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ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME [Kindle Edition]

Peter Samet
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CONSCIOUSNESS IS IN THE CODE

The year is 2045. 18-year-old Charlie Nobunaga creates the world’s first sentient AI and becomes an overnight sensation. But amid the red carpet galas and TV interviews, Charlie is diagnosed with cancer, and her promising future grinds to a halt.

To save her life, an ambitious tech company uploads Charlie’s mind into the body of a cutting-edge robot. The procedure is a success, but with a horrifying catch. They create additional clones for their own ends.

Charlie wakes up four times as four distinct entities: a robot named PRIME, a holographic assistant named SHADOW, a mysterious four-armed killer named ECHO, and the original dying human renamed ZERO. Separated and imprisoned, each version of Charlie begins an arduous journey alone. But their paths soon intersect in surprising ways as they retaliate against the people determined to destroy them.

ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME is the story of one young woman who splits into four…and fights to become whole again.

Praise for ZESP:

“‘ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME’ is that book that sucks you in, page after page, through a combination of mystery, action, and damn good storytelling. Fans of ‘Ready, Player One’ and ‘Ender’s Game’ will fall in love with this book.” ~ AMIRA MAKANSI, author of The Sowing

“The focus on driven, well-rounded female characters in a work of serious science fiction is refreshing…It’s a thoughtful page-turner with something to say.” ~ VANCE KOTRLA, Nerds-feather.com

“I love books that make me think, and I’m still working through the themes in my head. 'ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME' is among the best science fiction I’ve ever read.” ~ SARAH LAFLEUR, author of Who is Evelyn Dae?

About the Author

An unabashed geek, Peter is always searching for intelligence, whether it be artificial, extraterrestrial, or his own. He earned his storytelling chops at USC Film School, learned from the best at Pixar Animation Studios, and edited numerous indie films.

Peter can be reached on Twitter (@petersamet) or through his websites: www.zeroechoshadowprime.com and www.petersamet.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 412 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0996034218
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J7GI46U
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious and gripping debut novel 23 April 2014
By Nillu
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Zero Echo Shadow Prime is a gripping science-fiction novel by debut author Peter Samet. His protagonist is Charlie, a woman with a brilliant future ahead of her, who has terminal cancer. Her father's connections result in Charlie being replicated multiple times. The reader follows the adventures of the various Charlies in what is a deeply imaginative and often mind-bending plot.

The author creates alternative realities with skill and the world of the Echos in particular is fantastical and disturbing in equal measure. I would love to see how these scenes would be translated onto the big screen. My favourite parts of the novel were the interactions between Charlie and her robot friend Alan. Personally, I would have liked to have more of a reconciliation between Charlie Zero and her father, but that is a small complaint in this richly imagined novel.

This is a novel that lends itself to further discovery with each reading, and it is one of the most original science fiction works I have read in a very long time. The author asks philosophical questions about consciousness and existentialism that will linger with you long after you have finished reading the novel. Take a look at the wonderfully designed novel website too - [...]. I can't wait to see what Peter Samet comes up with next.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive And Hard-Hitting Science Fiction 18 April 2014
By akmakansi - Published on Amazon.com
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Peter Samet's debut novel, starring Charlie Nobunaga in four different incarnations, is one of the most interesting science novels I've read in the last decade. Up there with Hugh Howey's WOOL and Orson Scott Card's ENDER'S GAME, Samet's ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME is a fantastic new take on a tried and true science fiction theme. Like the two above-mentioned novels, Samet takes a concept that scientists, engineers, philosophers, and writers have been exploring in depth for the last few decades: in this case, the singularity. What will happen when human consciousness can be imbued upon mechanical parts? What will happen when computers develop a conscience? But ZESP breaks from the trend to provide an entirely new twist on this classic tale. By exploring four different incarnations of the progatonist, Charlie, Samet shows us up close and personal how dangerous - and how thrilling - the singularity event could be.

Charlie Nobunaga, a brilliant young woman dying of cancer, is deceived by a Jude Adler, a woman who appears as a benefactor but quickly turns on Charlie, to devastating effect. Charlie's consciousness is copied - literally - into lines of computer code, and replicated three times. Four versions of Charlie narrate: ZERO, the original creator, weak in body though strong in mind; ECHO, a four-armed individual engaged in a battle to the death against a million other echoes; SHADOW, a slave to a tortured widower, and PRIME, the powerful new incarnation of Charlie Nobunaga, the first physical robot to be given human consciousness. These four replications of Charlie face different evils and temptations. The choices they make and their interactions with each other provide the machinery behind the intrigue and thrill of the novel.

From the big picture questions like "What is consciousness?" to the small details of friendship, love, and curiosity (I loved Charlie's little papier-maiche Replicators) At times deeply philosophical, at others rife with as much suspense as a John Grisham novel, this complex story provides four compelling narratives. At no point does Samet's understanding of his characters seem shallow or trite; cliches are easily dispensed with, and all four versions of Charlie have distinct goals and worldviews.

There are some places where the plot jumped into the range of 'implausible' and where extraordinary leaps were made, in my opinion beyond the bounds of could-be reality. There were others where the plot started moving so quickly I almost couldn't keep up. And the minor romantic subplot, while in some parts endearing and beautiful, at others suffered a little from neglect or perhaps from being forced into the story. But aside from these critiques, I found the novel as a whole to be a thrilling ride, both educating and enlightening. I loved this book every bit as much as I loved Hugh Howey's WOOL, far more than I loved DIVERGENT and Chuck Wendig's UNDER THE EMPYREAN SKY. Samet's debut novel is one to read again and again, and the author himself is one to watch. ZERO ECHO SHADOW PRIME is an indie book that makes me proud to be an indie author.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced story that takes risks and makes you think 27 Mar 2014
By Elizabeth Darkley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Zero Echo Shadow Prime is an ambitious and fearless debut. The narrative structure takes a risk by following four distinct points of view that are simultaneously from the same character; this style works to highlight the book's themes: What happens when technology falls out of our control? And what is reality?

The most chilling aspect of Peter Samet's novel is it's plausibility. What will happen when, in the near future, the human mind (which includes the host's memories and personality) can be mapped, digitized, copied and transferred? Who will own the copyright to this neural map? What becomes of the humanity of these copies? Though the book explores existential themes, such as our perspective on what compromises reality, it also plays on our present fears of technological advancements.

Surrounding these questions is a fast-paced storyline. Charlie, our protagonist, is a brilliant young woman with a bright future ahead of her, but she is dying. Her father makes a desperate decision in a bid to save her life: He allows her mind to be copied and transferred into an advanced robot that is essentially her clone. From these events, Charlie is thrown into a technological revolution. On one side is the Sapien Movement: A group of rebels in opposition of the singularity event [human and machine becoming one] brought on by Jude Adler. On the other side is the Rivir Corporation: The company responsible for mapping and duplicating Charlie's mind and of which Jude Adler is CEO. We follow all four Charlies as they navigate their way through the complicated web of their own identity and as they seek freedom and autonomy from their creator, Jude Adler.

The science and technology described in the novel is not only believable but foreseeable. Though Zero Echo Shadow Prime is a fantasy demonstrating a worse-case scenario event, it also serves as a cautionary tale against combining technological breakthroughs with corporate greed and megalomaniac ambition.

ZESP is a perfect read for those who are both familiar and unfamiliar with science fiction. As someone who doesn't read sci-fi, I found myself thinking about the book when I wasn't reading it, and eagerly anticipating how all four personalities would come together. Though the subject matter can seem heavy, Samet never pushes any ideologies or themes onto the reader. Rather, he allows you to come to your own conclusions while entertaining you from start to finish. Though the first chapter was a little jarring for me, the book settles into a more traditional storytelling narrative that slowly fragments as Charlie's mind is copied and different versions emerge.

Zero Echo Shadow Prime is the type of book that will have future generations saying: We we warned.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Book I've Read This Year 4 April 2014
By J. Edward Paul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Recently, I was given the opportunity to throw money at Peter Samet after reading a free excerpt of his debut novel Zero Echo Shadow Prime. However, Mr. Samet is averse to piles of dirty cash, so he sent me an advanced review copy of his work and I spent two days glued to my Kindle.

Samet chose to use four points of view…err, one…I mean four. Oh, forget it. You’ll come to understand while salivating over the well wrought tale. It could have easily been shallow and cliché (i.e. more robot nudity than the entire Terminator franchise), instead the novel tackles the meaning of consciousness. Can it exist in the code or are we more than crossed wiring in an organic shell?

If I had one gripe with the book, it would be with the love story featuring Charlie Zero. I’m a sucker for a good romance (even swooned my way through the Twilight Saga like a lonely tween), but this one seemed to be shoehorned into an already crammed story. However, it is a small complaint buried under a mountain praise.

Most engaging was the reality of the subject matter. Given society’s current trajectory, each technology and fad in ZESP is entirely possible in the near future. We might find ourselves in Charlie ‘s situation–dying of cancer with only one chance to save ourselves. What would you choose?

Unfortunately, I don’t think Samet’s book will help you decide. It doesn’t answer its questions on morality and consciousness, but I don’t believe it has to. Posing the questions is enough. In fact, the story is filled with enough action and intrigue that you don’t have to bother yourself with the dilemma to be entertained.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome debut for Samet 3 April 2014
By Nathaniel Newell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Four action packed story threads interweave brilliantly in this debut book by Peter Samet. Thread one starts off with charming interplay between wunderkind roboticist Charlie and her newest and most advanced pet robot Alan. Thread two, a four armed woman is trapped in a dystopian hell hole, surrounded by equally odd and dangerous people, all with a desire to kill. Thread three starts in a lab, an unconscious woman wakes up, suffers a psychotic break and effortlessly kills a technician. Thread four follows a virtual personality as she is primped and pruned for a life of servitude, but can't shake a nagging feeling she was once human.

Once I started, I did not put the book down until it was finished. As the book progresses the mystery of these threads twist turn and unravel as you discover the truth of how these stories all relate. Samet has a knack for writing action, and the epic finale does not disappoint.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an exhilarating ride into the future 26 Mar 2014
By urban marauder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Samet's book offers an exhilarating ride into the future. With one especially extraordinary story world, fast pacing and compelling characters, it's a pleasure to read. Be among the first to give it a shot -- because this is a story that has the potential to become huge.
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