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.
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I've enjoyed previous Baldacci books but found his new hero so far over the top I won't be seeking out further John Puller titles. I'm sure the author will find a huge readership though and good on him - you can't please everyone all the time😏
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.
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.
This was the first time I had heard McLarty read and his gravelly voice suited the main character (Puller).
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"Zero Day, David Baldacci"
This ranks in my top ten.
Puller, of course, we my favourite character.
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.
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.
"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.
"most enjoyed audible book to date, performance bri"
yes the two speakers and odd moments of music made more like a radio play and I because addicted to listening to it
yes, lots of twists
for me the accents gave the character more life. as a non American I cant mentally attribute accents to the different states
I got up in the morning and had it playing load while I got dress and ate breakfast in front to computer listening
"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.
"excellent narration and a good story"
Yes, John Puller was a good no nonsense character and I enjoyed listening to both the male and female narrators
John Puller of course, cool under pressure.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Yet another great read"
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 :)
Not quite Jack Reacher, but Puller does the business. I look forward to reading or listening to the next book's in the series.
"Enjoyed it so much I bought the next one..."
Truly gripping story delivered brilliantly. Great voices of the actors really added to the experience.
"Thin and predictable"
just too mediocre. Formulaic writing that I found very unsatisfying. Too much time on description and not enough on the plot
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