SEQUEL TO THE #1 BESTSELLER FORGING ZERO!!! PARASITE PUBLICATIONS ~ Character Sci-Fi It's been 53 turns after the legendary Commander Zero graduated as a Congie warrior. Joe, now a battle hardened veteran, has spent his life surviving wars he had no right to survive. Yet his real test is coming: New forces are conspiring to start a great war like the universe has never seen, one that would rip apart the very fabric of Congress. Joe is conscripted to fight the very war everyone has been fearing since the rise of the Dhasha—the war against the legendary Dhasha Vahlin. Unfortunately for Joe, at the same time, other ruthless powers are conspiring to kill him before he fulfills the prophecy of the Trith. To fight the Vahlin, a desperate Congress comes up with a tactic it abandoned millennia ago—the use of multi-species groundteams. Joe, now a Prime Commander, is given command of his own team of misfits and pitted against the Vahlin’s forces in a war whose casualties are millions-to-one. Can Joe keep his group of aliens from killing each other long enough to make them into a battle-ready team? Will he survive long enough to kill the Vahlin? Or is he destined to destroy Congress, as the Trith have prophesized about him?
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Excellent character driven stories like "Zero Recall" are not quick reads, not something to be finished in a few short hours. There is so much depth within this story it made me pause from time to time and just say damn, or to be more precise "NINETY HELLS".
Our hero from Book 1 is no longer the boy aka Zero. He is Commander Joe Dobbs of the Congressional Army, a legend, a CONGIE, now forcefully retired by fellow ground-crew member, Maggie. Retirement finds him some fifty-five turns later back on Earth in search of his elusive brother, Sam. But as those turns brought a transformation in Joe, he finds Earth has changed too. They don't want him back, people of HIS OWN PLANET despise him, in their eyes he is now the alien.
Retirement will be short; Zero is a pawn in a universal game of chess. And this time, his ground team won't be human. Instead, it's become a much more colorful team of what used to be the bad guys; Huouyt, Jreet, Baga, Ooreiki and Grekkon. Their...
Zero Recall is one of those books where you get to the end and you have to do a double take. Pieces of information fall into place and you're left wanting to read the entire book again (and maybe even the end of Forging Zero). As the author states, she hopes it will blow your mind, and it does.
It's not just the super, amazing, mind-blowing ending that makes this book rock though. The interaction between alien species is believable in its execution, and at times heartbreaking, at times hilarious.
I'll say one thing. Sara King really knows how to carry you along through emotional roller coasters. There are really low lows, and you think you will never recover. You never QUITE recover to fairy-tale-happpy-ending status. But you do find that it was all worth it. Because you care about her characters. They are real. They could be sitting next to you on the couch while you're reading, elbowing you at 2am, and saying, "Eh, eh?! Don't go to sleep yet, wait'll you find...
I found the first part of this book to be slower reading as a bit more complex plot was being set up and new characters were being introduced. However, the story picked up and it became much more interesting to read and harder to put down. After finishing the book, you'll have to go back and re-read chapter one again, and then you'll go wow! Sara King once again did a masterful job weaving a complex tale with many interesting characters, while throwing in a couple great surprises along the way. I really enjoyed the complex world building, as well as all the highly unique aliens and their very unique ways of self-expression and characteristics.
What I enjoyed best about this book was reading about a wildly, crazy-disparate group of half-dozen alien characters who have nothing in common who highly distrust one another at first, but come together along the way and not only learn to trust each other, but even admire each other a bit and at the end, actually become friends...
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