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.
I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus
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.
The reader for this novel is great, however, the subject of making small bets on congressional votes is so boring...and yet the author tries to make it so exciting, that this book was impossible to finish. It just seemed to go on and on about such insignificant but detailed betting. Perhaps a compulsive gambler might like it.