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White Sands: An Orbs Prequel [Kindle Edition]

Nicholas Sansbury Smith
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Book Description

Jeff and his little brother David were normal kids; they loved video games, fighter planes, and learning to hunt with their Dad. Little did they know, their lives were about to change.

The boys and their father find themselves stranded in the desert when a military jet comes careening out of the sky and crashes directly into their car. Barely escaping the incident with their lives, and out of contact with the rest of the world, the trio must make the perilous journey back to civilization.

But, downed aircrafts, stalled out cars, and mysterious glowing blue orbs litter the desert landscape. Slowly they come to realize that the world is under attack and the civilization they once knew may no longer exist. Now the boys and their father are in a fight to survive across a barren landscape—a fight that not all will win.

Reading Order:

Orbs
Orbs II
Orbs III
White Sands
Red Sands

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2082 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster/ Simon451 (30 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L4ZZAY6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #325,460 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative insights 6 Dec. 2014
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This book is a prequel to the ORBS series. Jeff and David are two children discovered at the White Sands facility by Sophie and her team when they travel there from the Cheyenne Mountain Biosphere in Book 1 of this series. This short story provides the readers an opportunity to understand why Jeff and David happened to be in the facility - a top secret one owned and run by NTC; in other words, a place children should not be.

The story opens on Jeff's birthday. He and David are travelling in a car with their step-mom, bound for White Sands where they will pick up the boys' dad, Michael, a security guard at White Sands. It is revealed early on that the boys' father plans to take Jeff to a shooting range to teach him to use a rifle, a family heirloom.

Smith's writing is once again clear and concise, delivering an uncluttered story. The descriptions are vivid, putting me right into the action with the characters. The writing is easy to read, and the story moves at a good pace.

I only give this story four stars because it wasn't quite the wow-blow-me-away of the other stories in the series, but it is no less important or well-written.
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Read this after reading orbs but didn't detract from an excellent read!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 26 July 2015
By Jayne
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good fill in while awaiting next book in series
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent addition 1 Oct. 2014
By Rebecca of Troy - Published on Amazon.com
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What was going on outside while in the biosphere the chicken beaked their brains out? Now we know.
This short story follows two narratives:
-We meet Michael Fitz , an NTC guard, and his two sons who are visiting him at the base where he is posted during a holiday. The kids, Jeff and David are old friends of ours and now we get to see how is it that the ended up all alone at a military base.
-Another previously known character takes part in "White Sands", Dr. Hoffman, CEO of NTC. In ORBS I, Dr Winston is suspicious about Hoffman's behaviour, she described it as sensing that he wanted to be somewhere else instead of at the biosphere facility, that Hoffman was in a hurry. And indeed he was.
"White sands" kindles our excitement while we wait for book number 2, gratefully the release date is just a few days away. After reading this new short story, I'm fully ready to re-immerse myself in the ORBS universe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ~~Invasion of the Organics~~ 1 Oct. 2014
By Chief, USN Ret...VT Town - Published on Amazon.com
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White Sands, New Mexico, is home to New Tech Corporation which is the largest security and science corporation on the Earth. Michael Fitz is employed as a guard for this corporation. And, yes, he is the father of Jeff (11) and David (7) - (readers of Orbs will certainly recognize these youngsters). It is their misfortune to be visiting Dad the day that the invasion of the Organics occurs and when the SHTF with world wide impact.

Pertinent information concerning Dr. Hoffman, CEO of New Tech Corporation, is provided. One is able to ascertain his knowledge of the Organics and also determine his true goal. More gaps are filled in about other characters and details are given for more background of Orbs. Some of these would have "cluttered" the main story and the prequel provided the perfect spot to supply these to the readers.

The descriptions in this prequel are superb. One will be mesmerized by the glow of the blue orbs, sickened by the stench of burning flesh and terrified by the appearance and actions of the invaders. Last, but not least, the love of his father for his two sons will tug at your heart.

Most highly recommended and anxiously awaiting the release of "Orbs II Stranded" on October 7.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great way to live within the story again 30 Sept. 2014
By Marc Bedinghaus - Published on Amazon.com
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Smith has a rare talent. To write Sci-Fi as a human experience. Its so easy to get caught up in the technology, the aliens, the whatever it is you want to focus on that makes it Sci-Fi and forget to focus on the only thing that makes any story truly exist, the user experience, the characters. Smith writes with an ease and flow despite the complicated ideas being presented.
Now on to White Sands...what's not to like? Smith has crafted a great companion story that builds out character development and also fills in many gaps that you may have been left wondering about at the end of Orbs I. It was great to hear the invasion from a fresh perspective but even more fulfilling to learn more about Hoffman :). These short story/novella prequels are such a great way to live within the story again for just a little bit. Well done. Impatiently waiting for the release of Orbs II. :)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better 8 Oct. 2014
By mtnsteve - Published on Amazon.com
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"White Sands" by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, was a pleasant surprise for me. I gave Orbs a 5 star rating when it came out because I loved the mix of horror and scifi. What I wasn't expecting was the overall improvement in character development, attention to detail and flow of the story. It was pronounced enough that I reread Orbs before giving this a 5 star rating to be sure I wasn't imagining it.I won't go into details of this prequel as they have been covered so well in the other reviews but I will state that Nicholas is truly becoming one of the best new authors I've had the pleasure of reading. I had pre-ordered White Sands and Orbs II because I expected a great read and I wasn't disappointed. I just started reading Orbs II and it looks like I'll be pre-ordering Orbs III: Redemption as well. I see an Omnibus edition in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS HAVE A NEW FAN, ME!!!!! 30 Mar. 2015
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Book 2 is a must read. The "prequels" are something that definitely should be read before the start of the main series "ORBS". In the order they were written, if possible. (I know I keep repeating that in these reviews for these 3 books, but its something I really believe in) But the main reason I checked them out was the fact that Nicholas Sansbury Smith wrote these, that was a big plus in my mind for reading them. This definitely makes me think twice about Science Fiction books. These 3 prequels " Solar Flares", "White Sands" and "Red Sands" read in the correct order before reading"ORBS" I believe is a must. This book brings in 2 new characters, 2 young boys, that will have to grown up fast. I can't wait to see how it all turns out.
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