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Zero Day

(John Puller #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  69,798 ratings  ·  3,717 reviews
War hero John Puller is known to be the top investigator in the US Army’s CID. So when a family with military connections is brutally murdered in a remote area of West Virginia, Puller is called to investigate, and soon suspects the case has wider implications.

As the body count rises he teams up with local homicide detective Samantha Cole. As the web of deceit is revealed
Hardcover, 434 pages
Published October 31st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing
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Ben Jackson
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Christine PNW
Sep 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Poorly written.

This is a book. It is a book with a red cover. It is written in short sentences. Like this. That is supposed to make the reader feel like things are happening. I guess.

This book is about a man, Puller. Puller is in the Army. He's just a man. In the army. Where he belongs. He investigates things. Like a badass. Sometimes, he saves people's lives. Except when he fails. He remembers combat. Sleeps. Lightly. M11 in his hand. Three seconds to wake and shoot. He has m
Probably not one of Baldacci’s best books but still a very good read. As many people have commented, Puller is a Jack Reacher clone but there is nothing really wrong with that. And there is an excellent and quite tense story line in there too.

I rather liked John Pullen and felt a little sad for him and his Dad and brother. Pullen’s character was developed well throughout the book as was that of his ‘partner’ Sam. There was a little bit of stereotyping and occasional over the top moments but mos
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: david-baldacci
Whoa! Wonderful! The first book with the John Puller character. Absolutely loved the story.
Also the first introduction to his family and the mysteries involved with that triangle. Father, brother and himself strongly patriotic with US Army as the demanding mistress.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
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, Baldacci kep
Jul 25, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Katherine Adams
May 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I am a huge fan of the Will Robie series, so I thought I'd try the John Puller books. Plus action/adventure and suspense fans really recommend this series. John Puller is more like Jack Reacher than Will Robie. He's enlisted army and he's an investigator of crime scenes with military ties. His father is a three star general and his brother is in max security prison for treason. John is a by the books guy who follows the evidence. He is a decorated combat veteran with PTSD, but he manages to work ...more
Jane Shambler
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, army
I have read a few books by this author and have never been disappointed until now. I was really looking forward to it as well So I am doubly disappointed. Now I normally do not have any issue with this authors writing style until now. Since when has it been ok to talk in very short sentences. If this was an audio book I get the feeling the narrator would speak to me slowly.

Also, no offense but this has been done before. Too many times before. The main character is Puller who is a highly decorate
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent thriller! John Puller is my new favorite hero. I had read Baldacci's Daylight and was really intrigued by a military hero in that book that when a friend told me there was an entire John Puller series I couldn't wait to start it. I'm really glad I did. This book had everything I like in thrillers - a great hero, political intrigue, a scary situation, tension, an interesting investigation, and the pursuit of justice. Can't wait to read the next one - I'm behind! ...more
William Bentrim
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Fahad Naeem
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Baldacci never exerts to disappoint his readers. Zero Day was occasional boring: when John Puller tried to investigate local people of Drake. There were too many people of the same name, and it brought difficulty in keeping track all of them. I often confused Roger Trent with Sam Cole's brother.

When DHS brought Dari and Turbans to plot something big in Drake, I was disappointed with David Baldacci for stereotyping his book with the content already available in the market but in the end, h
kartik narayanan
Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
When I first noticed John Puller, the first thing that struck me were his obvious similarities to Jack Reacher. Both are MPs (of sorts), both are big men and both of them kick ass. Obviously, this resemblance combined with the fact that the series is authored by David Baldacci, meant that I had high expectations and wasted no time in reading it.

Now that I have finished it, I am a bit disappointed though. On the positive side, John Puller's character as well as those surrounding him are fleshed o
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
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Puller is quite the tough guy. And an effective CID.

I had trouble putting this down, but I didn’t like the end. Boo!
Apollo Hesiod
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, didn't see some of the twists, but that's what makes it good. will definitely read the rest of the series. ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I read "The Forgotten" (the 2nd of John Puller series) and enjoyed it so I had high expectations going into this book. This is the 1st John Puller series who is a Military investigator / CID. The 1st 100 pages was good but then the pace didn't seem to pick up, for a thriller it was quite unexciting. The plots weren't strong enough and it felt too ambitious. Its like trying to show that Puller is so perfect and capable almost robot-like. Even the way he speaks is almost void of feelings which is ...more
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure I would like this book. However, although John Puller is very similar to Lee Child’s Jack Reacher, he’s not the identical twin. Perhaps they served together in some alternate book universe. Maybe the two authors should consider doing a Reacher+Puller collaboration...maybe they have and I just haven’t found it yet.

Either they’ll get along famously or hate each other’s guts. Really, it could go either way. Sometimes people who are too similar to each other end up not being compatibl
A new series by David Baldacci that I've started. The main character is a CID (Criminal Investigation Division) agent named John Puller. He's a really interesting character, he's like a Clint Eastwood no nonsense kind of guy who gets the job done. In Zero Day Puller is called to a small rural community in West Virginia to investigate a murder.

The story keeps you guessing up until the very end who's behind it all, many twists and turns and awesome character development! Now I can't wait to read
Feb 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Its as though Baldacci was being paid by the word as apposed to writing a tight cohesive novel that I've grown accustomed to reading. The rest of this story is unnecessarily long and only the crisp ending raises this novel to 5 of 10 stars ...more
Brenda H
Apr 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zero Day is the first book in the John Puller series by David Baldacci. The series centers around John Puller, a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. Puller’s father, John Puller Sr., is a military legend known as Fighting John Puller for his strong-willed command of the Army’s elite 101st Airborne Division. Puller’s older brother, Robert, was a Major in the Air Force but is now serving a life sentence in federal military prison for tre ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 28, deployment-12-13

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
Nick Brett
Nov 04, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mark Chisnell
Dec 15, 2012 rated it liked it
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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