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
Yes, I like the narrator, characters and story.
Jack Reacher perhaps. However, these two hero's have many differences and both are enjoyable. I actually felt like it was a nice break from the Reacher series of which I am into right now.
John Puller ... sort of a no brainer.
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I listened to all three of the John Puller books in a row. And hope to see more.
Honestly, I wasn't sure what to expect but when I saw this was a three part series, I decided to start at the beginning to see how I liked it. The story held my interest although there were a few parts that sounded like I was still in the most recent John Grisham novel that I'd just finished. The Ron McLarty's voice is excellent for this role. Orlagh Cassidy's is good for her main character of Samantha Cole, but her voice seems to sound the same for all her characters...it got a little confusing.
The development of John Puller's character, his background in Afghanistan, etc. I wasn't sure if I'd really get into it, thought it might come across a bit "too" tough guy, etc. But I thought Baldacci did a great job.
McLarty's voice and style, somewhat clipped (I listened to the book at 1.5x speed) just seemed to fit his character. Orlagh Cassidy's voice also, was a great fit for Samantha Cole. She seemed to have the West Virginia accent down and her character felt like someone I'd met before.
Audio books are still a fairly new development for me. Due to construction and detours on the way to work, I've actually found myself enjoying the extra drive time to and from work more. After having been through several eye surgeries this summer, it's great to find that not only can I actually read again, but this gives me a chance to double up...it's like I've been starving for this and now have an endless supply.
Been a fan of Baldacci ever since his break out novel in the mid nineties, Absolute Power. Every new author’s dream, a best selling break out novel made into a movie produced by, directed by, and starring Clint Eastwood. Yikes. I should only dream. Anyway …. back to Zero Day. This is the first of the series of books created by Baldacci surrounding the exploits of John Puller. Puller, a U S Army Secret Agent, is dispatched to a small town in the south to investigate the mysterious death of a military man and his entire family. Predictably, Puller winds up partnering with a sexy deputy sheriff with a chip on her shoulder that quickly dissolves as she softens toward Puller and they begin working together to solve what is ultimately a serious threat involving national security. There is considerable commonality to Lee Child's character, Jack Reacher. A loner, get things done tough guy. There are a few interesting twists and a surprise ending. Well narrated by Ron McLarty and Oraigh Cassidy, male reading male voices, female reading female characters - nice first for me. There is very smooth dialogue transition throughout the book between the two leads, and the narrators do a terrific job.
When I write a review, it's fun for me but they are not always considered very helpful.
All right, all right! I get it. They're the same but different. Pepsi vs Coke. So what? If you like this kind of stuff go ahead and enjoy.
I am sure we will be reading about this in the papers. If Lee Child doesn't view this book as a copyright infringement on his Jack Reacher series then something is wrong. Baldacci is certainly a better writer than this. The Jack Reacher series is a good read but my word it isn't worth copying. The army, the coffee, the clock in his head, being well over 6 ft tall, the headbutt to the nose, walking rather than driving, the only thing Puller has that Reacher doesn't is a change of clothes. If I didn't know better I would think David Baldacci is a pen name for Lee Child. Simply to close for me. Don't put me on the jury. Child would win hands down. Baldacci gets an "F" for lack of orginality.
I've liked other Baldacci books in the past so I will probably try another one.
Heck no, two readers with little chemistry killed the flow of what little plot there was.
I wanted to like this book,but the sound effects plus poor performance made it tough to get into.
Someone used a male and a female reader to narrate this story. I think sometimes a male reader trying to imitate a female character ruins the whole book!
David Baldacci's books are always top knotch and since I just started this book , well, so far so good, excellant as always.
The plot was excellent- the narrators were also really good. But there was weird music and sound effects- some that fit the story some that didn't. While I'll probably still listen to the next Puller book, the music didn't add anything but to be hokie.
Good character development and a story that will keep you engaged. I plan to listen to it again in a couple of years.
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