Just as Jez Sokolov is about to execute her plan to escape prison, she encounters a remarkably plain looking woman who has an offer to make – her freedom in exchange for accomplishing the impossible.
Zero Day Threat by R. M. Olson is a science fiction novel, taking a basic heist storyline and bringing it into the world of space opera. It is an action packed 283 pages. Zero Day Threat is a self published work, released on May 15, 2020, courtesy of Amazon. It is available in both kindle and paperback versions.
This is Olson’s debut novel, as well as the first installment in the Ungovernable series.
The most notorious arms dealer in the system sits on a piece of technology that is so coveted, it is wanted by both the government and the mafia. Cue Masha, who is tasked to set up the team to recover it. She chooses four remarkable individuals – a pilot, a techie, a photographic memory and an explosives expert – each the best in their respective fields, currently wasting their talents while they sit in prison.
Masha promises her team everything they could wish for; a new start, money, their family’s freedom, the opportunity for revenge – with the gamble that the odds of survival are not in their favor.
Praises and Critiques:
The strongest aspect of the novel is the characterization. Characters are complex, motivated and distinct. The most enticing point was how these strangers’ pasts intermingled with each other, often having hurt one of the others without knowing it. It made the gradual transition from individuals into a team and friendships all the more poignant.
I would have liked to have seen a little more worldbuilding, given that it was a space opera. Though easy to follow, I was left with a vague idea of the setting.
I would recommend this book to lovers of a good heist, even if sci-fi is not usually your cup of tea, the sci-fi elements are not alienating to an action loving fanbase. I would also recommend to lovers of space opera and found family tropes.
3.5 out of 5 stars. A good read, though somewhat flawed in the execution. I look forward to reading more in the series.