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 have read every book Baldacci has published. This is not his best work but it is still a very good book. The plot lines are well thought out and the theme is constant. There is enough mystery in the finish to keep any reader interested. The characters are believable and energizing but it cannot stand up to John Carr.
No matter where you go, there you are.
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.
As a fan, this early book is compelling. However, the author has greatly refined his style and improved his storytelling in later years.
I enjoyed this storyline.
I am not a fan of the female narrator... has been in several other books by Turrow, Patterson and David Baldacci's. She is smooth but seems to be more suited for another genre.
Mclary has done a superb job with some
I would like to see Puller revisted.
I'll be totally honest. I did NOT finish this book. I had noticed that two people were listed as narrators, but did not realize how it would sound. The story appeared interesting (Jack Reacher clone), but as soon as the woman's voice started, I was done. I realize it's a personal preference, but the abrupt switch from one voice to another was just so distracting that I didn't focus on the story. One or the other voice would have been acceptable, just not both. I'll be more careful. I may read the book, instead, but don't know if I want to buy it a second time.
Add suspense by it at least hinting toward what gets revealed in chapter 95
Not sure. Pretty let down. Gotta spend my credits wisely.
Fitting for characters
Yeah as long as the screen writer re writes it to add in the other side of story.
Could have been so much better.
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.
The first few books of Baldacci were amazing. Now anytime I try to get back into his writing it seems a little too cookbook. Narrator was good for the type of book and having two narrators were even better. I was hoping for a leap to the past to his original books. This was note quite it. Not bad though and if you love espionage genre this will be better than most. Just not good enough for me to go to another Baldacci book. Off to another author.
Zero Day was probably a decent story. I never made it past the music. One of the things that destroys an audio book for me, is the addition of music or sound effects.
If the story actually needs those elements to be affective, then the author more than likely needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink his creation. If the story is very good on the written page, then it does NOT need the addition of music or sound effects. Since I am rating this as a Audio Book, I can't give it more that two stars in any area. The studio destroyed the listening experience for me.
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!
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