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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
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Published October 31st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
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Jean Cole SPOILER ALERT: Two possible answers come to mind for me. One -- the bad guys made the murders particularly gruesome and staged the video taping of the…moreSPOILER ALERT: Two possible answers come to mind for me. One -- the bad guys made the murders particularly gruesome and staged the video taping of the bodies as a "red herring" to make people think it was foreign terrorists. Two -- since the person who eventually did see the video was part of the domestic security force, it was a device by Baldacci to make that person seem even more evil and on a par with the foreign terrorists.(less)
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Ben Jackson
Dec 11, 2013 Ben Jackson rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
And just when I thought I had finished the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child er...David Baldacci writes another Reacher the first Puller novel.

Jack Reacher John Puller is a crackerjack military investigator, who heads out of the DC area to the south, to check out the death of a senior officer in unsavory conditions. Reacher sorries, Puller is a big dude, and he likes to punch people. Also he travels light. And punchy.

Jack Reacher John Puller comes from a military family. His father died now has Al
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Bill
Nov 22, 2011 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that really need to read every Baldacci book
The good guy is perfect and the bad guys are really, really evil. Sometimes David Baldacci gets it just right and sometimes he just falls flat. I am putting Zero Day in the latter category.

John Puller is in the Army's Criminal Investigation Division and is called upon to investigate a murder in a small West Virginia coal mining town. While there, he learns these deaths may have very large implications.

The story really falls short in a number of ways. First, the sheer size and scope of the invest
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I really like this author and have enjoyed reading most of his books.

This is the 1st book in the John Puller Series and introduces John Puller, the hero, who works in the military.

Good writing, good plot and some great characters.

Enjoyable read.
Jim
I enjoyed my last book by Baldacci, but this one hit too many of my hot buttons. The hero was too heroic, a super hero who could solve a murder, beat up the toughest, be a CSI tech, & figure out the crime from a mark in the dust. Think NCIS with Puller in all the roles from Gibbs down to that cute, weird girl in the lab. Seriously, he was doing better than Ducky at one point. But he can't figure out the difference between the sound of a fan & a possible opponent. Ugh.

Possibly worse, Bald
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Katherine Adams
May 14, 2012 Katherine Adams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've read several of David Baldacci's books, and enjoyed them. "Zero Day," however, isn't one of them. Baldacci's main character -- Army investigator John Puller -- is a dull twin of Lee Child's popular protagonist Jack Reacher. It was surprising to see so many similarities to such a well-known character like Reacher. The first time Puller craved coffee, I thought "Reacher." Aside from a strange (I hope coincidental) similarity to a well-known contemporary character, this book is filled with unn ...more
Relic
Jul 25, 2012 Relic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
It's not often I'm compelled to drop a book out of sheer despair, but this is one of them. Well, not literally, since it was in audio format on my phone, and dropping it would have had serious consequences. But at the 54 minute mark of the 57 minute second cd, enough was enough. At a crime scene, Baldacci's shameless clone of Jack Reacher, here called Puller, started explaining in relentless, unpitying and irrelevant detail how to take a flash photograph. This took several chapters, or seemed th ...more
Nancy
Nov 26, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like David Baldacci's books. He is intelligent and provides a suspense filled story with clean dialogue and well written characters. This particular book just didn't grab me. The problem was the acronyms for me. The protagonist is military and 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. Like I said, Baldacci is brilliant and he understands a lot of things that I don't having to do with forensics which ...more
William Bentrim
Nov 14, 2011 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zero Day by David Baldacci

Baldacci has a new hero, a new ethos and another, never boring cliff hanging, throat grabbing thriller.

John Puller takes over for John Carr without a Camel Club or a gang of cronies. Although Puller is dedicated Army, he runs without a safety net throughout the book. The Army is his life and his passion is it’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is an elite Army cop and he is thrown into a situation involving mass mayhem. Every time he turns around there is another mu
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Nick Brett
oh, what to make of David Baldacci? A capable and entertaining author, much of his recent work has not been up to the standard set by his early books. My personal view is that this came about as he started producing books on a more regular basis, quantity over quality if you like. And now we have "Zero Hour" which is a very hard book to review...
The good news is that this is the best book from the author in some while, a fast paced page turner about an US Military investigator looking into some
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Wanda
Jul 20, 2012 Wanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Listened to this exercise book while on treadmill. Derivative. Predictable. Cliche ridden. And annoyingly patriotic. Spare me the rhapsodies about the U.S. military. If we were a bit more honest about the fact that war was legalized killing, perhaps we would get into fewer of them. Glorifying our military misadventures in the Middle East and Afghanistan isn't helpful. It speaks only to manipulating the patriotic fervor of others.
Puller's love interest never comes to fruition - so he is left (lik
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Mark Chisnell
I’ve not read any David Baldacci books before, and I only started with this one because it sat at the top of the UK charts with a bunch of good reviews and a 20p price tag – but I’m glad I picked it out, and I’m giving it four stars. It would be three and a half, but that isn’t possible.

Zero Day is the first in what I’m sure will be a series starring Jack Rea... sorry, not Jack Reacher, John Puller. Spot what Baldacci did there? Many other reviewers have drawn the comparison between Lee Child’s
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Spinster
Dec 03, 2012 Spinster rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: do-not-bother
Zero Day was like bad action movie, so clichéd that my fingers and toes combined aren't enough to count the times I rolled my eyes or laughed at the absurdities in the story. I mean, a hardass super soldier who knows everything about anything and if there is one very precise area of knowledge he's not an expert on, he has a family member that is. Murders, guns, explosions, sweat and muscle - that's the recipe for a good story. Or not.

The book reeked with testosterone and Baldacci clearly wasn't
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Skip
Mar 10, 2012 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
Eerily similar to Lee Child's The Affair. An Army CID goes to a small town to investigate the murder of an Army officer and his family, and becomes embroiled in local town politics and policing. Nobody is quite sure why John Puller is alone nor why Homeland Security and other senior governmental officers have an ongoing interest in the case, especially in a small coal town in West Virginia. Local motorcycle gang is cooking meth, but the real danger is much more dangerous, involving an Army cover ...more
Jonel Boyko
Oh my goodness! Could you just imagine? Baldacci has taken one of the most terrifying possibilities and brought it to our backyard in a chillingly realistic manner. Chilling narratives combine with an intricate storyline to create a very believable, chilling, and entertaining whole. The plot twists were never ending. I couldn’t believe that I never figured out the mastermind. I actually had to wait to be told in the last chapter. At the same time, I didn’t feel as if it came out of left field. I ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I put this on my "Thriller" shelf as that's what this is supposed to be. Sadly it doesn't really move fast enough to actually give, "thrills".

Our hero a warrant officer investigator for the Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division) gets called to WV when a flag officer and his entire family are murdered. The flag officer (Full bird colonel) was an intelligence type.

Things get odd rather quickly... The crime is important enough for a CID investigator but then he's sent in alone with no back up
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Jill
Jan 27, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have never read a book by David Baldacci that I didn't like, and Zero Day is no exception. It kept me awake nights and that is one of the things that determine how well I like a book. The situations were borderline unbelievable, but then so are most of Dean Koontz, Stephen King and others ... it doesn't detract from the pleasure of the book.

John Puller is a career military man, a CID investigator with a tough exterior and soft heart and soul. His brother is serving a life sentence for treason
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Jimmy
Nov 05, 2014 Jimmy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 28, deployment-12-13
SPOILERS INCLUDED!

Reading this book made me feel elitest and I don't enjoy that feeling. The story wasn't bad by any means. I wanted to know how it ended but getting there was pretty rough.

So the main character is John Puller Jr. Puller is an Army CID Investigator who is the son of America's greatest Soldier and is no slouch himself. Unfortunately for Mr. Baldacci, I am also a Soldier and I found the description of Puller to be almost offensive. He does everything the way the Army trained him to
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Kelly
Sep 24, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, thrillers
I really hope I'll be reading more about John Puller soon! Masterful character development.
Emilie
Picked this up at the airport on a whim. I typically like Baldacci's books and this one was ok. Other commenter's have remarked on the main character's uncanny similarity to another well-known character. I have never read any of those books (although now I'm going to!) to make that comparison, so that was lost on me. There is a lot of exposition and sort of dumbed-down/white-washed military/law enforcement stuff. I noted in the acknowledgements that Baldacci seemed to do quite a bit of research ...more
Cheryl
Nov 21, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Puller works for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Unit. So whenever the Army is in need of the best to help solve a murder, they turn to John. This latest murder case is a gruesome one. A colonel and his family including two little children were slaughtered.

John is joined by local authority Samantha “Sam” Cole. Together they head down a path of deceit, greed and murder.

It has been several books since I have read one from Mr. Baldacci. I have to admit that this was not one of his stronges
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Jackie
Sep 13, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, I was needing "good read" and I got it with this one. Mr. Baldacci remains one of my favorite authors. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this (probably more than usual because I had just finished a rather disappointing novel from another of my favorites, who maybe won't be one of my favorites any more...but I digress).

One nit-picky complaint: I got a bit weary of reading about how someone was fat. Too many fat someones.

That said, the hero of this one was "larger than life", a nearly perfect exam
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gert
Nov 19, 2011 gert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ok, there's no question that while reading this book comparisons will be made between its protagonist - john puller - and good ol' jack reacher. they share far too many characteristics for that not to happen. but john is far more chatty, and still in the army. thereby following those rules and hierarchy. and he uses suitcases.

although there were parts in this book that i felt just went to slow - i will admit to some skimming - generally, the story moved along. as well, sometimes it felt like a t
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Loripdx
I enjoyed this book by David Baldacci, but I kind of felt like I was reading a Lee Child book!

Did anybody else notice the following?

1) The name of Baldacci's main character in this book is John Puller. In Lee Child's books, the main character is Jack Reacher. John = Jack and PULLer vs REACHer.

2) (This one's a stretch, but a sort of cool stretch nonetheless!) John Puller meets up with a lady cop in Zero Day whose last name happens to be Cole. Now Child's Jack Reacher is not Joe Pike (of Robert Cr
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Barbara ★
I'm definitely in the minority on this book. I loved it! Sure it's ridiculous but aren't all armageddon books? I liked John Puller's no-nonsense attitude (it's an army thing) and even though his brother has been convicted of treason, John doesn't forsake him. I thought the conspiracy was interesting and involved enough that it was hard to figure the bad guy. Oh don't get me wrong, there were lots of bad guys but the biggie was a surprise. I will definitely be reading the next installment as ther ...more
Mahoghani 23
Feb 28, 2016 Mahoghani 23 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-z-2016
How can we trust our government if they are willing to sacrifice innocent people for their own purposes?

A family is murdered in Drake, West Virginia and there are no clues as to the reason this has happened. Then, only several hours later, the deputy guarding the crimes scene is found dead in the basement where the murders took place. Now 5 people are dead. The next day, while canvassing the neighborhood, the couple that lived across from the crime scene is found murdered in their home. What is
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Mark
Mar 08, 2014 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of decent thriller & david Baldacci
Recommended to Mark by: the previous read books by mr Baldacci
SO I headed of the Belgian Ardennes,where we have a little place, where according the time of year it is still winter, and sat reading this novel in the absolute silence of nature in a lovely sunbathed and luscious green surrounding in 20 degrees celsius.

And then it takes a very poor book to break my good mood. Thankfully this book was not awefull. Having read earlier Baldaccis this novel was somewhat predictable for a first installment in a new charaters series. The main character John Puller,
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Brandon Collinsworth
Ok, well we have to deal with the elephant in the room first. David Baldacci has either never read a Reacher book and it is just the most amazing coincidence that he created the exact same character or he owes Lee Child some money. That is really the most polite way to say this. I loved this book, and enjoyed it immensely but I also kept checking myself and reminding myself that I wasn't reading a Reacher book. It would take less time and words to list the way the two characters are different th ...more
Michael Clifton
Nov 14, 2011 Michael Clifton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book I have read by Baldacci since Absolute Power and Total Control. It sizzled almost from the first chapter and there were times I had a hard time putting it down. I don't get that too much anymore, so it is always a welcome pleasure when I do come across a book that captures my attention to that degree.

In Zero Day, John Puller, a no-nonsense, tough-as-nails military investigator for the Army's Criminal Investigation Department (CID), is called in to investigate the murder of
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Dlora
I think Baldacci is following the pattern set by Lee Child--even to the names: John Puller, Jack Reacher--but I'm not complaining. I am glad to have more of that type of character and story. Like Reacher, Puller is a military MP or warrant officer, although Puller is still in the army unlike loner Reacher. They are both big men and skilled in fighting and shooting honed in combat situations, although Reacher seems to get into more fistfights in his novels. They both come from military families a ...more
Alla
Nov 18, 2011 Alla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In “Zero Hour” David Baldacci introduces Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division) investigator John Puller, who is tasked with solving the murder of Colonel Matthew Reynolds, an employee of the Defense Intelligence Agency and stationed in the Pentagon, who is murdered in a small house in West Virginia—along with his wife and two teenage kids. Puller is partnered with the local detective, Samantha Cole, as they work to uncover the secrets held in the small West Virginia town—and face a second m ...more
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David Baldacci writes because he can't imagine not writing. He published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996; one year later, it was adapted for film, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into ...more
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