Division Zero

Division Zero

by Matthew S. Cox

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Division Zero by Matthew S. Cox

Most cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren is not most cops.

A gifted psionic with a troubled past, Kirsten possesses a rare combination of abilities that give her a powerful weapon against spirits. In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no shortage of angry wraiths in West City. Most exist as little more than fleeting shadows and eerie whispers in the darkness.

Kirsten is shunned by a society that does not understand psionics, feared by those who know what she can do, and alone in a city of millions. Every so often, when a wraith gathers enough strength to become a threat to the living, these same people rely on her to stop it.

Unexplained killings by human-like androids known as dolls leave the Division One police baffled, causing them to punt the case to Division Zero. Kirsten, along with her partner Dorian, wind up in the crosshairs of corporate assassins as they attempt to find out who - or what - is behind the random murders before more people die.

She tries to hold on to the belief that no one is beyond redemption as she pursues a killer desperate to claim at least one more innocent soul - that might just be hers.

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ISBN-13: 9781620074794
Publisher: Whampa, LLC
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Pages: 292
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.66(d)

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Division Zero 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mysticbaby1991 4 months ago
One of the things I absolutely love about any Matthew Cox book I read is this author's attention to details in his world building. I have yet to read one that I wasn't impressed with. It takes a lot for an author to build a world, but keep the story going at the same time without boring the reader and bogging them down with readers. This author does it perfectly. However, while the world building and the story is interesting I wish there would've been more times when the author did more descriptions with the abilities these characters seemed to possess. Kristen has psionic abilities and other abilities that make people fear her and go out of their way to avoid her. I wish these things would've been expanded on because I finally got fed up and had to look up what psionic would pertain to so I could understand some of her abilities. But like I said I wish I could've understood better why her abilities make her feared among people. When we finally get to the point in the book where Dorian becomes involved I was more interested in Dorian than I was the rest of the characters. However, I kind of felt that he was there just to be a refreshing type of character and was pretty useless throughout. But I will admit, I had a pretty good idea about what Dorian was, but when it was revealed I was still shocked even though I knew it was coming.
Nurse4pets 4 months ago
I love this Author and I love this book!! I'm a fan of the Vampire Innocent series and now I'm hooked on this issue ne!! Such a unique and creative storyline with characters you become invested in!! I highly recommend this series!!
neeser58 More than 1 year ago
Amazing story! I loved it!!! I’ve read a few other books by Matthew Cox and loved them and could kick myself for having not started this series sooner! This is an amazing book and great start to the series! The story takes place in the year 2418 and the world as we now know it, is nothing like it is then! Even the police force which Agent Kirsten Wren is a part of is drastically different. She belongs to Division Zero which investigates paranormal type crimes and is called in more times than not. She is also a psionic which means she has abilities that a normal human doesn’t and can also see ghosts and demons. As this story continues, we learn so much about Kirsten’s past and how she became an agent and what makes her tick which is a lot of compassion and emotion! Her past comes back to haunt her many times while trying to apprehend “suspects” but that is what also makes her the strong and competent woman that she is. I cannot say enough good things about this book and the imagination that this author has. It goes so much deeper than just words on a page. It shows emotions so real that you will cry or at least get tears in your eyes when you read certain parts. Yes…that is the sign of a good book and an amazing author. I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a truly remarkable book and is looking for something new and different to read.
RoxyKade More than 1 year ago
WOW!! What a rush! This book was so freaking exciting.   Once I got used to the Sci-Fi jargon, this book grabbed hold of me and didn't let go until the very end. It played out in my head like a movie with amazing descriptions and electrifying characters. I was sent on a thrilling ride along with Kirsten each time she had to face another evil spirit, and the action never ended. I loved getting to know the world she lived in and the many abilities of Division 0.   But this book wasn't only action and adventure with plenty of ass-kicking. Kirsten's demons were deeply rooted and she had to face them day after day. Cox slowly revealed just how deep her scars were, and as the story developed I was given more of an inside look at the horror she had faced growing up, until the moment she was able to face it once and for all. My heart went out to her, but it made her the strong character she was - although kinda lacking confidence - and she has to be one of my favorite characters EVER!   This book was an exhilarating Sci-fi Fantasy full of mayhem. Think Ghost Whisper + R.I.P.D. Get ready for a crazy ride into the paranormal.
ToManyBooksNotEnoughTime More than 1 year ago
Truly Exciting Futuristic Paranormal Adventure I would like to thank Curiosity Quills Press for giving me a copy of this e-book to read in exchange for an honest review. Though I received this e-book for free that in no way impacts my review. Goodreads Blurb: <blockquote>Most cops get to deal with living criminals, but Agent Kirsten Wren is not most cops. A gifted psionic with a troubled past, Kirsten possesses a rare combination of abilities that give her a powerful weapon against spirits. In 2418, rampant violence and corporate warfare have left no shortage of angry wraiths in West City. Most exist as little more than fleeting shadows and eerie whispers in the darkness. Kirsten is shunned by a society that does not understand psionics, feared by those who know what she can do, and alone in a city of millions. Every so often, when a wraith gathers enough strength to become a threat to the living, these same people rely on her to stop it. Unexplained killings by human-like androids known as dolls leave the Division One police baffled, causing them to punt the case to Division Zero. Kirsten, along with her partner Dorian, wind up in the crosshairs of corporate assassins as they attempt to find out who &ndash; or what &ndash; is behind the random murders before more people die. She tries to hold on to the belief that no one is beyond redemption as she pursues a killer desperate to claim at least one more innocent soul &ndash; that might just be hers.</blockquote> This is a great futuristic, paranormal thriller that's got it all, including a great cast of characters. There is Mr. Cox's excellent world building, in which he created an environment that is molded to his story like spandex to a superhero. Rich and detailed, the plot maintains measured pacing that kept me engaged from beginning to end. Though this could easily be spun into a series, it was nice to have a chance to read a stand-alone book.  While the book isn't stuffed full of complex characters, the main characters have more complexity than anticipated, especially given the status of one of them. Both are very believable characters, each in their own way. There is certainly something endearing and vulnerable about Kirsten, a quality that made me want to see her prevail and win against all odds. Her partner Dorian is also a great character. His issues become clearer and more understandable as the story progresses. Yet despite any inherent 'flaws', he is a tremendous help to Kirsten, and others. Like his partner, Dorian also made me want to cheer for him and see him find the peace of mind that he was lacking. This was an exceptionally well-crafted tale, and I find that I enjoyed it so much I'd love for this to become at least a sequel or trilogy, if not a full blown series. Kirsten has more to say I think, and I'm guessing Dorian and Evan may play important roles in any future installments that feature these appealing characters. Aside from the great characters there is also the desire to return to this fascinating world that Cox has created, where anything might happen. The many surprises that were built in further enhanced an already exciting story, and I'd be surprised if there weren't more to be uncovered should Cox ever come back to this wonderful world he's envisioned.
Berls More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars.  I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. My Initial Reaction...  I really liked the characters in Division Zero and the world was fascinating. It was a bit more procedural than I expected or typically like, but if that's your thing you'll probably like it even more than I did.  The Characters...  The main character in Division Zero is Kirsten Wren, a psionic with many gifts. She's not only able to communicate telepathically, but she is able to control people psychically, see ghosts, and has this psychic whip that makes ghosts heel. So yeah, her powers are freaking cool and what drew me to Division Zero. She's a pretty complex character, though, too. Her mother used religion as an excuse to abuse her &quot;demonic&quot; daughter and Kirsten is incredibly scarred by the experiences that led her to run away from home and eventually find safety with Division Zero as a small child. I loved learning her backstory and seeing how it had shaped her as an adult - especially in some really fantastic moments with small children. My only complaint would be that sometimes her character development seemed a bit jarring - all of a sudden an action sequence would be over and Kirsten would be crying or thinking about her past and I just was like &quot;whoa! how'd we get here?&quot;  The only other character we get to know very well is Dorain Marsh, Kirsten's partner. He is one big mystery (which I'm pleased to say I figured out before the big reveal) but the hints are there if you're paying attention and it's a pretty neat twist for the story. I was kind of on the fence about him but what I liked about Dorian most were the conversations he'd pull Kirsten into about religion and God - including her mother. Needless to say, her childhood has left a bit of a sour taste in Kirsten's mouth about religion and Dorian is her constant Devil's Advocate - no matter what she's thinking, he pushes her to see the other side. I absolutely loved the way they took on such serious topics - especially from the vantage point of the futuristic world they live in.  I really would have liked to get to know some of the other characters much better, but they're well enough defined for the story. I suspect future books will let us get to know them better.  The Story...  The story for Division Zero just didn't pull me along - but that's because it was very procedural, not because anything was wrong with it. When I read the synopsis, I think I got so excited by the supernatural/sci-fi elements that I completely missed that Kirsten was a cop and what that would mean for the kind of story this was. And I just get bored with procedural story lines - but if that's your thing, Division Zero is for you. The elements that pull the crime investigation along are well done and managed to keep me engaged - particularly with some great action segments - despite my general preference for other types of storylines - so that's saying something. I have to say, Matthew Cox did a really good job establishing this world. We're in 2418 (I LOVE that he gave us a date, by the way. I hate it when it's just randomly &quot;in the future&quot;) and technology has progressed in a really believable way/extent. People have the ability to do all sorts of physical/technological surgeries to add weapons or computer interfaces to their bodies. Cars can drive on the road or float through the air. Drive-through restaurants are now floating places that you can hoover up to. And dolls - robotic people - are part of society. I loved the way these dolls came in so many different levels. You have the sentient, basically people dolls that look 100% real. And you have the dolls that are clearly not human. And every level in-between. There's marvelous attention to detail in the world building that really hooked me.  Concluding Sentiments...  Division Zero has complex characters and a solid, detailed world to keep you engaged. If I were more of a fan of procedural plots, this probably would have been a 4+ book for me, so it may be perfect for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Absolutely love this book!  This is a world that I love escaping to.  The characters are very likable, their gifts exquisite, and theplot has some twists and turns I did not see coming. Definite &quot;OH WOW!&quot; moments.  I can't wait to see what this author will come up with next!