Zero-G: Green Space (Pre-Release Review)

Posted: May 26, 2017 by James R. Brown in Pre-Release, Space Horrors

51WgbXghyQL._SY346_First and foremost, I would like to apologize to everyone for my absence. Mainly, I’ve been busy collecting books to write about, and one fell into my lap, quite on accident. I’ll just set up the scene and go ahead and thank the folks at NetGalley for setting everything up in one neat swoop. I wasn’t expecting this particular book to fall into my lap that I’m writing about on the site. Nor, was I expecting to have this book fall into the RTA criterion. This was going to be a book review posted over at Roulette Productions, honestly.

So, when I do a book review for this site, I do try to stick within the theme that Joy put in. And that theme is usually: Zombies, apocalyptic events, post-apocalyptic events, artificial disasters. Anything that fits into the “apocalypse” theme we run with here, and when I received the rights to view this pre-production copy of William Shatner’s Zero-G: Green Space… I went into the book thinking this would be a review of a regular science fiction book. However, our dear Captain had something else in mind with this book. Something on the brink of an apocalypse, that is.

Green Space is the second book in Mr. Shatner’s Samuel Lord Series. It is written by Shatner and co-written by Jeff Rovin. Mr. Rovin has an impressive resume on his own, as well. I remember him from my days of playing video games, as he wrote all of those handy books from the eighties to the nineties. To add, he does have co-writing credits on several of the late Tom Clancy’s books. And he does cover sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and the supernatural. And with the Samuel Lord Series, go ahead and steer towards sci-fi and horror. That’s going to be said ahead of time.

The book, at hand… The Samuel Lord Series features the titular character of Director Samuel Lord. He is a former combat pilot of some repute, and the repute depends on who you ask or which side you ask. A man born in the late nineteen-sixties that is still clutching onto his life in the twenty-fifties. His Zero-G Men are tasked with investigating terrorism, crime, corruption, and espionage under a modified code of laws built for space.

There’s also the fact that NASA and the FBI are on a tenuous relationship aboard the Space Station, Empreyan. NASA has been given a shot in the arm after many wars on Earth have devastated the planet, as a whole. Polar cap shifts, nuclear winters, conventional wars, and weather shifts have done a number on the Earth in Zero-G. And yet, the politics stay the same. As you’ll hear and see in this series, war and politics never change.

You’ll find out a lot of things about the near-future in the Zero-G series that turns the world on its ear. Pangenderism does exist in this book, albeit scientifically created, as we’ll see in the tale of the Executive Assistant Director, Asdila Waters. A Cherokee intersexed person that was genetically modified at birth to morph into either sex. Various laws have removed language and mores from the system. But, don’t let this dissuade you from the story.

The story as a whole involving Green Space has to do with the Vine experiments conducted by NASA’s Dr. Carter. A brilliant scientist in his forties who is developing a new prototype “nanite” robot. These bits of technology are used to help build and strengthen the vine for practical applications, in theory. The main goal is to build an advance biological elevator from the Empreyan back to Earth. However, the scientist and the various botanists are noticing a black and ugly growth on the Vine itself, and that’s where the story gets out of control.

Lord finds himself thrust back into action, stopping a crisis two weeks prior in the storyline between the Chinese and NASA. With the Vine and its growth, people don’t suspect that the nanites have something planned that just may cause our very extinction. He has to skirt authority, trust his team, and trust a Russian pilot who was disgraced into joining the Russian mob operation on the former International Space Station, now known as the Red Giant.

All of this, and the possibility of life on Venus, as well. Quite a bit of stuff packed into forty chapters, to be honest. And if you aren’t of a certain mindset. This may hurt the brain, quite a lot. However, there is good news. Shatner does have several books under his belt. So, he knows where to lead you, as does Rovin…

The book rates as a three hour read, which is about the time it did take me to finish the forty chapters. And yes, I’m unusual like that. The book isn’t easy reading, by any means. However, once you’re in, you stay in. You want to know what the heck those little robots are plotting. You want to know how the heck Lord still has it. What did those robots create with that dead guy?!! And finally, what the heck is on Venus?

This book isn’t going to be a “must-have” for every fan of Star Trek or TekWars. This is a different universe set in a bit of our reality. Does it hit close to home? Sometimes, it does. However, if you’re willing to give some concepts a chance and remember that Mr. Shatner isn’t going to hold your hand in this book… You’re going to get an entertaining read, honestly. In fact, I can say that I’ll probably buy this book when he releases it in September, and the first Zero-G book to have completion.

The brass tacks: As of now, Simon and Schuster have it listed at 34.95 (Canadian Dollar), roughly 33.00 (US Dollar), if I’m doing exchanges correctly. And it is currently a hardback price. I don’t know of any particulars of an ePub for Kindle, but don’t rule it out. Out of five stars, this book will get an honest four. I’m not a “fanboy” of any particular author, but anyone who can make me read an entire forty chapters over a span of a few hours isn’t something to sneeze at.

Mr. Shatner, you’ve done it again. And take this for what it is, but I’m wanting to see what happens in number three.

And for those who want to see the finished product, Amazon does have it for a September 17, 2017 release. A long ways out, but a wait well worth it.

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