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Zero Day | [David Baldacci]

Zero Day

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. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Steve 11-08-11
    Steve 11-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "There will be more of Puller ...."

    Pretty good story. I can see Baldacci writing several Puller books. Puller seems to be inspired somewhat by Reacher, but is not exactly the same.

    There is a few times when "Puller said nothing" and he does head butt a guy which is one of Reacher's favourite moves. Patricia pointed out some other parallels.

    To Carolyn : Orlagh Cassidy has done the female voices for several Baldacci books now. She was Michelle Maxwell in The Sixth Man. I thought she did Annabelle Conroy in one of the Camel Clubs.

    Anyway, I had trouble getting into The Magicians and Damned. Baldacci has a knack of getting you right into the story pretty quick. If you are a fan of this genre (Sean King, Oliver Stone, John Corey, Reacher, Pendergast, etc) you will like this book.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 11-22-11
    William SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2007

    Author, rabid Audible listener.

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    "Big fan of David Baldacci, not a fan of Zero Day"

    The good guy is perfect and the bad guys are really, really evil. Sometimes David Baldacci gets it just right and sometimes he just falls flat. I am putting Zero Day in the latter category.

    John Puller is in the Army's Criminal Investigation Division and is called upon to investigate a murder in a small West Virginia coal mining town. While there, he learns these deaths may have very large implications.

    The story really falls short in a number of ways. First, the sheer size and scope of the investigation and how the government treated it was just out there.. way out there. John Puller's character was interesting and unique but he had this magic rucksack that contained everything from bio-hazard gear to explosives and night vision gear (and everything in between). It just seemed completely implausible this character could be so perfect in so many ways and be able to carry all that equipment in the rucksack. As you can tell, the rucksack issue really bothered me.

    I did listen to this book from Audible.com and the characters were really well played by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. This is not the first time these two have done characters for David Baldacci and I must say they are the ones that kept me going, not the story.

    Being a fan of David Baldacci, I read it and will likely read the next one(s) to but he really needs to bring things back down to earth.

    -Bill

    32 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 11-08-11
    Barbara A. Russell Sedona, AZ United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2002

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    "Very Entertaining"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and especially enjoyed the narration with both female and male parts. It made the book come alive.

    The man character had shades of "Jack Reacher" to me. I don't know if anyone else felt that, but I am looking forward to more of him in upcoming books.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Patty USA 11-08-11
    Patty USA 11-08-11 Member Since 2006
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    "BALDACCI'S ANSWER TO CHILD'S JACK REACHER"

    Baldacci's "John Puller" reads suspicously like Lee Child's "Jack Reacher". Army investigator. Check. Coffee jones. Check. Internal Clock. Check. Unusually acute observations. Check.

    Despite this vague sense of deja vu, David Baldacci always writes a good story.

    I found multiple narrators a little disconcerting. Almost like a "performance" audiobook.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 04-21-12
    Barbara 04-21-12
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    "Baldacci insults his fans"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I have been a big fan of Baldacci's Jack Reacher and the Camel club... oh wait! Baldacci wrote the Camel Club, but didn't write the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child did. On top of that Zero Day is a BAD ripoff. This book was so cliched, the characters so stereotyped and superficial, the suspense so non-existent that I am certainly finished paying money to read/hear books authored by Baldacci. Ron McClarty was good as always, but the combination with Orlagh Cassidy did not work well- her reading of the women characters was flat, and she was at a disadvantage because McClarty was the dominant narrator including "She said" Cassidy is a fine narrator, it just did not work in this book.


    Has Zero Day turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It's turned me off from other books in this genre by David Baldacci.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    They did the best they could with what they had to work with... although Cassidy's characters came across as very flat.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It isn't as though the book was obscene, but it was so phenomenally mediocre and such an obvious ripoff of Lee Child that no, it has no redeeming qualities for me.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Earnestine Young Philadelphia, Pa. 11-15-11
    Earnestine Young Philadelphia, Pa. 11-15-11 Member Since 2004

    Starr Woman

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    "Homage or copycat?"

    I don't know whether Baldacci wrote this novel as a tongue in cheek homage to Lee Child's Reacher series, or whether he intended to what is otherwise a blatant ripoff of Child's bestselling series. I am a long-time devotee of Jack Reacher's adventurers and there were times when I found it hard to remember I was not reading about a younger version of Reacher before he left the Army.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 11-22-12
    Elle in the Great NorthWest Beaverton, OR, United States 11-22-12

    I LOVE books. And dogs & quilting & beading & volunteering.

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    "A Reacher Knock-Off"

    I usually enjoy reading Baldacci's novels-but can't recommend ZeroDay as anything but an average knock off of Jack Reacher as the army cop. Puller is even built like Reacher!

    The plot was fair but the presentation was irritating...music during what was supposed to be suspenseful parts, sound effects and poor southern accents on the part of both readers made this listen hardly worth buying. Sadly I bought both books in the series on the authors name alone, without reading the reviews....

    I really wish producers would read the reviews-when there is complaint after complaint about the sound effects and music, one would think they would pay attention and let the reader simply read the novel sans enhancements.

    Not particularly recommended.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Swann South 11-26-12
    S. Swann South 11-26-12
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    "Sound effects were annoying!"
    Would you try another book from David Baldacci and/or Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    I've liked other Baldacci books in the past so I will probably try another one.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performances?

    Heck no, two readers with little chemistry killed the flow of what little plot there was.


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book,but the sound effects plus poor performance made it tough to get into.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 12-01-11
    MarkandKathy Kindle Account Manakin Sabot, VA, US 12-01-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Exceptionally disappointing (and preachy)"

    I have always loved David Baldacci, and really looked forward to this book.

    It was a huge disappointment.

    The story line was not remotely believable (and I am usually pretty easy going on this score). The characters were not believable. I didn't like the quasi dramatization (the occasional use of sound, eg gunfire). Worst of all was the preachy tone - anti mining, anti smoking. I do understand that surface mining = bad environmentally, but I don't need to be preached about it when I'm "reading" a book for pleasure. And the smoking lectures were a real turn off to this non-smoker who hates smoking.

    I'm down to the last few chapters, and honestly, I don't care how it turns out or if he gets the "bad guys". I may not finish it, and this after devoting 10 painful hours already.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 11-04-11
    Carolyn 11-04-11
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    "Finally"

    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.

    22 of 28 people found this review helpful
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