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
Connie Audio Listener
I loved this book from the first minute. The sound effects on this one is like a regular production. There are gunshots, bomb blasts and music that make the suspense even more intense. Mr. McLarty and Ms. Cassidy do a fantastic job in my opinion for the characters in the book.
John Puller does remind me a lot of Jack Reacher that was created by Lee Child. I am hoping that this is just the first in a series because I didn't see an end on this one. I mean I saw an end to this story, but could see others that could be found. John could be given another assignment and be off on another job in the near future and I am sure I will be getting that one as fast as I can.
Mr. Baldacci never disappoints me in his writing. I think I have read everything by this author and I give him 4 or 5 stars all the time. This one is definitely a 5 out of 5 star book. Especially if you like action and detecting. A couple of explosions and some real serious mayhem.
Some people will like the assistance of a female narrator to voice female characters; listening to the book on a road trip, my travel mates and I found it distracting, particularly because the volume levels of the narrators weren't well mixed. Similarly: sound effects in an audiobook? It didn't work for me - not at all. I lost track of the story more than once.
Maybe it is just that I listened to these two books somewhat close together; but, it was as if each were copying from the other's play book. And, since they both are new books, and came out around the same time, this is puzzling. Puller is so like Reacher; they could be brothers. Too many things were too eerily similar to be refreshing and totally enjoyable. I really look forward to Baldacci's wise-cracking male protagonists; but all you get here is a strong, serious, silent type. I had never read Lee Child before, and thought "The Affair" a good and interesting story, and Reacher an intriguing and interesting character. Then, when listening to "Zero Day", it was as if Reacher just morphed into Puller, and the character lost a lot in the process. Baldacci can make a more entertaining protagonist than John Pulling; and certainly a more original plot line.
Listened to most of this on a 12 hr car trip and I couldn't have picked a better book to make the time fly by. Narration was great! Story was fast paced and interesting.
Just wondered why the lead character had so many characteristics of Lee Child's Jack Reacher. Puller--strange name--is also over 6 feet tall, also has a brother and father who were once also both in the military. Puller also likes coffee, has an internal clock, and is hard to beat in brains as well as brawn. Wonder if anyone else has made same connection.
A Baldacci fan , I just believe this way too much like Lee Child's main character. A 6 foot 5 crack investigator U S military. bla bla and the voices are trite. Plot is good, but no one talks the way these people talk in the book and the actors sound like they are sorry they took the gig.
It was nice to have a woman voice a woman's role...but this narrator had such an annoying voice. Nails on a chalkboard. And the main narrator's tone was monotone...I can't believe these people got paid for this. They made a long story even longer.
I usually like David Baldacci and Zero Day got good reviews but the character development in this was terrible...from the main character on down.
And could this get any longer?! I listen to mysteries while I run...so I am generally not critical of any audiobook so the fact that I'm so outraged by this means it's BAD. The experience was painful. I lost my place over the course of a run and skipped 20 chapters ahead..and still understood EXACTLY what was going on. I hadn't missed a thing. Glacially boring. Don't waste your time. Don't waste your credit ...or your money.
I enjoyed it immensely, but The Camel Club is my favorite.
Puller, of course.
I feel like they are old friends since I've listened to all their Baldacci stuff! Orlagh probably hasn't spent a night in West Virginia, but she did a credible job with her characters.....not quite a southern accent, but not quite mid-west sharp enough for me.....
I loved the interplay between the brother and sisters. So much unspoken love.
I"m so glad for this new series and I hope there are many more to come!
After the first chapter, I had to make sure I hadn't loaded a Lee Child novel by mistake. John Puller... Jack Reacher... both elite army Army MP investigators.... both big... both with brothers.... both with fathers in military. In Zero Day, the plot line was so similar to a compilation of Reacher novels I started to get confused. The attractive local female police officer who is the only one Puller/Reacher trusts, and are attracted to. The rich family that owns the town with the surly family sons and daughters. The bad guy turns out to be from one of the co-operating investigative agencies; the "hands tied" by the upper brass keeping Puller/Reacher from finding out what they need to know.
Overall, the lines didn't just converge between these two series, they got obliterated. Don't get me wrong, it was an entertaining read that made a 12 hour round trip drive easier to deal with, but it was basically pablum for the brain, forgettable the instant the book ended with no need for contemplation or further thought. The readers were effective and I especially liked Orlagh Cassidy's interpretation of the many female characters she portrayed. Fortunately, the book was bought using credits, so I can't bemoan the loss of money poorly spent.
Had I not read the entire list of Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, I might have found this book more captivating, and, perhaps even looking forward to another, but the plot lines, characters, descriptions and dialogue were so similar, it was like watching a sequel that never quite lives up to the original.
Yes. It inspired me to not buy Book 2
I like when they have a woman do the female voices. McLarty can't pull off the female voices.
Audio books are better when there is a male and a female voice actor to take the specific gener roles.
Pissed me off that the main female character doesn't make it to the end of the book.
the book is fairly long. They go through the whole book, Puller does his investigation but answers very few questions about the case. Then all answers are just thrust upon the reader in a couple of chapters at the end, without explanation of how Puller gets to the answers.
I expected Puller to be some wonderful investigative mind, but he really is just middle of the road investigator with some nice special forces training. The way Baldacci ends the book with all the answers just given to the reader without explanation, causes Puller to not be that interesting of a character. I also found that he doesn't have any emotions until late in the book when he finally feels something towards Cole. Before that he seems like an uninteresting machine that doesn't care about anything but solving the case.
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