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Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1 Audiobook

Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

John Puller is a former war hero and now the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner with few possessions by preference, but he has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable determination for finding the truth. His father was the most decorated U.S. Marine in history, but now resides in a nursing home far from his battlefield glory. Puller’s older brother, also a military vet, is serving a life sentence in Leavenworth Penitentiary. Puller is called out to a remote, rural area far from any military outpost to investigate into the brutal murder of a family in their home. The dead husband was in the army and the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor. The local homicide detective, a woman with personal demons of her own, clashes with Puller over the investigation. What neither of them knows is what is waiting for them across the street from the murdered family’s home. It is something that will turn an already complicated case on its head. As Puller digs through deception after red herring, he realizes that absolutely nothing, and nobody, he’s so far seen in this small town, are what they seem. He is truly one man against an overwhelming force.

©2011 Columbus Rose, Ltd. (P)2011 Macmillan Digital Audio

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    Rex 01/08/2016
    Rex 01/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Great story. Riveting to the end. David captivates you and gets you into the action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary 21/03/2016
    Rosemary 21/03/2016
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    "Always a great read"

    After listening to the Robie series I found I could trust this author to be great. This series is living up to that expectation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    PiratePete 09/02/2016
    PiratePete 09/02/2016
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    "Some pros and cons -overall an entertaining listen"
    Where does Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm still relative new to audiobooks but ranks above average. The publisher uses sound effects and sometimes soundtrack / music for mood which I don't think was essential and some may find distracting or annoying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a little unbelievable in one or two places but if you can overlook that the story line is gripping with a couple of twists and turns.


    Which character – as performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy – was your favourite?

    This was the first time I had heard McLarty read and his gravelly voice suited the main character (Puller).


    Any additional comments?

    I've read many Lee Child (Jack Reacher) books and if you like those you should enjoy this book. There are a number of similarities.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan 21/08/2015
    susan 21/08/2015
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    "Baldacci Scores Again"

    Baldacci excels again.. Pullar's a complex, likeable character. Looking forward to next book in series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Balmain, Australia 30/05/2015
    Alison Balmain, Australia 30/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Why two readers?"

    I don't know who thought it would be a good idea to have two readers for this book but please don't do it again! The reading was so disjointed that it was extremely unpleasant to listen to. Were the readers even in the same room?
    The plot was so implausible that I nearly gave up. However, I persisted until the end which meant that I wasted a few hours of my life.
    This has been the first and last David Baldacci book for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Macular 17/05/2015
    Macular 17/05/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story well read."

    I can not escape the fact that Lee Child has already written several books with much the same character and stories. However, David Baldacci has managed to give us a new character with enough differences to allow for a well written and performed book. It is often tempting to compare Reacher and Puller (are the names intentionally similar in meaning?) but, if you have not read Lee Child's work or can just enjoy a good story then I would recommend this book. The only serious criticism would be against the use of the loud music during the performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Michal Bojanowicz
    Milanowek, Mazowieckie Poland
    12/11/11
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    "Baldacci at his best"

    I've just finished listening to Zero Day. It's 5:16AM and I just had to finish! The story has really nice twist and keeps you engaged until the end. Highly recommended for all who like Baldacci/Child/Sandford.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    North Wollongong, Australia
    14/01/12
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    "Zero Day, David Baldacci"
    Where does Zero Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks in my top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Puller, of course, we my favourite character.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    It was delightful that there were both a male and female narrators, but the male narrator did the best job of distinguishing his different characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Every Baldacci book is great. It was interesting to 'hear' one for a change. It made me really look forward to getting in the car every day to go to and from work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sholto Forsyth
    South Africa
    4/06/16
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    "Can't wait for Puller's next mystery"

    I looked forward to my commutes and radio news simply went out the window. Characters were believable, the suspense was murderous and Baldacci kept me guessing to the very end. I gasped many many times.

    I would snap up any piece performed by either of the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bisccuits2
    new zealand
    16/05/15
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    "most enjoyed audible book to date, performance bri"
    Would you listen to Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1 again? Why?

    yes the two speakers and odd moments of music made more like a radio play and I because addicted to listening to it


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    yes, lots of twists


    What does Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    for me the accents gave the character more life. as a non American I cant mentally attribute accents to the different states


    Any additional comments?

    I got up in the morning and had it playing load while I got dress and ate breakfast in front to computer listening

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SharonJen
    NSW,Australia
    15/05/14
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    "Good but slightly predictable..."

    I liked the book, the story and characters and was entertained whenever I listened, but it didn't cause me to steal time from other pursuits for a quick blast and to catchup on story progress, it was just a little predictable and so less additive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kim
    Port Macquarie, Australia
    27/11/12
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    "excellent narration and a good story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, John Puller was a good no nonsense character and I enjoyed listening to both the male and female narrators


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Puller of course, cool under pressure.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was always keen to get in my car and drive as this is where is listen to my audiobooks, I would find myself disappointed when I had arrived at my destination and lingering in the car to get to the end of the chapter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Hyderabad, India
    13/10/12
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    "Good Thriller"
    What did you love best about Zero Day?

    The performance. The two voices really brought the characters to life. The sound effects were there at important places and really made a good impact.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes.. had to stretch my listening sessions to get it complete when I came towards the end of the book as it got too exciting to wait.


    What about Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance did you like?

    Really Good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ujaval
    Bangalore, India
    7/08/12
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    "Great story and brilliant performance"

    One of the better Baldacci novels. I liked the production style of using sound effects and two narrators which gives a more movie-like feel to the book. The story is gripping and the plot is well laid out. John Puller's character is well developed and one really roots for him to success in the quest. Enjoyed it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Marcia
    2/01/12
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    "Beware loud music"

    This story was very enjoyable and well up to David Baldacci's usual standard. The narration was also very good, and it helped to have two narrators. So much for the positives. For me there was one overwhelming negative, and that was the loud intrusive "music" and sound effects which covered quite long sessions of narration. Perhaps it's an age thing, but I found it very difficult to hear the story in parts - it was so bad I almost abandoned the book about an hour from the end. I suppose book producers think it adds atmosphere or is clever, and perhaps some listeners like it. To me it's just very ANNOYING, like trying to read a book in a crowded room. I wish book descriptions would issue warnings of this sort of addition to the narration as it seems to be an increasing trend. I won't be taking a chance on any recent David Baldacci books in future.

    54 of 56 people found this review helpful
  • Laurence
    PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom
    29/02/12
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    "The indestructable Soldier"

    Just as Stone was impervious to mortal dangers, though those close to him do die on occasions, so it is with WO Puller a senior, much decorated detective of the CID branch of the US Army. He is sent on detached duty to investigate a case that grows into a National threat without much support from a sycophantic senior command. Fortunately Puller is aided by a feisty female police sergeant who, like Stone's associates, is doomed from the first time that you meet her. The narrative pace is fast and furious characteristic of Baldacci though the story becomes predictable. What gains the third star is the fine reading given by Ron McLarty and especially Orlagh Cassidy whose laconic interpretation of the female sergeant was first class.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Luton, United Kingdom
    20/04/12
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    "really enjoyable and well written."

    I can say that i'm a lee child fan and this book was not far from his talented school of writing, the narrative and characters were excellent, highly enjoyable and hard to put down, highly recommend

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mark H
    Kilwinning, United Kingdom
    31/03/12
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    "Exciting Action Thriller - Excellent"

    This was an excellent book, well written, well read and well produced. The male and female actors do a tremendous job in bringing the book alive and the production values are first rate. As an action thriller, this in the first division. It has good pace, lots of well-drawn characters, a satisfyingly complex, but consistent, plot. And twists and turns that keep you guessing to the end. If you do not enjoy this then it will probably be because you do not like the genre. This is as good as this kind of novel gets.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    ENFIELD, United Kingdom
    28/06/12
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    "Excellent story and narration"

    Read by the same pairing as The Innocent, this is a cracking, fast paced story with good production value. Not all audios have the little sound affects but once you get used to it, you'll find it adds to the tension. Used very sparingly here so as not to overdo it.
    Ron's voice is gravel city and he really keeps the interest up with great characterisations. Same for Orlagh, and the pairing really works.
    Thoroughly recommended if you like your thrillers with some action.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Joe de Swardt
    12/07/15
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    "Jack Reacher II?"

    Ex Military Police, with a propensity to slap down real thug-like baddies and appealing to the alpha-females. Modern day western. Don't take it seriously and it will be a lot of fun. Take it seriously and your brain will rot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SuzD
    Co Cork, Ireland
    5/02/14
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    "Yet another great read"
    If you could sum up Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Baldacci introduces all the necessary ingredients to produce the perfect entertainment...and then there's the narrator that delivers the gold! Impressed all the way and can't wait for the next one :)


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Imagineer
    3/10/16
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    "Enjoyed it so much I bought the next one..."

    Truly gripping story delivered brilliantly. Great voices of the actors really added to the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Roger Gittins
    Oxfordshire, England
    3/10/15
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    "Thin and predictable"

    just too mediocre. Formulaic writing that I found very unsatisfying. Too much time on description and not enough on the plot









    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    22/02/12
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    "Love Jack Reacher... and now John Puller!"

    As another reviewer said, the hero is a shameless clone of Jack Reacher... but, if you like Lee Child's Jack Reacher, then you'll like David Baldacci's John Puller! Good story, pace, detail and, also, well read. I found Zero Day to be ideal audiobook material (one good story line - not too much concentration required) and I enjoyed the additional sound effects. Keep them coming, Mr Baldacci!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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