Title: Zero: An Orbit Novel
Author: J.S. Collyer
Genre: Science Fiction
Number of Pages: 372
Synopsis: Humans have colonised the Orbit, branching out from an overpopulated and war-torn Earth to establish cities on the Moon and in space. Policed by The Service, this is a whole new world of service and Spacers where life is hard and comes at a price.
Kaleb Hugo is a former Service commander, publicly disgraced and dismissed for disobeying orders to save lives, but secretly reassigned as captain of the Zero: A government-funded black ops privateer ship on the edge of Orbit law. The ship is publicly disavowed but privately essential to the Service, existing solely to mix with pirates, terrorists and criminals and to serve the establishment's underground agenda.
With his commander, Ezekiel Webb, and crew, Hugo, at first a reluctant soldier in his new role, will uncover a vast conspiracy which will threaten the very Orbit itself and drive it to all-out civil war. As they race against time to avert catastrophe, what will become of the Zero and her crew?
Zero: An Orbit Novel takes readers on a fast paced exciting ride through outer space on a quest to protect the Orbit from devastation.
The world has changed and many people have left Earth to live in the new colonies created in outer space, known as Orbit. Keeping order is difficult in this new world and The Service has been assigned to undertake this challenging mission. The Zero, a ship commanded by Ezekiel Webb, travels the Orbit building relationships through the exchange of goods. Their "points" as they refer to them believe the Zero is a disavowed ship with an equally questionable crew. The trust the Zero's crew gains from these points is essential to their undercover assignment of gathering intelligence for The Service. Their new captain, Kaleb Hugo, a dishonorably discharged commander for The Service, joins the Zero's crew and together they uncover a sinister plan that could bring about a civil war. Can The Service, with the help of the Zero, thwart this evil scheme before it's too late?
J.S. Collyer spins an electrifying web of deception and intrigue. Her vast array of tumultuous characters and gripping plot pulled me in and didn't let go. I found the story to be well organized and original. I don't often read space related science-fiction, but Zero is much more than an adventure through the heavens. Yes, the intense action kept my attention, but I was also drawn to Webb's sense of humor that often lightened series scenes and Hugo's hard corp military training which kept the team on track and saved their lives a time or two. I not only wanted them to keep Orbit out of harms way, but to save themselves as well. Zero is a riveting intergalatic adventure readers won't soon forget.
I highly recommend picking up a copy. Available on Amazon.