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The Extinction Files, Book 2
Written by: A. G. Riddle
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The thrilling conclusion to The Extinction Files is finally here!

A code hidden in the human genome...will reveal the ultimate secret of human existence.

And could hold humanity's only hope of survival.

In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed.

The truth was discovered 30 years ago, almost by accident. Dr. Paul Kraus had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity's lost tribes - human ancestors who had gone extinct. When Kraus compared the DNA samples of the lost tribes with our own, he found a pattern of changes: a code. At the time, the technology didn't exist to unravel what it meant. To protect the secret, Kraus hid his work and disappeared. Now the technology exists to finally understand the mysterious code buried in the human genome, but finding the pieces of Kraus' research is more dangerous than anyone imagined.

Dr. Peyton Shaw and her mother have obtained part of Kraus' research - and a cryptic message that could lead to the remaining pieces. They believe his work is the key to stopping a global conspiracy - and an event that will change humanity forever.

The ultimate secret, buried in the human genome, will change our very understanding of what it means to be human. For Peyton, finding it may come at an incredible price. She must weigh the lives of strangers against those she loves: Desmond Hughes and her mother. With time running out, Peyton makes a fateful choice - one that can never be undone.

©2017 A. G. Riddle (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Great book!

I loved both books in the series, this one definitely answered all my questions and Hope's!

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exceptional <br />

great story. great performance. fell in love with the characters good or bad. worth the read for sure

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Gripping Read!

Loved this series .. kept me glued to my headphones right up to the last words..

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Excellent conclusion to an engrossing series!

Eduardo Ballerini is an extremely talented narrator. I particularly enjoyed the way that Riddell builds this story layer by layer and memory by memory to its engrossing conclusion and still somehow manages to end with the ultimate mind-bender as his very last word.

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Left me wanting more.

I did enjoy this audiobook, and its predecessor. the voice changes were a bit jarring, but enjoyable all the same. The ending on the other hand. It felt rushed, and a bit... pandering.

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Solid but a bit of a stretch

The first book of the series starts off strong - world pandemic, high stakes, far reaching global conspiracy - it hits a lot of our fears. Genome, on the other hand, expands on the weird love triangle and complex lore behind the conwpiracy. This wasn't bad on it's own, but much of the steam from the first book is slowly lost during this one. The ending is slightly anti-climactic as well.

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Good, but not as good as the first one

I did enjoy this book, but I found that for some reason I just wasn't as engaged in the story so much as the first book. This book spends a lot of time on the characters' backgrounds and relationships, and it seems like the action part of the plot was a bit under-developed. At times it seems like you have to remind yourself "oh yeah, world as we know it could end." The narrator did a great job again, though Uri sometimes seemed a bit Dracula-ish and there was a portion where Peyton became a southern belle for a bit, and I'm glad that didn't seem to last. Really quite different from the first book, with more of a focus on the tech part rather than the disease part.

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Good. But not as immersive as the first.

Good book, but the storyline gets a little muddled near the end. The final chapters seem to try too hard to just finish off the story. They seem rushed.

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  • JWagner
  • 2018-03-07

interesting

took me forever to figure out what was going on in book 2. but the finish was well worth it

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  • Bob Murat
  • 2018-02-11

a Masterp8ece

one of the best books I've ever read. the narrator could well be the best to bring emotion and authenticity ever in a book.Get it Now

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-02-12

Loved it!

Great story, can be a bit hard to follow at times, but stick with it, it proves to fill the gaps nicely. Very well read, Ballerini pulls you into the story and keeps you wanting more.

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  • W. D
  • 2018-01-29

Did not disappoint!

I enjoyed the series. There could be more, but if he doesn't write another book in the extinction files, that will be ok too, it ended with enough closure.

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  • Trudy Owens
  • 2018-01-12

Exciting and interesting, but confusing and weird

Although this is a pretty exciting and interesting story, there are several problems that get in the way of interest. First, there are the myriad chapter jumps from character to character and from time to time with no clues. It is very confusing trying to figure out if a given chapter is happening now or some time in the past. And there is a LOT of past here, more than 50 years of it, and we have to keep those pasts straight for so many people. Stalingrad, Australia, Oklahoma, Germany, Spain, the North Atlantic. Now, last year, 5 years ago, 50 years ago, a billion years ago. I lost my place in the book once when my phone kept playing after I had put it down. It took me over half an hour, and a lot of relistening to figure out where I had been. THAT is a confusing story.

This has sort of mixed up genres. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. This one started out (in book 1) as a biological pandemic which then turned out to be a Lex Luther bioterrorism theme but now there's Virtual Reality and computer-controlled everything. This current volume takes it even further into VR and super computers. It's already confusing trying to figure out how their computer programs can do what they say they can, and then you have to understand how the Neanderthal cave paintings fit in (?), and then it just keeps getting weirder. Something is hidden in the human genome and it is supposed to answer the deepest questions of Man's existence. What's that question again? And where in the story, or Lin Shaw's genetic research, was this answered? Not much is answered because the question isn't clear. Most of the themes have been dealt with anyway in Star Trek in far less time and with less confusion.

It's a bit sci-fi. Our hero has hidden his memory in some computer somewhere? He has to find it to save the world.

It's a bit romance. Two women love him. Unless one just shrugs it off, there are only two ways for that to resolve, either one dies, or one has her heart broken. Take your pick.

The people cleverly change from being good guys to being bad guys or visy-versy. Who's hiding something? Who can you trust? You'll start with the eye rolling.

There are some good action scenes, but even they are confusing chronologically.

The last conversation of the story is the most confusing of all. It's supposed to be all high-brow intellectual philosophical and just ends stultifying: Let's not call the highest peak of our world by the name we use, let's be sly and use the name of the first surveyor-general of India and call it..... wait for it......Mt. Everest. Yeah, that'll obfuscate things.

Even though the story can keep you entertained, it is not satisfying because there's not a real moral, or a real conclusion. It's just kind of woo-woo, aren't we mysteriously esoteric!

Mr. Ballerini does well with all the voices except Lin Shaw's. She has to be 50-60 years old, but sounds like her daughter's sister.




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  • Jacob James
  • 2018-02-06

Good follow up

Went a very different route from when I started at the beginning of the first book. Not at all a bad thing but it was far from what I expected. Overall it was a good follow up to the first book and it wrapped the story up nicely.

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  • Zeph McKinnon
  • 2018-01-24

one of the best

I cant wait for the conclusion of this amazing story. it has been amazing so far. ..I look forward to the film adaptation as well.

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  • Areana S
  • 2018-01-18

Be prepared to fall into the rabbit hole

It amazed me that where this book began is so far from where it ended. It was a good transition but just don’t enter with expectations based on where you thought the series was headed. If this seems confusing just wait until you read the book. For those of us who “see” deeper into the world around us and have an inkling or have peeked behind the curtain, you’ll really appreciate the path taken by this author
Enjoy the ride

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  • Sean W. Kelly
  • 2018-01-30

I Loved it! I Can't wait for the next one!

I Loved it! I Can't wait for the next one! Hopefully we won't have to wait long!

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  • Ralph Edge
  • 2018-10-10

Very Very Confusing

For some reason, the download reversed the logical progression and I was completely lost actually I finished the 2nd part before the first
Loved the story but what a strange download

1 of 1 people found this review helpful