the most compelling things about these images is how it makes me feel. I live a pretty safe, comfortable life. That’s what’s so frightening about the apocalypse. It could happen at any point. North Korea could launch a nuke, an asteroid could show up on our doorstep, a virus could wipe out humanity. Hell, there are so many ways for the end to come it drives me crazy just to think about them all. Most of the time I don’t. Unless I’m writing.
When looking at this image, a lot of potential PA scenarios run through my mind. What do you think of? Reblog with your answer!
Still waiting for the train that never came…
So many possibilities with this picture. My mind wanders. How did humanity fall? War, famine, disease? A combination? In the end, I always conclude it will be us that ends things.
Just downloaded this as a wallpaper for my laptop and seriously it’s awesome. Not sure what the title is or who created this one, but if you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic image you won’t find one much more symbolic than the hand and flame of Lady Liberty… One hundred years from now this literally might be an image captured by an underwater diver.
There is a mostly forgotten world under most cities. Some are buried now, others are crumbling and will be lost. But there are others, like these tunnels under New York that will remain for centuries to come.
I’ve been researching this underground world for one of my novels. It’s Post-Apocalyptic, of course, and the survivors take refuge in the tunnels underneath New York City.
I think the irony is striking when you consider this… If there is an apocalyptic event, humans will be forced to flee to places like the one pictured above, directly underneath the greatest engineering feats of our time. The skyscraper you live or work in may have been built overtop of what becomes your refuge.
Ever since I was a kid I wondered what I would do if the air raid sirens went off (that’s the most terrifying sound) or if society descended into chaos. Now, as an adult, I wonder the same thing. Will I be ready? Will I know what to do? Will I even want to survive in a post-apocalyptic world?
When the end comes and electronics turn into useless hunks of plastic. Will we know what to do? Or will we be so reliant on this system that we won’t be able to look past the stand by screen?
My new book Extinction Horizon has finally arrived, and one early reader has referred to it as, “The Hot Zone meets World War Z!” Get it herefor a special price of only .99 cents for a limited time only.This new series deals with two of my biggest nightmares: Zombies and Ebola. I spent the past year researching and writing Extinction Horizon so it wouldn’t be just another Zombie book. This one is also a medical thriller. The result, I hope, will be a terrifying and realistic read.Book II Extinction Edge will release on March 2, 2015. Click here to pre-order the book for a special price.
Do you ever wonder if you’d survive the apocalypse?
Sometimes I think I would do well in a harsh environment, but other times I consider how dirty, dark, and ugly it would be. And I ask myself what’s the point?
This guy must have a damn good reason for standing on a ledge overlooking the ruined city below. Maybe his family’s down there. Or maybe he’s traveling through; hoping to find some extra bullets or some lip balm. Because God knows lip balm is going to be worth it’s weight in gold at the end of the world.
My newest post-apocalyptic thriller is up for pre-order on Amazon! The kindle version is .99 cents for a limited time. Extinction Horizon is not for the fainthearted. It’s a gritty look at what happens if Ebola is ever weaponized. Think the Hot Zone meets WWZ… Check it out here: http://amzn.to/1vxXguG
This week I’m returning to my blogging roots and sharing a post-apocalyptic blitz of pics and stories. I’ll start with my new favorite image. This gorgeous piece was done by Yuri Shwedoff and is called White Castle.
The metaphor is striking. From space travel back to one of our first forms of transportation. In White Castle the future seems to have been reversed. By what, I can only guess…