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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 1st Paperback Edition edition (December 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075640519X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756405199
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,830,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Zakour is a humor / sf/ fantasy writer with a Master's degree in Human Behavior. He has written thousand of gags for syndicated comics, comedians and TV shows (including: Rugrats, The tonight show and, Joan River's old TV show.) John currently writes his own syndicated comics, Working Daze and Maria's Day for Universal Press. Working Daze appears in papers all over the world (well the US, Scotland, Canada and Taiwan) and has a regular web following with over 50,000 readers. John also has been a contributor to Nickelodeon magazine writing Fairly Odd Parents, Rugrats and Jimmy Neutron comic books. John also writes Simpsons comics for Bongo comics. John has written seven humorous SF novels for Daw books (the first The Plutonium Blonde was named the funniest SF book of 2001 by The Chronicle of Science Fiction), three YA books, four humorous self-help books and three books on HTML. John has also optioned two tv shows and three movies. In the 80s and 90s John was a computer programmer and web guru for Cornell University.

You can find John's new free Zachary Nixon Johnson, Graphic Novel: The case of the bionic dancer here: http://www.gocomics.com/zachary-nixon-johnson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trance Roberson on January 26, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've read every one of the books in this series. I'm a computer guy and love the nerdy speak, but when you mix it with a joking AI and a hard boiled PI that just makes it awesome.

These books are for anyone that likes to read a PI book with plenty of action, lots of great character development, and funny as hell...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 4, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is after 2070 on Earth and the only remaining independent private investigator is Zachary Nixon Johnson, a modern day Marlowe who has been shot many times, tangled with psychos containing psychic powers, and defied the political military power structure. Nothing surprises him so when he wakes up to the vision of a beautiful bimbo Natasha lying in his bed next to him he listens when she warns him "they" will want him to find her; she says "don't".

She appears at his office and repeats the same lines. Six androids grab Zach and take him to General Sandy who wants to hire him find and bring in Natasha. Natasha is a cyborg created by the military with super powers including the ability to kill thousands with her mind. Zach follows her trail across the United States and concludes she is not evil, but others want to use her mind as a weapon of mass destruction. Regardless of his beliefs and feelings, his task is to bring her back to the authorities.

John Zakour has written a serio-comic noir set six plus decades in the future and starring figuratively a Marlowe clone with the addition of HARV the computer in his head and a power weapon up his sleeve. HARV brings humor in a Jack Benny kind of way with his observations on the human condition while also insuring his host does not get them killed. The carrying out of the assignment is fun to follow as readers will enjoy the latest misadventures of the last private sleuth.

Harriet Klausner
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By R. Howell on September 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Zach Johnson is back with another case, whether he wants to be or not. Our favorite noir futuristic PI is more-or-less forced into tracking down Natasha, a pale blonde (real men don't use the word flaxen) knockout. Natasha's deal is that she is a genetic clone of Zach's powerful psi-secretary with a few tweaks and 'upgrades' making her the most dangerous weapon on the planet that can kill with a simple thought. Unfortunately, this happens when she gets mad. So, armed with HARV, the computer attached to his brain, and GUS, his super powerful sidearm, Zach must track down Natasha before she destroys everyone. Along the way, Zach learns a few hidden secrets about himself and HARV that even he didn't know. Toss in some appearances by past super-babes and you have another humor and action filled stories. The problem is, it may have went on just one chase too many in this story. Otherwise, another great entry by John Zakour.
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Zach is the last freelance P.I. on Earth and has faced many superwomen in his career, which often comes with saving the world. However, none of those powerful women can hold a candle to Natasha. Built by the army and intended as the ultimate weapon, Natasha can kill a person just by using her mental powers. Unfortunately, people can also drop dead if Natasha loses her temper. Zach is ordered to track Natasha when she disappears and bring her back to her safe environment, but as the chase progresses Zach starts to wonder who really are the good guys in the big picture.

Zakour is amazing at writing witty dialogues. The interaction between Zach, HARV and GUS is hilarious and the mystery adds up to make the book a compelling reading. As the action never stops, this book doesn't have a dull moment and the funny/interesting characters keep coming. I hope we see a little more of Zach's mother-in-law in the next books. Another great book to an awesome series!
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