Fall of Zona Nox

Rated 4.43/5 based on 7 reviews
A gritty sci-fi set in an unforgiving world. Follow a young master thief as he is forced to survive alien invasion, gang warfare and corporate politics in a world in which moral fibre is as dry as its desert. A conflict in which will reveal the truth of not only the world he lives in, but himself. More
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About Nicholas Woode-Smith

Nicholas was born and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an author of science fiction and fantasy. He graduated from St George's Grammar in 2014 and is in his first year at the University of Cape Town, studying Politics, Philosophy and Economic History.

Nicholas' first book, Fall of Zona Nox was published in 2013. He has also written a zombie-fiction called Cape Zero which was published in 2014.

Libertarianism, politics, philosophy and history all play a huge role in influencing Nicholas' work. He also writes non-fiction essays and articles for his blog and other websites.

Nicholas spends his time playing video games, reading, watching anime and complaining about the government.

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Review by: James Macey on Aug. 09, 2014 :
An enjoyable and intriguing read. Not the typical sci-fi as characterization is much larger than the concept itself. Combat is entertaining and the ideas put forth are interesting. Advisable to most lovers of sci-fi, fantasy or military fiction.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Nicholas Steele on Oct. 20, 2013 :
FoZN is a wonderfully gritty sci-fi and a must read; filled with action and adventure. The author has gone to great lengths to develop not only the characters but the overall plot-line, which culminates in an unexpected climax. I hope to see this budding author grow his writing in his next book Warpmancer.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Joshua Chapple on Oct. 09, 2013 :
Very good book, would recommend to anyone who is interested in adventure and military
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Richard Smith on May 26, 2013 :
The story of Zona Nox can be enjoyed by someone who is not a Si Fi fan boy as the depth that the author has taken this adventure to, with a combination of relationships, politics, well-engineered characters and believable technology, makes this an exciting roller-coaster ride with unseen twists and turns. What I enjoyed most was the way he spliced three simultaneous plots that converge to an unexpected climax with the afterthought being that you understand why thinks happened earlier on in the book. One of these story lines covers the so-called enemy of the main character, which is covered with great empathy so that you build a bond with him - as a result, the last thing you want is for the main character and his supposed nemesis to meet. This is a great read with a great ending, but also leaves you in a position where you can’t wait for the author’s next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Bill McBride on May 22, 2013 :
Deserves more praise than I can give it. This bloke needs to be famous. A young chap with such refined writing skills is a rare and wonderful thing. I think my own writing skills got a little better just from looking at the cover artwork.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Diana Vivian on May 02, 2013 :
I was astounded to discover that the author was a teenager and despite his age, had an incredible grasp of weaponry and its uses in the terrain. His knowledge of politics, diplomacy and general governance is extraordinary. I look forward to his next book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bella Bissett on April 07, 2013 :
I was lucky enough to receive a review copy prior to release (so some content might differ slightly). "Fall of Zona Nox" is an exciting, action-packed sci-fi novel which keeps the reader engaged and interested, despite the fact that it still requires some editing in places (may have been corrected in latest edition). Added to this, the target audience of the book is, I suspect, young adults, but the author (who is very young himself) dabbles in politics and intrigue as well as some romance which kept this middle-aged reader involved! As a fantasy addict (spoiler alert!), I was excited to come to the part where ‘magic’ is introduced and I am looking forward to more of it in the second book. I think that this young writer has a fantastic future ahead of him and, if his writing matures as he does, it will be astonishing to see what he produces.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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