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
The book reader did a good job of making the characters believeable and nailed the attitude of the main character.
At one point in the plot I was totally startled. So much startled that I jumped in my chair. Highly recommend this book.
I enjoy fiction including Sci Fi and fantasy (lots of epic fantasy.) I'm also a big fan of some of the spy genre like the Bourne series and some Tom Clancy.
I feel like it was an attempt to take on the Jack Reacher series. Kind of an unbelievable main character in John Puller. Army CID is not a place for seasoned career combat veterans who just don't want to move up because they like where they are. They are not hard core special forces trained baddies. They are investigators with sharp minds and a notebook. They don't carry MP5 submachine guns everywhere they go and tactical gear to take on an enemy force when on deployment in the US. I just found it overall to be unrealistic and too sensationalized.
I tend to go for historical fiction, military fiction and fantasy fiction series. This book is right in line with the type of book I go for but Baldacci should have left the overused uber-fighting machine rambo-killer of a main chracter behind and invented something interesting and compelling.
I enjoyed the interview processes he went through. The investigative portions. It flew threw them but I think that was the only thing that held the plot together.
Disbelief and a lot of eye rolling.
The story sets up well for follow-up books. Sadly I won't be bothering with them because it will be more of the same.
The story is interesting and kept my attention. The military detail appears genuine to this non-military listener. The character development is three dimensional. And lastly, the narrators allow one to pay attention to the story rather than distract the listener, which to me is the mark of great narration.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. Lots of action with the tiny possibility of some romance.
Narrators are definitely on point and are two of my favorites. Can't wait for another John Puller book!
I enjoyed listening to the story. As an eight year Army veteran and life-long Army Brat, I can relate to the protagonist. Thankfully the author is able to communicate Army-speak well.
This book was excellent, i have been a fan of will robie, john puller is just as amazing cannot wait to start the 2nd book!!!
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