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Drop Team Zero

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With the War treaty signed, the Galactic Fleet is now on permanent stand down. But a treaty doesn't mean an end to the violence, corruption, piracy, or tyranny in the galaxy. The Galactic Fleet's solution is a crack team of Special Ops Marines: Drop Team Zero.

Made up of the absolute fighting best from humans, alien races, hybrids, and even AI androids, Drop Team Zero is called on to handle the worst of the worst, missions that others would tag as pure suicide. But when Drop Team Zero arrives, the only threat of suicide is for the ones that stand in their way.

244 pages, Kindle Edition

Published April 18, 2016

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Jake Bible

114 books341 followers
Jake Bible, Bram Stoker Award nominated-novelist, short story writer, independent screenwriter, podcaster, and inventor of the Drabble Novel, has entertained thousands with his horror, sci/fi, thriller, and adventure tales. He reaches audiences of all ages with his uncanny ability to write a wide range of characters and genres.

Jake is the author of the bestselling Z-Burbia series set in Asheville, NC, the bestselling Salvage Merc One, the Apex Trilogy (DEAD MECH, The Americans, Metal and Ash) and the Mega series for Severed Press, as well as the YA zombie novel, Little Dead Man, the Bram Stoker Award nominated Teen horror novel, Intentional Haunting, the ScareScapes series, and the Reign of Four series for Permuted Press.

Find Jake at jakebible.com. Join him on Twitter @jakebible and find him on Facebook.

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3,104 reviews8 followers
March 5, 2017
( Format : Audiobook )
""That didn't go as well as I'd hoped."
Join drop team zero, "the best team the Galaxy had ever seen" on their mission to recover the kidnapped son of a Councillor. They are a mixed bunch of human, alien and AI androids, a close knit group of special ops marines working for the Galactic Fleet., Needless to say, the rescue does not go smoothly, and with one of their own abducted, their pursuit takes them to distant parts of the galaxy.

Jake Bible has peopled his book with fantastic personalities, from the disparate forms of the brothers (and sisters) of the team itself, to enemy aliens and other crews encountered along the way. Vividly described by the author and stunningly well voiced by the narrator, they are an imaginative explosion of life in every form, colour and ability sharing one thing - they can all die (probably!). Verbal interaction between the protagonists is well constructed, often funny and very human. There is an especially well observed meeting of officials after the initial failure to safely recover the boy where the different faction heads rehearse what has happened, what needs to happen next and, in particular, who is to blame - a brilliant rendering of bickering and attempted buck passing - whilst all the while the father of the boy who was to have been rescued is ignored with each of his attemps to urge speed in returning his son. Very real, very amusing - very sad.

With such fantastical characters, the fight scenes just have to be good - and they are. As previously mentioned, each individual is distinctly and appropriately voiced: Andrew Wehrein's repertoire seems endlessly good. His dramatisation also offered just the right level of emotion, although I personally found his gun shot staccato fast reading of the text itself, which also held an almost musical lilt, a little distracting even though it did reflect the writing itself.

Fantastical characters, great dialogue, good action and humour all made this book an enjoyable and thrilling listen. My thanks to the rights holder for gifting me a copy of Drop Team Zero, via Audiobook Boom. Hopefully there will be a follow-up story and another chance to catch up with this exciting fighting team.
440 reviews19 followers
June 29, 2016
Maybe as a Saturday Morning Cartoon for Kids

This "eBook" is a nonsensical, juvenile, moronic, sophomoric, childish and waste of time for any adult SciFi reader of moderate intelligence. Maybe as a storyboard for a Saturday morning cartoon for kids, it could have purpose, but as a SciFi book for adults-no way. Tried to see anything positive, but at 16%, gave up on that forlorn hope and bailed.

This book is NOT recommended.
364 reviews5 followers
July 6, 2020
This book proved to be a big disappointment. The synopsis lead me to believe it would be a fast paced military sci fi. Unfortunately it was a meanderingly paced Scifi, that tried to do comedy and military.

Cross over/mashups are not a bad thing. However, I've read enough bad ones to know you have to lean into the mashups, rather than try and tip toe around them. The comedy elements of this book are so few and far between it becomes more awkward than funny. The author also pulls back too much, like he is ashamed to have his characters acting that way. One character will make fun of another, then immediately apologize and say how amazing that character is. It's inauthentic and unfunny.

Beyond that, the characters are given detailed back stories and have a fleshed out history, but because they have little consistency to their character traits (saying things and taking it back, etc) it becomes hard to form an emotional connection to them. Meaning, when they are in danger, I was uninterested.

The dialog is similarly bad. Incrediblely cheezy and cringe worthy. The story takes place with humans and aliens working together in space with AI's and ftl travel and I still refuse to believe conversations will ever be that awkward.

The author has put much more thought in the model numbers of everything in his universe than his dialog. Unfortunately, this is not a case of attention to detail, as much as it is an exercise in tediousness. I no more need to know the model number of a future rifle any more than I need to know the serial number of the servo motor in my printer. It's not pictularly useful information and it tends to clutter up a story.

The science of the sci fi is also poor. The space combat is supposed to be similar to something from a Hollywood movie and bears no resemblance to the reality of space. At one point they are within 2km of a moon and can't see it.

The book also manages to tick every box on the sheet for cliche in action/sci fi. Secret bases, wounded leader, don't know who to trust, run away from danger but accidently into more danger, endless bad guys, bad guys are useless, monologing, enemies who are just misunderstood allies, etc. And to make it worse, one can see it all coming from a mile away (which apparently is a distance which it's hard to see a moon from).

The other big problem with the book is the narrator, Andrew B. Wehrlen. He did an OK job with the book and did a good enough job at differentiating voices. The issue with Mr. Wehrlen is that he lacks comedic timing. I think the jokes could have been salvaged with a different narrator, but sadly Andrew wasn't up to the task. I would gladly listen to another of his readings, but not if it has comedic elements.

All in all, a boring book with nothing new to say. There are many, better books in this genre that are more worthwhile.
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1,082 reviews37 followers
January 23, 2021
Started off a little rocky as I tried to figure out just how each character looked, which name went with who, AND keep up with the action. Smoothed out quickly and became a fun, enjoyable, light read. I would definitely read more about Drop Team Zero if the author wrote it.
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53 reviews
May 28, 2018
Decent story

Nice setup and a good team theme. The angles to the story make it and as is the norm I couldn’t put it down.
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75 reviews3 followers
February 8, 2021
Good but I prefer Roak

Good story and introduction to drop team zero so overall a good star to series with time should only get better.
157 reviews2 followers
March 12, 2017
Go Zero!!

I decided to read this book after reading Jake Bible's "Roam". "Zero" didn't disappoint. Good cast, good story. Looking forward to next "Zero" adventure.
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2,022 reviews10 followers
February 22, 2017
The war may have ended, but that doesn’t lessen the need for special teams to do the necessary dirty work. Our varied collection of dangerous warriors, known as Drop Team Zero, answers the call. The current mission is to return the kidnapped son of an important Councilman, but as they enter the enemy’s mansion they find much more than they bargained for. They succeed of course using their variety of special abilities and make off with not only the mission’s goal, but the bad-ass leader as well. Back at headquarters they turn over their charges, resupply and nourish themselves preparing for the next mission. Zero is ordered to take the son home and then take the captive to a Black Site (sort of safe house) in one of the most dangerous sectors, known as the Klatu System. There they are to interrogate the captive and inspect the defenses of the Black Site. Of course leaving the home port with their precious cargo is the first problem. And from there the problems only mount exponentially. The only easy day was yesterday. Trivia; new world vocabulary faux = fuc*, crud = sh*t, chits = money…civilized progress? The characters are quite interesting although a little more background on each species and why they are in Zero would have been educational. Not a bad tale and lots of action, but the politics are somewhat confusing. Three.point.five for the effort. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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101 reviews8 followers
May 16, 2016
Bible never fails to bring the fun!

Those are words I never thought I'd say. -- Up to his usual impeccable standards. The story flows quickly and smoothly. His characters are always easy to relate to and therefore root for. There was at least one character I remembered from Salvage Merc One. I'm curious to see their angle on the situation. The mystery wasn't quite solved. Is the next book ready yet?
2 reviews
June 8, 2016
Fun read

Enjoyed the story. The characters seemed to mesh well with the given story. Looking forward for the next entry in the series.
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