*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Title ~ Zero Point
Series ~ The Unraveling Trilogy, #1
Author ~ Nafeez Ahmed
Publisher ~ Curiosity Quills
Published ~ 14 August 2014
Genre ~ Sci-Fi | Thriller
Pages ~ 348
My Rating ~ 4 bites
Army veteran David Ariel left killing behind and is working on the police specialist protection squad when Prime Minister Carson is assassinated on his shift. Ariel thought things were bad when the Prime Minister’s car blew up, but as time goes by things get stranger and stranger still. Each step he takes to uncover whatever is going on only sucks him deeper into a web of covert operations the likes of which have never seen the light of day. Battling unknown enemies and his own PTSD, Ariel races against time to stop a catastrophic event that could set off World War III.
Wow! Be sure to strap in before starting this book because it surges out of the starting gate in the first chapter and doesn’t let up until the end. Set in the near future of 2015, this story is one exhilarating ride. It’s definitely a thriller with fast action and a race against time theme. Then it’s sci-fi with technology not yet seen today. It also covers the military with specialists, military bases, weaponry and Ariel’s own connections. Finally it’s political with different offices trying to do the best they can in an emergency situation and not getting much done because of bureaucracy and red tape. One hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing. Plus, it doesn’t help that it appears every level of government has been compromised by the enemy and they have no clue.
On the whole I absolutely loved this book. I was on the edge of my seat and I nearly couldn’t turn the pages fast enough as my eyes raced to see what was next. Told from several POVs I really got a decent overall view of what was going on, but the majority of the story is told from Ariel’s POV and he is a fantastic hero. Far from perfect and doing the best he can in an impossible situation, I love following him around as he figures shit out. The writing is out of this world. In addition, I have absolutely no head for the sciences and even the technical bullshit was fairly easy to follow though I wouldn’t trust myself if I had to take a quiz on the subjects put forth.
My three biggest complaints for this book are these: 1. the twists and turns were nearly too twisty and turny. I got a headache trying to keep up. 2. The situations Ariel kept walking into were getting to be a bit much. I just wanted to give the guy a break even if it was just a little one. 3. The ending. One word: cliffhanger. Yeah, I am not a fan of cliffhangers and I felt this particular spot should have been in the next book and the ending dialed back a bit to just after the event in
Square. I think the ending wouldn’t have been
quite so jarring that way, but then again, that’s just my opinion.
All-in-all I loved this book and will most definitely be watching for book 2.
About the Author
Nafeez Ahmed is a bestselling author, investigative journalist, and international security academic. He writes for The Guardian via his Earth Insight blog, reporting on the geopolitics of interconnected environmental, energy and economic crises. The author of five critically-acclaimed non-fiction works addressing humanity’s biggest global challenges, Nafeez’s forthcoming book is a science fiction thriller, ZERO POINT, due out 18th August 2014.
Nafeez has also written for the Independent on Sunday, The Independent, The Scotsman, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Huffington Post, New Statesman, Prospect Magazine, Le Monde Diplomatique, among many others. He has been a talking head for BBC News 24, BBC World News with George Alagiah, BBC Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Four, BBC World Today, BBC Asian Network, Channel 4, Sky News, C-SPAN Book TV, CNN, FOX News, Bloomberg, PBS Foreign Exchange, Al-Jazeera English, Press TV, Islam Channel and hundreds of other radio and TV shows in the USA, UK, and Europe.
Nafeez is also cited and reviewed in the Sunday Times, Times Higher Educational Supplement, New York Times, The Independent, Independent on Sunday, The Observer, Guardian, Big Issue Magazine, Vanity Fair, among others.