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The Zero Game (Meltzer, Brad (Large Print)) Hardcover – Large Print, Jan 2004


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  • Hardcover: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Lrg edition (Jan 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739441019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446533164
  • ASIN: 0446533165
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Meltzer has earned the right to belly up to the bar with John Grisham, Scott Turow and David Baldacci (People Magazine)

Gets the blood pumping (The New York Times, on The Millionaires)

'Grisham had better beware, for there's a new kid on the block. In The Tenth Justice young Brad Meltzer - all of 26 - has formulated a thriller that fairly crackles, having pace, confidence and velocity-charged story-telling' - The Irish Times on The Tenth Justice

'Breakneck . . . an action-packed read' - Mail on Sunday on Dead Even

Meltzer's dark political thriller pulses with adrenaline in a mean and dangerous race to the final revelation. (Oxford Times on The First Counsel)

This white-knuckle thriller portrays cybertheft in the banking world in a beguiling concoction that keeps you hooked from start to finish (The Irish Times, on The Millionaires) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The internationally bestselling author of THE MILLIONAIRES and THE FIRST COUNSEL returns to Washington, DC with the story of an insider's game that turns deadly. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2004
Format: Paperback
Before reviewing The Zero Game, let me caution you NOT TO READ THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS until after you read the novel. The acknowledgments are filled with spoilers! I don't ever recall reading a novel that gave so much away unnecessarily. The acknowledgments should have been put at the end of the book. If you do not read the acknowledgments first, this is a four-star book.
Mr. Meltzer has once again written a compelling plot about Washington that nicely builds on the cynicism that we all feel about the political process. Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are established Congressional staffers who find their idealism thinning out after a number of years on the Hill. When someone suggests to Harris that he get involved in an innocent betting game about matters of no importance in Congress, he bites. He encourages his friend Matthew to get involved too, and the fun begins. As the book opens, the two friends think they see an incredible opportunity to score in the game. But soon, matters take an unexpected turn. In the process of dealing with that unexpected turn, Viv Parker, a 17 year-old Congressional page, becomes the key resource.
The story's development is a little uneven. It works well in D.C. and seems to weaken outside the Beltway. There's also a scientific element that didn't work all that well for me. It is just a little too improbable to be taken seriously. It's more like science fantasy than science fiction. I graded the book down one star for this problem.
The character development is minimal except for Viv Parker who affected me as one of the most interesting heroines I have read about in a thriller. I hope Mr. Meltzer will be able to work her into future novels.
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Matthew Mercer works on Capitol Hill writing Interior Appropriations for Congressman Cordell. The committee the congressman serves on decides where and when discretionary monies are spent. His best friend Harris Sandler is a Senate staff member and deals with the orientation of Congressional pages.

Harris is the kind of guy everybody likes, confident, sure of himself and he likes to play games. Like pinning the Lorax, the Dr. Seuss character who speakes for the trees "for the trees have no tonuges," on Congressman Enemark's lapel when he's not looking. The congressman is the Dean of the House and Congress's longest serving Member and according to Matthew, "He'd clearcut Oregon, hang billboards in the Grand Canyon, and vote to pave over his own garden with baby seal skins if he thought it'd get him some cash."

Matthew is bored and cynical, looking for excitement, so when Harris introduces him to a clandestine game betting on the likelihood of various pieces of legislation being passed, he plays. It's a harmless little betting game centered around how many votes there will be on a particular bill. One day the bet concerns a trivial government land sale that Matthew has the power to control. It's a sure thing and Matthew and Harris bet their savings.

The way the game works, each person invites one other person to play, so each player knows only two others, the rest of the players are kept anonymous. But the game hides an explosive secret and turns deadly when someone close to them winds up dead. Now they realize the rules have changed and that they're about to become the game's next victims as a ruthless killer is on their trail.
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By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
Before reviewing The Zero Game, let me caution you NOT TO READ THE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS until after you read the novel. The acknowledgments are filled with spoilers! I don't ever recall reading a novel that gave so much away unnecessarily. The acknowledgments should have been put at the end of the book. If you do not read the acknowledgments first, this is a four-star book.
Mr. Meltzer has once again written a compelling plot about Washington that nicely builds on the cynicism that we all feel about the political process. Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are established Congressional staffers who find their idealism thinning out after a number of years on the Hill. When someone suggests to Harris that he get involved in an innocent betting game about matters of no importance in Congress, he bites. He encourages his friend Matthew to get involved too, and the fun begins. As the book opens, the two friends think they see an incredible opportunity to score in the game. But soon, matters take an unexpected turn. In the process of dealing with that unexpected turn, Viv Parker, a 17 year-old Congressional page, becomes the key resource.
The story's development is a little uneven. It works well in D.C. and seems to weaken outside the Beltway. There's also a scientific element that didn't work all that well for me. It is just a little too improbable to be taken seriously. It's more like science fantasy than science fiction. I graded the book down one star for this problem.
The character development is minimal except for Viv Parker who affected me as one of the most interesting heroines I have read about in a thriller. I hope Mr. Meltzer will be able to work her into future novels.
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