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Zero Day by David Baldacci
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Jan 11, 12

Read from January 06 to 11, 2012

Baldacci's main character, John Puller, shares some features with Lee Child's Jack Reacher: size, lethality, and intelligence. He is much more of a company man (the company being the US Army), but he also isn't afraid to make quick, independent judgments. As a CID investigator, he faces a daunting case: the murder of an Army colonel posted to the Defense Intelligence Agency (and a half dozen others) is a small town in West Virginia. The portrayal of West Virginia, and of the effects of surface mining on the state's ecology, public health, and economy is pretty interesting. Baldacci is able to create real characters (and some cardboard ones), though his writing is somewhat less artful than Child's. "Zero Day" is one of those books that ranks somewhere between three stars and four, but I'll give it four based on the locale and the new take on domestic terrorism. (The main bad guy is not hard to spot, though.)
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