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Summary

John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family in their home. The dead husband was in the army and the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor. The local homicide detective, a woman with personal demons of her own, clashes with Puller over the investigation. What neither of them knows is what is waiting for them across the street from the murdered family’s home. It is something that will turn an already complicated case on its head. As Puller digs through deception after red herring, he realizes that absolutely nothing, and nobody, he’s so far seen in this small town, are what they seem. He is truly one man against an overwhelming force.

©2011 Columbus Rose, Ltd. (P)2011 Macmillan Digital Audio

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Beware loud music

This story was very enjoyable and well up to David Baldacci's usual standard. The narration was also very good, and it helped to have two narrators. So much for the positives. For me there was one overwhelming negative, and that was the loud intrusive "music" and sound effects which covered quite long sessions of narration. Perhaps it's an age thing, but I found it very difficult to hear the story in parts - it was so bad I almost abandoned the book about an hour from the end. I suppose book producers think it adds atmosphere or is clever, and perhaps some listeners like it. To me it's just very ANNOYING, like trying to read a book in a crowded room. I wish book descriptions would issue warnings of this sort of addition to the narration as it seems to be an increasing trend. I won't be taking a chance on any recent David Baldacci books in future.

62 of 65 people found this review helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Copying Jack Reacher a bit too much!

As the title implies, Mr Child should be a bit miffed, as Mr Baldacci introduces a new character almost the twin of Jack Reacher. He is an army McGuyver, pretty much able to do anything and it called in to help a small town sheriff in W Virginia when a soon to be retired army man and his family are assassinated.

The attention to detail is impressive and the feeling of a poor town, where nobody really cares is sad, as drugs, unemployment and illness due to the coal mining take its toll. However, it's a gripping story, and you're never sure whether the army or the mining company is the baddy; and unusually for an audiobook, there's background music and sound effects which actually add to the drama.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Mark H
  • Kilwinning, United Kingdom
  • 31-03-12

Exciting Action Thriller - Excellent

This was an excellent book, well written, well read and well produced. The male and female actors do a tremendous job in bringing the book alive and the production values are first rate. As an action thriller, this in the first division. It has good pace, lots of well-drawn characters, a satisfyingly complex, but consistent, plot. And twists and turns that keep you guessing to the end. If you do not enjoy this then it will probably be because you do not like the genre. This is as good as this kind of novel gets.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

really enjoyable and well written.

I can say that i'm a lee child fan and this book was not far from his talented school of writing, the narrative and characters were excellent, highly enjoyable and hard to put down, highly recommend

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Haven't We Met Before?

Let me see now. Super-tough army investigator, big guy, combat experience and very good at what he does? Yes, the likeness of John Puller to Jack Reacher is easy to spot and the comparison is fair to make. Of course this is a crowded genre but I think there's room for both. On top of that Puller is more talkative, doesn't have the vagrant tendencies and is operating within the military machine. He's different enough and in fact a couple of the recent Reacher novels are more like this with Jack co-operating, as much as he ever does, with other agencies.

I'm sure some people will be put off by the similarity but I think I'll choose to enjoy both even if I do want to crown Reacher the King at this point. Puller though promises plenty to come. His family background with his ailing father's history and his black sheep brother all offer plenty of future possibilities.

Typical of Baldacci this audiobook sports some studio effects and music combined with dual narration. I think both work well. McLarty isn't the most dynamic and needs a bit of help so having Orlagh Cassidy to support with the female voices really makes a difference. A couple of earlier reviewers have mentioned that the background production interfered with the narrative. Possibly the sound levels have been re-engineered because at no point did I find them at all intrusive. I thought they added a little extra spice to the experience.

As for the story it's fairly exciting even if it does seem pretty far-fetched at times. At first glance the ending seems especially "out there" but this at least is explained away quite nicely in the round up. It's a book that left me well-satisfied and I will progress through the series in the future.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Laurence
  • PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom
  • 29-02-12

The indestructable Soldier

Just as Stone was impervious to mortal dangers, though those close to him do die on occasions, so it is with WO Puller a senior, much decorated detective of the CID branch of the US Army. He is sent on detached duty to investigate a case that grows into a National threat without much support from a sycophantic senior command. Fortunately Puller is aided by a feisty female police sergeant who, like Stone's associates, is doomed from the first time that you meet her. The narrative pace is fast and furious characteristic of Baldacci though the story becomes predictable. What gains the third star is the fine reading given by Ron McLarty and especially Orlagh Cassidy whose laconic interpretation of the female sergeant was first class.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Gripping.

Not quite Jack Reacher, but Puller does the business. I look forward to reading or listening to the next book's in the series.

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Enjoyed it so much I bought the next one...

Truly gripping story delivered brilliantly. Great voices of the actors really added to the experience.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Peter
  • ENFIELD, United Kingdom
  • 28-06-12

Excellent story and narration

Read by the same pairing as The Innocent, this is a cracking, fast paced story with good production value. Not all audios have the little sound affects but once you get used to it, you'll find it adds to the tension. Used very sparingly here so as not to overdo it.
Ron's voice is gravel city and he really keeps the interest up with great characterisations. Same for Orlagh, and the pairing really works.
Thoroughly recommended if you like your thrillers with some action.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Clare
  • LONDON, United Kingdom
  • 22-02-12

Love Jack Reacher... and now John Puller!

As another reviewer said, the hero is a shameless clone of Jack Reacher... but, if you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, then you'll like David Baldacci's John Puller! Good story, pace, detail and, also, well read. I found Zero Day to be ideal audiobook material (one good story line - not too much concentration required) and I enjoyed the additional sound effects. Keep them coming, Mr Baldacci!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Michal Bojanowicz
  • 12-11-11

Baldacci at his best

I've just finished listening to Zero Day. It's 5:16AM and I just had to finish! The story has really nice twist and keeps you engaged until the end. Highly recommended for all who like Baldacci/Child/Sandford.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • 14-01-12

Zero Day, David Baldacci

Where does Zero Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This ranks in my top ten.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Puller, of course, we my favourite character.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

It was delightful that there were both a male and female narrators, but the male narrator did the best job of distinguishing his different characters.

Any additional comments?

Every Baldacci book is great. It was interesting to 'hear' one for a change. It made me really look forward to getting in the car every day to go to and from work.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michelle
  • 21-09-18

Great performance

Good book well performed like the twist at the end didn't see it coming
Great

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  • Mwenda Njoka
  • 11-02-18

DAVID BALDACCI AT HIS BEST!

This is one of the best David Baldacci books and the writer does an excellent and amazing job of introducing Special Agent John Puller. I couldn’t stop myself from listening despite the fact that I had read the hardcover book some years back!

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  • Stefanie
  • 11-04-17

omit the background noise

loved it. great story. lose the background effects. with a very good plot the music and effects are nothing but distracting.

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  • Sholto Forsyth
  • 04-06-16

Can't wait for Puller's next mystery

I looked forward to my commutes and radio news simply went out the window. Characters were believable, the suspense was murderous and Baldacci kept me guessing to the very end. I gasped many many times.

I would snap up any piece performed by either of the narrators.

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  • Bisccuits2
  • 16-05-15

most enjoyed audible book to date, performance bri

Would you listen to Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1 again? Why?

yes the two speakers and odd moments of music made more like a radio play and I because addicted to listening to it

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes, lots of twists

What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

for me the accents gave the character more life. as a non American I cant mentally attribute accents to the different states

Any additional comments?

I got up in the morning and had it playing load while I got dress and ate breakfast in front to computer listening

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  • SharonJen
  • 15-05-14

Good but slightly predictable...

I liked the book, the story and characters and was entertained whenever I listened, but it didn't cause me to steal time from other pursuits for a quick blast and to catchup on story progress, it was just a little predictable and so less additive.

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  • Kim
  • 27-11-12

excellent narration and a good story

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, John Puller was a good no nonsense character and I enjoyed listening to both the male and female narrators

Who was your favorite character and why?

John Puller of course, cool under pressure.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was always keen to get in my car and drive as this is where is listen to my audiobooks, I would find myself disappointed when I had arrived at my destination and lingering in the car to get to the end of the chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-10-12

Good Thriller

What did you love best about Zero Day?

The performance. The two voices really brought the characters to life. The sound effects were there at important places and really made a good impact.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes.. had to stretch my listening sessions to get it complete when I came towards the end of the book as it got too exciting to wait.

What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

Really Good.