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Zero Day by David Baldacci
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May 14, 2012

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 unnecessary details, unbelievable coincidences and too-obvious messages about topics as far-ranging as protecting the environment to bad behavior caused by health issues. The story begins when Puller is sent to a small West Virginia town to investigate the grisly murder of a military intelligence agent and his family. Puller is forced to work with a hard-nosed female police sergeant Sam Cole who has to deal with sexist officers and a messy personal life. How Puller and Cole discover why the initial murders were committed involves so many twists and unnecessary minor characters, the biggest mystery is how I managed to finish this book. Even if you're a Baldacci fan, I'd stick this mess at the bottom of your "to read" pile.
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Alana I also couldn't stop thinking that he was trying to copy Reacher!

message 2: by Dominique (new)

Dominique Miller I totally agree, ladies. And could the nomenclature be MORE obvious?? Jack/John Reach-er/Pull-er? Really?!? Underestimate your readers much, do ya now? Very disappointing. I loved the Bodie (I believe is the name of the main character) books, but this one, not so much, and I'm not sure whether I'll continue to read this particular series in light of the rough start it has apparently gotten off to. I also agree re the clumsily thrown together messages about the environment. If you'd like to gear your books toward certain readers or educate the general public on an issue, then maybe include some more dire, pertinent or even interesting facts. For instance, the fact that not just one or two dudes in a town like that would be dying of-worse yet living with-horribly painful and debilitating conditions caused by the coal mining. Talk about dirty water and air, groundwater contamination, whatever, but do it in a relatable fashion and certainly make it pertinent and interesting! Yeesh! And what's with the flimsy, stereotypical female characters? Who does this guy think he is, Clive Cussler for Christ's sake? Anyway, great review. Two thumbs up. I wish I could say the same for this book (which by the way I just paid like $18.99 for).

message 1: by Indong (new)

Indong Sologoon so disappointed in David Baldacci here :(

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