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4.0 out of 5 stars A Stonking Yarn
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...
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by Joe McCoubrey
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sorry.....can't be bothered to finish it!
Instant comparison to Child's Reacher novels but there the similarity ends. Boring, no action and Baldacci's descriptions sound like classroom lectures.
The plot can be recognised from miles away and is a poor imitation of a Lee Child narrative.
I plodded halfway through and threw in the towel.
Don't get me wrong, Baldacci's a fine writer and I was...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)The plot was ok but the writing style interfered with the flow of the story. The author had obviously done a great deal of research into the US military and security services, guns, nuclear bombs and other subjects. He then proceeded to include all of it in his novel. I am sure that some people really appreciate the details but I did not. I felt as if I was receiving lectures on the subjects and this interfered with the flow of the story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)I think the follow up is better! John Puller bears a striking resemblance to Jack Reacher. Military cop, big, tall, strong, bright, a bit of a maverick, good with women...
Zero Day is a good read but not in the same class as Lee Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)Although similar in character to Jack Reacher, John Puller does it for me. The plot is good and, in typical Baldacci style, the book is difficult to put down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another very goods book by this author,
This review is from: Zero Day (John Puller 1) (Paperback)Excitement all the way through and we'll worth the read. I will continue to read his books because he has very good character details and descriptions of locations.
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels Familiar,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)Baldacci's a good writer and this is a good story with a strong lead character. The only problem is that the lead character is Jack Reacher.
This is a complete rip off of the Reacher series but isn't as good.
Worth a read, but read Lee Child instead. Baldacci needs to take a long hard look at himself for creating a character so obviously plagiarised from a current best seller.
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't bad,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)It took a long while to get started and jumped from one place to another so you didn't know where you was
3.0 out of 5 stars Good start,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition).......but tailed off a bit IMHO. like others have said very Jack Reacher ish.....but that said I wasn't reading it thinkin of a midget Tommy Cruise tryin to play 6 foot 7 inch character.
It lost a star because of the ending when it all went a "bit technical nuclear geeky" and the final ending was a bit pants too.
That said it was cheap and I finished it so can't be too bad.
4.0 out of 5 stars very well written good read deseves 4 stars.,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)its was written by a good author and a very good story well worth the read.i will buy his book again.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like thrillers you will like this,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)This was a typical Baldacci product. If you like his books you will like this. It was a crisp efficient thriller with reasonably good
characterisation though most of his strength as an author is his plotting.
Puller is a typical no nonsense military tough cop. He is pretty laconic, and fighting both problems on the ground and in the bureaucracy above him. He has an interesting family background just to complicate things for him too, which explains why he is so emotionally buttoned down. He is sent to Virginia to the coal mining part of if to sort out a murder of an army colonel and help the local police who just happens to have a female sheriff. Yes it does sound very similar to 'The Affair' similar area of the country, similar problem, and a similarly attractive and available co-worker. But the attraction between the two, Puller and Sam [the sheriff], is very understated and written with a typical Baldacci economy.
The story itself is fairly preposterous but that is half the fun. You are trawled through a veritable welter of half trails and distractions before it becomes clear what's causing the mayhem in this part of the world. And I have to say that the true villain when he/she emerges is a surprise and because of that somewhat implausible though a very effective purveyor of villainy and violence and Puller is pressed hard to identify him/her and do anything about stopping him/her from his/her plans.
The story simply rattles along at a great old pace. Thoroughly enjoyable if you are into thrillers. I am not sure if I would rate it better than Lee Child's 'The Affair' and if you have read the Jack Reacher book you might want to leave it while before you start this one because the echoes are strong and you keep feeling you are in a familiar place - which isn't quite. Roll on the next Puller novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Zero Day,
This review is from: Zero Day (Kindle Edition)This author never fails to keep you reading. The Kindle was barely put down until the end of the story
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Zero Day by David Baldacci