Saturday, August 16, 2014
BOOK REVIEW: "Zero" by J.S. Collyer
Kaleb Hugo is everything an officer of the Service should be: loyal, expertly trained, unquestioning. He has done everything ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from knowing you are fighting for the good of humankind…until the day that he made a decision to go against orders to obtain victory and save lives.
The battle was won, but Hugo was condemned and dishonourably discharged by Service commanders for defying regulations. There is no place in the Service for heroes. Their soldiers serve and obey.
Unofficially, Hugo is re-assigned to captain the crew of the Zero, an eight-man craft classified as, at best, a privateer ship and at worst a smuggling and criminal enterprise vessel. But what very few know is that the Zero, and her crew, are contracted by the Service. Their role is to investigate and infiltrate the less savoury levels of society. They sell on, buy in, bargain, threaten and report back on everything the political levels the Service don’t officialy want to know about.
The Zero’s rag-tag crew look to their commander, Ezekiel Webb, as their leader and middleman between the regimented expectations of the Service and the harsh and unpredictable demands of the underworld of colonial space. He has lived in both worlds his whole life and has trouble adjusting to Hugo, as he has every captain before him.
Hugo has to find a way to manage this unruly ship and unruly crew as they are pulled deeper into an orbit-wide game of politics, deceit and corruption which will threaten to tear them apart as well as throw humanity back into a cycle of war and destruction. Hugo, Webb and the crew will have to overcome personal tragedy, insurmountable odds and every depraved twist of fate that the Orbit can throw at them in order to survive and prevent events that could threaten the lives of millions.
For Kaleb Hugo, nothing will ever be certain again.
The above is the blurb about Zero, the debut novel by JS Collyer, (published by Dagda Publishing) a sci-fi epic that is actually longer than 200 pages! While these types of stories are further down on my "favorite genres" list, this book really appealed to me, with its amazing descriptive text, making me feel like I was there, on the Zero, on the colonized moon.
The story is visual, and I could actually see every unique place Collyer took the characters. It would make and excellent movie, and an even better anime!
The characters themselves run the gamut from generic to unique and so realistic I felt like I could look up from my ereader and see them standing in front of me.
With political overtones, corruption, and covert operations, this is a book for Star Trek fans, Star Wars fans, surprisingly, Cover Affairs fans, and people who are new to sci-fi. Great work and I look forward to more from the author!
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