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Agen FBI Sarah Cahill tidak mengenal teroris yang diburunya. Tapi teroris itu mengenalnya - dengan intim. Teroris itu juga tahu bagaimana cara menghancurkan Wall Street, dan ia akan melakukannya. Bisakah Sarah Cahill menghentikannya sebelum TITIK NOL?

Pelarian yang luar biasa dari penjara Afrika Selatan. Gadis panggilan yang ditemukan terbunuh secara brutal. Miliuner Amerik
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Paperback, 654 pages
Published 1998 by Gramedia Pustaka Utama (first published 1996)
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Donna
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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Susan
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An older Joseph Finder novel that I missed - was just what I needed this past weekend. Absorbing, interesting plot, characters...but I think it was the quick back and forth pacing between the terrorist and the FBI team chasing him. Also, this was written pre-9/11...some creepy prescience going on here. Took me away for a good day into that special “reading place” where you can forget what’s going on in your real life!
Janie Johnson
I decided to buy, then read this book based on the synopsis and on the fact that this was also a new Author for me. I really like to try new authors to expand my reading horizons.

It was actually a very disappointing and boring read. What I read in the description never even happened in the book till more than halfway through it. I felt like the synopsis was very misleading. There was so much unnecessary back story and government explanations that I almost abandoned the book, but I kept on till I
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Mr. Gottshalk
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder is a great storyteller, and after passing this one by for years, I came back and read it, even thought it's one of his oldest books. He knows his stuff - from technology to weaponry to the ways people think, and it's 99% believable. Even though the information is dated, the story is still fresh and I wanted to read half of it in one sitting last night, but finally went to bed. What I like best is that much of the book follows the villain, Baumann, an ice-cold terrorist and killer. ...more
Jane Stewart
2 stars. No fun watching good guys make mistakes and being stupid. Too much lecturing about technical subjects.

This is a weak imitation of The Day of the Jackal. I loved Jackal. I did not enjoy Zero. Similarities: Someone hires the best of the best to do a job. In Jackal it’s kill the French President. In Zero it’s hack a bank and plant a bomb in NY City. In both books authorities learn something is going to happen but don’t know who will do it. In both books the authorities get closer and clos
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Clark
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I really like all of Joseph Finder's novels and have been able to rate them with 4 or 5 Stars. This one was 4 Stars because it didn't hold my interest all the way through like some of his others. As usual, Finder's research was incredible, as he discussed each subject. There were minute details on bomb making, communications and how the cell phone system works, helicopters and their controls, geography of NYC, etc. He doesn't just write an interesting story but educates the reader at the same ti ...more
Paige
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this author's writing. This book was written in 1996 and deals with counterterrorism. Since September 11th had not yet occurred, it manages to forecast without being knowing about what is going to happen. Don't misunderstand, it doesn't predict a 9/11 scenario, but the circumstances that allow it to happen are all there for us to read and shudder. Really good, really frightening.
Jim
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Author Joseph Finder loves his alphabet of government agencies ! This one written in 1996 is really dated. If they only knew what was coming to the World Trade Centers in 2001 would change this read 100 %. Another pretty good read from a master story teller in author Joseph Finder !
John Grazide
Behind the overload of information I think there could have been an okay story. But I think between descriptions of JPEG to cellular signals to the details of a helicopter it was lost.

There were quite a few very surreal moments in the book. Remembering that it was written in 1996, the world was a different place. Mid way through chapter 81 page 344 hardcover was one of the most surreal sections I have read in any book. "...He knew there had been four studies done on the engineering aspects of t
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Lori Henrich
Sarah Cahill is asked to head a task force to capture an unknown person or persons who might or might not be a threat to a major bank in New York. Very well written and it keeps you on your toes from the first page. I found a slight predictability during one section, but it didn't detract from the story as a whole.

A prisoner in South Africa is helped to escape to conduct a special job. The prisoner is known as the Prince of Darkness and is supposed to be the best at his job. His job is whatever
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D.K.
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After one of FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill's informants was found dead, Cahill feels obligated to solve her murder. Collected evidence leads into a even bigger case--a case that could affect the world's financial stability. Cahill is placed in charge of a special investigation to stop this threat.

Joseph Finder wrote a true thrillride with The Zero Hour--great characters, solid story and once it's over, you wish there was more.
Jeff
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this author. The book is a little dated, but still excellent. A thriller.
Andrew Langert
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read just about everything Joseph Finder has written, I caught up with this 1996 novel, his 3rd.
This is a thriller about a hired gun’s quest to blow up a major bank in New York City to exact revenge against that bank’s leader, who had turned in another major banker for insider trading, causing the guilty crook to find exile in Switzerland.
The author uses multiple points of view, mainly the hired gun and FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill, who is trying to figure out what the mysterious hired
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Christine Kayser
This is a cat and mouse detective story worthy of the five star rating I gave it. Exciting, unpredictable, fast-paced. I love stories where you're following the bad guys in one chapter and the good guys in the next. I also really enjoy reading older novels that reference technology - multiple paragraphs needed to explain how cell phone tracing works, or what GPS is. Sincerely, I find it fascinating. Highly recommend.

One more of warning: it was a little uncomfortable to read at times, as it deals
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Annmarie (Annie) Kostyk
Excellent story! Has a bit of a hard time with all of the technical info, but it helped in finding out why something was bring used. Wild to see how much technology has advanced in 21 years since the book was written.

Every single US and foreign agency you can think of, all different types of hackers, terrorists, and revenge.
Jackie Rand
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Marie (UK)
there was far too much detail in this - she said he said she did he did over and over my head was swimming. However overall Finder had good characterisation and storyline just could have done it in 300 pages
Ada Iaboni
Although the underlining story was good and rousing, the other parts were soooo technical that I almost fell asleep.
Barbara Schweitzer
Always enjoy his books--a lot going on but moves quickly and characters are always interesting. Plan to read more--never boring or slow.
LDean
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jo
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book of his I have read
Mal Warwick
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a thriller set in New York City. It’s a story about an impending terrorist attack on Wall Street. The cast of characters includes a chameleon-like terrorist-for-hire reminiscent of Frederick Forsyth’s Jackal, a fugitive financier thirsting for revenge against the banker and the system that forced him to flee the U.S., a brilliant American investigator whose life is complicated by a jealous ex-husband and a precocious 8-year-old son, a prominent and wealthy banker with a taste for masochi ...more
Lizz
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to confess... I read this twice because I had forgotten that I read it the first time. It didn't take me long to remember it, however, and despite everything about the book rushing back to memory before the end of the first chapter, I decided not to quit. It's not often that I remember the endings of books--which I realize is weird. But really, I have a terrible habit of forgetting the major twists in just about every book I read. And if I do reread it, what tends to happen is, every word ...more
Lisa Barnum
This made me think! Scary, want to tsk money out of the bank and stick in a coffee can and bury in the yard.
Computers are evil!
Tony
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joseph Finder- The Zero Hour (Avon Books 1997) 4 Stars

After a U.S. billionaire has been hunted by the U.S. government, he goes into hiding in Switzerland. Now he is striking back by hiring the Prince of Darkness to attack America. He is a deadly assassin and is the best at what he does. Agent Sarah Cahill of the FBI is searching for him and must find him before he accomplishes a mission that will send America back to the Stone Age. It will be the most challenging case she has ever had.

The first
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Vivian
Jan 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised that it took me so long to finish this book. I guess this just isn't my type of book.

The book is split up into two main POV's: the good guys (Sarah, FBI...) and the bad guys (Baumann). I actually found the bad guys' POV much more interesting than the wild goose chase at the other end. But even that interest wasn't enough to keep me from putting the book down. Only the drive of completing this book to start another one finally pushed me to finish this book.

Perhaps another reason wh
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Susan
Feb 29, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book started out with great promise. An FBI agent, Sarah Cahill, must catch the "Prince of Darkness" before he commits an unspeakable act of terrorism in New York City. [Note this was published in 1996, before the 9-11 tragedy, but after the Trade Center bombing] The terrorist is a fascinating character, and Finder provides rich detail about how he manages to escape from a South African prison. The catch: the man who facilitated his escape has a job for him.

With sometimes excruciating deta
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David Graham
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like a lot of readers of thrillers, I enjoy the villains and part of me secretly wants them to win. I remember picking Zero Hour by Joseph Finder up in an airport bookshop in London and within a few pages knowing I was going to enjoy the book based on the villain’s introduction. Baumann (called ‘The Prince of Darkness’) was by far the best part of the novel for me, totally ruthless and eminently capable. Sarah Cahill, the heroine, falls for him while he is masquerading as something other than he ...more
Quentin Feduchin
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: assassin, thriller
Rather typical 'terrorist plot' type book, mostly about New York.
Goes into a lot of background of the protagonist; so we all know what he does and why he's doing this. These types of books generally set up the 'rather special terrorist' idea; which is not a bad idea. (Another recent novel, 'I am Pilgrim' by Hayes, also does it; maybe a bit better.)
Tons of how-to, how it was done, how you avoid this (detection) or find out that (more detection), very much a revenge novel, which you should know be
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Sheila
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say Mr. Finder certainly knows how to do indepth research. The book moved right along carrying, I'm betting, most readers right into the knowledge of who our "Prince" is but not knowing just how it all would be handled. Also I did like the way he was portrayed as being fond of a couple of our characters here. The only problem really bothering me is a detail about a bomb at the very end. It bothered so much, I was forced to email the author and ask a question about it. After looking at man ...more
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