Zero Day: John Puller, Book 1 : John Puller

  • by David Baldacci
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Series: John Puller
  • 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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.
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- Marcia

Copying Jack Reacher a bit too much!

As the title implies, Mr Child should be a bit miffed, as Mr Baldacci introduces a new character almost the twin of Jack Reacher. He is an army McGuyver, pretty much able to do anything and it called in to help a small town sheriff in W Virginia when a soon to be retired army man and his family are assassinated.

The attention to detail is impressive and the feeling of a poor town, where nobody really cares is sad, as drugs, unemployment and illness due to the coal mining take its toll. However, it's a gripping story, and you're never sure whether the army or the mining company is the baddy; and unusually for an audiobook, there's background music and sound effects which actually add to the drama.
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- sarahmoose2000

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2011
  • Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio