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David Baldacci
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5 July 2012 John Puller 1

War hero John Puller is known to be the top investigator in the US Army’s CID. So when a family with military connections is brutally murdered in a remote area of West Virginia, Puller is called to investigate, and soon suspects the case has wider implications. As the body count rises he teams up with local homicide detective Samantha Cole. As the web of deceit is revealed, it quickly becomes apparent that there’s much more to this case than they had first thought. It is an investigation where nothing is as it seems, and nothing can be taken at face value.

When Puller and Cole discover a dangerous situation in the making, Puller finds he must turn to the one person who can help avert certain catastrophe. A person he has known all his life.

In a breathtaking rollercoaster race against time, Cole fears for the community in which she was raised, and Puller knows he has to overcome the enemies of his country to avoid far reaching disaster.

But in the end, you can’t kill what you can’t see is coming . . .

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  • Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (5 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330520318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330520317
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (357 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Baldacci is the author of eighteen previous New York Times bestsellers. With his books published in over 45 languages and with nearly 90 million copies in print, he is one of the world's favourite storytellers. David Baldacci is also the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at, and his foundation at, and to look into its programme to spread books across America at

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'He hasn't lost his freshness...The consummate professional, he has a knack of finding an intriguing twist' --Daily Mail --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Baldacci is the internationally-acclaimed author of 20 bestselling novels. With his books published in at least 45 different languages, and with over 100 million copies in print, he is one of the world’s favourite storytellers. His family foundation, the Wish You Well Foundation, a non-profit organization, works to eliminate illiteracy across America. He still lives in Virginia with his wife and two children.

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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Stonking Yarn 13 Dec 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's always nice to sink your teeth into a Baldacci, particularly when he throws you a curveball by introducing a new character with a whole new set of skills. However, it's quite a shock to find something vaguely familiar about John Puller whose former MP days match up with Lee Child's Jack Reacher, and you begin to wonder what's coming next when he teams up with a small-town female sheriff to solve a series of grisly crimes (reminiscent of Reacher's latest plot - The Affair). Add in the fact that he loves his coffee by the gallon and gets to beat up on the town bully and wow! - the shades of déjà vu start to close in alarmingly!

For avid fans of Reacher the comparison offered by Puller is frankly off-putting and, to a degree, disappointing. But none of that should detract from what is a stonking great yarn in its own right. Nobody does insight into weaponry, forensics, clandestine services, and politics like Baldacci and in Zero Hour he lets it all hang out. The story rattles along at a fast rate, draws you into making some wrong assumptions, and has more than enough action for even the fiercest of adrenaline junkies. It builds to a climax as good as any you're likely to encounter, including a few twists that only the bravest of authors attempt these days.

If this is to be the start of a new Baldacci series featuring the superbly-honed investigative skills of John Puller - and there's no reason to doubt otherwise - then bring it on! Goodness knows there are a lot of stories out there just waiting for the Baldacci flair to keep Puller busy. Let's just hope that as he evolves, the character starts to distance himself from the Jack Reacher brand!
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing Baldacci 8 Nov 2011
By rhosymynydd VINE VOICE
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I have been a Baldacci addict ever since I read The Christmas Train and his novels never cease to amaze me in the completely differerent topics he covers but there is always a surprise ending.

This book sneaks up on you. It starts as a standard detective investigation with Puller (military) joining up with Sam Cole the local female and lead cop. Set in a remote county, Sam faces discrimination from the locals but has proven herself up to the job. Together they slowly pull together to solve unusual local murders but there is something far deeper behind the scenes. This thriller is exactly that - so intriguing and full of great characters intertwined with family relationships but you are kept guessing until the final chapters. All is not as it seemed in this sleepy backwater - its fate could affect the nation. The final ending is a complete surprise and very unexpected. I could not put this one down but its pretty intensive reading so it did take me two days to complete but worth every moment.

This is a must read for any thriller enthusiast. If you have not read Baldacci before, this is a good introduction but bear in mind that no two of his novels are of the same genre but all contain ingenious plots/endings. You will be hooked...Zero Day
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
"Surely every man walks about like a shadow; Surely they busy themselves in vain; He heaps up riches, And does not know who will gather them." -- Psalm 39:6 (NKJV)

I would have liked this book a lot better if Lee Child hadn't already written the Jack Reacher novels. Instead, I kept having the feeling that I'd already read this book . . . and there are a number of surface similarities to Lee Child's latest Reacher novel, The Affair.

I liked The Affair better than Zero Day, but Zero Day is a perfectly satisfying book. If you haven't read The Affair, you'll probably like Zero Day better than I did.

I don't know enough about the military and military investigations to know how accurate the details are in Zero Day. But the details seemed credible to an ignorant person like me. If you are familiar with the details, their accuracy will probably affect your enjoyment of the book quite a bit.

John Puller makes an interesting protagonist because Mr. Baldacci leaves so many mysteries virtually untouched in Puller's background. Obviously, future books are planned that will gradually reveal aspects of those mysteries which include a tricky family background and a seemingly irrational desire to avoid gaining military rank.

Puller shows humanity that makes him more appealing than what might have been developed in someone who is a bit of a hard core cop-type.

The mystery is decently complicated and not too transparently telegraphed.

The book's main appeal, however, is in the pairing of the military investigator, Puller, with the single woman detective, Sam Cole. Their relationship carries the story forward in a way that the Reacher novels usually don't contain as effectively.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 13 Sep 2012
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Having read some of the reviews and the product description, for 20p I decided to give it a go. I'm so pleased I didn't spend more on it.

If you were to cut out all the waffle and the tedious technology that really isn't required to that depth unless you're a rocket scientist (or in the US Military), it would be a good read. The product description says that the hero is at odds with the female sheriff, when they seemed to work pretty well together, I thought.

All in all, I had to put some hard work in to finish this book, instead of it being a pleasure to read. I don't think I'll be continuing this series of books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars could not put it down
As the story unraveled you felt like you were there. You could feel the heat. Great for the business trip.
Published 12 hours ago by Jim Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
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2.0 out of 5 stars boring
I didn't like this took ages to get into and never did. I was glad when I finished it, although I was tempted not to finish it
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Five star rating. Thoroughly deserved. Good solid character base. Well constructed story line. Once started, hard to set aside. Read and enjoy.
Published 17 days ago by Shellyd
5.0 out of 5 stars New baldacci Fan
I enjoyed this book a lot it of the same genre as lee child's Jack Reacher and dare I say it probably better IMO
The character of John puller is more believable than Reacher... Read more
Published 17 days ago by swabs
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack Reacher's Twin?
Plausible plot with a couple of red herrings thrown in. Sustained action, even if a bit farfetched on occasions . Read more
Published 21 days ago by John Phipps
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
i'm reading this book at present and like all David Baldacci books its a good read with a good story line to it
Published 21 days ago by Mr D Schofield
3.0 out of 5 stars Readable
Almost appears to be a clone of the Jack Reacher novels due to the characters - though I have no idea which books appeared first. Read more
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