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Zero Day Audiobook

Zero Day

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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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    Sherry Pitcock 01-23-16 Member Since 2017
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    "great story"

    lots of action and twists. the characters were believable and likable. definitely worth the time and money.

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    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 11-11-15
    donna Amarillo, TX, United States 11-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "John Puller 1st book"

    I really like David Baldacci's books. He has interesting characters and John Puller is no exception. I will admit the detail he goes into about a lot of things goes over my head--in and out with a very brief stop. The books are good enough and the characters intriguing enough that it doesn't detract for me. The narrators were great

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    John VandenBrook 10-24-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Another protagonist, another winner by Baldacci"
    What did you love best about Zero Day?

    Coming late to the fan club, I really enjoy how Baldacci keeps me guessing, both with respect to which way an investigation will break and the outcome of the story overall. This could just as easily fall into the genre of fantasy due to absurdity of the what was being investigated that I found it enjoyable, unpredictable, and suspenseful. I enjoyed the characters in the book with a heavy lean toward the "good guys". Finally, I really enjoyed the witty, sometimes friendly, sometimes a little hostile, and ultimately a warm relationship between the two man characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, John Puller, is my favorite character - no surprise there. He's another protagonist who knows almost too much; investigating crime scenes, ability to read the health of ppl just by observation, the ability to administer emergency medical care, and so on. He is professional, quick witted, not intimidated by rank or a person's status and does what he needs to do to get the job assigned to him done without compromising his morals and good judgment. He is NOT a knockoff of Lee Child's Jack Reacher (he is cool, too) - which I think would have made him and the story more interesting. For example, there aren't many fights and no 10 on 1 encounters in which he uses almost super natural strength and combat skill to come out on top (you will need Reacher for more of that). I like how Puller and the local female cop in charge, Samantha, grow in their respect and personal interest of each other. And Baldacci doesn't need them to jump in the sack to show how they really care for each other (again, see Reacher for this).


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favorite?

    I really like McLarty and Cassidy, whose performance was very respectable. I cringe when a male narrator blows it with a female character's voice. Both narrators have great inflection and a range of character voices making it easy and enjoyable to follow (Lee Child uses Dick Hill, who also reads well but cannot do a females voice His "sighs" he injects into his narrative can become annoying as well). The question of which was my main character as performed be these narrators is somewhat strange. They both do a nice job with all the characters. I would like the overall performance more if they did without the simulated gun shots and bombs. This often catches me off guard and jolts me - LOL, like when someone cranks the audio and you are not using sound leveling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes ...unfortunately, I cannot say what it was without spoiling it for others.


    Any additional comments?

    I disagree with those who say John Puller is a Jack Reacher knockoff. They are both protagonist but that's about it. Also, I like McLarty and do not understand why he is judged so critically. I do understand that this is my opinion and that personal preferences of narrators can really vary, so listen to the sound sample if this is a concern.

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    Think about this 10-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "I like Puller and Reacher"

    So what if Puller is another Reacher character, I enjoy listening to both. I thought it was an interesting story, with a non-stop suspenseful puzzle to figure out, and it did have that super hero investigator, but so what? It's all for entertainment anyway. If I want believable, I'll read non-fiction.

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    Amazon Customer 10-10-15 Member Since 2017

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    "Very good and captivating"

    I enjoyed the whole story. The suspense mixed with action was enough to hold my attention. I would have given it 5 stars if it wasn't for the death of a certain person that I liked. I will not name that person because it may spoil it for you. I still would recommend this title.

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    "One of his best yet!!!"

    David baldacci out did his self one this one!!! It's one of his best books!!

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    Chris Nicholson 09-22-15 Member Since 2010

    Sales and Marketing professional, love to listen to books while on the road for work!

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    some nice twist and turns on the way. The setting is well described so you feel like you are there.

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    Karen J. Avery LONDONDERRY, NH, US 09-15-15
    Karen J. Avery LONDONDERRY, NH, US 09-15-15
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    I really enjoy the narration by these two people! Sound effects and music too! Oh--also a good story !! I'm hooked!

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    Vicky NAVARRE, OH, US 09-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    David Baldacci never disappoints. Great characters that are colorful, yet real. Fast moving and interesting plot. Makes the characters believable, and ones that you either love or hate. Altogether great read.

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    Amazon Customer 09-04-15
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    "I wanted it to be better than it was"
    What would have made Zero Day better?

    It is obvious to the point of distraction that each of the two readers recorded their parts separately during dialog - sentences are unnaturally ended and clipped. During dialogs it is almost as if someone cut an pasted the audio segments from an unrelated story. Just using one of the very accomplished readers alone would have made the performance much better.


    What was most disappointing about David Baldacci’s story?

    Disappointment #1 <br/>I was going to give the story three stars until the protagonist went into an extended monologue "solving" the entire mystery in the final minutes of the story. Arggh, dime store crime novel material. The "bad guy" just stands there, barely bothering to grunt, while he and his minions listen to the investigator droning on and on - almost as if they themselves did not know the answers to all the hanging questions and couldn't wait to find out themselves.<br/><br/>Disappointment #2<br/>It wants to be a techno-thriller with firearm details and a lecture on nuclear bomb design and theory, but it fails. I am not a firearm expert but it is clear that the author has spent less time than me looking through a set of sights. For example, the author uses the term "clip" EVERY time he should refer to a "magazine." Totally rookie. Getting this detail wrong is OK if you don't mention the make, model, caliber and often specific bullet brands for every weapon in the book, let alone the protagonist's pistol model every time he picks it up, even though it never changes. When the author includes the level of details about every weapon that appears in the book, the failure to use the basic language of a person trained in their use undermines the credibility of any other technical details. Just say he reloaded his pistol and don't say he inserted a new clip into his Sig-Saur M11-A1.<br/><br/>Disappointment #3<br/>The premise of story is that multiple barrels of enriched uranium and plutonium were stored and abandoned in multiple lead-lined 50 gallon barrels and covered by a 3-foot thick concrete dome. A bomb is then constructed from this nuclear materials. <br/><br/>A couple BIG problems here. <br/>1 - There is no way in hell weapon grade uranium or plutonium would ever be abandoned, let alone in a dome over a mountain honeycombed by mines and with a remaining ventilation system.<br/><br/>2 - While the story contains a detail about the machining of a tungsten carbide neutron reflector, it omits the much more important step of machining the nuclear material itself.<br/><br/>3 - One 50 gallon barrel filled with uranium or plutonium, that is ready to be assembled as a bomb would, would already be beyond critical mass - let alone multiple barrels. We're talking nuclear disaster if someone were to put that much enriched uranium or plutonium in one place.<br/><br/>BTW - what's up with 50 gallon drums when the international standard is the 200 liter or 55 gallon drum?<br/><br/>I could go on an on. Punchline, don't try to do Tom Clancy if you don't have what it takes.


    Any additional comments?

    The story did not need the cat named AWOL (although it is a cute name). Puller is never home, always traveling, nearly killed many times, and yet he returns home, every so often, to a cat that somehow thrives with total neglect and an occasional food and water refill. Yes, good thing it was a cat rather than a dog.<br/><br/>People should not have pets if they can't take care of them. I kept thinking the same about John Puller.

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