Zero Sight Series

Magic. Mayhem. College essays. The Zero Sight Series follows the adventures of Dieter Resnick, high school student turned spell-slinger. It's chock full of magic gone wrong, angry Irish schoolmarms, and acerbic sanguinarian sidekicks.

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Zero Sight 
(Book 1)


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Meet Dieter Resnick. Dieter is the sole child of an abusive single father, a perennial schoolyard brawler, and Ted Binion High’s number one academic prospect. Dieter is terrified of staying poor. He has few friends and is absolutely obsessed with earning a college scholarship. He’s also a latent mage—one of the few humans left that can bend the manaflows to their will.

Too bad no one told him. Now a boy is dead.

Meet Rei Acerba Bathory. Rei is a second year student at Elliot College, the premiere magical training academy in North America. She’s also on an all-liquid diet. Rei acquired her odd speech and mannerisms living among her centuries-old kin—strange vampiric creatures that have carved out the Midwest as their playground. She can kill a man without blinking, but has a serious weakness for puppies. Thanks to a childhood spent living cloistered from the public, Rei knows little of modern society. She’d do well to make some friends, but her fellow trainees despise her. Rei is the first of her kind to be admitted, and many hope to make her the last.

Dieter was raised in the grimy outskirts of Las Vegas. Rei was homeschooled in a Chicago mansion. Both are on their way to Elliot College. Both believe the other is a creature of idle fantasy. In ten hours, they’re going to be at the center of a war fought by shadow actors. In eleven hours, they’re going to become a weft-pair, bound together by the most sacred spell in the magic canon. And in twelve hours? Well, in twelve hours, they’ve got to get to class…

Zero Sight is a full-length young adult contemporary fantasy novel, 107,000 words or about 350 pages.

Cover Design by Jordan Kimura
Cover Photography by Sarah Pedersen

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Zero Sum 
(Book 2) 





My name is Dieter Resnick. I was planning to turn eighteen in May, but I don't think I'm gonna make it. I've just been drafted into a war. And this war isn't usual. It's kinda sorta fought with spells.

Six months ago today, I was my high school's valedictorian. Now I'm Elliot College's newest combat-certified mage, and one of the few to survive a Talmax raid. I've got a weft-partner named Rei Acerba, whose hobbies include flaying the skin off her foes and perusing the sunscreen aisle. I've got a tutor named Jules Nelson, who spends her evenings talking to trees. And I've got a friend named Jay Dante, who tends to vanish when I need him most.

We're all part of a team called Lambda, and we've been ordered into the middle of a battle between North America's magical factions. The warriors of Talmax are surging up from the South. The Department of Mana Affair's once omnipotent DEA agents have been left cowering behind their wards. Our job is to reveal the enemy's secret weapon--before they take ownership of the entire West Coast.

Zero Sum
is the exciting sequel to Zero Sight, the Top 5 Rated Kindle Contemporary Fantasy novel, featuring everyone's favorite disheveled coffee-fiend, Dieter Resnick, and the rest of the Lambda crew. Zero Sum is a full-length young adult fantasy novel, weighing in at 137,000 words or about 450 pages. The entire novel is provided DRM-free based on reader requests. Because of graphic situations and foul-tongued heroes, Zero Sum is only recommended for readers 16 years and older.    

Cover Design by Jordan Kimura
Cover Photography by B. Justin Shier and Jonathan Steller

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And, yea, there's more coming, of course.  ^,..,^


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Carlos O. said...

Just read the first book, eagerly awaiting Zero Sum. ^_^

Anonymous said...

Finished the first book in one day. Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next one.

Anonymous said...

Best book I've read in a long time. Can't wait for the next. Great characters and fast paced storyline, can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Just finished the first book, I really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next one!

Anonymous said...

just finished the first book it was so sick im reading it again hurry up with the second one and makesure to make it in a kindle ebook vrrsion

andy said...

Excellent book. Echoes of Jim B. but certainly not derivative. Still, much more Harry D. than Harry P. :) Many thanks and please keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

Hello, I tried to buy your ebook in Barnes and Noble but they wont sell it outside the US or Canada and Amazon doesn't accept paypal, would you try selling it too on Smashwords?

Elizabeth said...

Hi Justin. Can you get your book up for preorder on Amazon so I can stop worrying I'll forget to look for it? First book was that good.
Elizabeth

B. Justin Shier said...

@ Elizabeth, I would love to put the second book (Zero Sum) up for pre-order, but as an indie writer, Amazon does not allow me to do so. The pre-order feature is limited to the traditional "big-six" publishers. I'll make announcements on this site and the Facebook group in the coming weeks, but I'm afraid I can't hook the sequel straight into your Kindle's veins : (

Anonymous said...

Loved the first book cant wait for Zero Sum

Anonymous said...

Ready for Zero Sum, Zero Sight was one of my first kindle purchases and I have been checking regularly for it.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic book. I'm glad I took the chance.

Anonymous said...

Read it in about 6 hours. Not the best book, but it comes pretty damn close. I recommend it to lovers of humor, action... and romance... i guess... Oh, and plots. This one has a plot that's worth reading.

Ben said...

Really great book on the first read. Upon rereading it, I found it to be outstanding. I love how intelligently you write, forcing me to refer to Wikipedia to figure out some of the references. You have a real gift for writing and story-telling. If you weren't busy literally saving lives, I would be annoyed that the sequel hasn't come out yet.
Ben

Morgan Franklin said...

Best $2.99 I ever spent. But why upon every reread of Zero Sight do I keep hearing Alice Cooper's Poison in the background? Oh, and you better have the next 9 books plotted out. If you think your readership is going to let you get away with a duology or a trilogy you are sadly mistaken. Think Stephen King's Misery on steroids. We're waiiiiiiting.

Anonymous said...

Very awesome book, just what I needed. Thoughtful characters, harsh realities, and an unrequited crush on a very ... troubled girl. I vote you write full time and save lives on the side. ;)

Anonymous said...

This book seemed to go by way too fast for my liking. Going to have to go for the immediate re-read, which previously has been reserved for the likes of Erikson or Rothfuss. Not that I'm complaining mind you. Excellent characterization coupled with a frenetic pace and the requisite amount of gore = hard to put down/can't believe its over/where do I get my next fix?!?
Keep them coming.

Anonymous said...

well done sir! loved both books, and am eagerly awaiting the third

Anonymous said...

Awesome books, both of them. Waiting for the third - or even hints about it - with bated breath.

Anonymous said...

Very good, I loved both books. Crushed both of them the same day. Didn't get much sleep. lol. Waiting for the next one.

Hasani Taylor said...

Just finished reading Zero Sum. I can't believe that I have found a fantasy series that I can not predict the ending of. I've read most of the greats in fantasy and your name will surely rank with theirs. Dieter and Rei are great but I think I'm in love with Jules. Can't wait for the next book!!!! You definitely have a fan in me!!!

Anonymous said...

Just read both books in 2days, loved every minute of it... I think i am in love with Rei, she is just so awesome... Eagerly awaiting the next book (i really hope there IS going to be a few more in this series), anyway i will be recommending this series to any an all who will listen...

Best of luck,
me

Chris said...

It's now 7 am, and I've just finished up the second book (finished the first book this morning. Er... I mean yesterday morning. Then I went to class- pathology to be exact.) I'm supposed to be studying for step, and instead I'm reading til the sun comes up! Couldn't believe my luck when I started reading Zero Sight- you don't usually find that quality of writing in a kindle ebook- you've got some talent, doc! I look forward to book three, and good luck on rotations! (That you somehow manage to write these while doing rotations is truly impressive- hat's off to you.)

phoenix55 said...

Great stories! As a physician myself who remembers the demands and hours of training, I am doubly impressed.
If you haven't red it and can find the time, you should read House of God, a dark humor tale of the life of a medical intern.
Best wishes and hope there is a third in the series.

Agarax said...

Dear Sir,

I think I express the feelings of the rest of the community when I say: MOAR!

Keep up the good work! I bought a lot of ebooks on Amazon last year, but yours is the only one I am currently re-reading.

Dermot Cottuli said...

What a surprise package! Definitely the find of the year as far as I'm concerned. I read in excess of 150 books a year and would rate these two books in the top 5% of books I've read in the past few years. Can't wait till the third book comes out!

Anonymous said...

When are you planning to release the third book?

Anonymous said...

Really good series--been reading a few indie books recently, and these were by far the best. Love the magic system, the world, everything (although I must say the whole them against the whole fucking world bit is a tad stressful to read, even though there is a reasonable expectation that things won't go entirely to shit on their watch). Really looking forward to the third book, whenever that happens, and hoping you publish more--I don't see myself getting tired of this world any time soon.

Dwight said...

Since everyone's pretty much hooked on your characters now (smart, handing em out cheap at first like a coke dealer on the corner), time to give yourself a raise and up the price a couple bucks, at least, for the next book.

Can't be easy (or inexpensive) trying to live and educate oneself in SoCal.

B. Justin Shier said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words.

Don't worry, I'm still working on new material. I won't be able to move as fast as some of my peers (yea, I still have a pretty demanding day/night job), but a good amount of progress is being made.

Fortunately, there's a lot of good stuff out there. (We're kinda in a reading Renaissance at the moment.) And I only expect the range of cool titles to expand as more and more traditional authors self-publish all those "crazy" manuscripts that lacked "a distinct market".

I'll post more updates on ZS3 after I get a better handle on it. Right now, I'm wrestling a few disparate elements into something that resembles awesomeness.

Regards,

B.

Zach said...

I just finished your second book and am eagerly awaiting the third. The characters are wonderful and are easy to become attached to, especially Rei. If you would not kill her off, I would greatly appreciate it.

Sterling said...

Just read both of your books within two days.
Wow.

Any timeline for the next one (or two or three)?
Please?

Anonymous said...

I want the third book please ^^ have already reread
the first to 3 or 4 times. <3 Two and want to find out more about the kitsune.
The love of two comes from the depth of character and emotion she has. Combine that with how she is.. hmmm.. damaged it makes her just adorable.

Anonymous said...

I have read both Zero Sight and Zero Sum at least 6 times since I got them both a few months ago, and still find myself completely enthralled in the world you have created. I find myself cursing Dieter when he does stupid shit, laughing hysterically at most of the humor that is ingrained into your very writing style, and yes, without a doubt, I am in love with Rei. It'd break my heart if you killed her off... So don't do that!!! Lol. I can't wait to see where you take the series from here, especially hoping to get to see Dieter kicking some major ass to get Rei back. Not to mention seeing what is done about Anna. There's so much more out there! This is a series I truly hope will go into the double digits as far as number of installments. B, keep doin what your doin, and enjoy it. I know I don't just speak for myself when I say you've officially got a fan for life here. I already have spread the word of these to anyone who will listen and have convinced a number of friends to begin reading. Hope to see ZS3 soon!!!

Anonymous said...

I just want to say that I have really enjoyed your books! It blows me away that you have time to write such great books in med school. My sister-in-law is just finishing up her 3rd year and barely has time to eat meals!

Anonymous said...

Awesome books. Bring on #3!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely adored both books. As an avid reader of science fiction books (my first one was Ender's Game in the 1990s), I believe that the series is an amazing effort for a first timer. You know what the only drawback is? I have this nightmare that when you finish medical school or are taking the different steps of USMELL--I know, I know, its USMLE :-) LOL!--you will forget about your fans and not finish the series. You have a great writing ability in addition to your medical bent. Please do not leave us hanging.

Sincerely,

Waiting patiently for the next installment

SniperFodder said...

Thumbs up for the mailing list. I love it when an author does that. I chew through a lot of books, and more often than not I hit a series that isn't complete yet. I usually would love to continue reading them, but forget about the series. With a mailing list for releases, I don't have to worry about leaving a series behind because I will know when the next one is out!

Keep up the good work! Zero Sight fits what I look for in a book (series).

Anonymous said...

BOOK 3

GIVE IT TO US

Anonymous said...

The circle is complete, now reading Jim Butcher books since I ran out of Justin Shier books to read

Anonymous said...

i just finished Zero Sum , and it is by far one of the best books i have read. My question is (i realise this may seem dumb to ask) will there be a third book to this series and if so how long until it will be released?

Thanks for your time
-Jonathan

B. Justin Shier said...

Thanks Jonathan.

There will be a book 3. I'm working on it right now. There is a big shift in the content and it is proving challenging to write (which I consider a good thing). I'm not going to announce a release date until I'm satisfied with the content. (IMHO, there is nothing worse than trying to force out crud to meet a deadline, and I'm not talented enough yet to determine how long one of these projects is going to take me.)

You can sign up for the mailing list at the top of the website if you want a reminder when it's approaching release. My wife thinks the first half is really good, but she said the female narrator still sounds a bit too "human" for her tastes...

Well, back to it!

B.

Zach said...

Haha! If you were trying to get us excited with that little hint there B...well played sir.

Robin said...

Yes! All my efforts coming back to this site looking for news about the third book finally paid off!
Even though its only breadcrumbs =P

Anonymous said...

I hope there will be more than 3 books. Maybe you can aim for a Robert Jordan length series! Good stuff!

Anonymous said...

I'm actually more inclined to enjoy shorter series(less than 4 books) than I am long ones. Over the course of a half dozens novels, things get old and you just want to enjoy the ending rather than waiting 10 years of "but wait, there's more!" for it.

That's just my opinion anyway.

Anonymous said...

In some cases I agree with you, but not all. Things dont have to "get old". Harry Potter is a great example. I suppose it just depends on the skill of the author and the loyalty of the readers, and I think B. just may have the potential.

Doug Thonus said...

Incredible job, I picked up Zero sight and simply could not put it down. I got only two hours of sleep last night so that I could finish it in one night.

Similar themes to many fantasy novels but the writing style is refreshing and fun. I can't wait to pick up Zero Sum, I imagine I will also finish that in a day.

I'm only saddened to have started the series prior to you finishing the first 10 or so books.

Anonymous said...

justin i am a pure fan of your books i consider myself a jaded reader and not alot of books are able to get me invested ,but your books are one of the very few that i can say that i got addicted to. your writing style is unique and i the characters you make are amazing and so human yet they can be so much more i cant wait ofr the new book

Occam's Tool said...

This guy writes like a slumming angel.

Bryce said...

That hint is a cruel cruel thing to do to us Brian. However i gotta say making someone sound too INhuman could also hurt, so good luck with that lol.

Also im wondering how much input are you asking from your wife on how the female narrator would think or act? Cause women in general are far beyond most of our feeble male understanding. =P

B. Justin Shier said...

@Bryce: She is carefully monitoring the operation. Then again, she is always carefully monitoring the operation. : )

B>

Anonymous said...

This may not be related to the zero sight series but please looked up Kony2012 it is a ducumentary about a the invicible childen of uganda who taken from their homes and had been made to soldiers ordered to kill even their own parents and sex slaves sold and used you dont have to donate money or start a rally just spread the word. KONY2012

FROM jessa

Anonymous said...

I have made it my mission for the next one hundred days to input a message every day for a hundred days to make people aware of KONY2012 the man i am talking about is a horrible man who steals children make them to soldiers and sex slaves for one reason only to keep himself in power as long as possible so please i ask of you make this man famuos make him be known world wide let the world know of this evil man make the world know of Joseph Kony's sin
FROM jessa

Anonymous said...

what is the next book going to be called in this series

B. Justin Shier said...

Working title for ZS3 is Zero Tango

B.

Anonymous said...

Greetings from your fan bunch of Germany!

I'm halfway through Zero Sum, and I enjoyed both books greatly. I like the setting, the pacing, the usage of certain expressions that make me keep a dictionary near, and - of course, the characters. Although I do wonder what Dieter sees in Rei... I wouldn't be able to take all this mood swings and always-impending violence in her company very long. ;)
Stick with Jules, Dieter!!!

Btw, one question has been nagging me since I started reading Zero Sight: Why, of all names in the great wide world, did you choose "Dieter"?
For Germans, this name has a ring to it, I cannot describe why, but there suddenly pops up an image of a certain type of man, like... in his late forties with receding hairline, a little beer belly, in a check shirt, bermuda shorts and white socks in sandals, mowing his lawn at a Saturday morning.
It was hard to get this image out of my head while reading, but I eventually made it.
(Now it's a lanky teenager with white socks in sandals and a cloak mowing his lawn, but I get there, I get there...)

Anyway, I am heavily advertising your books in my circle of friends and everyone who stays around long enough to get his or her personal share of the whole nine yards of my fangirlism.
Can't wait for Zero Tango!

*goes back to read*
-Helen

Anonymous said...

Thanks and great name for the 3rd book cant wait for it to come out

Anonymous said...

Do you think that the book will be released by the end of this year or later?

B. Justin Shier said...

@Helen:

First off, thanks! I'm really stunned/shocked/thrilled by the way ZS is selling in Germany. When Amazon said that they would be selling the books internationally, I never actually considered how well they would sell internationally. It's amazing.

I'm a Jules fan myself. I think that makes 4 of us. : /

Dieter...okay, I laughed when I read the part about the socks. Dieter was named in honor of Dieter Dengler, one of my childhood heros. The combination of Dieter + Reznik was made for a second (etymological) reason. The same is true for Rei + Acerba and a few of the other characters.

Thanks for the support!

@Anon 12:00: No problem.

@Anon 12:03: I won't speak on the release timeline until I have completed the manuscript. I'm setting a high bar for myself on this one and need to make sure I do it right. (sorry for the non-answer)

B.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the explanation. I hope I haven't offended you with that socks association.
After all, it's kind of fitting name: So not like a typical hero. Very likable.

Btw. We are not happen to come across some German expressions in the next books?

Many Greetings from the infamous Land of Teh White Socks,
-Helen

P.S.: Only four Jules fans? Kidding, right? O_O

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 MAKE THE WORLD KNOW OF JOSEPH KONY'S SINS AND BRING HIM TO JUSTICE
PS cant wait for the 3rd book i love the series
FROM jessa

Zach said...

Haha! This makes me think of twilight, except a fight can't really break out since us team Rei peeps seem to be the majority :P. I will say that knowing the author is on the opposing team does lesson one's confidence though.

Anonymous said...

Oh, please.
Fighting about fictional characters' pairings is obvious nonsense. I daresay the ZeroSight-audience is above that.

Go Team Jules!!!
*ahem* What, me? I didn't hear anything.
*walks away whisteling*
-Helen

Zach said...

Crafty Team Jules. That was a sneaky comment there. After reading the first part, I was caught off guard by the second. It caught me mid-sip of some delicious grape Kool-Aid. I nearly got choked from laughing. *Raises eyebrow* Trying to even the teams huh?

Anonymous said...

what will the cover of zero tango look like

B. Justin Shier said...

"I will say that knowing the author is on the opposing team does lesson one's confidence though."

Maybe I should recuse myself.

"what will the cover of zero tango look like"

It will involve two hands. Neither will be on fire.

BTW, if anyone knows a great sketcher of hands, have them send me their portfolio. (Good news: I can actually pay for stuff now.)

B.

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 let others know of Joseph Kony's sin let the world know please help me and others like me make Joseph Kony known all over the world
ps cant wait for the zs3 omg i wish i can read it is so awsome i cant wait to peek into the princess' mind
FROM jessa

Zach said...

@B

"Maybe I should recuse myself." Nonsense. You are the only one capable of delivering a verdict.

"It will involve two hands. Neither will be on fire." Great to hear seeing as the hands on the cover have related to the story and belonged to the same two individuals thus far. I do imagine that everything around them may be on fire though if our audacious hero has anything to say about it. Haha!

Anonymous said...

are deiter and rei finally going to get together in zero tango

Anonymous said...

cannot WAIT for book 3. Domo arigato, Justin!

Anonymous said...

Ok If it is agreed that we are all going to debase ourselves to the level of twilight tweeners....let me just make a couple observations...
1. While we can all agree Jules is adorable, it is obvious that (damaged goods)Rei needs Dieter far more than Jules does.
2. Are we even sure Jules will still want Dieter after she finds out his pedigree? Remember her opinion of vamps....and who knows what else he is?
3. While it would produce mega warm fuzzies if Jules and Dieter lived happily ever after in a (hopefully) fireproof gingerbread house in the woods somewhere.....that really wouldn't be a good thing from a story standpoint - nor our desired outcome of 10+ installments of this series......perhaps you could spin Jules off into her own series....:)

Looking forward to seeing a lot more of Rei in zs3!

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 lets others know of Joseph Kony's sins; taking children from their homes and make them kill other people even their own mothers and fathers and making young girls to sex slaves you dont have to donate or buy a kit all you have to do is make Joseph Kony known wolrdwide
ps yay book 3 cant wait to have it gotta have!!!!

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 help put and end to Joseph Kony's sin let others know and help for our cause
PS TEAN Rei and Dieter forever!!!!!
FROM jessa

Anonymous said...

about how much do you have written so far

Anonymous said...

I read a lot of sci fi fantasy and have for over 20 years. Your series is addictive. I read both books one weekend and it's one of the few I keep re-reading.

Great fight scenes and the story is fast paced with interesting characters.

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 help stop Joseph Kony and his crimes against humanity let others know of this man and his sins help us stop him
PS when does ZS3 COMING OUT I NEED IT GOTTA HAVE!!!!
FROM jessa

Anonymous said...

is this story going to be told switching from rea to deiter or is it going to be the same as the other two book and only be told from deiters perspective?

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 let others know of this man's sins and crime against the human race join us at facebook and/or twitter we need your soppurt
PS we want more Justin please give us our fix!!!
FROM jessa

Anonymous said...

I read both book 1 and 2 in about 2 and a half days. All I can say is read it, loved it, can't wait for book 3.

B. Justin Shier said...

"Is this story going to be told switching from rei to deiter or is it going to be the same as the other two book and only be told from deiters perspective?"

A bit of both.

"I read both book 1 and 2 in about 2 and a half days. All I can say is read it, loved it, can't wait for book 3."

Thanks, Anon. Curious, did you come across it due to the Amazon promotion?

B.

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 please help our cause and let others know of Joseph Kony's sins ans put a stop to him
PS is most of the book told by dieter view or is it equal to both of them?
FROM jessa

Anonymous said...

Read both books in three days.. Great fun, can't wait for z3!!

Anonymous said...

I read 3 books a week. I know a good author when I read one.(that's you) I'm going to second the advise one of your fans wrote, when he said to up the price a dollar or two. There was this bagel guy in my town who everyone loved. He went out of business because he couldn't make it financially. We were all stunned. We new his prices were cheap, but would have paid much more to keep the good stuff coming. I want you to keep the good books coming our way.

Anonymous said...

The Problem with prices is that people are unwilling to pay alot for them especially with all the .99-1.99 books out there. His prices from what ive seen are about the max for indie authors.

Anonymous said...

I somewhat disagree - people are unwilling to pay more for unknown quantities because they have the real possibility of getting burned. In the case of a proven author with excellent reviews I am certainly more than willing to pay more for a sure thing. There are a lot of excellent authors in indie now (for reasons you will find in B's other posts) and the line between them and mainstream media is fading - all for the good I might add.
We live in interesting times :)

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 help us stop Joseph Kony for those children in Uganda whom he stole thier childhoods and innocenes from help us pleas spread the word
FROM jessa

Anonymous said...

about how much have you writen so far it zero tango

Skylarv5 said...

I have to say I bought this on accident and so glad I did! I read both books in 1. Day. The characters are rich and well thought out and yes Rei n Dieter are meant for each other! I love Jules but in the end I cannot imagine those 2 coming together she is not more than the best friend who I believe wishes she felt more seems more the not wanting Dieter with Rei than anything else. I cannot wait for the next book and almost wish I hadn't found this series till the others were done as patience is not my virtue when it comes to books. I flat out love them n wish I had the courage to write my own. Thanks for bringing this to us it took me away from my world n it's problems like a great book should!

Anonymous said...

Loved both of the books so far in the series. I bought the first for my Kindle Fire due to it being the Daily Deal for $.99, then got sucked it and purchased the 2nd book the next day. Awesome job!

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 we need your support to stop Joseph Kony we need you please help us in anyway you can
ps when is the thierd book coming out i want it so bad
FROM jessa

Vodswyld said...

Fantastic books. Started another read through today. Your books are in a series rotation with Jim Butcher (Dresden), Peter Clines (Ex-Humans), and Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet).

On a random side note, have you looking into doing these up as audio books? No idea what the overhead is for audio books, but they can be a lot of fun. It kinda makes me see the whole story a little differently.

Vodswyld said...

Oh yeah, and Team Jules!

CJ from MHC said...

Dieter needs Jules. Rei's bloodlust will end up making Dieter lose himself, Jules will keep him grounded in his humanity (which is especially important considering he has a 3rd female vying for his attention, just because he can't see her doesn't mean she's not looking for his attention). We have yet to experience a fall from grace for our clueless hero, wonder when all of his ignorance is bliss will caught up with him? Can't wait to get answers in Zero Tango

Anonymous said...

Point - rejected, you're thinking like a imperiti - re-read the last chapter of book 2, it's game-on with Anna, and a "neutered" Dieter is not going to be able to protect those around him. Jules would be painfully dead the instant she attracted Anna's interest. As Rei always preached, he needs to become smarter, faster, and stronger to cope with the threat, and even then its not something he can handle alone - he'll need a dragon knight with a big sword at his side.

Anonymous said...

i agree Deiter shouldn't go with Jules but with Rei it would be weird if ended up with Jules she is just too human and the blood lust from Rei makes the book that much better

Anonymous said...

CJ - I think you are being a little hard on Dieto....Clueless? Ignorant? If you had been lied to your entire life about nearly everything, you would be in the dark too, makes for a really good story though. He'll come around and save the fangy damsel eventually.

Andrew said...

Great first two books!!! I don't understand why this isn't more popular then Harry Potter or Twilight. They are better books and aren't so teeny bopper. The movies would be better also. I would think producers would be all over this. At the very least these would make a amazing series on showtime or hbo!!

Anonymous said...

Great idea - ooh could we get Megan Fox to play Rei? Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Um no not her. I would say she may resemble his image of her somewhat but you would need someone who could act as Rei could not be simple eye candy.

Anonymous said...

No! No! You're missing the beauty of the plan! We could still use Megan but dub in all the intelligent dialog parts - no one would question it because Rei hardly ever opens her mouth all the way! Brilliant no?

Anonymous said...

KONY2012 help us that is all were asking for
FROM jessa

Banesfist said...

So now I'm hooked...I wanted some good pleasure reading and stumbled across this series. Your cliffhangers kill me man and now I need you to release the third book... Keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Read both books this weekend, and really liked them. I enjoyed getting the guy perspective ( I tend towards the kick butt girl stereotypes, because the guy ones sometimes seem like flat, one-dimensional a**holes, plus- sue me I am female).
Just a few typos and homonym errors... Occasional grammatical errors; what can I say? I am an SLP, lol!
Great books, can't wait for # 3!!!

Colin said...

trying to stagger my reading of the second book compared to how I burned through the first one but it's hard to put down given how much I'm enjoying it

I've now gifted copies of Zero Sight to five people :D and mentioned it to pretty much everyone I've talked to since I read it

Anonymous said...

Zero Sight came up as the Amazon 99 cent deal of the day and I thought I would give it a try. I am glad I did. I really enjoyed the book. Just bought Book 2. Keep it up!

Anonymous said...

Hooked, exhausted from being up with grouchy toddler and stumbling through work hours- damn you, Justin! :) want antidote, quit your doctoring and write! Hope you're making bucketloads of dough, you deserve it.

B. Justin Shier said...

I was crushed by work this week and just got to read through all the new comments right now. Thanks everyone. I'll try to respond to each question this weekend. Right now, I have to help plan a BDay party.

Cheers,

B.

Anonymous said...

about how much have you written so far in zero tango

Bryce said...

It took him about 8 months between the first and second books. It has been about four now but he released Zero Sum around the holidays so i would imagine it has an effect.

Be patient, i want it now myself but it takes time and he has a life. I think a reasonable release date widonw to hope for is 8-12 months.

Anonymous said...

It appears the author was well into or beyond the concept stage for Sum when the first was published (hence all the complaints about the abrupt ending on Sight) they could have really been one (granted long) novel. So I don't know if the 8 month average will hold true on this release. You can't rush creativity... Perhaps B could do a segment like the Komondor one with Ichi teaching us deep breathing exercises.... :)

Anonymous said...

About the whole price for books thing. There have been several books that i have had some interest in except the price deters me. Ever since i have gotten my kindle i have had a hard time making myself spend 7.99 on a book ESPECIALLY if it is the first in a series.

edayers66 said...

B. I just finished the second book. I would like to say that I am a 45 year old that has been a serious reader since about age 10. I had read serious novels like The Exorcist and The Stand by age 12 (just to give myself a little cred).
I am thrilled to have found your books! And btw, it WAS due to the Amazon promotion. You have a serious talent for storytelling, and that is what readers really like. There is also a great wit in the books as well. Sometimes I do have to shake off my mental editor, though. (SMALL price to pay) I wish you the very best in your future medical career, but I hope the books start paying more of the bills. Selfish, but that way economic pressures may give me more reading satisfaction!
ANYWAY, Well done, and I eagerly await ZS3!

JorgeG-Period3 said...

LOLOL, love the fan-base here. Never occurred to me that teams might break out over romantic preferences for the future of the series, mostly because it's obviously Rei >,..,^

Zach said...

Haha! I know, right? I will admit that I was trying to start something when I mentioned Twilight and teams in a previous post (Trying to help you out B ;P), but I didn't expect that it would actually cause the response that it has. It is awesome. And yea, Team Rei.

Bulls News Around the Web said...

I don't know how much you control over your pricing, but I'd price your first book nice and cheap and jack up the prices of everything else to 8 bucks. There's no way in hell I could have read the first book and not bought the second, and if you charged $20 bucks for the third I'd still buy it. Truly amazing and refreshing work.

Martin said...

Read both books over the course of a weekend back to back, my longtime girlfriend is doing a rotation with you. Gotta say, you have me hooked sir. Makes me want pull out Photoshop and Illustrator and start drafting up some Elliot College Shirts for me to wear around. Charcoal Grey and gold right?

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say I love the series and characters.

I found it particularly impressive how you've developed Rei as a character. Especially seeing how you've managed to make her personality at once monstrous/alien and yet sympathetic; it's like toeing the uncanny valley line but for incredible effect.

Your books have turned me into a shipper though, and a shipper that's at odds with the author it appears. D:

Here's hoping for Dieter and Rei's relationship developing further!

Gwynne G. said...

I just finished both books 1 and 2 of your Zero Sight series and enjoyed them both tremendously. I look forward eagerly to Book 3 and have signed up to be notified. I bought both books for my Kindle from Amazon with no problems. I was concerned by the confusions in similar sounding words in sentences like, "I flipped threw the pages and found..." and omitted words here and there. Somebody should proof the Kindle edition of Zero Sum. Too good a story to be marred by these errors that bring the reader to a sudden stop.

Anonymous said...

I want book 3 NOW! NOW! NOW! XXXD

Anonymous said...

Wow -Its apparent from reading posts and book reviews on Amazon that this is the ultimate life validation for all those Eng Lit majors working behind the paint counters at Home Depot. I think most of our brains are capable of bridging an occassional error and moving on without a hitch. However there must be a subset out there that feels honest distress. From the ghastly descriptions, I picture it like watching a great movie in a theatre, then a typo registers, the picture frames slow to a grinding halt. Suddenly a half dozen screaming Samurai warriors slash their way through the screen, leap off the stage, and charge up the aisles waving their Hattori Hanzo swords as the theatre crowd recoils in horror, they burst through the rear doors and immediately storm the projection room, the pimple faced teen in the popcorn oiled suit has no chance, and is instantly dispatched in a Peckinpah approved orgy of blood..... Satisfied, the Samurai sheath their blades and join the crowd as the movie restarts..... Seriously folks :)

Zach said...

I have to agree with the above post, and I certainly could not have said it better. I was personally too enamoured by the story to allow minor grammatical errors to throw me out of my reading groove.

B. Justin Shier said...

To be clear, both books were lovingly edited by a close friend of mine. The countless hours he spent working through three drafts are probably the only reason that any of you enjoyed the story. But an editor's job is not to proofread. An editor's job is to ensure the consistency of the plot and that the flow of the narrative. Correction of typos and other grammatical missteps is usually put off until later.

After my editor completed his work, I handled the proofing phase as best as I knew how to at the time. I had over 10 beta readers scan the text, and they spotted many hundreds of minor errors. When the last found only a single error, I felt confident, but even still, some errors remained. Those I must own. I was the one that decided when to release the novel, and I was the one who made the mistakes in the first place.

I've learned a great deal about the process of delivering a book to market after doing it two times. I also have more funds than I did before, which will allow me to hire trained proofers to re-review the first two novels. I take every typo seriously. Multiply whatever discomfort times 100 and you are in the ballpark of how much they upset me. None will survive that I'm aware of.

I also continue to encourage all manner of critiques from my readers. It is the only way I can be made aware of these issues and improve the quality of both my writing and publishing efforts. I fully admit that my writing experience is rather limited, and I am grateful for any assistance my readership offers me. If you would prefer a more private way to provide feedback, feel free to Email me at bjustinshier at gmail dot com. Many others have taken that liberty : )

B.

Colin said...

have you looked into self-publishing at all? like through https://www.createspace.com/ ? I'd love to be able to have a physical copy of the book on my shelf

Anonymous said...

Love the books! I could already see the plot in book 3. Dieter can't stop his sex drive charges the vampire enclave. Saves tall gangly bitch model and eats little children happily ever after XD

Anonymous said...

Seriously? Rei is a PURE, not some floozie tomb trollop in a cheap fanger-porn comic...the shippers will be deeply offended. You need to re-read until you come to your senses, if not we may have a new task for the Samurai from a previous post XD

Anonymous said...

I will start out by saying I almost never read books. It's not that I don't like reading, it's that there are other things I like doing more. Well, lately something inside me has sparked an interest in reading. After searching for a day or so I decided to purchase your book after reading the great reviews on my Kindle. I could not have been more impressed. I finished the first book in a weekend. I prayed that the second book was already released and searched for it immediately after finishing book 1. I found it, and proceeded to read that one at every possible moment. I was equally impressed. I'm patiently awaiting the next book. Rei is hands down my favorite, how could she not be?

Anonymous said...

Damn! I read the first two on my new kindle assuming there were more, and now I find out the second one just came out last summer? NOOOOO! Why is every good series I've read lately have to be unfinished? Haha, great job though, it's rare I find a series of books like this that I can't put down. My roommates at my fire station have been giving me tons of crap about being a book nerd over the past 2 days because my kindle has only left my hand to go on calls.

Anonymous said...

Eagerly awaiting Zero Tango, loved the first two books and just finished rereading them. I rank them up there with the Dresden series in my favorites list. Oh, and THANK YOU for minimizing the Fae in your story; I'm just plain sick of elves! IMHO, They'd ruin the dark, gritty tone of your world with their shiny pants and their pointy ears. That being said, if you do include Fae in future books, I'll just suck it up and keep reading!

Anonymous said...

are your book gonna be printed i wanted a actual copy to have and not just the E-book

Anonymous said...

Just finished both stories and I'm definitely a big fan. I did try them based in the Amazon promotion and I'm glad I did! I also work in healthcare and have no idea how you make the time to.write but keep it up!

Michelle said...

Great series, can't wait for book 3. Do you think you'll be releasing it this year or will it take longer? I want to know if I should be checking the kindle store every few days or months. Thanks so much, you are very talented (I can't believe you're a dr. & a great author!!) I'm impressed!

Michelle said...

FYI: I found your 1st book via the Amazon Daily Deal promotion.

Unknown said...

Hey Justin, you exposed me to the sail video and commented on how it suited the text you were writing. This song i found recently (maybe im the only one who hasnt noticed it until now though) suits the mood for the whole zero series, and fits quite frickin well for Rei http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWNRRnXmGKs&feature=branded

Tilil said...

Read the first two books about a week ago, both in very few sittings, and just finished the second readthrough today. Eagerly awaiting the third book in the series, hope you don't kill off Rei, she's my second favourite. You have spun a tail that keeps my attention better than any R.A Salvatore or E.E Knight books, bravo sir.

Anonymous said...

The Kyla La Grange song is awesome - good catch!

Anonymous said...

@Michelle, just sign up for the New Release Email list up above, and then you will never need to check on amazon.

Anonymous said...

Read book 1 yesterday and was hooked, literally couldn't put it down. Ended up buying the second book immediatly after and staying up into the wee hours of the mornin' to finish!! Seriously behind on studying now but was well worth it!! Can't wait for the third book aswell, Team Rei!

Johnny Guttenberg-Chang said...

I found your website searching for additional books. I read Zero-sight and Zero-sum back to back. After I downloaded a sample $0.99 was too good a deal to pass up. I however am not "young adult" since I am in my 60's I am an Old adult or middle aged adult depending on your view. The first science fiction novel I ever read was "Stranger In A Strange Land The year was 1961 I was 9 years old and hooked on Science Fiction instantly.TYhis was also my favorite novel until a few days ago when it was replaced by Zerosum. Since then I have read 2-8 novels a month and I am here to tell Zerosum is the best Sci-fi novel I have read in the 52 yearsI have been reading the Genre. FOr the last 37 years my favorite fictional character was Night-crawler of the X-men. He has been replaced by Rei Acerba Bathory. I am waiting with anticipation for Zerotango. I also adore Jules who I think would be a better mate for Dieter . At least it would be a less dangerous relationship and rememeber in his moment of stress in Vegas he called out Jules name not Rei's. Being a Southerner I also like Jay Dante he has a mischievous southern charm and pragmatic view of life much like my own. Keep writing Mr. Shier and I m pretty sure I will keep buying your books.

Anonymous said...

When Dieter called out Jules name in Mr, Guttenberg-Chang's example it was when he was channeling unimaginable magical power and relying on his magical training (from Jules) to accomplish this - understandable that he would think of Jules in this moment, I doubt his love life was in sharp image.
I also think a lot of people are taking Rei too much at (monsterous) face value. I doubt she is the hair-triggered bloody berserker that she would have people think...she shows remarkable control when she wants to (otherwise there would be a lot of dead Elliot underclassmen)..rather she likes to play mind games, especially with Dieter, and I think she is always testing him in some way...always giving him an out in the relationship if he wants it, but at the same time praying he doesn't. Rei is the most original and interesting character I have discovered in many years of reading.

B. Justin Shier said...

Phew, just finished a nightmare run of inpatient shifts (only two more inpatient months to go!!).

I can't respond to everything, but I wanted to say I'm really enjoying reading all the comments. You are raising some seriously interesting questions, some I'm choosing to remain mum on.

@Johnny: Wow, man. That's high praise. I had a soft spot for Night-crawler growing up (but Rogue was my favorite). I'll try my best to live up to your kind words.

Eerie that you chose to discuss why Dieter called out Jules' name. I actually wrote out that scene before filling in much mid-portion of the book. It was only after writing it that I realized Dieter might come to see Jules as something more than just a teacher and--perhaps--reciprocate her affections. Also, I never intended to write a love triangle; I was shooting for a triangle of dependence. You see, Jules feels the need to protect Dieter, Dieter feels the need to protect Rei, and Rei feels the need to protect everyone from herself. Some of the joys and tragedies of the story will come in the way each character manages these desires.

Anon, you came close to what I'm trying to achieve with Rei. Restraint is her keyword. I'm privy to just how hard she struggles against her various urges, and I hope to share a bit of that knowldege with you during book 3. My deep fear, of course, is that I will bungle the female voice. I'll be relying on some trusted female beta readers to make sure I'm staying on tact, but fear it I do.

B.

Anonymous said...

I loved both of the books! I just can't imagine how someone going through the MD steam press has the time or energy to tackle a book series. Very impressive...or crazy. Please don't crack.

My only stumbling point was the Ki concept. From 15 years of Japanese martial arts, my understanding of Ki is very close to how you talk about mana in the books, in that it's the energy that flows through and around life and it can be directed by a practitioner. The point at a person's center--about 3 inches below the navel--is the hara (Japanese) or tantien (Chinese).

Regardless, it's a small conceptual point and didn't detract in any real way from the series. I'm anxiously anticipating the next one!

Anonymous said...

B. I have no concerns about your ability to do justice to the female voice - you are a gifted writer. We appreciate your occassional tidbits of information on ZT too.
I am hoping we get to meet Theodus in this novel and possibly gain some insight on what Rei's real mission at Elliot was....she talks about having handlers and envies D's lack of people controlling his life - so that points to a deeper game by Theodus and possibly Kit's involvement. You happily seem to have a huge amount of fodder for future works here...carry on sir!

Dan said...

Please, please publish the third book stat. I am going through withdrawal :)

One of the best fantasy series I have ever read. I can tell because this is the only third time I lost sleep because I could not put the eReader down.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed these 2 novels and I'm anxiously awaiting the third. Question, will we be hearing anything about Dieter's mom?

Anonymous said...

Mr Shier, you are seriously making it almost impossible for me to finish books by other authors.....It's like I have a little demon critic sitting on my shoulder constantly remarking about how shallow the characters in the "other" books are....and how they don't sprinkle their novels with interesting clues/insights.... basically he says everything we've read since the finish of Zero Sum is complete crap.... (Sigh) Well at least its nearly fishing season :)

Kristoffer said...

I am on withdrawl as well. I need Zero Tango all most more than my mornning coffee. And I love my coffee. It broke my heart when Rei left Dieter. Remids me of when I had to leave a loved one to serve time over seas in the Army. I hope they find each other again. I like the dynamic of her and Jules. Part of me want Dieter and Jules get together. But I tend to root for the underdog, Rei. They feed off each other in a way that no one can get between. Will his dad try to take her out? And would Jules let her feeling get in the way to help Dieter get what her truly wants in his heart???

Scott Johnson said...

Kudos on avoiding, so far, the love triangle trap. Others may disagree, but it drives me crazy when two well crafted characters meet up in an original way and then the author immediately tosses someone else into the picture just to get them pining away at each other. I don't think I'll ever forgive Jean Auel for The Mammoth Hunters.

But that's just me. I need to talk to my Mother to get my head around just how busy you are right now. She was a cardiac critical care (do they still call it CCC?) nurse at a teaching hospital. According to her "we're the ones who keep them from killing anyone." Her "potty training" stories are spectacular.

Anonymous said...

Great writing. I agree, you should up the price on Book three a bit (You have us hooked with the first two books. Now it's time to start paying off some of those student loans :)

I am not sure how much control you have over pricing though.

Patiently (Well not really) waiting for the third book.

Anonymous said...

I have a question that's been bothering me, How did Rei manage to sever the weif-pair bond at the end of book 2? I thought the 3rd time they used it made it permanent. If it was so easy why didn't Rei sever it right away upon their arrival at Elliot instead of staying away for a month. Anyone have any ideas? or did I miss something in the narrative?

Scott Johnson said...

My impression is it's shut down, but not destroyed. The difference between turning off a switch and knocking down a building, IMO. And it may not be anywhere near that simple, as time goes on.

Anonymous said...

@ johnson my thoughts were that she was originally trying to gently kill their bond, sort of like not water a plant for a month to make it die. problem was, their "plant" didn't die even after so long without water. the last method was, to me, more like taking a flame thrower to the plant. it will kill the plant, but it'll kill/destroy a lot around the plant. in other words, tons of damage to the mind this way, which is usually preferable to avoid. of course this is my opinion, and so is probably wrong.

Anonymous said...

When Dieter was tied in the chair at the tower, first Anna was laughing, saying Rei should have claimed Dieter for herself (Rei) long ago, and then when Hans bit Dieter it was determined that Rei HAD somehow "marked / (claimed?) Dieter" and Anna was furious..... Perhaps since Dieter is now "marked" it gives Rei an vamp mojo "in" to bypass Dieter's glamour defense, and she's merely convinced Dieter that the link is broken........By the way when do you think Rei actually did this "marking?" was it the night in front of the fireplace or did she manage it before passing out on the way up the tower?..Interesting.....

Anonymous said...

I believe the marking your talking about was when Rei used her blood to heal Dieter in the warehouse. How significant this marking is, I'm not sure. Anna made it out like a big deal.

Anonymous said...

At that point Rei had only known Dieter a few hours. I would like to think it came later, remember her thoughts as she was pulling Dieter up the side of the tower "I want this one." Since no one except the author knows what constitutes a marking by a vampire, (maybe its a mental thing not physical? ) I suppose it will remain something to vex us.
"The mysteries of the writing-ones are beyond our grasp, Detective Murtaugh." :) Cheers

Anonymous said...

I think that the most likely event causing the "marking" is when Rei heals Dieter's hands in Zero Sight. Reactions on both sides seem to indicate it is a moderately intense experience, and it could alter the blood, where the mark is detected. Although the mark could in theory by mental in nature, I somehow doubt that--Dieter has proven to be amazingly resistant to all forms of mental magic mentioned thus far, and Rei goes so far as to suggest that to effectively remove his memories they would need to puddle his brain.

Also, like others here, I've been trying to figure out a way in which the link could still be alive, but most of them feel like rationalization and that the link is dead (but hopefully not forever, I must say I like the Dieter/Rei combo far more than the Dieter/Jules combo. Jules is nice and all, but somehow I don't think she can really help with the rather amoral, uhm, "roomie" trapped in his head, whereas Rei could probably give him a tip or two)

Anonymous said...

Would Rei's rather rigid moral code have allowed her to flat out lie to her elder (Anna) at the consulate? Hard to say - good points all.
I'm sure the link explaination has been well accounted for by Mr. Shier in a future episode, be wouldn't make a mistake like that.

Not to bait the Lion further, but- Rei is afraid of what will happen if Anna reports that she manifested without permission and attacked a member of Anna's royal entourage? But didn't Anna order and Hans perform a bite on a magus in front of witnesses on the tower (looks like a blatant violation of the tenets to me) Shouldn't Anna (or at least Hans) be facing a death sentence?

Kristoffer said...

I think Anna will be in more trouble than Rei. But Annna has planned out things much in advance. She will try and frame Rei with all her missdoings to cover her own butt. I think he will get whats comming to her and Rei, with the help of the relentless Dieter,will be mildly punished but absolved of her "crimes". As for the weft link I think it is like a cell phone. with in range of a tower, it works fine and all. But once out of range the signal is lost and so is the link. I feel they will know when the are close again when in range of each other.
Book 3 Anna goes down!!!

Bryce said...

OK people first of all the "marking" while important was not the only reason that Anna was upset it was also because of the fact that he is a Damphir. I would say that the marking was when they swapped blood as it has long been made to be a very important event that really hasnt been matched by another.

As for Anna getting in trouble i HIGHLY doubt it. For one thing its Rei's word vs hers and Rei is obviously somewhat non-vampire like and Anna has done a superb job of wiping up any evidence (Carrears brain).

One thing i am curious about is when Anna finds out what Dieter is she says that there isnt time to fix it, implying that there IS a way.

Anonymous said...

Sadie and her father were both nearby, and we know for a fact they survived (and were undoubtably interrogated) as well as any Talmax goons that didn't die...so yes There would have been witnesses.

Bryce said...

To what exactly? They would have to PROVE that she DID something. All they can say with any cetainty at all is that she killed a person, thats it. If you hadnt noticed alot of people died there and i doubt they are going to hold her to that. The main thing is they cant prove that she was the one who was pulling Carrera's strings.

Anonymous said...

You're mixing incidents here - of course no one can prove anything that happened inside the frameshift where Anna did the bulk of her dirty work.

My point is there WERE people that witnessed her order and Hans perform a bite attack on a magi (Dieter tied to the chair).....a lesser infraction than destroying the universe as we know it to be sure, but still significant because tenet law would still mandate the death penalty.
Minor you say? Remember Al Capone was brought down, not for racketeering or murder - but for tax evasion.
Does this impact the storyline? Will the DEA be gunning for her? I have no idea, but this author is very detailed oriented, and it may come back to bite Anna in her magnificent *ss.

Steller said...

b justin, we should add forums to your website for discussions such as this and more... o.O

Anonymous said...

Mr Shier bravo. I came across your series looking through the most popular titles on Amazon. Sat down and read both books in two nights. I really look forward to the third book and hopefully more adventure with Rei and Dieter. The ending of book 2 just left me wanting more. God speed sir, god speed.

B. Justin Shier said...

Build a forum? That sounds dangerously close to me trying to code in HTML. : /

B.

Kristoffer said...

Will Dieter take care of Como? He will have a hard time going to her cabin. Even though it would be like a sanctuary for to get away from all the other things that is going on.

Anonymous said...

how much have you written so far in zero tango

Andrew said...

Why haven't you answered any of the questions on the eta of the third book? If you could at least give us a ball park on when we could expect the zero tango that would be awesome
Thanks!

B. Justin Shier said...

Because I don't have an answer yet. : /

B.

Anonymous said...

Lol cool it Andrew hes only on month five of writing it and he started in a busy time of year. Hes good about updates and am sure he'll give us a heads up when he has an idea.

Anonymous said...

I agree, we need to let him breath a bit - once you put a date on something like this it creates stress and that can adversely alter the final product. We all need to take some deep breathes and go outside and enjoy the Spring and Summer (author included) - there will be plenty of time to resume obsessing in the fall....life is short.

Anonymous said...

I think I'm just adding my voice to the chorus here, but I still want to say that I really enjoyed the books. Thank you for writing them. I eagerly await the next.

sri said...

I really love this series. I have read it twice now. I'm also amused by some subtle humor. I don't know if any of you Jim Butcher - Harry Dresden fans caught the joke about Elliot students initially wearing a 'duster' instead of a robe. I thought that was well played.

Reading the series a second time is a lot of fun. Rei as usually always stands out as such an awesome character as is does Jules. Dieter is nearly crowded out by these two!

Looking forward to the next book.. in the meanwhile.. I wonder when the next Harry Dresden is coming out ! Just kidding!

sri said...

Oh, I forgot one other comment. Your editor is gold. You guys make a great pair, and I consider this series his success as well as yours!

Anonymous said...

Totally in for a forum. I'd go so far as to offer to host/moderate it.

Just finished reading book 2 for the second time. I love it.

Predictions:
Dieter gets with jules while Rei is MIA, when she returns she will be opposing Dieter but their previous connection will interfere with things.

Whats the deal with Hara?

Anonymous said...

On predictions:
I think it will depend on where the story picks up - if it's immediate after the end of Sum or a time afterwards. Jules cannot have missed the profound impact of Rei's leaving on Dieter, and Jules will probably be really busy as well (she would be the next logical choice for Captain - I doubt Ichi would take it). There is also the wildcard of Angela arriving at Elliot.

Hara? Two words..... Mommy dearest????

Another wild thought to ponder.....What if Rei were a double agent all along and she was part of the conspiracy to get Dieter to throw the "big spell" for Anna? The powers in the books have been tracking Dieter long before he got on that bus....could it be that Theodus & crew are just that good? And now we have a situation where Rei is conflicted...torn between her love for Dieter and duty to her clan...Think about it....

Anonymous said...

Picked up ZS on the kindle best praise I can offer is it's different from anything I can remember reading. The voice is like a sober Chuck Palahinuick and Brandon Sanderson sandwich. You do a great job of walking the line of the 4th wall without distracting from the story. I wish there was a way to keep the tone and pace of the story but maybe add to the descriptions. Nevermind that don't Change anything I really liked the 1st book. Buying the second tonight.

Anonymous said...

I have a rule - "Never start a series until the author's finished writing it".

But I thought I'd be ok to just read the first little bit. Just a few teensy little pages couldn't hurt, could it? 800 pages later, and I'm left wanting more. Guess I need to write my rule on my hand again. Or read Stephen King's Misery for tips on how to inspire you to work fater...

Nice job.

Anonymous said...

I've read both books two times through now and have my roomate reading the first one. When he finishes both there will be another person waiting for the third.

-just another daily deal shopper

P.S. Is there a reason that vampire blood is blue?

joe said...

RIP

Concerned Citizen XD said...

Joe that was cruel. no people he is not dead. I checked his twitter. Yay for social media, boo for trolls.

Anonymous said...

Many thanks Citizen for the timely update...I was already beginning to face the grim reality of having to put my kindle "down" (ala Old Yeller) in the back yard.

Anonymous said...

Zero Patience

Anonymous said...

I for one am waiting patiently :) and by the way Justin I put your books right up there with Robert Jordan I haven't been so interested in a book in quite a while good luck :)

- tom

Jared said...

Easily my new favorite book series. I haven't felt this attached to characters since the Night Angel or Mistborn series. Eagerly awaiting book 3 but until then, I will just re-read the two books as many times as I can. Though I'm sure that will make waiting that much worse....

451FireDog said...

I was extremely impressed with these books. Having read over 50 si-fi and fiction books since the start of this college year i can say 100% that this was the best. First with the style of writing and in depth development creation of the charters. What i truly enjoy about them was there grit and abrasiveness simply put very few si-fi novels today create story's and characters that do anything that can be considered over pg-13.

I also have a question regarding Dieter's mother. When Madam Fremont asks him about her he says that the only thing he remembers is about her was that she sang to him a lullaby, he also says that this lullaby is not English that perhaps it is European and it was not a happy lullaby. In the first book Dr. Montgomery sings him a Russian lullaby. My question is does he actually remember his mother's singing or is he associating with the doctors.(If so is this a hint)

Anonymous said...

All the hints (many of which are probably red herrings)are what make this author unique. He also doesn't write in a linear fashion so he is free to go back and add-in quirky references to keep everyone guessing....it would be most enjoyable IF we weren't dying to find out what happens next...in the meantime we subsist on re-reads and posing questions to each other that have no answers.

451FireDog said...
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451FireDog said...

Although what you said is very true, I have observed the previous post from the author that one can still hope ever so slightly for further enlightenment.I agree that posing questions to one another may no give us any answers that the the author could, but sometimes they can provide some insight or highlight specific details that one might have missed. +)

I must add http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWNRRnXmGKs&feature=branded was great.

Go Team Rei

Anonymous said...

Agreed - B. already gives out more hints and insights than most other writers I know of - combined.

It's amazing how you can have 10 people read the series and each of them will find a different phrase or insight that they feel is key.

If we only had a forum (blatant plug) everyone could list their favorite hints and throw them open for discussion.

Perhaps if we promised B. a section devoted only to favorite pancake recipes......yeah that might work....

Anonymous said...

I'm honestly for Jules.

All the grammatical errors in the books (though not many) I find fun. They show that the author is another person too. Having the errors bother the author show how much he loves his book.

Anonymous said...

The problem I face is that I like both Jules and Rei,its tough knowing that one of them will be hurt based on Dieter's choice. Though personally, based upon how things played out in book 2, I think its pretty clear on which way Dieter feels.

Anonymous said...

Jules is great no question - but she is still a secondary character in the novels. Look at the intro page for the books [Meet Dieter Resnick.....Meet Rei Acerba Bathory] No mention of Jules, and in fact Rei's write up is slightly longer than even Dieter's.

Rei is the franchise player of this series.

The author has already stated that he never intended the story line to turn into a love triangle.

I believe in the third book events will be two fold. One- The big picture, whatever big spell Anna unleashed will come to light to threaten life-as-we-know-it. Two- Smaller scale, I think Anna will make good on Rei's prediction and go after Dieter's friends to make him suffer.

Remember when D was tied to the chair and Hans was attempting to turn him? What horible vision did Dieter conjure up? That of him ripping out Jule's throat....

Imagine the anguish, rage and self loathing Dieter would feel if Jules was turned...I'm sure Anna does :)

Anonymous said...

Oh man, I really wish I hadn't read this last post. Now, along with waiting for the next book, I get to think of all the terrible things that could happen to the characters.

Though a weird part of me actually would like to see how that whole thing would play out. And also, I would wonder how something like that could affect Rei. I mean(though it might have had more to do with the weft-link) she felt remorse after finding out about Monique. How would she react with finding out Anna did something like that to the people she more or less bonded with during the events of Las Vegas.

451FireDog said...

Speculating on If Dieter was turned by Anna seams a bit overboard considering in the fact that if he was turned he would be Anna's thrall. That at least in my perspective would hinder the series development and also the development of Dieter as a charter.

Here i must agree with the first part of the second to last comment before mine that:

"One- The big picture, whatever big spell Anna unleashed will come to light to threaten life-as-we-know-it. Two- Smaller scale, I think Anna will make good on Rei's prediction and go after Dieter's friends to make him suffer."
Though as i stated before The second part of this(Anna's revenge) i think will take another road to it's completion rather then turning Dieter.

As for Jule's and Dieter relationship I cringed to imagine it developing into something more then simply friends. For to me it seams that Dieter not only shares a grater kinship with Rei but also the complement each other far better.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't suggesting Anna would actually turn Dieter (Hans tried and failed)- just that Dieter is fearful of something like that vision happening to Jules. It might play out something like Jules innocently goes into town to visit her favorite pizza place and runs into Hans & Co.

If Jules were attacked/killed/turned because of
Dieter's feud with Anna, he wouldn't take it very well at all...

It might even be just the trigger needed for D to go rogue, seek out Rei, formalize the whole weft-pair/mage-knight thing and kick some serious A**....oh and save the world in the process :)

451FireDog said...

"D to go rogue, seek out Rei, formalize the whole weft-pair/mage-knight thing and kick some serious A**....oh and save the world in the process :)"

Now that is something i would enjoy reading.+)

Anonymous said...

There's also the whole Kit thing. He obviously seems to know more about the Fiefs and vampires than he's letting on. i wouldn't be surprised at all if he doesn't play a major part in assisting in reuniting Rei and D.

Anonymous said...

Anon's question about Rei feeling remorse if faced with the deaths of her team mates. I think the writer implies Rei is very different from most other vamps, it might be her mixed parentage or her early love for Nana, but Rei operates on multiple levels, and yes I believe she would feel their loss deeply- as badass as she likes to pretend to be, the pink panties and bunny story give her away.

This may come into prominent play if she ever has to decide between loyalty to Dieter or the clans - pretty sure she'll pick our awkward hero.

Anonymous said...

Just got done reading both books and gotta say they were excellent

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