by David Baldacci
Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date October 31, 2011
David Baldacci is an accomplished author in his genre, and had given us many great and thrilling adventures. In Zero Day, Baldacci sets out to continue his legacy, introducing us to a new character: military investigator John Puller. Puller is a rough and tumble, no nonsense, blunt veteran who is now busy battling all his personal demons.
When he is put on the case of a multiple murder in a southern coal mining town, he quickly finds that it is not going to be an easy, cut-and-dry assignment. What he finds is a web of deceit, corruption, and secrets that are buried deep in the mines of the town. How a murdered military man who was just visiting town, a coal mining tycoon, and top-ranking officials are all connected to a string of crimes in an otherwise sleepy town becomes a maze of which Puller must find his way out.
Zero Day is not Baldacci’s greatest work, but is rather lacking in what should be a suspenseful read. Although the basis is intriguing, the characters are not as dynamic and likeable as Baldacci attempts to make them. There are many parts of the story that are overly detailed and unnecessary, in an attempt to create a grander story. It seems as though Baldacci has lost his spark in this often boring, fairly disappointing read. If you are a Baldacci fan, this will not measure up. If you are new to Baldacci, it will not be an inspiring introduction. We can all just hope that whatever the issue is, he works through it in time for his next venture.
This book can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as your local independent bookseller.
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