Extinction : A novel

“I heard voices in the valley last night. Didn’t see a fire or flashlight or nothing. I heard ‘em though, talking… I know I did.”

A bit about the book:

“Somer raises disquieting questions about our relationship with nature, and the debt we owe to the beings with whom we share our planet – even, or perhaps especially, when there is no longer any chance of restitution.” – The Guardian.

In a lonely valley, deep in the mountains, a ranger watches over the last surviving grizzly bear.

With the natural world exhausted and in tatters, Ben has dedicated himself to protecting this single fragment of the wild.

One night, he hears voices in the valley – poachers, come to hunt his bear.

A heart-pounding chase begins, crossing forests and mountainsides, passing centuries of human ruins. Sometimes hunter, sometimes prey – Ben must choose the bear’s fate and his own.

Is he willing to lay down his life for a dying breed?

Is he willing to kill for it?

In addition to your local vendor, here are a few links to pre-order Extinction:

USA: From Blackstone Publishers (print/audio) From Indiebound, From Barnes & Noble, From Amazon (print/audio)

UK: From HarperCollins Publishers UK, From WHSmith, From Waterstones, From Blackwells, From Foyles, From Amazon (print/audio)

Australia & NZ: From Dymocks, From Angus & Robertson, From Amazon (print/audio)

Canada: From Chapters/Indigo, From Amazon (print/audio)

Some reviews and buzz:

“…in lean, propulsive prose… Somer raises disquieting questions about our relationship with nature, and the debt we owe to the beings with whom we share our planet – even, or perhaps especially, when there is no longer any chance of restitution.” – The Guardian.

“We are all being asked to make choices. Our species, our animals, our world…. Somer hones these questions down to the knife-edge of a lonely man and the last surviving grizzly bear, in the ragged grandeur of the remaining West. An unforgettable story, a fierce and thrilling ride.” – Maxim Loskutoff, author of Ruthie Fear and Come West and See.

“From the very first page, [Somer] pulls us into a novel landscape residing somewhere between a Jack London wilderness and a Cormac McCarthy lawless dystopia. Then he ignites a fire of suspense that burns until the very last page.” – Scott Stambach, award winning author of The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko.

“Harrowingly tense and cerebral, Somer’s EXTINCTION is a primordial game of cat-and-mouse-and-cat that confronts the costs of survival while boldly redefining what it truly means to survive. Bravo!” – P. J. Vernon, author of Bath Haus and When You Find Me.

“A heart-pounding thriller built out of a ranger’s mission to protect his territory’s last surviving bear against oncoming threats. Somer’s writing is visceral and immediate, and he brings the natural world into focus in fascinating ways.” – CrimeReads.com

“A beautiful tale of hope in the face of hopelessness, Extinction is a haunting nightmare of the future, and a lyrical love song to nature.” – Tim Lebbon, New York Times bestselling author of Eden, The Silence, and The Last Storm.

“… an intense, psychological thriller, that starts off fast and never lets up. You will not was to put the book down.” – Red Carpet Crash

“Somer paints an unsettling picture of a future in which Earth is all but abandoned to the ravages of climate change… In vibrant, lyrical prose, Somer depicts Ben’s struggles with loneliness and the approaching winter as he watches over the last living grizzly bear…” – Publisher’s Weekly.

“With Extinction, Bradley Somer presents an unflinching view of the dangers mankind poses to the natural world, and yet he wraps these horrors in gorgeous and nuanced language. Highly recommended!” – Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of Kagen the Damned and Relentless.

… And more stuff:

The Guardian – “The Best Recent Science Fiction and Fantasy – Reviews Roundup” (08/12/22). Read full review HERE.

CrimeReads.com – “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of Fall 2022 (and Beyond!)” (11/22/22) Read the full list HERE.

“Dear Reader” Letter – HERE.

Release Dates:

UK, Australia, New Zealand, & Commonwealth: Available From HarperCollins Publishers UK

USA & Canada: Available From Blackstone Publishing