Channel Zilch

Channel Zilch

by Doug Sharp


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ISBN-13: 9781940581903
Publisher: Panverse Publishing
Publication date: 09/08/2013
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Channel Zilch 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One thing you will learn in the first ten pages of this fizzy sci-fi-heist-espionage-noir is that Doug Sharp was born to tell stories, the longer the better. When your subject is a favorite genre trope (didn't Jefferson Starship win a Hugo Award for a spacecraft-hijack saga in record album form? In 1971?) the long form tests your power of invention. And boy howdy can this author invent: action sequences, godawful puns, high-tech aeronautics porn, taut suspense, one-liners, Caucasian mafia politics, and three or four scenes I guarantee you won't forget, including some of the most twisted sand hilarious guess-I-gotta-call-'em-sex scenes ever. These last prominently feature one Heloise Chin, a geek goddess/femme fat ale who is every engineer's dream/nightmare lover and only one of a vivid set of characters. It's a shame this was published this month (September, 2013): it feels like a perfect summer read. But It offers plenty enough thrills, suspense, and laughs to get the reader through any any stressful time i can think of back here on Earth.
Olivia_B More than 1 year ago
Channel Zilch grabs you in the first sentence and refuses to let go. Fans of Heinlein will love this story about a washed up astronaut, a disturbed uber geek, a space hippie, and a cable TV's star's journey to launch Channel Zilch. Pursued across the world by the obsessed, unstable head of NASA security, the Channel Zilch team must overcome the overwhelming logistical challenges of stealing and launching a defunct space shuttle, including battling sea sickness and being waylaid by the Russian mafia. Channel Zilch is an epic tale of a group of oddballs that must make up for past failures while chasing a dream that no one else thinks is possible. The reader comes along on a wild ride, eventually beginning to believe that this misfit crew can accomplish anything.
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wabranty More than 1 year ago
I tried to stay with the story but gave up halfway as the pile-up of caricatures as characters, groaningly-bad writing, and plot contrivances became too much. Another tedious fantasy of how a small group of super-intelligent/super-adventorous/super-rich/super-sexy people manage to beat a planet-full of dim-wits.