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Zero Sum (Zero Sight Series, Book 2) (English Edition) von [Shier, B. Justin]
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My name is Dieter Resnick.
I was planning to turn eighteen in May, but I don't think I'm gonna make it. I've just been drafted into a war. And this war isn't usual. It's kinda sorta fought with spells.

Six months ago today, I was my high school's valedictorian. Now I'm Elliot College's newest combat-certified mage, and one of the few to survive a Talmax raid. I've got a weft-partner named Rei Acerba, whose hobbies include flaying the skin off her foes and perusing the sunscreen aisle. I've got a tutor named Jules Nelson, who spends her evenings talking to trees. And I've got a friend named Jay Dante, who tends to vanish when I need him most.

We're all part of a team called Lambda, and we've been ordered into the middle of a battle between North America's magical factions. The warriors of Talmax are surging up from the South. The Department of Mana Affair's once omnipotent DEA agents have been left cowering behind their wards. Our job is to reveal the enemy's secret weapon--before they take ownership of the entire West Coast.

Zero Sum
is the sequel to Zero Sight, the Top 5 Rated Kindle Contemporary Fantasy novel, featuring everyone's favorite disheveled coffee-fiend, Dieter Resnick, and the rest of the Lambda crew. Zero Sum is a full-length contemporary fantasy novel, weighing in at 137,000 words or about 450 pages. The entire novel is provided DRM-free based on reader requests. Because of graphic situations and foul-tongued heroes, Zero Sum is only recommended for readers 16 years and older.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1085 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 431 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Astraeus Press; Auflage: 1 (22. November 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006C9VHG4
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 5.0 von 5 Sternen 4 Kundenrezensionen
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Dieses Sequel zu "Zero Sight" hält was der erste Teil versprochen hat und übertrifft meine Erwartungen sogar. Man merkt, dass der Autor sich weiterentwickelt hat und noch besser geworden ist.

"Zero Sum" spinnt die Geschichte um Dieter und seine Komilitonen von der Elliot-Academy weiter. Der Krieg mit den gegenerischen Magiern aus dem Süden geht in die nächste Runde und die DEA scheint zu verlien. Dieter und sein Team müssen ein beschleunigtes Trainingsprogramm überstehen und sollen dann einen eigenen Einsatz durchführen.

Wie ich bereits erwähnte ist diese Story sogar noch besser als der erste Teil. Die paralle Welt der Magier wird hier weiter ausgebaut und der Leser erfährt mehr über Dieters mysteriösen Hintergrund (woher seine Fähigkeiten kommen habe ich mich ersten Teil of gefragt). Auch die anderen Teammitglieder und vor allem Rei Bathory werden besser chrakterisiert.

Es gibt wieder haufenweise Anspielungen zu bekannten Action-Szenarien, für Fans wie mich ein zusätzlicher Bonus.

Das Buch endet nicht unbedingt mit einem Cliffhanger, aber ich persönlich kann es kaum erwarten bis der nächste Teil erscheint.
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Über den Autor: Der Autor studiert nebenbei Medizin und hat während des Studiums das Schrieben für sich entdeckt, sein nunmehr zweites Buch schließt zeitlich und thematisch reibungslos an den ersten Teil an.

Die Geschichte um Magier und andere Wesen in der Neuzeit Amerikas überzeugt von den frischen Ideen und neuen Darstellungsweisen von Hierarchien und althergebrachten Denkweisen und Legenden.
Sehr durchdacht und gut recherchiert fließen in den Büchern Anekdoten und nette geschichtliche Hintergründe ein, die mit viel Witz und Charm verarbeitet werden.

Manchmal würde ich mir wünschen es gäbe etwas mehr Tiefe in die Welt der Magie, doch dies ist beabsichtig und bietet Spaß zum weiterlesen!!!
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I wrote about the first book Zero Sight that it was brilliant. However, Mr. Shier did even better in this book.

I read a lot of fantasy books in the past and must say that this author belongs for me to the best besides Sanderson and Rothfuss.

I can only recommend this series and a "must read".
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alle beiden Bücher der Serie in einem Rutsch durchgelesen. Der Autor hat's drauf. Leider selten, dass Bücher so kurzweilig sind. Süchtle nach dem nächsten
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Did it again 24. November 2011
Von Greg - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The second book is just as good as the first, if not better. I appreciated we finally find out more about the link between Rei and Dieter, and we also find out about his past. This book takes it farther than the first and really opens up the world. It is still funny, witty and well done. If you liked the first you will feel the same about the second. If you are new to the Indie scene, and haven't read the first I suggest you do, and buy both at the same time, you won't regret it. Justin is a good author not only because of his books, but because he takes time to explain why he writes indie, how it affects his readers and his life. Great author, great story I suggest you jump on this bandwagon if you haven't already.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen And the saga continues. 7. Dezember 2011
Von M. Wanchoo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Brian Justin Shier's debut was an eye opener in terms of surprises & debut books. I was truly astonished to see how well written it was and what it hinted about the saga to come ahead. Going into the sequel, I had very high expectations and was waiting to see how it would measure up against its predecessor.

The story begins almost immediately after the events of the climax of Zero Sight. However before the journey begins, we get a crucial glimpse into Dieter's past which I believe shows how mentally strong Dieter is and how events such as the one shown will play an important role in the future events of his life. The climatic events of the previous book heavily factor in to the start of this book wherein we are introduced to more about the geo-political nature of the current power struggles in North America. Dieter's unit, the Lambda squad gets outfitted as an attack squad due to the potential of its members. They go through a grueling but short training period wherein they are told of their objective and then broken into smaller groups and sent to Las Vegas to unsettle Talmax and its operatives.

The settings of this tale follow almost the reverse order of Dieter's journey in the first book and this was a very cool antithesis planned by the author. As with the earlier book Dieter is the sole narrator of the story and once again the reader is regaled by his witty observations, teenage inexperience and overall die-hard nature which makes him the special fool that the readers know and love him to be. One of my points I had raised in my previous review that amongst the cast of characters present in the book, none had been featured very vividly. Well the author has nicely remedied this front as we get to know more of Rei Acerba Bathory, Jules Nelson and a few other members of the Lambda squad. Characterization as with the last book is still a strong point and in this book we get to see more of the people around Dieter and their thoughts & opinions. Some characters from the past book also make an appearance and we learn more about them but the center stage is shared by two of his close friends (Jules & Rei) and Dieter's bonds with both of them will surely be one of the major plot points of the future books.

The infectious energy of the first book is still present and makes this read an ultra-entertaining one again. Another electrifying feature of the story is that the world is expanded as is the magic system, this particular aspect of the saga is something which is particularly mined in this book and it proclaims the epic-ness of the story rather strongly. The action and intrigue in this story have been escalated as per the direction which the plot is taking and all of this doesn't seem forced at all. Another particular point which I though was excellent was the usage of a particular point in US-Mexico relations. The author masterfully utilizes history to lay down the entanglements of this particular story and I haven't seen use of such history in the many urban fantasy novels read. This not only raises the reader's interest but also raises the question as to what all events in the past will come in to play with the future of this series.

And with everything going on, this time around the climax is a powerful one with several twists to it. Not only does the author end it on a strong note but he manages a poignant one. The particular climatic events not only give us a dramatic feel but raise several questions about the main protagonist and his familial genealogy. Combined with the ending and all the revelations present in this book, Zero Sum manages to overcome reader expectation completely and one-up its predecessor in almost all categories.

With this book I had almost next to nothing to nitpick about its contents, while the last book had a rather weak ending. That situation has been remedied precisely in this book. Maybe some readers would find a few points to nag about when in the middle of the book, certain events occur which can seem like a lull however I believe they stand crucial to the plot and hence add to the strength of the story.

CONCLUSION: A remarkable story in itself and the superb sequel to one of my favorite debuts of this year and it managed to overcome all of my anticipation. Expanding the world and adding depth to the story, Brian has to be lauded for delivering a rich story without shedding its earlier uniqueness. Zero Sum continues the magical journey undertaken by Dieter and beckons the reader to come along and enjoy what is to be, an urban fantasy series to rival the best amongst the ones out so far.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny, enthralling, excellent 13. Dezember 2011
Von Jeff Minard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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First was great. Second was even better. I am jumping out of my brain to read the next

(I know, not a very helpful or deep review, I just needed to add my 5 star vote because of how much I enjoyed this book.)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Just buy it 14. Januar 2012
Von James Lacy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
The Zero Sight series is by leaps and bounds above and beyond the normal indie crap you get on Amazon. The characters actually have depth and you care about what happens to them and the plot is gripping.

I'm not sure why this is in the YA category. Yes, the characters are all between 18 and 25, but it is at the same maturity level (not to mention quality) as one of Jim Butcher's books. It has none of the tween and teen angst that pollutes the YA category.

This is a perfect book for those who grew up on Harry Potter and want something a bit more mature.

I will say that of all of the indie titles I bought on Amazon, this series is the first one I've ever re-read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, terrible editing 19. April 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've really enjoyed Zero Sight and Zero Sum. They are true page turns. There are plenty of other reviews here lavishing praise, however, so I'm going to focus on my major criticism: both Zero Sight and Zero Sum are in dire need of an editor.

The books are rife with errors where the wrong homophone is used, or the wrong tense of a word, or even just the plain wrong word. I didn't notice much in the way of spelling errors, which leads me to believe the author used Spell Check as his editor and left it at that.

Even worse, the formatting in the kindle edition of this book suffers from a major problem that was not present in Zero Sight: there are random sections where the indentation is off so that every line in the paragraph has the same indentation. Even worse, this problem tends to crop up most often during portions of heavy dialogue which are filled with 1- and 2-line paragraphs that all blend together and make it difficult to tell who's talking.

If I were judging the books purely on merits, I'd have given the first 4 stars and this one 5 stars; however, the editing is really so bad that I won't even recommend these books to my friends. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the books despite the warts, but that's only because the story and characters were so engaging. It's a testament to the author's abilities that I enjoyed this as much as I did. But... the lack of editing just kills it.
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