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Zero Sight (Zero Sight Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B. Justin Shier
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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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 contemporary fantasy novel, 107,000 words or about 350 pages. The entire novel is provided DRM-free based on reader requests. Because of foul mouths and graphic situations, Zero Sight is only recommended for readers 16 years and older.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Astraeus Press; 1 edition (28 Mar. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004UB2WME
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,023 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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B. Justin Shier grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. After cashing in his winnings, he went to study at Washington University in St. Louis. Degree in hand, he moved to the great state of California to figure out what to do with his life. After researching cancer biology for a few years, B. decided on a career in medicine. He is currently pursuing his medical doctorate somewhere in Southern California.

B. loves scuba diving and dirt bikes. He also enjoys writing in his journal at: http://www.bjustinshier.com

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4.0 out of 5 stars An edgier take on YA fantasy 3 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Times are hard for Dieter Resnick. In a post-depression America, his only hope of getting out of the economic wasteland called Las Vegas is to earn a full scholarship to a private university. The problem? He just accidentally killed a boy while trying to avoid having his head crushed in. Magic is messy, and Dieter soon discovers that in evil or unskilled hands, it can often be lethal. At least he has a vampire on his side.

With I first read the summary of this novel, I admit that I was less than enthusiastic. The two main protagonists sounded like your typical underdogs: one a talented but untrained "nice guy," and the other an angst-ridden social outcast with immense skill. It was an unexpected delight, therefore, to discover original, well-defined personalities and odd bits of humor that elevated these characters beyond their tropes. Dieter was surprisingly charming for a total nerd, while Rei's dual nature and strange appreciation of puns were as entertaining as they were fascinating. Other characters received the barest of consideration in terms of development of personality, however, and while this is not unexpected for a plot-driven novel, one could only hope that they are not as one-dimensional as they seem.

Following the idea of cliches and overused plot devices, the concept of a "magic school" has been done, and done quite thoroughly. Even so, the author manages to differentiate Elliot College by its particular approach to magical theory and education. There is a tongue-in-cheek handling of supernatural stereotypes that is executed particularly well.

Deviating from the squeaky-clean approach to YA fiction, Zero Sight is unabashedly frank in its use of crass language and its descriptions of violence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter in a University 25 Jun. 2012
By Shishya
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A young man discovers he can see people's auras. He is called to a magical University, where the smart but kindly Professor welcomes him. He finds he is the only one with no knowledge of the magical world and its customs, and meets other classmates who help him. The magical world tries its best to remain hidden from the normal folk.

Before you can say Harry Potter, our University is under attack from evil group that wants to wipe out the good guys. And the University students have to stop them.

In spite of all this, I still give this book a good rating, as the book is still quiet interesting, and rarely for a Fantasy book, actually moves fast. The author understands that you do not have to explain everything, and never lets the world or description come in the way of the action.

Try out the sample page. If you like it, you will love the book, as it moves at that pace throughout.

The book is a part of a series, but you can read this 1st one by itself. I liked it well enough to try the 2nd book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, needs editing. 3 April 2014
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The story and characters were interesting and I really enjoyed reading it. The downsides were the spelling, the ending was too sudden and there could have been more story between the action. That said I will be buying future books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor 15 Aug. 2013
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I actually gave up on this book, it jumps around from one unbelievable bit of action to another with little craft or care. The basis of the story was good, but I just found I could not enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life in the Old Cliches Yet 1 May 2014
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This is a very good reworking of well established storylines within the genre. Both the awkward teen romance(s) and the psychology of an abused child of a violent alcoholic parent are very deftly handled. I'd give it a four and a half but I'll give a five to this author to encourage him to write more. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read. 22 April 2014
By N Cook
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This series explores an interesting world which seems to break new ground, portraying mythological archetypes in a new way, which is good to see.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing 11 Feb. 2014
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Such an amazing book, didn't think it would be good at first but it really is good
Want book 3 to come out already though
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