Zero Day by David Baldacci

62%

21 Critic Reviews

...fights like Rambo and thinks like Holmes...Relentlessly formulaic, but Puller is a strong enough protagonist to keep the pages turning.
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Synopsis

From David Baldacci--the modern master of the thriller and #1 worldwide bestselling novelist-comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation.

And Zero Day is where it all begins....

John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene, a family slaughtered. The local homicide detective, a headstrong woman with personal demons of her own, joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he's seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force.

David Baldacci is one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America.

 

About David Baldacci

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David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.david-baldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at www.FeedingBodyandMind.com.
 
Published October 31, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 457 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Zero Day
All: 21 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Below average
on Oct 19 2011

...fights like Rambo and thinks like Holmes...Relentlessly formulaic, but Puller is a strong enough protagonist to keep the pages turning.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Ayers on Nov 03 2011

...the plot is frighteningly realistic --- or, worse, way too plausible. It won’t just keep you up all night; it may well ruin your sleep forever.

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Express

Below average
Reviewed by David Connett on Nov 27 2011

Baldacci’s strategy up to the dining dilemma works moderately well. Thereafter it spirals into a dive where the ground cannot arrive soon enough.

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Deseret News

Excellent
Reviewed by Robert Walsh on May 12 2012

But Baldacci meets the true test of sucking a reader into his yarn.

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NJ.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Fran Wood on Jan 01 2012

Baldacci’s palpable tension keeps the pages turning — and leaves you eager for the next in this new series.

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DNA

Below average
Reviewed by Malavika Velayanikal on Feb 26 2012

Making a strong anti-mining pitch, Baldacci brings up the issue repeatedly through the book. At the end of it, this is all the reader really takes home.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Excellent
Reviewed by Doug Childers on Oct 30 2011

"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.

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Fresh Fiction

Good
Reviewed by Jennifer Morrell on Feb 14 2012

From the deaths to the conclusion I was a captured reader.

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The Mystery Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Jerry Solot

Zero Day looks like the start of a new series. If so, my suggestion would be to improve upon the convoluted plot...

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Men Reading Books

Below average
Reviewed by Dave on Apr 29 2012

...you can’t read this book without constantly comparing it to Lee Child’s The Affair. The characters are too similar and the story lines too parallel.

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A Musing Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Nancy on Nov 29 2011

...a lot of acronyms are used that I don't know. They are defined but I didn't want to keep looking back in the book to be reminded.

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Bookin' with Bingo

Good
Reviewed by Larry DeLeon on Nov 01 2011

His writing and story sense are spot on, and ZERO DAY is no exception.

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MysteriesEtc

Good
Oct 31 2011

Good story, lots of action, lots of twists and turns. Great read that I highly recommend.

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Reading Between Pages

Good
Reviewed by Kavyen on Apr 25 2012

His writing is simple yet passionate and this book is all of that.

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Bea's Book Nook

Good
Jan 07 2012

Baldacci writes intimately about the US government and military...with a somewhat cynical eye while portraying his deep love for and belief in the US. It can be a tricky balance and he pulls it off well.

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Celebrity Books Book Reviews

Good
Nov 18 2011

With the amount of information incorporated into the story, you aren’t just reading about Puller—you’re basically living his military life. Overall, a very well-researched, sophisticated, mystery.

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Twisting the Lens

Below average
Reviewed by James H. on Jan 05 2012

It seems as though Baldacci has lost his spark in this often boring, fairly disappointing read.

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Starting Fresh

Good
Nov 24 2011

John Puller is on my top ten list of investigators - can't wait until the next Jack Puller adventure.

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Accidental Reads

Good
Mar 04 2012

...the plot twists are well devised and characters are very interesting.

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Liquid Hip

Below average
Reviewed by Richard Becker on Feb 24 2012

While the story is sharp enough and better than average, you will find plenty of people who seem irked by his latest creation (beyond West Virginians).

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Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Martha on Dec 15 2011

The mystery is a good twister with layers to dig through.

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