This book was gripping from begining to end. The premis was clever and the characters were engaging. It did drag momentarily in some parts but overall a very solid book. Its not so much a political thriller eventhough the setting is the Congress. This story could easily take place on Wall Street, or any other large institution where the individual put a cog in the greater machine. I definately recommend this book to anyone who enjoys books that are anti-establishment.
One of the better books I've listened to. A lot of unexpected twists and turns kept me listening even after I got to my driveway. The only part I was a little disappointed in was the ending. The final few chapters lacked surprise - but maybe that's because I was so keyed up by the rest of the book. Definitely a "keeper".
I enjoyed this book very much. It was fast-paced and kept my interest the whole time. I enjoyed both the inner looks at the white house and the adventure part of the book. I enjoyed this as I have enjoyed all of the Brad Meltzer books to which I have listened.
I purchased this title despite the mixed reviews because I had enjoyed Meltzer's other books and Scott Brick could make the phone book interesting to listen to. I wasn't disappointed.
The plot is like a Hitchcock movie. The main character is a Congressional staffer and quickly he and a Senate page are running for their lives while trying to figure out what villainy the bad guys are up to.
The story is just okay and Meltzer does not do a great deal of character development but it is definitely an exciting listen. Meltzer's books are very cinematic and he always does a good job describing the action and suspense.
I'd give it 3 1/2 stars if I could.
This is a good book, but it's the first time I wish I would have chosen the "abridged" version of any audible novel. The problem is simply that it's too long winded. There are passages of action that should be describable in a minute or two, yet take 10 minutes. This is meant, I assume, to build suspense, but the net result is that it just becomes a little boring in these sections.
Overall, the book is quite good and entertaining... not so much a political thriiller as it merely uses the guise of politics as an introduction to the novel rather than for the plotline. My only other complaint is that it left me with one unanswered question -- unfortunately, that question pertains to an event that happens that starts the roller coaster ride of a story. Without an answer as to why things were done they way they were (I don't want to give away anything), I'm left not understanding why there was ever a story to begin with.
Talk about boring! This story involves a chase scene that goes on for over three quarters of the book, without a clue as to why. By the time you find out in the last couple of chapters you couldn't care less. The story has no redeeming qualities. Try not to listen to it in your car, you may fall asleep!
Good premise - the insider story of the legislative branch. Poor execution. Characters are one-dimensional and stereotypical. Plot is predictable. Good candidate for an action movie contract.
Retired Russian Linguist in USN. Actor. Listen to at least 7 Audiobooks each month. Charter Audible member. Non-Fiction and History are my favorite categories. I should review more than I do!
The Zero Game is a fairly predictable yarn that is basically like eating soy-based products: no depth. It leaves one hungry and unsatisfied. I thought the basic premise of political staffers betting on whether or not a bill could be made to pass or fail by their (or their cronies) machinations an interesting one. But this is soon dropped in favor of a fairly pedestrian political intrigue regarding one such appropriations bill. Oddly enough, the author changes voices about one fourth of the way through the book and I found that this change disturbed me and this colored the rest of the book in a somewhat negative manner. It's one saving grace is a fairly masterful narration. If it's the end of your subscription and you have a book credit left, you could do worse than purchase this, but I wouldn't recommend this title otherwise.