ZERO, by J S Collyer - Out Today!
J S Collyer has been receiving rave reviews lately. Her debut, ZERO, could be described in two words which will get any fan of space opera or Firefly in particular buzzing with excitement – space pirates. Her clean, precise and engaging writing style and in-depth characterisation underpins a thrilling story. ZERO is set to do very well indeed.
She has this to say on her blog, THE PATH, about the moment the proofs of her debut book arrived and I understand these sentiments very well:
The paperbacks for my first ever novel, Zero, arrived this week from the publisher. I couldn’t get the boxes open fast enough. The book looks beautiful. I mean, I know I’m biased and have a certain amount of emotional investment in this little baby, but, seriously, the publisher, cover artist and printers have done the most amazing job.
This was the most amazing feeling. This time last year I was half way through drafting the thing with no clue as to what the end result would be, and yet here we are!
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-ssigned to captain the crew of the Zero, an eight-an 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-ide 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.
J. S. Collyer has written stories since she was old enough to hold a pen and began reading obsessively when she discovered Star Wars and science fiction in secondary school. She went on to study literature and creative writing up to Master of Arts level at the Lancaster University.
After graduating with her MA in 2008 she has stayed in Lancaster with her partner and has written consistantly since.
She has always had a taste for narratives that are larger than life and science fiction delivers what she needs. But, though it’s true she likes spaceships, lasers and moon rocks, she also likes humanity, sincerity and relating to her characters. They may live on the moon, but they’re real and she is committed to creating human narratives albeit usually with a super-human backdrop.
You can find her at http://jcollyer.wordpress.com
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