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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Zero Day" by David Baldacci is a bit unbelievable but still a thrill ride. Fans will have mixed feelings for Baldacci’s latest audiobook. Despite the over the top, exaggerated abilities of the main character, the way the author left the reader with no idea of what is going on until the last of the book, and the way he kills off the female lead for absolutely no reason, I enjoyed this audiobook. The reader Orlagh Cassidy did an excellent job.
The setting is a small rural town in West Virginia. John Puller is a larger than life Army CID, Special Forces Agent with unique skills of protection such as using an iPod sharp enough to cut someone’s throat. The government may want Apple to add a warning on all IPod’s that they could be hazardous to others. Puller’s brother is in prison for treason although he is innocent and his father is a well-respected retired Colonel suffering from some form of dementia. When the family of a Defense Intelligence Agency officer was found brutally murdered Puller was called to assist the local police. Police Officer Samantha Cole is in charge of the investigation. At first she was not happy to have Puller on the scene but slowly the relationship takes on a romantic air.
The author has depicted West Virginia as a state filled with stills. I feel he has done an injustice to a beautiful state with friendly people. I am not from WV but have visited it many times and dislike seeing the population typecast.
The investigation leads to danger for Puller. Explosions can’t keep our guy down! I believe this book will lead to a sequel. I would enjoy reading more about Robert Puller; perhaps John can figure out how to get him released from prison. I was extremely disappointed about the death of a likable character. I cannot perceive a purpose. I think the character could and should have been used in other books. But what do I know; I am just a reader, not the author.