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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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Decent story, way over-produced

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy shoot-em-up movies.

Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

Yes, as long as it was produced and performed by someone else.

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

No

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

Interesting plot line and characters.

Any additional comments?

The background sounds - music meant to increase suspense and gunshots, explosions, etc - were, at the very least, distracting, at worst annoying and obnoxious. Having two narrators was also distracting. It's ok if multiple people narrate different chapters or sections, but carrying on a conversation is jarring when the voice skips over to one person for a word or two, then back. I almost didn't finish the book because of the over- production, though the story was interesting and I actually liked the two readers individually.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 05-17-16

First book of a great thriller series!

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.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Alvin
  • Alamogordo, NM, United States
  • 02-07-15

Not Jack Reacher, but close

Where does Zero Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the upper third

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Very complex and compelling plot

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

Puller

Any additional comments?

Like all good mysteries the clues were there if you were sharp. Main character has just enough "Dirty Harry" in him to make him dangerous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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can't wait to hear the rest!

very entertaining and unpredictable. I immediately liked the characters and cannot wait to listen to the rest!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I had a hard time turning it off.

Baldacci has a talent for keeping me guessing. This is the seecond Puller book I have listened to. I hope that there are more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Captivating

It was interesting to listen to another John Puller series. A master story teller. Keeps you engaged to the end

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  • jimheh
  • New Berlin, WI USA
  • 01-20-15

Excellent story.

Where does Zero Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This novel is among my top 20 favorites. I will probably listen more than once.

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Puller is a character I'm looking forward to in future novels. He has a strong resemblance to my favorite Lee Child's Jack Reacher.

Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first and enjoyed the 2 narrators very much. ( 2 narrators is also a first for me).

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Secrets in West Virginia.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very good read, kept me wanting to hear more.

Loved the narrator and the different voices used, the plot kept me in suspense and wanting to hear more - great !

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Held my interest throughout!

This is an exciting, well paced story, one that never lagged or had a dull moment. The main character, Puller, is impressive and appealing, though sometimes almost too perfect. The supporting characters are realistic and always interesting. The plot was suspenseful and the ending for the most part was satisfying. I was anxious to get to the end of the story so that all would be revealed. Yet I was sorry when the book was over! As for the few negatives: It did seem odd that the government would send Puller in solo to investigate the ominous events in Drake, West Virginia. The author's explanations for Puller's continuing lack of backup didn't entirely work for me, especially at the climax of the story, when additional expert assistance clearly would have been provided if the scenario had been real. The narrators were both excellent, except that Ron McLarty sounds a bit further along in years than the Puller character should. McLarty is a talented actor and narrator. I liked his narration except for the audible age discrepancy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Awesome Intro to Puller

This story was fantastic and left me wanting to listen to the next story in the series ASAP! The voice acting was also excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful