The Legend of Zero begins the epic journey of 14-year-old Joe Dobbs in a post-apocalyptic universe following a massive alien invasion of Earth. The oldest of the children drafted from humanity's devastated planet, Joe is impressed into service by the alien Congressional Ground Force - and becomes the unwitting centerpiece in a millennia-long alien struggle for independence.
Once his training begins, one of the elusive and prophetic Trith appears to give Joe a spine-chilling prophecy that the universe has been anticipating for millions of years: Joe will be the one to finally shatter the vast alien government known as Congress. And the Trith cannot lie. But first Joe has to make it through bootcamp.
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A spellbinding piece of fiction with excellent characters, marvelous plot development and superb action and dialogue.
While work prevents a one sitting listen, I never the less listened continuously as tasks would allow.
Looking forward to the next installment; the characters and story hold great possibilities with a superb open set of possible twists and turns.
The story and narrator are good however whoever decided to add a loud Ringtone between sections should be fired. It really distracts from the story flow, especially when you are quietly listening.
I love that I am able to read again, even in my busy life. Thanks Audible!!
I picked up this book because I was looking for a sci-fi military series. This one had some good reviews on Amazon, and it was cheap on Audible.
I should have looked to make sure all the books were available...because they aren't.
Go to email@example.com and request the rest of the series please!!
At some points the story is a little dry, or uninteresting, and the mechanism used to bring background to some of the main characters is a little forced, but overall I highly enjoyed the book. I got through the 13 hours in 3 days, which is a lot since most of my day revolves around work, and my children. I basically utilized every free minute I had listening to the story, because I couldn't wait to hear what was going to happen next.
In the Third Act, the action sequences really take off, I highly enjoyed the battle scene, and was dismayed at some of the deaths, but elated at others.
There was one scene that I felt was going to happen eventually, but still surprised me at its sudden happening. It turned the story a bit darker, and made me question allegiances. All in a good way though.
There is a lot of Starship Troopers, and Ender's Game influence here, but there is still some originality, and new twists.
Also, becuase I have kids, I should tell you, there are some violent episodes, and swearing (in an alien language, but still swearing), and some sexual talk, so be aware.
I haven't finished the book yet but I can tell you right now that the Overall is going to lose a star. There is a sound to signal a time break or point of view switch within a chapter which is so annoying that I miss the next couple of sentences of the story because I'm too busy cursing the bastard who chose the sound and volume for this signal. You'll be listening to Liam's smooth voice and then it's like someone smashes two glasses together inside your ears at 10 db louder than the narration. Jeezus!
I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.
There's always one, isn't there? In any Science Fiction book, there's one guy, or gal, who isn't the "run of the mill" type. He's ... well... OK. take this the right way... Special.
OK. Stop laughing. Because I'm serious. That's what this is about. From the time the aliens draft our hero, they have to name him "Zero" because they brought him along when they shouldn't have. And he, then, proceeds to show them why they shouldn't have, in spades.
I really enjoyed this book. If you're a Science Fiction fan, I believe you will too.
Terrific story . I followed the list of books read by Liam Owen since I enjoy his character creation. I understand the book has a sequel,( not yet on audible) but this story is complete in itself.
Great, amazing story. From start to finish, a gripping, life and death SciFi story. I want more and hated stopping each time. Very good stuff.
Decent story. On the border of YA, but still entertaining. Narrator was talented. My only complaints were the intermittent garish jingle and the inconsistent volume (clearly no one in production cared enough about the author's work to do their due diligence final review). I will certainly be purchasing the sequel, though I won't be waiting with bated breath.
Some stories are plot-based, others are character-based. This story is the latter, and it is the characters that make this story shine. Ms. King does an excellent job of creating a universe so alien from Earth that it is truly alien. Humans are the new species on the block, weak, and defenseless. The horrors the protagonists endure, the losses, and the transformations are all part of a compelling listen. This is different and worth listening to.
Certain sub genres in Science fiction attract so many of us, myself included. Dystopia, Zombie, Space Opera.
However, "Underdog Versus The Overlords" is one that so many readers, listeners and moviegoers truly enjoy. You know it - Fledgling space teen struggles against an overpowering evil space force, and eventually wins. Think Star Wars, Ender's Game, Starship Troopers, and so many others that are worthy the genre, each a "tour de force."
Then, there's those in that genre that fall a bit flat. Sort of a "meh." Yes, they have the overall formula in the mix. Of course, the underdog is firmly in place. The overlords are waiting in the wings, costumed and ready, waiting for their cue. Then, the curtain rises, and it trips, stumbles and eventually falls. And it's not pretty. Perhaps it's poor storyline execution. Might be weak character development. Could be tepid writing. Maybe all of the above.
Now, don' get me wrong - For light reading or listening, it will get a modest following, but for those looking for a "tour de force," in the genre, it falls flat, and any followups in the series are passed over, because the work is, in a word, forgettable.
This is one of those. It has the right elements in place, but it falls short. It's forgettable.
I am TOTALLY confident that I will get negative feedback from some, but if this is an honest review there it is. I must be true to those who expect an honest review. And of course, to myself. For me, the series ends here.
And I was so looking forward to my Tour De Force.
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