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The Zero Game Audiobook

The Zero Game

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Publisher's Summary

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill.

It's a game that has everything: risk, reward, mystery, and the thrill of knowing that, just by being invited to play, you've confirmed your status as a true power broker in Washington.

But as Matthew and Harris quickly discover, the Zero Game is hiding a secret so explosive that it will shake Washington to its core. And when someone close to them winds up dead, Harris and Matthew realize this game is far more sinister than they ever imagined. As the bull's-eye turns their way, it's clear they're about to become the game's next victims.

In a frenetic chase from the secret tunnels under the Capitol to an abandoned gold mine halfway across the country, the two friends realize they're no longer players in the game; they're pawns. On the run, they turn to the only person they can trust: a sixteen-year-old Senate page who can move around the Capitol undetected. As a ruthless killer creeps closer, this idealistic young page not only holds the key to their safety, but is the one person who can redeem them in the process.Packed with high-octane suspense and heart-pounding action, The Zero Game is Brad Meltzer at his supercharged best.

©2004 Forty-Four Steps, Inc.; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks, a division of the Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Packed with plenty of backroom D.C. ambience and lots of action, the novel also boasts improved plotting and character development since Meltzer's last high-concept best seller." (Booklist)

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    Susan Casselberry, FL, USA 02-23-04
    Susan Casselberry, FL, USA 02-23-04
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    "The Zero Game"

    Exciting, non-stop suspense. Not hard to imagine a game like this in Washington.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve USA 02-02-04
    Steve USA 02-02-04 Member Since 2010
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    "Awesome!"

    One of the best audiobooks from a great thriller writer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    theberad 01-31-04
    theberad 01-31-04 Member Since 2007
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    "Good, but long winded..."

    This is a good book, but it's the first time I wish I would have chosen the "abridged" version of any audible novel. The problem is simply that it's too long winded. There are passages of action that should be describable in a minute or two, yet take 10 minutes. This is meant, I assume, to build suspense, but the net result is that it just becomes a little boring in these sections.

    Overall, the book is quite good and entertaining... not so much a political thriiller as it merely uses the guise of politics as an introduction to the novel rather than for the plotline. My only other complaint is that it left me with one unanswered question -- unfortunately, that question pertains to an event that happens that starts the roller coaster ride of a story. Without an answer as to why things were done they way they were (I don't want to give away anything), I'm left not understanding why there was ever a story to begin with.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Harris Syosset, NY, USA 02-09-04
    Harris Syosset, NY, USA 02-09-04
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    "Worth a Zero!"

    Talk about boring! This story involves a chase scene that goes on for over three quarters of the book, without a clue as to why. By the time you find out in the last couple of chapters you couldn't care less. The story has no redeeming qualities. Try not to listen to it in your car, you may fall asleep!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn Cary , NC, USA 02-08-04
    Evelyn Cary , NC, USA 02-08-04 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointing"

    Good premise - the insider story of the legislative branch. Poor execution. Characters are one-dimensional and stereotypical. Plot is predictable. Good candidate for an action movie contract.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 02-02-04
    Karen 02-02-04 Member Since 2001

    I write my reviews under my wife Karen's account. Retired USN Russian linguist/analyst; actor; director; producer. Biography & History focus

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    "Listenable...just barely"

    The Zero Game is a fairly predictable yarn that is basically like eating soy-based products: no depth. It leaves one hungry and unsatisfied. I thought the basic premise of political staffers betting on whether or not a bill could be made to pass or fail by their (or their cronies) machinations an interesting one. But this is soon dropped in favor of a fairly pedestrian political intrigue regarding one such appropriations bill. Oddly enough, the author changes voices about one fourth of the way through the book and I found that this change disturbed me and this colored the rest of the book in a somewhat negative manner. It's one saving grace is a fairly masterful narration. If it's the end of your subscription and you have a book credit left, you could do worse than purchase this, but I wouldn't recommend this title otherwise.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 02-06-04
    Nancy Palmetto, FL, United States 02-06-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Very boring"

    The reader for this novel is great, however, the subject of making small bets on congressional votes is so boring...and yet the author tries to make it so exciting, that this book was impossible to finish. It just seemed to go on and on about such insignificant but detailed betting. Perhaps a compulsive gambler might like it.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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