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Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B. Justin Shier
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Meet Dieter Resnick. Dieter is the sole child of an abusive single father, a perennial schoolyard brawler, and Ted Binion High's number one academic prospect. Dieter is terrified of staying poor. He has few friends and is absolutely obsessed with earning a college scholarship. He's also a latent mage--one of the few humans left that can bend the manaflows to their will.

Too bad no one told him. Now a boy is dead.

Meet Rei Acerba Bathory. Rei is a second year student at Elliot College, the premiere magical training academy in North America. She's also on an all-liquid diet. Rei acquired her odd speech and mannerisms living among her centuries-old kin--strange vampiric creatures that have carved out the Midwest as their playground. She can kill a man without blinking, but has a serious weakness for puppies. Thanks to a childhood spent living cloistered from the public, Rei knows little of modern society. She'd do well to make some friends, but her fellow trainees despise her. Rei is the first of her kind to be admitted, and many hope to make her the last.

Dieter was raised in the grimy outskirts of Las Vegas. Rei was homeschooled in a Chicago mansion. Both are on their way to Elliot College. Both believe the other is a creature of idle fantasy. In ten hours, they're going to be at the center of a war fought by shadow actors. In eleven hours, they're going to become a weft-pair, bound together by the most sacred spell in the magic canon. And in twelve hours? Well, in twelve hours, they've got to get to class...

Zero Sight is a full-length contemporary fantasy novel, 107,000 words or about 350 pages. The entire novel is provided DRM-free based on reader requests. Because of foul mouths and graphic situations, Zero Sight is only recommended for readers 16 years and older.


Editorial Reviews

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Top 5 in Kindle Contemporary Fantasy Ratings
--Based on Amazon reader reviews (September, 2011)

Top 10 in Hot New Contemporary Fantasy Releases for the Kindle

--Amazon (June, 2011)

About the Author

B. Justin Shier is a medical student suturing somewhere in Southern California. Zero Sight is his first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Astraeus Press; 1 edition (March 28, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB2WME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,453 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut May 22, 2011
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Amazing. This was by far one of the best books that I have read this year, or perhaps the past two years. One of my pet peeves of modern urban fantasy, and maybe just fantasy in general, is that the authors always have to force their main characters to train, or enhance their abilities, and very rarely do these characters even question why their world works the way it does. In Zero Sight, I'm glad to have finally found a character that isn't afraid of learning, isn't afraid of asking "Why?", and doesn't want to shut his eyes to the world even when given the chance.

Everything about this book was well done, from the unique post depression America, to how magic works. Very few details were left not talked about. I even enjoyed the minute details that the author included in Dieter's internal dialogue.

One thing I did regret not seeing in the books was a bit more of how things normally were at Elliot College, and a bit more interaction between Dieter and Rei.

All and all, I think this is an amazing debut for a promising author and I will definitely be keeping track of his work as the years go by. Can't wait for the sequel of this one either, supposedly due out fall of this year. I definitely recommend this book to any fan of Butcher, and similar authors.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut October 24, 2011
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I absolutely loved this debut novel as it's very rare that you discover a book which makes the story come alive, have a great narrative voice and inspite of the obvious tropes utilized, still manages to make the reader oblivious to them. Zero Sight does all of this and then goes on to end in a way that makes you covet the next volume essentially. For me this book was a complete winner and here's why: The story begins with a rush and Dieter manages to convey his intelligence, charm and spunk all in the very first chapter. The narrative voice is a youthful one and the energy which is abundantly presently in the main character comes across and touches the reader as well. We share his enthusiasm, feel his pain and marvel at his antics. The book's humor quotient is one which will have readers frequently chuckling along and to add to it Dieter seems like a junior version of Harry Dresden with his geeky references and snappy monologues.

Thus by having the reader root for the protagonist, the author moves onto his next hook namely the location and the plot twists, the story opens up in Las Vegas, then through a bus journey moves cross country and ends in Elliott College, New Haven. The story never slackens and pulls the reader constantly forward and with the plot twists that keep the reader entertained. There is an infectious charm to this story which is inexplicably alluring and adding to its effect is the fact that it was the author's debut.

The story utilizes some common fantasy tropes but due to the author's writing, effectively manages to not hinder the reader and gives them a story which will make them engrossed in figuring out what's going on and at the same time having quite a bit of fun along with and at Dieter's expense.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! April 4, 2011
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I stumbled into this novel and found myself unable to put it down.

The author has an interesting style not commonly found in the fantasy genre. Unique mix of fantasy lore to create a world of magic and magical creatures while blended with modern day geography and technology.

Great job for an author's first novel! I'm very much looking forward to the continuation of the story.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This would have been 5 stars if it wasn't for the ending. September 6, 2011
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This was a very nicely written, compelling book. I was surprised by how graphic some of the earlier scenes were, but it didn't disturb me at all, in fact I found it interesting and well done.

The story progresses strongly, in classic hero fashion.The characters were well drawn and dialogue was clean, sometimes funny. I enjoyed the structure he made to support the magical universe, and I had no problems with the logic. Until I got to the end.

--POSSIBLE SPOILER- (maybe?)-

I'm just not OK with the ending. I thought it was abrupt and illogical. It seemed basically to simply be a set up for a complete change of pace in the next book. I also dislike the fact that this is not a stand-alone book. Books in a series wrap up their individual storylines, then work together as parts of a whole universe. This is the first half of a book, not part one of a series. It should have been marketed as a serial, not a series. There is a difference.

I will read the next part. This DID have good points, and before I got to 90% or so I was quite taken by the book. I have a lot of hope for the next one.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It falls apart in the end, but.... August 1, 2011
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This book is an interesting contrast between the problems and the potential of the self publishing market. The author has some real skill, he deals well with characters, description, and dialogue. He managed to avoid many of the pitfalls common to first novels, his protagonist is believable, the interplay between characters is used to illustrate the world (rather than long bouts of exposition), and so on. This is a writer who could get his second or third novel published by a major publisher. Even as a first novel, this one might have been published by a big house if it had some attention from an experienced editor.

The problems an editor could have helped fix: The initial character introduction was one dimensional. The first half of the novel is almost entirely inside the head of the protagonist. Minimal interaction between him and the outside world. The use of first person requires more use of character interaction to keep things rolling. There are maybe two pages of interaction, total, between the main character and his high school friends and enemies. The middle of the book was an attempt at the Jim Butcher "big middle(tm)", it seemed contrived just for that purpose, with the actual bad guys only introduced at that point. The secondary characters introduced after the "big middle(tm)" are too one dimensional. These are the college room mates, and you feel like they are ghosts in the background. Also, trying to do regional accents (like an Irish Brogue...) bad idea unless you have some real experience living and speaking in the area you are trying to emulate.

The end- The last twenty pages (or so) of this book are the biggest problem. They destroy the ability to suspend disbelief.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding!!!
Maybe you should rethink the medical thing. Your writing is top drawer! I feel like I cheated you by not paying more. Please keep 'um coming! Justin, and I'll be glad to pay more!
Published 23 days ago by Claudette
5.0 out of 5 stars really good read!
This had been on my wish list for years finally decided to read it! Wow really well written, good characters, great storyline. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kenneth Wiseman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters with a nice combination of magics
Fabulous. Great characters with a nice combination of magics.
Published 1 month ago by Luis Beguiristain
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh, quirky debut from a truly talented author - loved it!
I loved this book - it had me hooked from the first page. Mr Shier has a definite talent for writing and I hope he does write more books, because I will definitely buy them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lokane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, funny when it needs to be
Got this book from browsing reviews and going over other people's suggestions. Decided to give it a try and really liked it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joao Coelho
5.0 out of 5 stars I`ve read a lot contemporary fantasy and I must say ...
I`ve read a lot contemporary fantasy and I must say that Zero Sight series really surprised me. Both book were a "can't stop until finished" addiction. Please Mr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by AbelNox
4.0 out of 5 stars Hanging On
I hate this guy is working on a career in the medical profession, considering how enjoyable his stories are, but I can see the cunundrum. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Craig Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Good start. Action from chapter one. Loads of characters tons of intrigue and a lot of backstabbing. In other words very similar to our political arena.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars i love the way the book starts off and progresses awesome ...
read it a while back wanted to buy it to show my support. i love the way the book starts off and progresses awesome series cant wait for the next book.
Published 4 months ago by cdr
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice - unfortunately there's quite some uncertainty about book 3...
I loved this book. It was one of those books that I couldn't put aside. The only downside is that I've read book 2 as well and although there was definitely going to be a 3rd book,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Photoclix
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More About the Author

B. Justin Shier grew up on the outskirts of Las Vegas, Nevada. His hobbies growing up included lighting multi-stage model rockets and riding dirt bikes through the desert. After cashing in his winnings, he went to study at Washington University in St. Louis. There, he learned that all restaurants are not open 24 hours a day and buildings could be constructed of materials other than stucco and red barrel tiles.

After finishing college, B. spent a few years conducting research into cancer biology before deciding on a career in medicine. He is currently pursuing his MD somewhere in Southern California.

B. loves scuba diving, taco trucks, and suppressing pheochromcytomas. He maintains an eclectic online journal at http://www.bjustinshier.com where many topics are discussed, including future releases.

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