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Idriel Ramirez has returned home, haunted by the shame of being a conscripted pilot for the New Terran Empire.

Haunted by the shame that he's felt the sky.

Once respected as a nerve, now he's just pressed. Few in Hinden, clouded jewel of a fallen empire, will even look him in the eye.

Drawn into crime and mystery by Ausiel Montoya, an old itch, Ramirez tells himself he's
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Paperback, 279 pages
Published November 10th 2012 by Phase 5 Publishing, LLC
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J. Ringo
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After being able to read a teaser for this book ages ago, I’ve been waiting patiently for the full novel to come out. And you know what? It was well worth the wait. Not only is there both fascinating science fiction and gripping noir, but Ramirez is an utterly original character that you almost never see in science fiction stories of any kind.

Robinson not only creates a sense of danger and conveys the characters’ desperation from the very beginning, but manages to keep the momentum going
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Scott
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of the SF / noir sub-genre since I first laid eyes on Bladerunner oh so many years ago. In Nerve Zero, Robinson has developed an environment so claustrophobic you can feel the pressure on its downtrodden protagonist from page one. You'll pick up the jargon and unique details of the world within the first couple chapters and find yourself fully immersed and unable to put the book down.
Leila
May 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A peek into a fascinating future

Much like getting drawn into a whorl on Typhon, I found my interest in both the story and the world it takes place in growing the closer I got to the end.

I'm always interested in reading new science fiction, and this story offers plenty of context-necessary vocabulary (described nicely in the glossary at the end if you don't manage to pick it up as it's used), interesting characters, and fascinating descriptions of what it might be like for a human to grow up in
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Mana Taylor-Hall
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: noir
Superb Noir Science Fiction - Life is Cheap

Idriel Ramirez is a classic Robinson hero - intelligent but not brilliant, quick but not superhuman, noble but flawed. A person with an essential skill for the universe he lives in but an outcast from the society to which he should belong. When Ramirez's ship pulls into his homeworld of Hinden, he runs directly into an old friend with a problem - and is willing to pay for him to fix it. When that old friend disappears Ramirez is drawn back into the
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Holly
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
Nerve Zero, the third book that I've read by Robinson, is noir of a different color (ahem). Nerve Zero is definitely a Robinson book, gritty fast-paced noir, yet this time with a sci-fi setting, almost cyber-punk. I must admit that the vocabulary was hard to pick up at first, and left me wishing there was a glossary. It wasn't until the end of the book that I realized there had been one at the back all along. That's what I get for always reading books from start to finish.

The new vocabulary
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Lauri
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you like noir stories and sci-fi worlds, then you should definitely read this fast-paced mystery. Set in a zero gravity space station about the size of a planet, the mystery not only delivers intrigue and action, but incorporates the politics of an occupied world. The slang takes a little getting used to, but there's a glossary in the back that helps (Go To > Table of Contents in the Kindle version). Well thought out characters, well imagined world, intricate mystery. Must read!
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Much like film noir, Justin Robinson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He splits his time between editing comic books, writing prose and wondering what that disgusting smell is. Degrees in Anthropology and History prepared him for unemployment, but an obsession with horror fiction and a laundry list of phobias provided a more attractive option.
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