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Passengers to Zeta Nine (Peter Salisbury's Passengers Series Book 2)

Passengers to Zeta Nine (Peter Salisbury's Passengers Series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Peter Salisbury
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The second of Peter Salisbury's Passenger novels.

The electronic mind patterns and DNA records of Raife Harris and Doctor Nancy Zing have been travelling for one hundred and twenty years. They will be the first humans to see Zeta Nine.

The AI system aboard an Explorer ship is only interested in worlds habitable by humans. Raife and Doctor Zing are naturally excited when they wake to find Explorer 5017 in orbit. The viewscreen displays a beautiful Earth-class planet covered in lush vegetation and warm seas. Even better, there is an apparent absence of biohazards and predators. Everything looks perfect but is it too good to be true?

Follow the pioneers’ journey as they fight to maintain their colony. Together they battle against unseen dangers, explore a forest canopy which conceals an ancient mystery, and discover a cache of curious metallic objects.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1918 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YDXKB6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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From his early teens Peter Salisbury seized on anything science fiction: novels, comics and short stories. He then started on the classics and has been fascinated by tinkering around with words ever since.

Peter obtained a Chemistry degree at London University in the 1970s but he focused on Communication Skills, General Science, and IT during his teaching career. In the 1990s, Peter wrote non-fiction professionally, abstracting from patents of chemical inventions for a London science publisher. He has a Full Amateur Radio Licence.

Peter Salisbury's first novel was published in 2009. More than a dozen books later, he still has many more stories to tell and he hopes you enjoy reading them as much as he enjoys writing them. If you would like to receive advance notice of a new book by Peter Salisbury, please email (omitting the spaces)
peter . salisbury @ rocketmail . com

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pioneers 25 Sep 2010
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Raife and Dr Nancy Zing are pioneers. They have been travelling for a hundred and twenty years - or at least their minds have, stored electronically - and their mission is to explore and colonise new territories. When their space ship Explorer 5017 finally goes into orbit, their stored identities are `born' into their new bodies. They are ready to start their mission. With artificial intelligence on board to ensure that they are protected from harm and there's no possibility of bio-hazards outside, what can possibly go wrong?

I bought Passengers to Zeta Nine after reading P J Salisbury's first book, Passengers to Sentience, which I found through a recommendation in Amazon's kindle forum in the US. The dry, witty style I enjoyed so much in the first book is evident again from the first few pages of this one as Raife and Dr Nancy find their way around their new home.

From the detailed descriptions of the world itself - the geography, the technology used to explore it, and how it works - it seems that the author must know the place and be reporting back to us.

I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasurable read. 9 Mar 2011
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Whilst Peter Salisbury writes satisfying, convincing and intelligent science fiction, Passengers to Zeta Nine also worked for me as both a very human story of camaraderie and the human spirit and also an intriguing mystery. The dynamic between the two explorers, Nancy and Raife, making planet fall on a seemingly deserted planet was engaging and I cared about what befell them almost from the first page. Following them in their exploration was gripping: who built the settlements they find? Can they decipher the symbols inscribed on buildings? What really happened to the Zetans? - And why do the two companions who join them seem so unlike their normal selves? All my questions were answered by the end of the book but, best of all, I enjoyed the journey.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Starships and Aliens Review 26 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book (it is only published in kindle format) after searching Amazon for books with starships and aliens. It is the second in a trilogy but it looked more interesting than the first as I was attracted by the idea of exploring alien worlds.

I loved the concept and the world that Peter Salisbury created. It was engaging and mysterious. I particularly liked the spiders which I thought at first were just ordinary robots but became a lot more interesting as the story progressed. I also enjoyed the descriptions of the geology. I love rocks myself and it's not something which often gets included in descriptions of landscapes.

The plot developed well and kept me interested all the way through. I kept wanting to know what they were going to find next. I would have liked a bit more of a reveal at the end of the story though it certainly made me want to read the next one!

I liked Raife and Nancy and engaged with them enough to be worried when they were in danger even though I knew they could be "reborn". Other characters were well written and in a couple of cases, convincingly sinister. The only part of the book I didn't like though was when Nancy, who is the leader of the expedition, went off in a sulk and was hiding for several days. Seriously?

The front cover is attractive. Internal formatting is good, grammar and spelling are excellent. Personally I do like a new page for a new chapter and I prefer chapter headings to be separate from the text and centred, but that's purely a personal preference.

Overall ****
I enjoyed this book very much and have kept it to read again. I will definitely be buying Passengers to Sentience and the sequel Sentience Revelations when it comes out.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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A good science fiction novel takes you on a journey to places where you can't possibly go; an incredible science fiction novel shows you how to get there.

Passengers to Zeta Nine by Peter Salisbury is of the latter sort. In this story about future explorers to a distant planet called Zeta Nine, Salisbury uses his scientific background in describing the discovery of a presumably uninhabited planet. His vehicle, aptly named "Explorer", has been sent on a journey of 120 years to explore the distant planet. Interestingly, there are no humans (as we know them) on-board this high tech ship. When Explorer achieves its orbit above Zeta Nine, its computers signal the creation of human pioneers using stored DNA records and mind patterns.

Salisbury uses precise language to describe the various technologies in his novel. At first, the reader will say, "That is just fiction!" But as she reads further, it dawns on her that she had read or heard on the news that the exact process described by Salisbury is currently being developed in some obscure laboratory at some university somewhere. The technology may not be commercially viable or necessarily socially acceptable at this time, but that is a question best left to bioethicists or engineers to argue at some pedantic symposium as they sit on a stage behind a long table, draped with a white cloth.

Although I rave about the technical aspects of this story, the story itself is about two reconstituted adult pioneers' struggle to understand the new world into which they have been reborn. The story has elements of intrigue and conflicting motives. Our pioneers must deal with demands from afar while trying to absorb the tremendous mysteries that confront them on Zeta Nine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars too slow
This book just moves along so slow and the exciting bits really are not that exciting at all. wont be reading any more in this series
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Passenger to Zeta Nine
Not having read any previous stories by Peter Salisbury, I wasn't 100% sure.

Whilst not a lot happens compared to some other SF stories, it was still most enjoyable and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. G. Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars Very compelling read
For science fiction addicts, this is a very compelling read.
I felt the author got slightly stuck on what to write about 3/4 of the way through, so kinda laboured development... Read more
Published 16 months ago by PeterM42
5.0 out of 5 stars Passenger to zeta nine
Great story, should make film of it, can't wait for more. Congratulations, I was unable to put it down
Wonderful writing
Published 18 months ago by Mr. B. M. Cross
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas, enjoyable and well written
This is a readable romp, probably best targeted to younger teenagers. Plenty of non-violent activity, some mysteries to be solved. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be great...instead, a bit uneven, too often
This is such a difficult book to review and I had so many highs and lows throughout it I'm not sure where to begin. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Zipster Zeus
4.0 out of 5 stars Great sci-fi depiction of a lost world, but appalling kindle...
Great story, really good depiction of new worlds and civilizations. But the kindle version needs an editor as the formatting was terrible, and it was full of errors. Read more
Published on 26 Aug 2012 by snowqueen01
2.0 out of 5 stars A frustrating read
I am afraid that I found the style unsatisfying, and it took a while for me to put my finger on why. To me, it feels a bit like reading a book about someone reading a book. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by S. Ellis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great science ficton
This book grips you from the start and pulls you in to the story where it builds and builds.I only hope that the author writes a sequel as the story deserves to continue.
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by TIZYER
5.0 out of 5 stars Passengers to Zeta Nine
I read this book following my reading of Passengers to Sentience, my first Peter Salisbury book. It is refreshing to find an author, where you must read the next book, and one that... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2012 by Janniemed
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