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Zero Day (John Puller Series) Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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"Zero Day is a nifty, paranoid thriller disguised as a murder mystery, and Baldacci advances it at a speedy clip with a nice mix of intrigue, tantalizing clues and the occasional explosion...Baldacci's books are fast-paced battles between good and evil."-- Richmond Times Dispatch --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
'He hasn't lost his freshness ... The consummate professional, he has a knack of finding an intriguing twist.' (The Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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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!
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
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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An excellent book keeps you guessing all the way through. If you like thrillers with a twist this is for you. Well worthy of five stars in my book! ( excuse the pun)Published 25 days ago by David John Alfred Scammell
Interesting background for the story. Brilliant writing. Good mix with action and some relaxing in between.Published 27 days ago by Heide Schniete
I liked this book. It was easy to read and, whilst the plot was complicated, it was not overly so. This made for a stimulating read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ron Robson
Great read. Kept in suspense all the way through. Didn't see the end coming. Al the other john puller books I've read are just as good.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A definite must for readers who enjoy Lee Child's Reacher. John Puller and Reacher are characters cut from the same military cloth.Published 1 month ago by Anna
Held my attention from start to finish..what is the next one in the series? I need to read it now.Published 1 month ago by Helen Murdoch
Love the John Puller series. Great storylines and a good read. You get drawn in and have to keep turning the pages to see what happens nextPublished 1 month ago by Thisisthemac