Thriller writer David Baldacci sets up a new character in Zero Day. John Puller is fairly different from both John Carr aka Oliver Stone of the Camel Club series and private eyes Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. Still, Baldacci cannot resist making his characters enigmatic and with a troubled past. Puller is a good enough character to drive Zero Day but perhaps not solid enough for a series. Zero Day is a good read but you can skip over a chapter here and there.
John Puller is an investigator with the U.S. Army. He is put on a case in West Virginia after a Colonel and his family are slaughtered. The bodies start piling up fast and early when the neighbors across the road and a cop watching the murder scene are also killed. Puller teams up with small town cop Samantha Cole.
Everything works smoothly in Zero Day though the pacing is a little off and some of the secondary characters read like filler material. Puller is a little too good at self-defense to be really believable but that is not a real problem. The reveal as to the why of the murders is pretty good. The resolution is a little too Bruce Willis action flick to my taste: you can almost see the camera angles and close ups.
If you enjoy David Baldacci, Zero Day makes for a good read. If you are not familiar with Baldacci, start with the Sean King or Camel Club mysteries which are tighter.
Other David Baldacci Reviews
The Collectors - A Camel Club mystery: Second The Camel Club mystery, The Collectors, is very good.
Stone Cold - A Camel Club Mystery: Third Camel Club mystery novel: not bad, not great.
The Camel Club: The first Camel Club mystery, a series that should be read in order.
The Whole Truth: geopolitical thriller. Not his best.
Simple Genius - A Sean King / Michelle Maxwell Mystery: Convoluted plot with not much of a payoff. For real Baldacci fans only.
First Family - A Sean King / Michelle Maxwell mystery: Very good mystery novel with a very interesting baddie.
True Blue: Decent enough mystery but not decent enough for this writer.
Deliver Us From Evil: 2 agents have the same target in lesser thriller
Hell s Corner - A Camel Club Mystery: A good one even if the Camel Club are props more than anything else.
The Innocent: Hitman and runaway teen have to figure out who is out to get them in excellent thriller.
The Forgotten: Second and more assured John Puller mystery
End Game - A Will Robie thriller: The head of a mysterious government agency disappears and its best agents, Will Robie and Jessica Reel have to find him at all costs.