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Zero Sum (Zero Sight Series, Book 2)
     

Zero Sum (Zero Sight Series, Book 2)

4.8 21
by B. Justin Shier
 
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

Overview

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 exciting 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 young adult 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.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013524873
Publisher:
Astraeus Press
Publication date:
11/22/2011
Series:
Zero Sight Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
358,996
File size:
1 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: www.bjustinshier.com

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Zero Sum (Zero Sight Series, Book 2) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you om your toes and well engaged in the story. It is very hard to make a better sequel than the debut, but I am happy to say that, even like how terminator 2 in my opinion was better than the first, so is this book. Rei is badas as ever and is featured just as prominatly and the ending is excellent. I definatly reccommend this book to anyone who reads the genre, or even those looking to try it out, but after reading the first book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and i am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is complex enough to be satisfying while still being easy to pick up if something pulls you away from it. All in all its an addictive and worthwhile read.
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BWFoster78 More than 1 year ago
In Zero Sum, Mr. Shier continues the story of Dieter Resnick, and more stuff involving happens to him involving the convoluted magic system the author employs. Why to buy this book: The writing technique is sound, and the voice is good. If you liked the first in the series, you’re probably not going to absolutely hate this one. Why not to buy the book: Though a lot happened in the first book, it still felt character driven. For this book, I felt the characters got lost in all the plot development. My biggest indictment is that a lot of major events happened to the characters that should have evoked emotional responses. Truthfully, I felt nothing. Side rant with minor spoiler ahead – If you’re going to introduce a potential romantic relationship, the reader has certain expectations. I think it’s fine that the two didn’t get together in the first book. Drawing out a relationship can be a good thing. However, the lack of development of that relationship throughout the second book just got tedious. Readers (or, at least, I) will accept character stasis for only so long. Bottom Line: Overall, it was a solid read but left me disappointed at the lack of emotional development. It wasn’t bad enough that I’m giving up on the series, but it wasn’t good enough that I’ll buy the next one without reading reviews first. That leaves me at 3 stars.
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This is the kind of book that sucks you in on the beggining and spits you out in the end ravaging for more. Much better than the first book, and the first was very good as well. The only complaint I have is that I sensed a certain hastiness in the writing on the middle of the story. Mr. Shier, as a fan of the Dresden Files, I have to say that I'm a fan of the Zero Sight series now.
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MJ_Harrington More than 1 year ago
Honestly, Zero Sum has many flaws. The pacing is weird and it becomes a bit cliched at times. But the author really makes up for it in other areas. For one, Rei is even more awesome this time around. She is even more hilarious and badass this time around. Also, the main villain in Zero Sum defies the cliche by not being the cackling evil genius setting out for world domination and the enslavement of mankind. In fact, the author does well throughout the novel by not making the multiple moral conflicts so black and white. The bad characters have some good in them, and the good characters have some bad in them. I hope he really does more with the moral gray areas in the future books. While Zero Sum, in my opinion, isnt as good as Zero Sight, it is still very good. The writing is very well executed and the narrative remains solid. It is definitely worth a read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book! Good character development and ending that begs for a sequel. I hope the author doesn't let medical school get in the way of writting - there ate plenty of doctors around but not many good authors.
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
Zero Sum by B. Justin Shier continues the tale of Dieter Resnick. Dieter has survived his time at Elliot College so far, but just barely. Now he and the other members of the Lambda Squad are on a mission to take on Talmax. The second book in the series brings back all of the notable characters from Zero Sight, including my favorites Rei and Dante. The rather unique relationship shared by Dieter and Rei continues to develop, as does their weft link. The book also reveals a bit more about the past of both characters as well. There are looks into just how troubled Dieter's childhood truly was and Rei finally unveils a little bit about her family. There is still a lot of action this time around and a new breed of villain is introduced. The characters remain consistent with the first book, so there is plenty of humor to offset the violence. I enjoyed Dante's larger role and hope to see more of him as the series continues. If you enjoyed the first book this one will be right up your alley. Well done again Mr. Shier bring on book 3.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Zero Sum is as a delightful to read as Shier's first novel, Zero Sight. It offers in spades all the requisite elements of a terrific fantasy/adventure, including an engaging story, charming characters, interesting plot, and plenty of witty and humerus dialogue - along with just the right touch of romance - to keep the reader absorbed in the story until the very last page. Highly recommended. And I'm eagerly awaiting the sequel.
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As owen,me,and leo...are walking around walmart at 4:20 in the morning on a september morning. We find a costume in the halmark isle...better yet...a death costume..like the grim reaper. Leo the one with the money....buys it. Oh yes ...he did. He says as were walking out of the store,"guys i forgot something" he goes into his car puts on the death costume and walks inside...us david and owen r laughing like hell. We follow him in. The cashier gives him a look like 'dafaqq r u doin' leo turns to him and says,"i will rape ur soul" then walks on. we catch up with him...and tell him its 'reape not rape' hey claims he could give a faqq less...he walks up to the cahier at the phone counter. The mman there say ...." what r u doing sir." Leo says reaping ur soul so the guy calls him queen peter..."like as in a dic" leo siad. The cahier aays "peter=dick" leo slugs him in the face an walks out skreaming peter up your ass!