An Orbit Novel
Matt Davis, Cover Design
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 officially 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.
- Paperback: 318 pages
- Publisher: Dagda Publishing Ltd (August 16, 2014)
- ISBN-10: 0992987105
- ISBN-13: 978-0992987107
From page one I thought this would be a new series that would be a definite winner. The author used a different approach to sci fi. Commander Kaleb Hugo is disgraced after not adhering to several commands ordering retreat. Even though, he was disgraced he was promoted to be the captain of the ZERO. The ZERO was a ship shod stuck together with whatever was available. The crew was a bunch of pirates that had gone rogue.
The Serviceman and the True Believer are forced to work alongside a crew of misfits. They try to settle their differences while on t his terrifying adventure. The book is totally enjoyable as the author puts misfits , Serviceman and TrueBeliever to work together. The author has taken HER plot and arranged it with fresh characters and scenes and has brought about a different approach to other books of the same nature. The author puts a bit of herself in the book showing that she is somewhat like the underdogs that she has in her book. She's willing to fight for what she needs and believes in. The author appears to be a strong willed woman and she brings that forth in her book. You will find a surprise about mid way through the book that will make you look twice.What you see on the surface is not all that is going on. There's more underneath. More for you, the reader to find out.
The plot is about the future Earth and its colonial space subjects. It all starts with what the title says, Earth's immediate orbit. There's none of the warp's drive, no wild crazy escapades, no aliens and none of that technical talk that most of us don't understand.
The author stays with her bold crew of misfits and the political high stakes, which gives us a science fiction in the near future.
I was given a complimentary copy of ZERO from the author, J.S. Collyer for my view of the book. No other compensation took place.
I would give this book 4 STARS.