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
Long haul commuter. Audiobooks keep me from causing serious physical harm to my fellow commuters. Bless you, Audible!
After reading the reviews, I approached this title with some healthy skepticism.
The character is unique, I'll start with that, John Puller is an Army investigator, Still in the Army. He carries a lot of cool equipment with him. He is not someone to trifle with.
I found the story engaging and the characters beleivable. There was even one character with a name so close to mine I nearly swerved into another lane when he was introduced.
To me, this character is still being formed in the authors mind, but has amazing potential for great adventures. I also got the feeling that the author did not want the story to end where it did. I'm glad to see there is a second book and that will be my next purchase.
This is a great book to introduce you to a new character in a new series. People have mentioned that it is a copy of the Jack Reacher series but I don't see this. I have listened to all 17 books in the Jack Reacher series and I can say without a doubt that this is a completely different character. I admit that Both characters are big and tall as well as being army investigators means that there will be some similarities but otherwise John Puller is a separate character. This is a very good start to the John Puller series and I highly recommend it if you are a fan of the Jack Reacher Series.
The narration was well done and fun to listen to
Not really, Pretty predictable
I cried near the end
This is not a book that I am going to ponder over and think about for weeks, but is was, as always with Baldacci, a good read.
His characters are interesting, his stories are not boring and there is always excitement. Definitely worth a credit.
Actually not Deborah, but Donald. My wife opened the Amazon account and suddenly my Audible account became hers. I'm a basic 63 year old type guy who runs a lot and listnes to books as I run. It was a dark and stormy night ... but I still did 5 miles.
First, I write few reviews, generally only if I like a book. I don’t enjoy complaining about an author or reader. So I don’t. You can sense the “but…” coming.
But … I wonder if Baldacci ever visited WV? If he did he apparently felt condescending to the state. It seemed like an elitist’s attitude toward WV. I don’t live there, but travel to WV a lot. The ‘feel’ of this book about the people of WV is that they live dull depressing lives under a dark cloud of coal dust. He gives the impression it is a gray state with no joy. It is the few rich and almost enslaved common people…
When I visit, I have found people of joy and beauty, and who have grace, common sense, and are intelligent.
A stereotypical hero and an unfair stereotype of the people of WV.
Baldacci has done better.
I like the Reacher series and this reads like it belongs there
Could easily fit into the Reacher series
Performance good but below that clipped delivery I've grown to like in the Reacher books
Jack Reacher..John Puller. Really? I wonder how long until we get one staring Jim Lifter or Jonas Jumper. Both with brothers in distress, both with Army cop backgrounds. Still, until the next Reacher book,comes along its worth a credit, if you like the Reacher genre. Give it a listen.
Not really. This novel was excessively produced - two narrators (one to do male voices and the other to do female), sound effects like gunfire, and "suspenseful" canned music played during "action" or "danger" scenes. Music?! Please. We really need music to tell us John Puller is in danger? And bad music, at that?Trust your narrator to do his job without the extra bells and whistles and trust your audience to be smart enough to enjoy the story without them. I couldn't get into this book because just when things would start to get interesting I would wait for the music to end, or the gunfire to go away. I felt like there was very little chemistry between the two narrators and the story was very jumpy trying to switch between the two. It was so distracting I couldn't finish it, and I wasn't invested enough in the characters to get a text copy.
When I stopped listening.
I think Ron McLarty would have been fine if they just would have left him alone.
I like David Baldacci but I really think this story is probably best experienced in a text version. I won't be getting the other series installments and I'm pretty disappointed.
I love Baldacci and I certainly wasn't disappointed with this story line. I had to tell myself to turn my ipod off so I could get some work done! Puller is an exciting character.
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