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 love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Baldacci's John Puller series is now three books. Zero Day was released late in 2011 and is Book 1. This is an excellent start, but the second and third books in the series are even better. John Puller is lead investigator for US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID). His size is similar to Jack Reacher, but they have little in common when it comes to style. I hope the David Baldacci will continue this series.
Narration is by the McLarty & Caassidy duo. They are the best.
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.
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.
I'm surprised the lawyers are not flying in from all over to impeach Mr. Baldacci for this blatant rip off of the Lee Child series. Reacher, Puller, Hitter, Shooter, has he no shame.
I have tried Baldacci several times and cannot for the life of me see what people see in his writing. Never been able to withstand more than a few chapters. It is mechanical and boring, and now felonious.
It is a very uninterestingly long way to go for a parody. The guy just does not write very well. Or the population has dumbed down to such a degree that this tripe passes for interesting.
Even Child's ability to keep it going at a high level has flagged in the last few books, but this is just too much. While Baldacci was killing off essentially the entire cast, he should have included Puller (sic) and perhaps considered backing away from this career.
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.
I am getting to know this author better.
My friend recommended it!!!
Needlessly to say-, i am hooked to his style of writing.
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In "Zero Day", we come face to face with ramifications of the Cold War and the inept actions that a government will take to hide a very dark secret. A secret that leads to the deaths of of a high-ranking Army officer and nearly a dozen other innocent people who stumble upon the truth Warrant Officer Puller's mission is to find the killer of the Colonel and, in doing so, puts together the bizarre discovery that led to the murders of so many residents in this tiny West Virginia coal mining town.
McLarty and Cassidy are not just readers. They are actors, bringing life and an image to every character they voice. The listener is treated to Regional "drawls" and coloquilisms that draw a visual picture of each character. Sound effects and subtle musical infusions enhance the verbal performance and help develop a "movie in the mind".
Tell us about yourself! I am retired. I was born January 27, 1945. I enjoy listening and read books. Mystery/thrillers are my favorite.
This new way of producing an audio book is interesting. The narrators were both great.
The story, characters kept me very interested in the story. I like John Puller, he's today's
kind of hero.
I look forward to the other two books in this series.
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