Absolute Zero by Phillip Tomasso III #BookReview

Title: Absolute Zero | Author: Phillip Tomasso III | Publisher: Severed Press | Pub. Date: 2017-11-5 | Pages 221 | ASIN: B077755QPX | Genre: Science Fiction | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 3 out of 5 | Source: Kindle Unlimited

Absolute Zero

When a recon becomes a rescue . . . nothing is absolute!

Earth, a desolate wasteland is now run by the Corporations from space stations off planet . . . A colony of thirty-three people are part of compound set up on Neptune. Their objective is mining the planet surface for natural resources. When a distress signal reaches Euphoric Enterprises on the Nebula Way Station, the Eclipse is immediately dispatched to investigate.

The crew of the Eclipse had no idea what they were getting themselves into. When they reach Neptune, and send out a shuttle party, they hope they can find the root cause behind the alarm. Nothing is ever simple. Something sinister lies in wait for them on Neptune. The mission quickly goes from an investigation into a rescue operation.

The young crew from the Eclipse now finds themselves in the fight of their lives!

Book cover for Absolute Zero

Absolute Zero Review

Absolute Zero just could not hold my attention. I struggled to get through it, and only pressed on because it was only 220 pages. Most of that is because it feels like it did not get the attention of an editor. I can show you what I mean with this one line from the book.

“At the corner, Lieutenant Murray Bell peaked around the edge and screamed!”

Of course, there are the times sentences just outright don’t make sense. Also, the author has an odd sense of timing for using italics. So when he chooses to use them on a wrong word to boot, it’s a bit awkward. (I’ve placed the word Tomasso italicized in bold because of how WordPress does things with quotes.)

“The damage is, around here, unpreparable.

There’s a great story buried within the uneven writing of Absolute Zero. Sometimes the author is able to clearly communicate what he is seeing in his head, and when that happens, the story shines. Other times, though, the writing slips drastically in quality, as the though author forced the words out to be able to move on to the next scene. And, often, it felt like he was trying to meet a certain word count and that meant repeating himself in different ways to up his numbers.

This occurs not only with rephrased individual sentences but with basic ideas as well.

I did like Tomasso’s characters, though. He writes men that aren’t afraid to admit when they’re scared, and strong women. They’re not always likable, and their dialogue (internal and external) isn’t always fantastic, but they are easy to empathize with. I was rooting for the team from the moment they hit the compound.

Neptune is a fascinating planet – I mean, it rains diamonds – and this is the first book I’ve read set on it. I liked the aliens what the crew encounter on the surface. I don’t want to think too hard about them, but I liked them. Tomasso has a solid imagination and you can tell he likes to give the reader a generous portion of action scenes. This is what kept me going even when I repeatedly felt like walking away from the book because of the issues with it.

Overall, regarding the story itself, Absolute Zero is a fun read. However, it was also a mostly painful read filled with repetition, errors, and issues that just generally made me want to smack my head against a wall. It is a big enough problem that I just cannot recommend this book.

2 thoughts on “Absolute Zero by Phillip Tomasso III #BookReview

  1. I’ve come across stories that could have been so much better with a good editor. Too bad this is one of those. That sentence structure would drive me crazy. Sad, as this sounds like my kind of story.

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