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Zero Day | [David Baldacci]

Zero Day

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Daphne 12-17-11
    Daphne 12-17-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Mediocre"
    Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

    Not if I had to, I wouldn't


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    sure, if it was free


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think what I disliked about the book was the special effects.

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    joan laporte, MN, United States 12-15-11
    joan laporte, MN, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Great listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Zero Day the most enjoyable?

    As always David Baldacci has written a book that keeps you listening. After listening to the entire Oliver Stone series I hope that we are in for a John Puller series.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    McLarty and Cassidy are some of the best narrators I have listened to and I look for them in other authors as well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I wish I had been able to listen all in one sitting, however baking cookies with friends I had to


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Glen Allen, VA, United States 12-12-11
    Bonnie Glen Allen, VA, United States 12-12-11 Member Since 2007
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    "You can't beat Baldacci. Love the story."

    I love every one of Baldacci's books. This was not my favorite of his but it is a great read.

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    Carol 12-10-11
    Carol 12-10-11
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    "Worst David Baldacci book I have ever read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Story needed more focus; too many extraneous factors made the plot ridiculous.


    What could David Baldacci have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Figure out what this story line was going to be before he started the book.


    What three words best describe Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

    OK, terrible southern accent


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Zero Day?

    Too much liberal propaganda about coal mining--everyone knows it's bad, but so much time spent on the hazards detracted from the flow of the story. Putting terrorists in at the end seemed to be an afterthought--Oh let's have a terrorist angle without any development-- terrorists are a serious matter and should be treated as such.


    Any additional comments?

    I usually get these books at the airport and they are good for a day flight--light but with a decent plot. This book was a real disappointment. I think the author needs a rest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 12-07-11
    Susan 12-07-11
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    "Almost perfect..."
    Would you listen to Zero Day again? Why?

    No. The use of Orlagh Cassidy would prevent me from listening to this book again and will keep me from others with her narrating. I would much rather Mr. McLarty read the women's parts. She is terrible and completely unnecessary.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    Ron McLarty is a very good narrator. Orlagh Cassidy is terrible, distracting and unnecessary.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting and exciting. I am from WV and I really appreciated the fact that the characters weren't all ignorant rednecks. Some were just rednecks.

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    James Homosassa, FL, United States 12-05-11
    James Homosassa, FL, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Thriller, Baldacci hits a home run."
    Where does Zero Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have bought several audiobooks , this was my first David Baldacci book. I loved it, the story line kept you wanting for more along with being very believable. The narration by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy were excellent, now two of my favorite narrators.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It seemed to have something new at every turn and kept it hard to imagine what was coming up next.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    They were both excellent. I could almost imagine what the players looked like by the sound of their voices and descriptions. They have become two of my favorite narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Towards the end when one of the main players died unexpectedly, it realy had you feeling for them.


    Any additional comments?

    The main charector would be a great person to do a series of books on, I hope thats what David had in mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Surf City Swami 12-04-11

    Dude!

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    "Great Story--Distracting Narration/Music"

    Baldacci is a solid and reliable writer who delivers with the intricacies of the classic procedural plus the excitement of the classic thriller. Ron McLarty delivers a compelling narration. The problem I have with this production is this: we don't need the bumper music--trust me, the narration is more than enough to keep us engaged and involved. The music is merely distracting and, frankly, insulting. The other complaint I have is with Orlagh Cassidy's voicing the female characters. Orlagh herself is great--I like her voice and would welcome her narration as a standalone of any appropriate novel. However, the addition of a second, female voice is nearly as distracting as the bumper music. This is an audiobook--not a radioplay. I am perfectly content with a male voice reading female dialog and vice versa. Just not necessary.

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    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 12-03-11
    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 12-03-11
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    "Next!"

    I know alot of you thought this was a Reacher knock off but I dont agree. I enjoyed the book and the characters. The narration was easy to listen to also. I am not someone who listens to a book to critique it. This is one I liked and hope there will be more with Puller in it!

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    Kelly Kennebunkport, ME, United States 12-03-11
    Kelly Kennebunkport, ME, United States 12-03-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Meet Jack Reacher's twin brother"

    I hope Baldacci has very good lawyers. This is so blatant it's rather funny. Jack(John) Reacher(Puller) from the military, getting involved in every trouble around. Who's next? Joe Grabber?
    Oh wait, there's a half inch difference in height.
    How could an author that brought us the interesting characters of the Camel Club do this? So disappointing.

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    Steve Waitsfield, VT, United States 12-02-11
    Steve Waitsfield, VT, United States 12-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "The Longest 13 Hours I've Listened To"

    One dimensional characters. Every subject is a stereotype superman good guy or rotten bad guy. The plot is swiss cheese. I love how the hero is an army policeman and his civilian sidekick is a local cop and he breaks down doors, picks locks, and opens safes in burgled offices to solve the crime. Don't the military police need warrants? Every local can describe in detail the geology and politics of the coal industry and the hero and his brother expound on nuclear physics while the timer on the h-bomb is counting down. Scratch this author off my list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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