Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he's ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew - save one. Peter's mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth's twin. Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he's unprepared for what awaits on the planet's surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test - and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.
©2015 Jason Hough (P)2015 Recorded Books
My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.
Tell, Tell, Tell
From the beginning the premise sucks. This guy kills and than his memory is wiped and he is okay with that. The reader is constantly being told things and is never shown things. Soon into the second hour, I thought it might get interesting, but than the book switches to a different part and a different main character and we get more telling. I tried hard to go the minimum three hours I try to give every book, but I could tell another half hour was not going to change my mind.
Really dug this book a lot. The author has a talent for super-imaginative world building, and the main characters are interesting, sympathetic, and real. I cared about them.
The story goes places you'll never expect; there are not one, but several plot twists that left me gaping and going, WHAT?? (but in a good way)
Very nicely performed by Gideon Emery, who handles vocal characterization of both male and female characters quite well. Lots of cool action, some thought provoking ideas and moments, and an ending that both satisfies and leaves things wide open for "the further adventures of..."
I enjoyed this book right from the beginning. I like the story and the characters. The narrator did great job. If you like sci fi I recommend this book.
Solid read/listen! Hough's parlayed his sci-fi cred to push him past "Dire Earth's" tentative upstart energy with an even more clever imagining of a future pock-marked with the consequences of our current sins. "Zero" intelligently comments on some unexpected issues without condensation and a sly wit that winks at convention while brutally carrying out it's main action packed mission. My only complaint... Del Rey should have had more confidence in Hough's progressive vision by adding the real hero to "Zero World's" cover art. A recommended read. Gratitude!
The combination of creativity and scientific reasoning. Certainly there was some stretches and it did require a suspension of disbelief, but not so much so that it rendered the story silly.
One of my first, but won't be the last. He did wonderful work here.
The complex last 3rd of the book, when our hero starts to realize who he really is, was very interesting and made me think about my own self image, candidly.
Highly recommend this. It is clearly the start of a series, but the book stands on its own merits. Spend the credit and enjoy.
Crazy. Different. Exciting. Sci-fi action, adventure, thriller in space and on land. It took me about a third of the book to really get into it and even a little longer to start liking Caswell (the assassin main character), but once it took off for me, it really took off. That's not to say it was bad for the first third, it just didn't, really grab me. Some of that may have been the average narration of the audiobook. The reader wasn't bad, he just wasn't anything special. I much preferred the book in print. If my initial description sounds interesting, I'd recommend giving this book a try, just maybe not in audio format. Leave all preconceived expectations behind and prepare for lots of twists and turns. Be aware that this book sets up for a series but doesn't end in a cliffhanger (thank goodness).
Decided to try something a little different and I'm so glad I did. Plot twists and turns I didn't expect, great characters, nonstop action, excellent reader. Lots of wonderful little touches that stick with you.
Gratitude, Mr. Hough! I'm another fan hoping this becomes a series.
Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule
An interesting and enjoyably different kinda read... This book is a bit Sf, a bit spy/espionage thriller, a smidge alternate history (sorta😉), and thoroughly attention grabbing... An assassin who can't recall his previous missions, or who he's killed, finds himself on an odd and unusual version of earth for his next mission w/ a countdown, and then things get really difficult;) Gotta bit of a Mission Impossible thing going there... Some excellent plot twists and turnarounds w/ good pace and flow... The action isn't uber intense, but well placed and penned... Some intriguing inferences to recognizable issues and consequences thereof...The only two significant characters are easy to root for, and yes I'm including the hired killer... Ilove the dialogue, specifically the precisely quirky and colloquial version used by the natives... The climax is excellent and setups what looks to be a very entertaining series... The Narration is likewise excellent and does a superb job w/ the voice changes and dialects... A credit well spent!!
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