Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1) [NOOK Book]

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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.

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Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1)

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Overview

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

Mihir Wanchoo
An excellent Urban Fantasy debut which will amaze readers with it narrative voice, plot energy and fun twists. This book is definitely one of the best debuts and will possibly herald Shier’s ascent into future authorial stardom. This is a book heavily recommended for all fans of Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, give it a try and find out why I think Zero Sight deserves to be counted as one of the best urban fantasy debuts of the year and possibly of this decade as well.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012318985
  • Publisher: Astraeus Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2011
  • Series: Zero Sight Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 158,719
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

B. Justin Shier is studying medicine somewhere in Southern California. Zero Sight is his first novel. You can visit him at: http://www.bjustinshier.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2011

    Very Recommended!

    I don't normally read fantasy books, other than Harry Potter, Percy Jackson Series, Lord of the Rings, and many one or two others, mostly because I have yet to find a book/series that captures my interest. But I can honestly say that this first book of the Zero Sight Series instantly grabbed my attention and held it throughout the whole book. Which is very hard to do. Even for someone not as adept to reading fantasy books as me, it was very easy for me to understand and to follow the storyline. Right when the story slowed down (and I use that term loosely because I don't feel it slowed down at all), it picked right back up and captured me yet again. And yet the story wasn't all action action action and no plot or depth to it. The author has a keen sense on when to move the book along that I found refreshing. I would highly recommend this book to fantasy story lovers, as well as those who don't normally read this genre, like me. Be ready to miss some nights of sleep in order to finish it. I look forward to the rest of the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    What's this? A story with a vampire that I actually enjoyed!!

    I can't really expand on too much more that hasn't already been covered. What we have here is a really well written urban fantasy novel that introduces us to young Dieter Resnick. He's a young man that has the gift of "Sight", namely he can see auras on other people and as such, can "see" when bad things are about to happen.

    Without giving anything away, when a new facet of his ability manifests in a terrifying way, Dieter is accepted into a small, very private university that caters to people like him. I instantly thought of the Harry Potter series, where there's this school for gifted, or magical, people. However, that's where the similarities end. The kids, teachers, and the interactions amongst them are way more realistic to me. I can easily see the popular kids giving the unpopular ones a hard time, etc.

    Along the way he meets an attractive vampiress named Rei, who unbeknownst to him is his protector. Let's just say she's good at her job.

    The fight scenes were a tad too realistic for my tastes, but I have to tip my hat to Mr. Shier. He has crafted an excellent book that had hooked me from the moment I started reading it. Dieter's running narrative throughout the story were absolutely hysterical!!

    I read this book as it was chosen as one of the book on the month selections for the Indie Book Club on Goodreads. Awesome selection! Can't wait for the next installment!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    A great first book!

    Zero Sight is one of those gems that you stumble across occasionally that is like having a secret. This must be what hipsters feel like with their favorite band that nobody knows about. The difference is that Mr. Shier should be mainstream and not a well kept secret. I only discovered this genre of urban fantasy in the last year and have been trying to find anything I could get my hands on that doesn't involve sparkling. While there may be a budding romance (right now it just an 18 year old kid's hormones) to be found in Zero Sight it does have plenty of action and, more importantly, great characters and witty dialogue. I think Harry Dresden might even smile at some of the humor here. The story was very well paced. The new "world" that is opening up around Dieter (our "hero") is so foreign to him that there is plenty of explanation from those in the know to keep the reader informed as well. Considering that this is a first effort, was edited during the author's first year in med school(!) and is under 3 bucks(!!) I bumped this from 4 stars to 5. The next book in the series is scheduled for release soon and I would buy it before "Return of the Summer Knight". A higher praise I couldn't offer. Seriously, if you are a fan of Butcher, Hearne, Hartness or the like, then this should be at the top of your reading list.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    So good I decided to read it twice!

    Quick disclaimer: Although Zero Sight is billed as a young adult, it's got some graphic gore in it, so I personally would put it on the high end of young adult, it properly probable belongs in new adult.

    That being said, I loved the storyline. Shier does an excellent job with the development of the characters and the pacing. Things moved along at a good clip without leaving you feeling like you didn't know what was going on.

    Best of all was the magic system-it had plenty of hooks back to legend and mythology which made it incredibly easy to suspend disbelief and dive right in.

    If the disclaimer at the top about the level of violence doesn't faze you, do yourself a favor and read Zero Sight!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Long penises

    By same peeps

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  • Posted January 15, 2013

    In Zero Sight, Mr. Shier tells the story of Dieter Resnick, a hi

    In Zero Sight, Mr. Shier tells the story of Dieter Resnick, a high school student who discovered long ago that he had a special ability to see lines of movement before they happen. When his life is threatened, he finds out that he can do a lot more than that.

    Why to buy this book: It’s a good read and well-written. Usually, I have nitpicky things to say about the style, but only one minor issue stood out in this book. I read it straight through in a couple of days and didn’t want to put it down. It’s also a good value at $4. Despite plot elements that seem at times reminiscent of a couple of well-known series, it’s a unique, character-driven story, and I liked the characters.

    Why not to buy the book: At times, it feels like it’s part Harry Potter and part Twilight, and, despite the strength of the story, that feeling still seeped through. The only minor quibble I have is that the tone of the book changed quite a bit from how it started.

    Bottom Line: It’s a solid, fun read that I recommend you check out. I don’t usually read urban fantasy, but, after this experience, I may check out more of it. However, Zero Sight didn’t have that indefinable “special” quality that would elevate it to my favorite list. Overall, I give it a solid 4 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2012

    It was alright

    I thought it was reaally good, but some parts I found confusing and some felt as though I was listening to a lecture myself. I wish they would of had more of Rei in here, but overall its a good book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2011

    Great first book

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