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A new science fiction adventure from William Shatner—famous for his role as Captain Kirk on Star Trek—about the intrepid, eighty-year-old FBI deputy director Samuel Lord and his quest to stop the Chinese from using a weapon that, unknown to them, could destroy the earth.

In the year 2050, the United States sends the FBI to govern its space station, the Empyrean. Under the c
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Simon Schuster (first published May 17th 2016)
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Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Action-packed with a great hero, Shatner & Rovin out did themselves with the tech. It was almost overwhelming at times simply because there was so much new, although nothing untoward. Most of it was simply a small step forward in what we have now which was perfect since the setting isn't too far in the future. Sam Lord, the hero, remebers the 80s & he is 80, so this is only about 40 years from now.

Humans have permanently manned near-Earth space & lunar stations. That means politics, espionage, &
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Usually I steer clear of SciFi, but to meet a bookclub challenge I needed to read a book with "Zero" in the title. Also, I was curious about Canadian, William Shatner and wanted to read his work. So happy that I took the plunge.
This story stretched my mind and imagination with scenes, scenarios, events and terminology foreign to my usual way of thinking. It was totally refreshing.
Jul 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This is story set in a space station called Empyrean. We have a station on the moon and china has one called the Jade Star. Captain Sam Lord is an ex fighter pilot and FBI agent. He is always taking risks which is why he is so good at what he does. There is a cataclysmic typhoon that hits Japan. Then it seems it was caused by something other than nature. There is a force that attacks the Jade Star and seems to be related to the other event. Captain Lord and his crew are racing time trying to fig ...more
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2016
The Zero-G takes us into a future, not very far into the future, just 35 years (we might even see if any of it could really come true ;)). So in this future not much is changed - there are still three competing countries (USA, China, Russia) and electronics are still chancing with great speed and scientists are still discovering things that others see as possible weapon. So in this future the communication system has moved from hand held devices into integrated devices, so for communication or d ...more
Aug 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
William Shatner, best known for his acting in the well-known sci-fi series, Star Trek, is not someone who I thought would also be a writer. Of course, after reading Zero-G, I’m still not convinced, even with the help of ghostwriter Jeff Rovin. The book had an interesting premise, but the exposition and plot were so slow and clunky that it was difficult to get into it. I will say there is an appreciation of the challenges of space in this book
A. Nixon
Dec 20, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish
I really wanted to love this book because there were elements that really appealed to me (space, FBI, pan-genders) but I just couldn't get into it.

The main problem I had was the thick science and sci-fi-ness that bogged down the plot. There were some genuinely interesting inventions and ideas but I got 100 pages in and it felt like the story had barely begun. Also, I dislike political posturing so that didn't appeal either.

My second problem was one I didn't really expect with Adsila being pan-ge
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
This is pure space opera with a hero who goes above and beyond. He is 80 and I had to wonder if the author's age (William Shatner) had anything to do with the age of the main character. This starts rather slowly, has some action that is really not part of the story line. It seems to be there at the first of the book to just show that even at 80 the hero can perform great feats of danger and daring. In fact he does that many times in the story. One problem is solved and anther is mentioned at the ...more
Karen KK
Aug 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc-netgalley, d-n-f
I'm not a big sci-fi reader and this one is just too far out there for me to grasp, this one gets filed in started-not-finished.

I'm sure there are others who really groove on all the tech info and will rate this higher based on the writing. This book was not for me.

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Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
I struggled to finish. The description made it sound so interesting -stolen technology that causes a Tsunami to hit Japan? A group of FBI agents working in space?
...I felt like words were thrown in just to make it seem more sci-fi -ish.
Andrew Booth
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shelved-it
Terrible. I really wanted to like this book, as Bill Shatner has written it. But I couldn't.
Richard West
Jul 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
William Shatner is an extremely talented writer in addition to being an extremely talented actor, and has written over the years, a number of books, many of them autobiographical in nature and which always put a smile on your face. And, he's written some fiction works as well. Admittedly, I've enjoyed the fiction, but I've probably enjoyed the autobiographical ramblings more. This one though, I'm not sure yet whether I like it more than the rating indicates or if I'm spot on. One thing is certai ...more
Ed Kohinke sr.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it liked it
This is my first sci-fi in years and I picked it up at our library only because it had William Shatner's name on it as an author. The story is a doomsday scenario with a huge cast of characters and a lot of techno-babble, real and otherwise, all of which made for a slow, ho-hum read for me. The epilogue is a set-up for a sequel, which I will probably read to see if Shatner's writing skills get any better.
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this new series . The characters are warm and engaging, the story is an excellent thrill ride and the science is on point. Jeff Rovin does a marvelous job of blending science-fiction and Science-faction to createan entertaining and informative story. Will definitely read as many as he creates in this series.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
there is a lot of build up and lead to reach the main plot of the book along with a lot of almost distracting descriptions of ongoing mini sub plots, but it all leads up to a most satisfying plot and
good characters. It has a lot of real life country/culture content as well...and the end is setting up
another novel to hopefully come and which I will read. Overall a real enjoyable read.
Kristina Brown
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Set in the near future, there are clearly identifiable progressions in technology and science. There are also instantly recognisable traits of nationalism and intrigue. The host of characters is well rounded and each have their own incentives and points of view. It felt like a real working world and it was easy to accept the changes.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the premise and the story. Entertaining characters and plenty of suspense. It's a bit too technical and insane science in places for me, which made it a harder read for me. I truly liked the overall book.
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book, I couldn't put it down! I love that the main character is an eighty year old man who kicks butt! There are spies, political going-ons, lots of action, adventure, humor and a really cool story. It's a great scifi story.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely love this series.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting, he does a better job writing than he does singing anyway.
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite boring.
Jul 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Only gave this 3 stars (would be 3.5 if GR would add half star functionality) instead of 4 because, while I really like Science Fiction, I like it because of the ideas and imagining a different world, not because I want to know the math or science that would support those ideas. This book had great characters and an engaging story to tell, but it was (imo) bogged down by math formulas and science detail.
Jan 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, audiobook, 4review, fun, aliens
In the near future, the US has the space station Empyrean under the control of Director Samuel Lord and has now decided to send up FBI personnel to govern this station. These FBI men have been dubbed the Zero-G men. The US, Russia, and China are all still competing with one another for supremacy but some new science has upped the stakes. Something is mimicking natural disasters on the Earth and the Moon, wreaking havoc with a station-born super vine, and causing nanites to go off kilter and basi ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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Stephen Boiko
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting concept FBI in Earth orbit. Plenty of scientific tidbits which complicated the flow of the novel. Still a must read if you like space thrillers.
May 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.5 of 5

I went in to this book somewhat hesitantly - I have not been a big fan of 'Shatner's' TekWar series,  But since this book actually lists a co-author, and it's not the rumored co-author of TekWar, I decided to give it a try.

Thirty-plus years in the future, the FBI sends field agent Samuel Lord to the space station "Empyrean" to take command of the "Zero G-Men" team investigating terrorism, corruption, and espionage outside
Yonasan  Aryeh
Sep 12, 2016 rated it liked it
This science fiction novel is written by none other than the lifelong actor and entrepreneur of science fiction, William Shatner. Shatner is best known for his portrayal of Captain Kirk in Star Trek and his role in the plane episode of The Twilight Zone. As a Jewish individual, he has also attended many benefits and fundraising endeavors. As far as this book goes, however, he is well-accomplished in the field of writing, amassing several recognitions and awards for his craft. The notion of this ...more
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book free from Netgalley and Simon & Schuster for a fair and honest review. Thank you!!

Zero G is set in the year 2050, the FBI governs outer space, and an 80-year-old Samuel Lord has been appointed as associate deputy director of Earth operations on the space station Empyrean.
A Dr. Saranya May arrives with the news that her research has been stolen from her lab base on the moon. Japan is devastated by an unnatural tsunami, which appears without any warning. At the same time, the
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
Like other readers, I found "Zero-G" book really hard to read and kept putting it down. It is quite possibly the most boring book about space that I have ever read (and I love books about space!). Not too far in the future (the 2050's), a few countries have restarted the race for space and have built space stations on the moon and/or in space. An odd tsunami has killed a lot of people in Japan. Lord is the (unwanted) director of the American station. The CIA and FBI were fighting over who would ...more
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Two Nerds Talking received an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Zero-G is a science fiction novel co-written by William Shatner & Jeff Rovin. Many a Nerd (and many non-nerds) will know William Shatner, best known for his portrayal of Captain James T Kirk on the original series of Star Trek.

Zero-G takes place in the year 2050 and is set on the US space station, Empyrean which is under the command of FBI agent S
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