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Publisher's Summary

When FBI agent David Stafford finds himself on the Bureau's "out" list for publicly blowing the whistle on a corrupt colleague, he receives a low-profile assignment to investigate an Atlanta military base, where someone is suspected of auctioning off equipment without authorization.

Now a cylinder containing an extremely hazardous biochemical weapon is missing, and Stafford is on the trail of the thief - traveling from the hills of Georgia to the halls of the Pentagon - in a race to recover the weapon before it falls into enemy hands.

With strong characters and a plot that is frighteningly real, Deutermann's Zero Option is his most commercial novel yet, reminiscent of Tom Clancy and Nelson DeMille.

©1998 P. T. Deutermann (P)1998 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Alan
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 08-16-10

Entertaining story

I like all the major characters in this book - good and bad. The story gradually introduces the major players and then adds a good story with enough suspense and action to keep me interested. I enjoyed this book; however, my favorite books by this author are Hunting Season and Darkside.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Deutermann is a 10

After working my way through Deutermann's Cam Richter series, I was a little nervous to try out a new protagonist. I should have known better. Deutermann writes a great thriller -- whether or not Cam and his pooches are involved.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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So-so...not that bad, but not that good!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The length...too long and the ending...when I got to the end, I said, "That's IT!" Ah, come on!!"

What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I am a big Dick Hill fan and will listen to anything he reads (unless the story is really bad!). He is superb!!

Did Zero Option inspire you to do anything?

Probably to not invest another credit in any of his other books.

Any additional comments?

I did listen to his "Hunting Season"and really liked it...it had more to the plot than "Zero Option" and the main character in "Zero Option"just came across as pathetic.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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it's an ok story

I found the main character in the story to be a little on the weak side obviously dealing with an injury but you want your heroes or your centerpieces to be strong and decisive not weak and vulnerable other than that the story was was okay the the whole mental telepathy thing kind of got lost in the wash from the idea that the Army would lose a chemical weapon is almost unfathomable.

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  • Den
  • Sunny Florida
  • 07-09-18

Excellent Book

It keeps you in suspense and how it can change a person with or without belief.
The mind is truly a complex organ and all working differently. Yet siblings can be brought up together but you the mind set is so different with little to no overlap at times. Narrator is great, played various voices.

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 06-08-18

Exciting and Scary!

What if a canister of military chemical/biological weaponry got "lost", and put up for sale on the black market? What if you were an army general responsible for that canister? How could you find the missing canister, while still keeping the whole snafu secret? In "Zero Option", Deutermann poses these questions in a literary scenario ... and just about scares us out of our skins.

Dick Hill, as always, does an excellent job of voicing all the characters in this terrifyingly plausible novel. In a way, we listeners have an advantage over the print-readers in a novel like this, because a good narrator -- using his repertoire of voices and inflections -- distinguishes for us from the get-go the good guys from the bad guys. Listen carefully to Dick Hill's vocal inflections for each character, and you will see what I mean.

Should you purchase "Zero Option"? That depends ... Do you like military thrillers? Deutermann is not for everyone. I confess that his stories sometimes go a bit over my head when he gets into Chain-of-Command terminology and entanglements. Someone who has served in the armed forces or worked in the military would probably understand these allusions better than I do. However, Deutermann weaves such intricate, fascinating plots that I eagerly gobble up his novels, despite my military naivety. If an author could be said to have a distinguishing trade-mark, then Deutermann's trade-mark would look like this: All the characters in a convoluted plot are trying to figure out what the other characters are conniving. Through immaculate logic and deduction, they all come to exactly the wrong conclusions. Acting on those conclusions, they bring on near-cataclysmic disaster. The good guy, of course, saves the world at the last minute. Does that appeal to you? If so, then yes: Buy "Zero Option".

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  • Ed
  • Newark, DE, United States
  • 09-12-15

Poor recording

The story was very interesting but very distracting by listening to Dick Hill swallow every other sentence. I have listened to many books narrated by Dick hill and it never heard this before. It was extremely distracting.

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R-rated content warning

Since Audible has no rating system for adult content this is my meager attempt to warn listeners who prefer more family-oriented material of the presence of strong language and sexual content in this book. Hopefully this review will help you avoid the annoying process of starting the book and having to stop when you hit the offending content and ask for a refund.

7 of 25 people found this review helpful