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Zero World por Jason M. Hough
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Zero World (edição 2015)

por Jason M. Hough

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"Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough's first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan's Inception. 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. Includes the complete bonus novella The Dire Earth, a prequel to the bestselling sci-fi adventure The Darwin Elevator. Advance praise for Zero World "Warning: Do not pick up this book if there is anything else you need to do. There is no safe place to rest inside these pages, no lag in the full-throttle action, no moment when you will think, 'Okay; this is a good spot to take a break.' Once you realize how much you don't know--about this world, these characters, this inexplicable mission--the only way out is forward."--Brian Staveley, author of the Emperor's Blades series "I just finished Zero World and there's just one thing I want to know. how long must I wait for the sequel!?"--Raymond Benson, former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto series Praise for Jason M. Hough's The Darwin Elevator "A hell of a fun book."--James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon's Gate "Hough's first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon's short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of [James S. A.] Corey's 'Expanse' series."--Library Journal (starred review) "The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. As soon as you finish, you'll want more."--Analog "A debut novel unlike any other. This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes."--SF Signal "Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It's a brilliant debut, and from now on Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything."--Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles"--… (mais)
Membro:Ronald.Marcil
Título:Zero World
Autores:Jason M. Hough
Informação:Del Rey, Kindle Edition, 592 pages
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Etiquetas:Goodreads20190707

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I received an ARC for free from the the publisher, Random House Publishing Group - Del Rey Spectra, in exchange for a review through NetGalley.com.

This was a bit of a hard read for me. Usually I am not into the science part of Sci-Fi, and books that tend to deal with space, or traveling between worlds by starship, etc, just do not interest me. However, the synopsis above captured my attention, as I do like stories dealing with parallel/alternate/mirrored earths. I know, weird, right?

That all being said, I will admit that I was a bit let-down, and yet, not surprised with this story. The start was very good, opening with our main character Peter, finishing a mission for the IA. We find out what he does for a living, and the basics of how it works, why there are time frames to a mission. From there how he gets called back immediately for a new mission. This is where it got too "starshippy" for me, though I found it interesting in how he arrived to the "mirror world".

The adventure continues with Peter working to achieve his mission goals, and his interaction with one of the natives from this world, an actual spy that has similar goals to Peter's. Most of the book is the mission over a period of time ... I think it was like a week in Earth time. The ending was a nice twist to what I was expecting, though I wonder how would Hough write a second book to this one (not saying he plans to do so, but didn't have much interest if it continued from where it left off).

I have good and bad things about the book. I will admit to skimming through many pages at a time through most of the middle of the story. It just felt over detail-oriented and needless to me, and I would jump ahead to the next section of action, or dialogue. I could understand there being a difficulty in writing about a mirror world and working out how the similarities are there, yet different, not only in language, but technology. Hough did a good job with the science of how they talk a very nearly English as good as our planet (I don't want to give out spoilers). The book art was good - the character shown was the mental image I had of Peter. World description was done well, as noted maybe too much detail at times. For both being a spy/assassin types, I felt they were too trusting with each other, but then, one was a novice, and the other on a strange new world, so doing what they felt they needed to do would make sense I guess. ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
Peter Caswell, cybernetically-enhanced secret agent and assassin, works for a clandestine organization. He does not remember the jobs assigned to him by his handler, Monique, because his memories of each assignment are erased once completed. His latest assignment requires him to go undercover on a space mission to investigate a derelict spaceship presumed lost for decades but which has recently appeared in the solar system. When they arrive, the crew discovers all aboard have been murdered, apparently by a remaining crew member named Alice, who has abandoned the ship in a small space craft. Caswell is ordered to kill the current crew members and to follow Alice on a trajectory navigated by Monique. Once he travels through a wormhole, he learns of his new mission from a pre-programmed message from Monique. Alice previously traveled through the wormhole to a Earth-like planet in another galaxy where English is also spoken. This planet's technology is similar to Earth; however, a 1950s Earth. Using knowledge of future technology, Alice has set herself up like a God enhancing this planet's applied science. His assignment is to assassinate Alice and try to "put the technology back in the box."

However, Caswell is curious about why this planet looks so similar to Earth where English is spoken. Answers to these questions could get him killed.

This Jason Bourne meets Buck Rogers science fiction novel was a fun read. Although science fiction since it occurs primarily on a foreign world, it is essentially a thriller-suspense story, which includes a indigenous agent named Melni whom Caswell meets on this parallel world. ( )
  John_Warner | Feb 17, 2020 |
NEEDS A SEQUEL. STAT.

More later after the squee dies a little bit. But seriously. Sequel. ( )
  otaginenbutsuji | Nov 12, 2019 |
Decent, just lengthy. Good world building.
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
Very enjoyable. ( )
  josh513 | Feb 3, 2018 |
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"Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough's first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan's Inception. 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. Includes the complete bonus novella The Dire Earth, a prequel to the bestselling sci-fi adventure The Darwin Elevator. Advance praise for Zero World "Warning: Do not pick up this book if there is anything else you need to do. There is no safe place to rest inside these pages, no lag in the full-throttle action, no moment when you will think, 'Okay; this is a good spot to take a break.' Once you realize how much you don't know--about this world, these characters, this inexplicable mission--the only way out is forward."--Brian Staveley, author of the Emperor's Blades series "I just finished Zero World and there's just one thing I want to know. how long must I wait for the sequel!?"--Raymond Benson, former James Bond novelist and author of the Black Stiletto series Praise for Jason M. Hough's The Darwin Elevator "A hell of a fun book."--James S. A. Corey, New York Times bestselling author of Abaddon's Gate "Hough's first novel combines the rapid-fire action and memorable characters associated with Joss Whedon's short-lived Firefly TV series with the accessibility and scientific acumen of [James S. A.] Corey's 'Expanse' series."--Library Journal (starred review) "The story unfolds with just the right balance of high adventure, espionage, humor, and emotional truth. As soon as you finish, you'll want more."--Analog "A debut novel unlike any other. This is something special. Something iconic. The Darwin Elevator is full of majesty and wonder, mystery and mayhem, colorful characters and insidious schemes."--SF Signal "Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It's a brilliant debut, and from now on Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything."--Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles"--

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