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Zero Day (original 2011; edition 2012)

by David Baldacci

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Combat veteran John Puller, now working as an investigator for the Army's Criminal Investigative Division, tries to solve the murder of an Army man and his Pentagon contractor wife in their isolated rural home.
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Title:Zero Day
Authors:David Baldacci
Info:Vision (2012), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 592 pages
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Meh, a too perfect army hero, with all the answers against the world. ( )
  AnnaHernandez | Oct 17, 2019 |
ZERO DAY BY DAVID BALDACCI, is the first in the John Puller series.

John Puller, war hero and Army CID investigator is called in and assigned to investigate a homicide in a small mining town in West Virginia. It seems that a mail carrier, needing a signature on a package has discovered that a general and his entire family has been murdered. When Puller arrives, he finds the body count going higher and higher, including a local police officer. Puller, along with Sam Cole,local officer, find more than just bodies in Drake, West Virginia.

What a story folks! The twists and turns of the book just kept me off balance. If you think ZERO DAY is just another murder story, you are totally dead wrong. ( )
  DDJTJ1 | Sep 8, 2019 |
John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.
Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country, far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene, a family slaughtered. The local homicide detective, a headstrong woman with personal demons of her own, joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he's seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force.
  Gmomaj | Aug 28, 2019 |
A fun read about threatened Terrorism on American soil. The author keeps the storyline moving along nicely. Little to say that wouldn't be a spoiler.
Lives up to his other work. ( )
  waldhaus1 | Jan 6, 2019 |
I really like most of Baldacci's novels and was expecting a good, taut read. Unfortunately, I found ZERO DAY quite 'uneven', and not up to par with "Camel Club" and other novels. It seemed like a bad Lee Childs knock-off, and although some of the character development is good, the plot is very choppy and left me with a 'meh' feeling. ( )
  decaturmamaof2 | Nov 28, 2018 |
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The book, which debuted earlier this month, is now number one on the New York Times best sellers list.

It introduces former Army Ranger John Puller, now the “best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division,” who is assigned to solve the particularly brutal murder of Army Colonel Matthew Reynolds and his family in a small West Virginia mining town.

Baldacci said he based his hero on CID agents he’s known – agents who are called in when a crime involving the military happens in a civilian environment.

“These guys tend to be very tenacious,” the author said. “I became interested in how the military would work in the civilian justice sector. The American people see a lot about the military soldiers and the Pentagon and the war. I wanted to take a soldier who had seen all that war and bring him back to work on domestic ground.”

Puller is a haunted man. A career Army veteran, he’s lost men in Afghanisitan, driving him close to the edge.

“As horrific as the murders of the Army officer and his family were, they couldn’t come close to what Puller’s seen in battle,” Baldacci explained. “He’s got a laser beam focus. When he misses something, people die. He can’t accept that. If he becomes unfocused, the edges would start to swallow him. He can’t allow that to happen. He’s like a machine in some ways, but right now, that’s the only way he can survive.”

Creating a new character has its own challenges.

“I really tried to focus on making John Puller the kind of guy who’s going to lead you through a story,” he said. “He doesn’t care about upsetting superiors or getting local cops mad at him. He needs to find out who killed these people.”

Puller’s father is a military hero. His brother, also an officer, is locked up for treason.

“For a military person, that’s an extraordinary amount of baggage – a legend on one side, a traitor on the other,” Baldacci said. “Having a father who was a major general is not always a good thing.”

Puller, however, decided to build a career in the Army. He didn’t attend West Point like his father and brother. He’s made his own way, on his own terms.

There are more John Puller books planned.

“This was the first book I’ve written where I sat down and knew this was going to be a series,” said Baldacci, whose book sales have reached over 110 million. “We’re sending it [‘Zero Day’] out to Hollywood this week. We’ll see what happens.”
 
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Zero Day is where it all begins....

John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

Now, Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene, a family slaughtered. The local homicide detective, a headstrong woman with personal demons of her own, joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As Puller digs through deception after deception, he realizes that absolutely nothing he's seen in this small town, and no one in it, are what they seem. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice against an overwhelming force.
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