From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. And Zero Day is where it all begins....
John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.
Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country, far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene, a family slaughtered. The local homicide detective, a headstrong woman with personal demons of her own, joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he's seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force.
David Baldacci is one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print. He is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at www.DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at www.WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.
©2011 David Baldacci (P)2011 Hachette
I don't usually listen too a book twice.
Puller is a good character. Reminded me alot of Jack Reacher
Yet it was a book you look forward to listening too
Excellent Characters and very very good readings by Ron McLarty & Orlagh Cassidy.
Plot kept you going although it was bit slow developing is a few spots. Enjoyed this so much we got others by this authour with these characters
I am a retired high school computer teacher. After years of tech reading, I have given up reading for listening while I woodworking.
Very good beginning but be sure to get the next book in the series. There is a fabulous and compelling flow. Don't argue, it's only money!!
I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.
Great surprise ending.
Sam Cole. She was a small-town cop who had to deal with the interference of military cops on her turf. She handled it with class and sass.
I can't choose-both are outstanding!
The ending took me by surprise and that's saying a lot.
My only disappointment is that all of Baldacci's protagonists are basically the same character. John Puller is just a younger version of Oliver Stone. Great story, but not a lot of imagination regarding main character's background as a military operative.
Among the top. I would listen to it again.
There wasn't a single moment. It was just the overall character of John Puller. He was expertly done and is very memorable and now one of my favorite characters along with Mitch Rapp and Odd Thomas.
Many and this is up there with his best.
The fact that there were 2 voices reading the book made it more realistic than a single reader trying to emulate multiple voices.
Plot was interesting - lots of twists and turns - good action and the guilty party difficult to pick out.
Not heard them before.
No extreme reaction - plot was interesting enough that I kept coming back to it - only listened on trips to work and when walking so no long stretches of listening.
" I have my mind... & a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge." -T.L.
Puller MIGHT be a decent character if JACK REACHER wasn't already created, and also that Reacher is a better character who is developed MUCH better, and I don't know about anyone else but I can't tell from the tone of the narrator and the way Puller questions his suspects he reminds me of that other character that Baldacci made up in the book 'The Innocent'
I did not make it past the first portion of this book because I just could not get into this particular character... he seemed to me more like a foresic expert verse part of a military investigator, MP like...
I don't think I gave this book the fair amount of time to finish because the reviews and the character PULLER... I mean jeeez, did he have to choose a name that was also a friggin action.... REACHER.... Lee Child said he came up with that name when he was food shopping and his wife suggested he could become a professional 'REACHER' after grabbing a can of food out of her reach... COME ON BALDACCI, The Camel Club ain't half bad, but I mean between Flynn, Baldacci, Thor, Child, and many others... none match up to MITCH RAPP... but in this instance Baldacci handicapped me by using a character that was waaaay too much of a carbon copy of Jack Reacher... so like I said he really weasn't given a fair shake, but its like that short african kid who used to yell 'whatchu talkin'bout Willis??'
Lots of action, believable
John Puller- Great character
There were many
Use it for trips. Too long for one sitting
Recommend it highly
I enjoyed the characters - The descriptions of the environment put you right there with them.
Puller for his calm cool introspective, one step ahead approach to things. Just the facts maam leave nothing out and don't assume.
Great voice influction - I could hear the military man in Puller.
The story not being a re-tread of Lee Child's Jack Reacher (admittedly out of Army now, but even his description was similar.)
NO...I'm stopping. I used to love him but got tired with the Camel Club and am just done now.
I like Audio books and the performance was fine... it was just that I couldn't believe the similarities with Jack Reacher and feel that Lee Child could sue successfully!
Well, I guess I would just try to re-do the main character so he's not another Jack Reacher!
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