ZERO POINT: LAUNCH POST AND FREE EXTRACT
08 August 2012
By Bella Pagan
This month we publish Neal Asher's ZERO POINT, a fabulously high-octane adventure featuring disaster in Earth's near-future, rebellion on Mars as an out-of-control shuttle heads for the red planet, and the very future of mankind (as if that wasn't enough, already). ZERO POINT is book two of the Owner sequence, and here is an Extract from ZERO POINT. Also, a call out to Asher fans! Our Ultimate Reading Challenge survey is still up and just waiting for you to answer just a few bookish questions for great prizes. All feedback massively appreciated.
Lastly, here's just some of the fabulous praise we've had for the series with more on the plot below this.
PRAISE FOR THE SERIES
‘Playing like a turbo-charged mix of Total Recall and The Bourne Identity, The Departure moves at Asher’s usual bullet-speed pace’
‘Fast, dramatic stuff … definitely not one for the faint hearted’
‘I had an absolute blast with this book … his work really does get better and better’ FalcataTimes blog
‘The Orwellian intro had me utterly hooked right from the start. I simply couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end’
AND HERE'S THE STORY ITSELF (DRUM ROLL...)
Mankind struggles for freedom.
Earth’s Zero Asset citizens no longer face extermination from orbit. Thanks to Alan Saul, the Committee’s network of control is a smoking ruin and its robotic enforcers lie dormant. But power abhors a vacuum and, scrambling from the wreckage, comes the ruthless Serene Galahad. She must act while the last vestiges of Committee infrastructure remain intact – and she has the means to ensure command is hers.
On Mars, Var Delex fights for the survival of Antares Base, while the Argus Space Station hurts towards the red planet. And she knows whomever, or whatever, trashed Earth is still aboard. Var must save the base, while also dealing with the first signs of rebellion.
And aboard Argus Station, Alan Saul’s mind has expanded into the local computer network. In the process, he uncovers the ghastly experiments of the Humanoid Unit Development, the possibility of eternal life, and a madman who may hold the keys to interstellar flight. But Earth’s agents are closer than Saul thinks, and the killing will soon begin.