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The Zero Game

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  10,677 Ratings  ·  386 Reviews
- Brad Meltzer's most recent novel, "The Millionaires (Warner, 1/02), was a "New York Times bestseller in both hardcover and mass market. There are more than 1.1 million copies in print combined.- "The First Counsel (Warner, 1/01) debuted on the "New York Times bestseller list at #5. It has nearly 245,000 hardcover copies in print.- "The Tenth Justice (William Morrow, 1997 ...more
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Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved! a twisted beginning with an interesting,captivating storyline that keeps readers guessing at times (paperback!)
Diane Wallace
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved! a twisted beginning with an interesting,captivating storyline that kept readers guessing more times than not (paperback!)
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love thrillers, don't miss this one.
My husband and I "buddy" read this one together. We were both into it right away.
A pretty much harmless, albiet illegal, game is being played by a few workers on Capitol Hill. It's pretty low stakes stuff, but one bet in particular becomes very high stakes. Although confident, Matthew starts to feel a little nervous about this one. So, he keeps his eye on things this time. But, someone doesn't like that too much.
Matthew's sleuthing sets off a chain re
Sep 06, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good political thriller with a semi-realistic tone. Meltzer keeps the pace going although at times it's at the sacrifice of the writing. How many times can a character "smash" through the door way? Really? A nicely done cave sequence mid-story that adds the last needed reader momentum to get to the finale and tie up all the loose ends. Don't expect the book to stay with you after completed, nor to learn anything insightful about the inner workings of DC. Overall, exactly what the cover advertise ...more
Costea Constantin
Matthew Mercer și Harris Sandler joacă un joc misterios, despre care nu știe aproape nimeni - nici prietenii, nici colegii și cu siguranță nici șefii lor, care sunt unii dintre cei mai puternici senatori și congresmeni de pe Capitol Hill. Este un joc care are toate ingredientele: riscuri, recompense, mister și fiorul de a ști că, doar prin simplul fapt că ai fost invitat să-l joci, ți s-a confirmat statutul de adevărat mediator al puterii din Was
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Megan by: liked other books by author
Shelves: suspense
ok read...liked other Meltzer books better...

The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Wash-ington, D.C., with the story of an insider's game that turns deadly. Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in Washington, idealism has faded to disillusionment, and they're bored. Then one of them finds out about the clandestine Zero Game. It starts out as g
I don't know, I wanted this to be so much better than it was. Two staffers, bored with their jobs join a game being played in Washington. No one truly knows who's playing the game, just the person who sponsored you and the one you sponsor. Bets placed on mundane or small matters definitly keep you more interested in the day to day of your job in Washington. Especially the curiosity about who else is playing. Could that sentor being playing, is he too involved in the outcome of this vote? That st ...more
I have read a few of his books, but this is not one of his better ones. There was a lot of padding, particularly the middle part. It did gain momentum towards the end but I was glad to get it finished. It is still a reasonably good thriller based in and around the Washington political scene, but lacked an intricate plot of some of his earlier books.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book had a strong start. Fast paced read. The kind that keeps you on the edge of your seat. At the more than half through mark, I found myself wanting to know more about the characters. Not much was revealed, though. I felt it could've ended sooner. I did really like and enjoy Harris and Viv's friendship. Solid 3 stars. Good read.
Dee Haddrill
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, read-2014
This was a very strong action-packed political thriller. Great story - I couldn't put it down. This was right up there with Vince Flynn when it comes to the political thriller genre.
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Politics, murder, mystery, hush-hush, secrets in Washington D.C. Oh wait let me turn off CNN and write about the book. Or was I? Hmmm.
Katlyn Webb
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Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that loves legal thrillers.
In my review of "The First Counsel" I wrote: "I think Brad Meltzer definitely knows how to use the setting of Washington, D.C. to fullest advantage as a setting to his legal thrillers. His characters captivate your attention as each is introduced and as they begin to interact, the adrenaline starts pumping and doesn't stop until the riveting conclusion." Without a doubt, this description is even of higher intensity for "The Zero Game." WoW!

If you naively believe there are no games behind-the-sce
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The zero game is played by disillusioned Capitol Hill staffers betting on the minutiae of inner government workings. It's more than a game when players are murdered to keep a secret and the Justice department stonewalls the investigation. A coworker and friend of the victims won't give up, he plays superhero and conducts his own investigation along with a reluctant Senate page. Just when you think you can solve the mystery, you're wrong! More than once or twice. The book is an enjoyable read and ...more
Rula Zein-Iddin
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyable, fast paced action packed thriller that reads like a ready-to-make tv movie script. My first book by this author and I do recommend him for a quick, entertaining read when you just want to unwind & go with the flow on a far-fetched plot that is written very well.

Note: This book was a gratis appendage to Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Both authors strongly recommended the book; and despite my finding their book a reasonably entertaining but somewha
Joke Van Zeele
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I was reading this book I posted this on Twitter. I said to Brad Meltzer it was something I have never read before and that this was a remarkable statement coming from an avid reader. He reacted on that by saying: "You just wait and Thanks so much."
But let's get back to my review...I have no words for it. It is really something that blew me away. I can say that it reminded me of 007, but then was better! It was action packed...keeping me on the edge of my seat; hardly breathing;
J Barkess
Sep 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I acquired this included in a Readers Digest condensed book collection and didn't expect to like it as I have no interest in american politics (what kind of country would elect Donald Trump as president?)
I wasn't wrong, there was no build up or suspense in the book, from the beginning it was just two people running round and another trying to kill them.
Thankfully it was condensed, I doubt if I would have got through the full version.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Inicio prometedora pero se desinfla según van desarrollando la trama llegando a un punto que parece más una novela de aventuras alocadas que un thriller político como la anuncian.
Me lo pensaré dos veces antes de leer otra cosa del mismo autor
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much details on some of the situations
Charlotte Ehney
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Zero Game is Brad Meltzer at his best. This political thriller draws you in from the first pages and keeps the reader guessing until the end. Strong characters, fast pace and an engaging plot!
Russ Bertetta
After a very slow start, it got much better quickly. A lot of the usual Meltzer touches mixed with a big bunch of "inside DC" tidbits made it a solid read.
Len Roberto
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent thriller...very likeable main characters!
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Είμαι λίίίγο διχασμένος. Ακροβατεί ανάμεσα στην επιστημονική φαντασία και την αμερικανιά. Ο Χάρις και ο Μάθιου, υπάληλλοι με σημαντική θέση στην Επιτροπή Διανομής Κονδυλίων του Καπιτωλίου, μυούνται σε ένα παιχνίδι στοιχημάτων με κωδικοποιημένα μηνύματα. Αθώα στοιχήματα, χαζά σχεδόν, που όμως μπορούν να στοιχίσουν ζωές. Στον Μάθιου κάτι δεν αρέσει και ακολουθεί έναν νεαρό που τελικά δεν είναι κλητήρας ούτε της Γερουσίας ούτε της Βουλής. Και δολοφονείται. Ο Χάρ
Fred Fanning
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story with good characters.
Alanna Spinrad
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because my brother recommended it. He's a read Meltzer fan. He was right! It was a really fun book with interesting twists and turns. I really enjoyed it.
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The problem that I have with most political thrillers is, paradoxically, the politics. Most people are biased in one direction or another, and I do not appreciate reading books by people with an agenda. It doesn't matter if I share said agenda; fiction is not the place to sell it. Thankfully, the Zero Game doesn't fall into this trap. Instead, it's a novel about the corruption inherent in the system. It's also a fairly exciting and slightly terrifying look into the inner system of Washington DC. ...more
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Zero Game for which this book is named is explained as a frivolous activity in which Congressional aids find themselves relieving the boredom of their lives. Contestants make book on whether certain small things will or will not get included in final congressional bills. Matthew has been invited by Harris to play the game, which they do … and then along comes a chance for a big killing, when the item up for discussion is the granting of sale government land containing an abandoned gold mine ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story: A young staffer at Capitol Hill takes part in a "game". The game is to trick senators and house members into doing something publicly, without knowing they've been tricked. The game presumably started innocently enough, with a senator saying something in a speech that was not supposed to be part of the speech. As this story opens, the challenge is to insert something into a bill that will become law. The little insertion is the approval of the sale of an old non-functioning mine in a ...more
Nicole R
Matthew and Harris are 10 year veterans of the Hill (which, trust me, is a LONG time!). Matthew is a staffer on the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee and Harris is the Chief of Staff for a Senator. They both are really good at their jobs, enjoy them well enough, but are looking for something to spice it up. Enter: The Zero Game. A highly secretive and exclusive group of people who place bets on trivial legislation and work to skew things in their favor. But, when Matthew and Harris deci ...more
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Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. In addition to his fiction, Brad is one of the only authors to ever have books on the bestseller list for nonfiction (History Decoded), advice (Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter), children's books (I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln) and even g ...more
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