Book Spotlight: Zero (The Orbit Series #1) by J.S. Collyer
PUBLISHER: Dagda Publishing Ltd
RELEASED: August 14, 2014
GENRE: SCIFI, FANTASY, SPACE OPERA
LENGTH: 372 pages
Kaleb Hugo is everything an officer of the Service should be: loyal, expertly trained, unquestioning. He has done everything ever ordered of him and has done so with a pride that comes from knowing you are fighting for the good of humankind… until the day that he made a decision to go against orders to obtain victory and save lives. The battle was won, but Hugo was condemned and dishonourably discharged by Service commanders for defying regulations. There is no place in the Service for heroes. Their soldiers serve and obey. Officially, anyway. Unofficially, Hugo is re-assigned to captain the crew of the Zero, an eight-man craft classified as, at best, a privateer ship and at worst a smuggling and criminal enterprise vessel. But what very few know is that the Zero, and her crew, are contracted by the Service. Their role is to investigate and infiltrate the less savoury levels of society. They sell on, buy in, bargain, threaten and report back on everything the political levels the Service don’t officially want to know about. The Zero’s rag-tag crew look to their commander, Ezekiel Webb, as their leader and middleman between the regimented expectations of the Service and the harsh and unpredictable demands of the underworld of colonial space. He has lived in both worlds his whole life and has trouble adjusting to Hugo, as he has every captain before him. Hugo has to find a way to manage this unruly ship and unruly crew as they are pulled deeper into an orbit-wide game of politics, deceit and corruption which will threaten to tear them apart as well as throw humanity back into a cycle of war and destruction. Hugo, Webb and the crew will have to overcome personal tragedy, insurmountable odds and every depraved twist of fate that the Orbit can throw at them in order to survive and prevent events that could threaten the lives of millions. For Kaleb Hugo, nothing will ever be certain again.
J. S. Collyer is Science Fiction writer from Lancaster, UK.
She studied Creative Writing to MA level at Lancaster University. Since then she has had her short fiction featured in several online publications and printed anthologies.
Her first novel, Book 1 in the Orbit Series, Zero, an action-packed, character-driven SciFi novel described as ‘Firefly meets James Bond’ was released by Dagda Publishing in 2014 and made it into Northern Soul Magazine’s Best Reads of 2014.
The sequel, Haven, was released October 2015 and the third and final instalment, Silence, was released July 2016.
She enjoys writing stories that are larger than life, but with down-to-earth, relatable themes and characters.