I am sure we will be reading about this in the papers. If Lee Child doesn't view this book as a copyright infringement on his Jack Reacher series then something is wrong. Baldacci is certainly a better writer than this. The Jack Reacher series is a good read but my word it isn't worth copying. The army, the coffee, the clock in his head, being well over 6 ft tall, the headbutt to the nose, walking rather than driving, the only thing Puller has that Reacher doesn't is a change of clothes. If I didn't know better I would think David Baldacci is a pen name for Lee Child. Simply to close for me. Don't put me on the jury. Child would win hands down. Baldacci gets an "F" for lack of orginality.
I just finished Zero Day by David Baldacci. I lked thia one very well an started it on aTuesday evening and finished it a day later in the afternoon; so that should tell you that it kept me interested. If you where in the Military its even a better read. You will never be more suprised of the ending and it just doesn't drop it off on you like some books do.
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect but when I saw this was a three part series, I decided to start at the beginning to see how I liked it. The story held my interest although there were a few parts that sounded like I was still in the most recent John Grisham novel that I'd just finished. The Ron McLarty's voice is excellent for this role. Orlagh Cassidy's is good for her main character of Samantha Cole, but her voice seems to sound the same for all her characters...it got a little confusing.
The development of John Puller's character, his background in Afghanistan, etc. I wasn't sure if I'd really get into it, thought it might come across a bit "too" tough guy, etc. But I thought Baldacci did a great job.
McLarty's voice and style, somewhat clipped (I listened to the book at 1.5x speed) just seemed to fit his character. Orlagh Cassidy's voice also, was a great fit for Samantha Cole. She seemed to have the West Virginia accent down and her character felt like someone I'd met before.
Audio books are still a fairly new development for me. Due to construction and detours on the way to work, I've actually found myself enjoying the extra drive time to and from work more. After having been through several eye surgeries this summer, it's great to find that not only can I actually read again, but this gives me a chance to double up...it's like I've been starving for this and now have an endless supply.
Been a fan of Baldacci ever since his break out novel in the mid nineties, Absolute Power. Every new author’s dream, a best selling break out novel made into a movie produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. Yikes. I should only dream. Anyway …. back to Zero Day. This is the first of the series of books created by Baldacci surrounding the exploits of John Puller. Puller, a U S Army Secret Agent, is dispatched to a small town in the south to investigate the mysterious death of a military man and his entire family. Predictably, Puller winds up partnering with a sexy deputy sheriff with a chip on her shoulder that quickly dissolves as she softens toward Puller and they begin working together to solve what is ultimately a serious threat involving national security. There is considerable commonality to Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher. A loner, get things done tough guy. There are a few interesting twists and a surprise ending. Well narrated by Ron McLarty and Oraigh Cassidy, male reading male voices, female reading female characters - nice first for me. There is very smooth dialogue transition throughout the book between the two leads, and the narrators do a terrific job.
People who enjoy shoot-em-up movies.
Yes, as long as it was produced and performed by someone else.
Interesting plot line and characters.
The background sounds - music meant to increase suspense and gunshots, explosions, etc - were, at the very least, distracting, at worst annoying and obnoxious. Having two narrators was also distracting. It's ok if multiple people narrate different chapters or sections, but carrying on a conversation is jarring when the voice skips over to one person for a word or two, then back. I almost didn't finish the book because of the over- production, though the story was interesting and I actually liked the two readers individually.
Narrators were fine - plot pretty unbelievable, story bogged down occasionally with overly detailed descriptions of appearances, clothing, etc. but all of that would still be ok except for the sound effects.....ruined the entire book.
When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not considered very helpful.
All right, all right! I get it. They're the same but different. Pepsi vs Coke. So what? If you like this kind of stuff go ahead and enjoy.
Great character development....good story telling. The only thing I have to comment on is that I prefer a single narrator.
Very strong story with wonderful characters. The book flowed seamlessly with lots of twists and turns. A very good read (oops) a really food listen!