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The Zero Game (edition 2012)

by Brad Meltzer

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Title:The Zero Game
Authors:Brad Meltzer
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2012), Mass Market Paperback, 512 pages
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First time reader - probably will not read any other books by this author. ( )
  JanicsEblen | Jun 8, 2016 |
Review: The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer.

This is a novel that contains the author’s characteristic ability to write taut, tense, stories with breathtaking plot twist. This novel keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. Melttzer is a well creative writer who takes you on a journey through many events with a great touch of adventure.

The story starts out with Congressmen placing bets on whether certain portions of bills are enabled and slipped into the agenda to Congress, even before they had a chance to pass them. What happens when the stakes are raised to high, …murder in the Capital?

That is precisely what is explored in the politically thrills and chills of Congressional staffers Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler when they bet on the passage of a former South Dakota gold mine sale in an Appropriations bill. In other words, nasty politics behind doors. They just got themselves in an adventure they wished they never placed a bet on. When betting the money, one of them makes a mistake of following the “page” and becomes the murder victim of wildcard person hit man, Martin Janos.

The suspenseful journey commences when the remaining staffer finds a seventeen year old Senate Page, Viv Parker’s stolen nametag near the site of the murder. The Congressman fearing for his life asked the help of the “page” Viv Parker to get to the bottom of the mystery of the formerly defunct gold mine bill involving the significances of a land deal headed by Government, Politics, or Terrorist. The Congressman knew it had to be someone with a lot of money and a deep secret below eight thousand feet of the abandoned useless gold mine.

The novel was full of conspiracy, fraud, contempt, greediness, murder, adventure on the Senate side and the House side of the Capital. The suspense really picks up as the story unfolds and remains unrelenting until the closing pages. Read on to the conclusion and find out what’s affiliating in the basement of the Capital……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
I usually can't put Meltzer's work down once I pick it up, and I felt that way about this one as I went through the last half, but the pacing and the structure of this one threw me off a bit. Structurally, it felt like some odd choices were made. Chapters focusing on the protagonists were in first person present, and the few chapters focused elsewhere were in third person past, and so jumping between chapters sometimes felt fairly jarring. The plot also lagged some, about a fourth of the way in. There's a plot twist there that causes the lag, directly--or, it did for me, at least--but there's no way to speak of it more directly without giving away a piece of the plot.

That said, I understand that twist had to happen, and made sense, even if I didn't at the time and even if it did slow things down a bit. And, all told, Meltzer swept me back into the plot before much time had passed.

For readers who haven't read Meltzer before, I probably wouldn't suggest starting with this one--I don't think it's nearly the best--but I did really enjoy it, and it was certainly a good piece of entertainment. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Apr 30, 2016 |
Strange start, poor concept, exciting middle and strange ending. Not Melyzer's best by any means... ( )
  bell96 | Feb 2, 2016 |
Not great, but good enough to keep you interested. Deals with a few minor insiders playing with the legislative system of our country. Unlikely story evolves into an an unbelievable story but manages to keep your interest ( )
  brucemmoyer | Aug 9, 2015 |
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If the American people found out what was going on there,
they would tear it down brick by brick.
Howard R. Ryland
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...the real problem is that government is boring..
P. J. O'Rourke
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For Jonas,
my son,
who holds my hand,
tugs me along,
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cherished adventure of all
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I don't belong here.
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The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Wash-ington, D.C., with the story of an insider's game that turns deadly.

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in Washington, idealism has faded to disillusionment, and they're bored. Then one of them finds out about the clandestine Zero Game. It starts out as good fun-a simple wager between friends. But when someone close to them ends up dead, Harris and Matthew realize the game is far more sinister than they ever imagined-and that they're about to be the game's next victims. On the run, they turn to the only person they can trust: a 16-year-old Senate page who can move around the Capitol undetected. As a ruthless killer creeps closer, this idealistic page not only holds the key to saving their lives, but is also determined to redeem them in the process. Come play The Zero Game-you can bet your life on it.

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Bored and disillusioned with their jobs as senior staffers to a respected congressman, Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler become involved in the clandestine Zero Game, but when someone close to them turns up dead, they discover the sinister intent of the "game" and realize that they are intended to become the game's next victims.… (more)

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