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 enjoyed the book. I like the idea of a female and male narrator, as when a man tries to imitate a woman's voice, or vice versa, you have to let your imagination run wild.
But, if they are going to use 2 narrator's, at least the producers should record both of them so that the conversations are seamless. You can obviously tell, they recorded separately, and the producers mixed it to fit the book, which several times made the book feel not so great.
With that being said, the narrator's are good, the story is your typical story line - not a Pulitzer prize winner for sure, but if you like David Baldacci, then you will like this book.
It is worth the credit.
this is one of my the best audio books I have listened too in a long time. The story was great and both narrators did a great jobs with all the characters.
Zero Day kept yo guessing who the bad guy was and exactly what they were up to
I liked both Puller and Cole and they both had great wacky family members that made the story even more entertaining
listening to it all at once would be fun but it was great to have it to listen to on my long commute to and from work and then while on the treadmill. It gave me something to look forward to while fighting never ending traffic.
My first Balducci and enjoyed it. I liked the production of the book with a female narrator for the female parts and also the music.
I have to say that I've thoroughly enjoyed this book. Puller is a crack investigator and is on an unusual case. He is investigating a murder of a military family, lined up on a couch and apparently video-taped. Neighbors are also murdered. This is an investigation, but has a good amount of action.
I think this is my favorite Baldacci book.
Like action, adventures, war stories, militay happenings, historical readings-fiction, & mysteries. Unabridged only! Reader IMPORT!
It seemed to be a very good listen for the first 75% then went into an old western type movie! Where the hero defeats the bad guy’s the lovely school “marm” (female stare) is killed BUT not to fear --- the hero does his good deeds & rides (drives) off into the “western sunset” with his fond memories & his trusty cat in search of NEW ADVENTURES … the end!
I am a huge fan of Baldacci, but this novel was not up to his usually excellent works.
Somewhere in the middle. You know what you're getting with Baldacci.
The phone call to his brother in jail while in an underground bunker trying to diffuse a nuclear bomb. Pretty far fetched, but in a way, entertaining.
It's always an adjustment to have both a male and female reader, but once you're used to it you are glad to have opposing voices that you don't find in other audio books.
If you like Baldacci, you won't be disappointed. He's writing a new character so he spent some time developing him. I hope this catches on like his previous works did.
Prior to downloading zero day, I read a review that said this was a poor performance for Baldacci. I disagree. I enjoyed and will continue to listen to his works. It was well thought out and the ending caught me a little by surprise.
This is a compactly written, formulaic novel that failed to strike a chord with this listener.
[This novel is not to be confused with another novel by the same title written by Mark Russinovich and Howard Schmidt. That title is (as of this writing) not yet available on Audible, so if you are looking for that book, you'll have to wait a bit.]
Baldacci's protagonist is one-dimensional, almost superhuman, and, once you get to know him, entirely uninteresting. Puller, an Army criminal investigator, is thrown into a multi-faceted mystery when a colonel and his family are found brutally slain in the coal country of West Virginia. The action of the plot, through twists and turns, leaves Puller virtually unchanged from his state and station at page one, so what was the point of the action? Besides just action, that is?
And there is plenty of action. Puller is masterfully voiced by Ron McLarty, as is the part of the female local sheriff, by Orlagh Cassidy. Ms. Cassidy, carrying the female dialog, shows less range than her male counterpart, inflicting a rural brogue to all of her voices, a situation that works for the Appalachian sheriff, but not so much for the other characters.
This listen is for the listener who wants to put their feet up and loose themselves in an action novel. If you want stimulation or illumination, look elsewhere. If you just want to relax with a quick read, enjoy Zero Day.
I was disappointed in this book because it seemed that the main character, from his description, personal history, and even colleagues, was directly related to, and almost taken from, the Jack Reacher series of books by Lee Child. The story, as well, was quite predictable. In short, I expected much more from a David Baldacci novel.
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