It is obvious to the point of distraction that each of the two readers recorded their parts separately during dialog - sentences are unnaturally ended and clipped. During dialogs it is almost as if someone cut an pasted the audio segments from an unrelated story. Just using one of the very accomplished readers alone would have made the performance much better.
I was going to give the story three stars until the protagonist went into an extended monologue "solving" the entire mystery in the final minutes of the story. Arggh, dime store crime novel material. The "bad guy" just stands there, barely bothering to grunt, while he and his minions listen to the investigator droning on and on - almost as if they themselves did not know the answers to all the hanging questions and couldn't wait to find out themselves.
It wants to be a techno-thriller with firearm details and a lecture on nuclear bomb design and theory, but it fails. I am not a firearm expert but it is clear that the author has spent less time than me looking through a set of sights. For example, the author uses the term "clip" EVERY time he should refer to a "magazine." Totally rookie. Getting this detail wrong is OK if you don't mention the make, model, caliber and often specific bullet brands for every weapon in the book, let alone the protagonist's pistol model every time he picks it up, even though it never changes. When the author includes the level of details about every weapon that appears in the book, the failure to use the basic language of a person trained in their use undermines the credibility of any other technical details. Just say he reloaded his pistol and don't say he inserted a new clip into his Sig-Saur M11-A1.
The premise of story is that multiple barrels of enriched uranium and plutonium were stored and abandoned in multiple lead-lined 50 gallon barrels and covered by a 3-foot thick concrete dome. A bomb is then constructed from this nuclear materials.
A couple BIG problems here.
1 - There is no way in hell weapon grade uranium or plutonium would ever be abandoned, let alone in a dome over a mountain honeycombed by mines and with a remaining ventilation system.
2 - While the story contains a detail about the machining of a tungsten carbide neutron reflector, it omits the much more important step of machining the nuclear material itself.
3 - One 50 gallon barrel filled with uranium or plutonium, that is ready to be assembled as a bomb would, would already be beyond critical mass - let alone multiple barrels. We're talking nuclear disaster if someone were to put that much enriched uranium or plutonium in one place.
BTW - what's up with 50 gallon drums when the international standard is the 200 liter or 55 gallon drum?
I could go on an on. Punchline, don't try to do Tom Clancy if you don't have what it takes.
The story did not need the cat named AWOL (although it is a cute name). Puller is never home, always traveling, nearly killed many times, and yet he returns home, every so often, to a cat that somehow thrives with total neglect and an occasional food and water refill. Yes, good thing it was a cat rather than a dog.
People should not have pets if they can't take care of them. I kept thinking the same about John Puller.
Occasional Reader that listens to audiobooks during my daily commute. Thanks Audible.
Great production, story, and plot. Just wished for even less language. We get enough of that in real life. Thanks
And Buffalo George
Baldacci has taken one of the most terrifying possibilities and brought it to us in a scary way. It's a suspense filled story with clean dialogue and well written characters. The situations may be borderline unbelievable, but that's what makes it good. This novel is a fast-paced and reads rather quickly. Zero Day was intriguing enough to make me watch out for the next one.
this book kept me on the edge of my seat. I'm a truck driver and I was able to drive a long way because I wanted to finish it
The narration was difficult. There is little distinction in the male voices of John and Robert and of the narrative.
This is a book that would be better read versus listened to in audiobook.
I loved this read. I am on the second in this series with John. Baldachi is my new favorite author while I wait for Sandford's next Prey novel. Great!