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In this heart-racing thriller by bestselling writer David Baldacci, the author of Hell’s Corner, military investigator John Puller is called to a remote, rural area where an entire family have been murdered in their home.
John Puller is a former war hero who has become the best military investigator in the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Division. He is a loner who has an unstoppable determination for finding the truth.
As he investigates the murder case, John learns that the dead husband was in the army and the wife worked for a Pentagon contractor. John makes plenty of enemies whilst working this case, including a local homicide detective, a woman who has personal problems of her own.
David Baldacci is a local author (He was born in Richmond, VA, how more local can it get) and I enjoy reading books by local authors because I feel that they look at the same things as I do everyday and were inspired enough to write about it. I also connect more with the characters and events with such writing just because I feel more personal about it. That would explain why I like reading books by Asian authors as well. I missed a wonderful chance to meet Baldacci when he was visiting our local library last year to promote his book ‘Wish You Well’. If you have not read the book, I highly recommend you too.. Check out my review for ‘Wish You Well’. Ok, I guess that was enough of chatting Now moving on to the most recent read..
‘Zero Day’ introduces a new character John Puller and as you would expect, he is a combat veteran and an investigator. Even better, he comes from a family with a strong military background. The case he is currently assigned to leads him to West Virginia. He is required to investigate the murder of an entire family and he has no clue as to why this case needs special attention … untill he and police sergeant Samantha Cole delve deeper into the investigation.
Jack Puller is an exciting character and has a lot of similarities to lead characters from other books by other authors (If I had to put it simply, I would just say there was nothing unique about him). He is excellent at his job, is soft at heart, has a ‘love-hate-more love’ relationship with his family and may even create some personal relationships at work. But you have to agree that we have seen it all. Samantha Cole however was a different character, unique in all senses of the word. She is smart, witty, independent, strangely very quiet about her family and with strong connections to the community she lives in. I liked her from the very beginning and hated (absolutely hated) the end (No spoilers!)
David Baldacci is a great author and he brings a lot of life into his characters and plots. His writing is simple yet passionate and this book is all of that. For the interesting facts about coal-mining, the sincerity in the characters and the awesome nail-biting plot I would rate it a 4 on 5. I would have given it a 5, if Jack Puller was much much more impressive but I do believe we are going to see more of him.
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