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Zero Day by David Baldacci
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May 26, 2012

really liked it
Read from May 26 to June 06, 2012

David Baldacci can't have many friends in government, as he paints most of them as corrupt, even evil in many of his books. But his tales of intricate, almost mystically covert plots are certainly tantalizing for readers, and none more so than 'Zero Day'. The story is about Army CID investigator John Puller who is dispatched to a tiny West Virginia coal town to investigate the apparent murder of a military intelligence officer and his family. Ultimately assisted by local deputy Samantha 'Sam' Cole, she of an extremely dysfunctional family even by coal town standards, they pick apart the intricacies of what evolves into a diabolical, world-threatening undercurrent that could literally have explosive consequences. Warrant Officer Puller, himself from an odd set of relatives, has a fairly marked resemblance to Lee Child's Jack Reacher, only Puller's still in uniform. 'Zero Day' is a fun ride that only bogs down slightly in a few places, but Baldacci's verbal craftsmanship more than makes up for the occasional syrup and you'll definitely enjoy the trip and, most likely, will want to see more of Puller.

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