Rationality Zero : Asset 108

  • by JM Guillen
  • Narrated by Joel Richards
  • Series: Asset 108
  • 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

June 21, 1998
San Francisco, California
The world is not what it seems.
Michael Bishop is an Asset of the Facility - a job that comes with many strange perks. He is a man who never gets ill, who never pays taxes. He is effortlessly fit and has a different woman every night of the week.
That is, when he is not on assignment.
When activated, Michael becomes Asset 108, a cyberenhanced human who stands against the strange darkness that lurks at the edge of our world. Armed with equipment that most would find impossible to comprehend, he is sent on missions both strange and deadly. Each dossier pits him against irrational creatures and beings - most with the power to unravel his sanity or reality itself. It's never a simple job.
This job, however, is more complex than most. Mysterious, unknown targets are fracturing reality somewhere in the middle of the Mojave Desert. The Facility has no other Assets in the area, and their telemetry is spotty at best. Without knowing what to expect, Bishop is activated, assigned to a cadre, and sent to the middle of nowhere.
What he finds there is both the beginning and the end.

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Many would be envious of Michael Bishop's life. With regular large sums of money paid tax free, direct into his bank account, he has no need to work. His luxury apartment and the utilities which service it are all prepaid. Even his car, clothes and shopping are bought for him: Anything he needs he only has to request it. And he is never ill. But Bishop has a secret: he is asset 108, and,: when the need arises, he can be called upon to protect the stability of the world against singularity changes.

We meet Michael just after he receives one such call and follow him as he is sent, with two other assets, to investigate some strange readings at a spot in the heart of the desert. Bishop suspects that this is an unusual mission, a feeling reinforced when he is lured into a trap whilst still travelling. Written in the first person, the story has an immediacy as Bishop and companions struggle to discover what is happening, and survive. It is slightly reminiscent of gamer (LitRPG) novels in that the protagonists move amongst different levels of reality, fighting with whatever weapons they carry in their arsenal, and facing strange monsters along the way. But the only prize that they are fighting for is the survival of humanity itself.

Narrator, Joel Richards, has fully immersed himself in the character of Michael Bishop. His voice is warm and well modulated, beautiful as befits the description of the man; the reading is pace perfect and the other characters are also individually recognisable in dialogue. His performance helps to transform this already enjoyable story into something special.

I was very fortunate in being gifted my copy of Rationality Zero. My thanks for that. I am now looking forward to hearing the second book in this series.

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- Norma Miles

Ok tale about chrome and abhorent evil

This book provides ok tale about cyberpunk future and lovecraftian horror. Book does not go deep on either subject matter, but manages to provide entertaining story with action and suspence.
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- Timo

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-12-2015
  • Publisher: Irrational Worlds