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Z14 [Kindle Edition]

Jim Chaseley , Nathan Edwards
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Z14 is an offbeat, fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek science-fiction story, that’s heavy on the fiction, and, let’s say ‘easy’ on the science.

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Z14 is a cyborg, he’s a killer and he’s a collector of cuddly toys. He’s at the top of the food chain on the planet Deliverance. Nobody can touch him, and, if they did, he’d just regenerate anyway. He whiles away his time assassinating humans and trying to figure out why a mysterious space fleet brought millions of colonists here, generations ago.

Killing humans. It’s wrong. He knows that. But it just feels right, somehow, almost like he was made to do it – and it pays really well. But Z14’s days of strutting around like he owns the place might just be numbered. When a ship from that mysterious fleet just happens to turn up, and a big, squishy clue falls on Z14’s doorstep, he starts getting some answers. He also finds himself facing the unknown. Things the humans call ‘challenges’, and, worse than that, ‘empathy’.

On a planet where the law is set by the lawless and morals weren't part of the colonial supplies, an unstoppable cyborg assassin could be an unexpected force for good. Or, if not a force for good, then at least a hindrance to evil.

When it looks like only Z14 can save humanity, they’ll just have to hope he decides he wants to.

(Contains moderate swearing and violence)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 443 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075YUGNK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #116,521 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jim Chaseley is a man watching in horror as his 40s approach.

With this great boulder bearing down on him, he decided it was time to finally get that novel "out there", and Kindle publishing has given him the freedom to do just that.

Jim's got a lot more in the pipeline, with further sci-fi tales, fantasy epics and warm, cuddly, but occasionally horrific stories about giants, knights and alternate dimensions all clamouring to be the next project to be wrapped up and sent out into the world.

Jim lives in Surrey, in the United Kingdom. He has a little girl, who's energy and zest for life is inspiration in itself, and a patient wife, who, even if she doesn't understand the silly things he wants to write about, is a source of great support.

When not making up stories about aliens, cyborgs, giants and suchlike, Jim works in I.T.

But he will escape. Oh yes. He will escape.

Come along to http://www.jimchaseley.com

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fun read! 9 Feb 2012
By rowat
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So I bought this book to add to my TBR pile but took a wee look at it just for a taster. Ended up reading it almost in one go as I enjoyed it so much. A rollercoaster ride of guts, brains, explosions and quips. Perhaps it's wrong to find oneself rooting for an almost indestructible killing machine?
Lots of fun, good characterisation and a decent storyline. Love it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Randomly picked and very pleased 7 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Being a long term Pratchett and Adams fan I am always wary of sci-fi or fantasy humour. There is a certain something about fantasy settings which mean the jokes get corny and the plot limps along afterwards.

I am pleased to say that this outing by Jim Chaseley is nothing of the sort. It is sci-fi humour at a high-level, whether it is pontificating or crawling the gutters for its laughs!

An interesting tale, well written and managed to make me laugh out loud; which takes a lot!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This was a fun, original read. It's a bit of a slow burn with the scene setting, which isn't a negative as it paints a necessary picture, but once the story kicked in and pace cranked up a gear I couldn't put this down. It's full of intriguing, colourful characters, and Z14 himself is a brilliant creation; as flawed as he is perfect. It was great to read a sci-fi story that didn't take itself too seriously.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Z14 by Jim Chaseley 14 April 2012
By Quaser
Format:Kindle Edition
This sci-fi story is a rip roaring roller coaster of a book, which alternates between bloody battles, comedic episodes, and slap stick.

The story centres around killer cyborg Z14, who is a hired assassin with a penchant for 'ethical' killings i.e. if he decides that the hirer is more deserving of death than the target, then it is likely that the hirer will find himself dead pretty quickly.

Z14, also known as Zed or Zee to his friends, has some human traits which come to the fore when his creator tracks him down, and imparts some important knowledge to Zed, before coming to a pretty sticky end.

Zed decides to find out more about his 'human' side, and sets out to do so, while, incidentally, saving his world from alien domination. During his quest he teems up with a gang of well-meaning but essentially useless characters, and they continue to search out the alien base before said aliens can activate their most lethal cyborg-like weapons which would mean that all of the planets' human life forms would have their brains harvested.

Though Zed started the novel as a fully functioning and whole robot, he becomes increasingly battered and dismembered but remains functioning (and funny) all the way through.

This book is written in great comedic style, with many one-liners in the realistic dialogue exchanges between Zed and his buddies, and their enemies.

Much of the humour is typically male (the only female characters are 'manufactured'), and is written with an 'English' voice (rather than for an American audience).

This book is certainly a page-turner, and it keeps you guessing (and laughing) to the very end.

Highly recommended - 4½ stars

My copy was a review copy provided by the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 3 Mar 2012
By Oracle
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Low cost, Sci Fi and a brand new author, on kindle this can be a recipe for a poorly thought-out mess of a title.

However, in this case it couldn't be father from the truth, with an entertaining protagonist, pacey narrative and just the right amount of action Z14 is a book I recommend you try!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete romp 17 Feb 2012
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This is a very impressive first book. Z14 is a very amusing and engaging character, yes even though we meet him in the throes of throttling someone, I liked him from the get go.

Z14 is a light hearted romp, it's action packed and clips along at a fast pace. The writing is good and the conversation excellent, some of it laugh out loud funny. The characters are funny, believable and exactly as purile as you'd expect them to be. The created world is also vivid; with enough detail to get a vivid mental picture but not so much as to slow down the plot.

Warning: This book is a bit of a page turner. I made the mistake of reading this while staying with family. Usually we read things and chat at the same time but I got so engrossed in this it was rude. In the end, for the sake of decorum, I had to stay up much later than was wise or prudent to finish it off.

Thoroughly recommended, even if I'm feeling a bit groggy this morning as a result.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 20 April 2012
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Really cool book with a lot more depth than you might imagine. The plot has lots of twists and th e story evolves as it goes. Considering that the main character isn't human he's a great anti-hero
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very silly.. and very enjoyable. 19 Mar 2012
By S. Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Z14 - part cyborg killing machine, part human consciousness and part collector of stuffed soft toys. One day he wakes up and doesn't remember anything, but he thinks that becoming a paid assassin feels like a really good idea.

Five years later, a slightly mad scientist quite literally drops in to see him.. unfortunately leaving himself dead and making a small hole in the ground - this event is set to be life changing for Zed and his misfit bunch of poker playing associates.

Usually humour has to be subtle and clever for me to enjoy it, and to be honest I usually avoid "in your face" humour - but I downloaded the sample of this story and despite finding it terribly juvenile and containing lots of playground humour relating mostly to body parts and bodily functions, I actually found my self enjoying it - rather a lot in fact, and I quickly went on to buy the full book. Some of the one liners are terrific too as is the image of the ever increasing number of decapitated but still talking heads that populate the story.

The science fiction side of the story is pretty good too, featuring mad blue aliens and alien abduction on a grand scale. There are also plenty of things getting blown up, shot with lasers, disintegrated by plasma rifles, or just plain having their heads torn off to cover the action side of things.

Overall: 4 stars - Saying this story is full of juvenile humour really misses the point.. as juvenile humour is exactly what the story is meant to be full of. It doesn't try to be anything else and infact revels in what it is, and because of that it actually works pretty well. I enjoyed it much more than I would have expected and would be more than happy to read a follow up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Z14
This is great fun, clever and unusual idea. Z14 is a charming killer in the beginning, but then begins to lose his bite as the story progresses. Shame really. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jane Doe
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining first book
The "Z14" in the title is a robot assassin on a planet called "Deliverance," which is populated by humans who travelled there from Earth. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Satori Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
A really enjoyable romp with some very memorable characters. Read this in a single sitting too. Thoroughly recommended this to any sci fi lovers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Random!
THis book made me laugh, smile and at times wonder what was going on in the mind of the writer! easy to read with funny story line and nothing difficult to think about. Read more
Published 16 months ago by grizzly
5.0 out of 5 stars Terminator with a sense of humour
Don't want to give too much away but if you like your scifi with black humour and lots of mayhem then this is the one for you.
Keeping an eye out for more.
Published 16 months ago by Terence Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fun and a great read
I picked this book up on the basis of recommendations on an internet forum and I was very pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jonnyalpha
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept
But not always easy to keep up with. I had thought it would be a quick read, but in places I had to go back and double check things, not something I enjoy having to do, hence the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Rokkan_HVN
4.0 out of 5 stars a good read
an interesting story. Nothing amazingly new, but entertaining enough. Seen Tri-Gun? same kind of idea. . . . . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cyborg Assassin with an Attitude
Well written and constructed, a humorous science fiction that is indeed - humorous and full of science fiction-bits! Read more
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