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Overview

The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Wash-ington, D.C., with the story of an insider's game that turns deadly.

Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are best friends who have plum jobs as senior staffers to well-respected congressmen. But after a decade in Washington, idealism has faded to disillusionment, and they're bored. Then one of them finds out about the clandestine Zero Game. It starts out as good fun-a simple wager between friends. But when someone close to them ends up dead, Harris and Matthew realize the game is far more sinister than they ever imagined-and that they're about to be the game's next victims. On the run, they turn to the only person they can trust: a 16-year-old Senate page who can move around the Capitol undetected. As a ruthless killer creeps closer, this idealistic page not only holds the key to saving their lives, but is also determined to redeem them in the process. Come play The Zero Game-you can bet your life on it.

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Publishers Weekly
After just a few chapters, Meltzer's latest (after The Millionaires) completely throws the listener for a loop when the main character and narrator, Capitol Hill staffer Matthew Mercer, is murdered. Harris Sandler, his best friend and fellow senior staffer, picks up the narrator's reins as he launches into an investigation of his friend's death. The two had been involved in a secret and, until now, harmless game of placing wagers on congressional votes, but Matthew's murder reveals a conspiracy so entrenched in Sandler's world that the only person he can trust is Viv Parker, a young page that he has just met. Pursued by a professional killer almost as relentless as the Terminator, the two race to stop a plot that literally threatens the planet. In an interview with Crackerbarrel.com, veteran audiobook reader Brick states that Meltzer concocted the radical change in narrative voice just "because he couldn't wait to hear how different I would make the two characters sound." Brick does not disappoint. His acumen for subtle nuance and his obvious comfort with the demands of Meltzer's pace allows this Shakespearean actor to provide the listener with the highest level of audio suspense and entertainment. Simultaneous release with the Warner hardcover (Forecasts, Jan. 12). (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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A chance encounter with a congressman in a Capitol men's room is the inauspicious backdrop for a fast-paced thriller that will have listeners guessing the outcome right up to the very last tape. Bored congressional staffer Harris Sandler plays something called the zero game with his coworkers, but it turns deadly when a vote concerning an abandoned gold mine in South Dakota is brought to the floor. Together with a 16-year-old Senate page named Viv Parker, Harris finds himself being chased by a ruthless killer in the halls of the Capitol as well as in the bowels of the mine. Storyteller Scott Brick infuses these characters with vitality and emotion, providing a steady hand when the tale tends to veer off track. Meltzer has many fans, and this audiobook will definitely be welcomed. Joseph L. Carlson, Allan Hancock Coll., Lompoc, CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The fifth of Meltzer's paranoid fantasies about lowlifes in high places (The Millionaires, 2002, etc.) presses his irresistible formula to the breaking point. As usual, the exposition is faultless. Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are the Washington insiders who make the sausage. Unelected aides to powerful congressmen on the Appropriations Committee, they wheel and deal with their thirtysomething peers to reconcile House and Senate spending bills that can be millions of dollars apart. Their cheek, their staggering freedom, and their complete lack of public accountability all confirm Matthew's contention that on Capitol Hill, a neighborhood "with too many student government presidents in one place . . . the real shadow government is staff." In order to add even more spice to their high-wire jobs, Matthew and Harris have joined an unknown group of players to wager on such inconsequential matters as whether, for instance, opponents of an unstoppable bill involving the regulation of major-league baseball will be able to muster as many as 110 votes against it. One day the bet that's proposed concerns a trivial government-land sale that Matthew has the power to control. Realizing that they've been handed an opportunity to break the bank, the staffers bet all their savings on the outcome and then watch a trap door spring open beneath them. Sadly, their mounting danger and its action-packed consequences-their pursuit by a briskly murderous thug, Barry's unlikely alliance with a 17-year-old Senate page, dark revelations from deep beneath the South Dakota hills about something called the Midas Project-come at a high price: Nothing that follows the monster shock on page 64 is remotely credible,not even in a thriller about hyperadolescent congressional staffers at play. It all ends up as a series of efficiently managed chase sequences that'll leave you breathless for no reason that you'll remember the next day. Author tour. Agent: C. Jill Kneerim/Kneerim & Williams
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  • ISBN-13: 9780792731092
  • Publisher: AudioGO
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Format: Cassette
  • Pages: 7

Meet the Author

BRAD MELTZER

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, The Zero Game, and The Book of Lies.

He is also one of the co-creators of the TV Show, "Jack & Bobby" – and is the Eisner Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed comic book, Justice League of America.

His first non-fiction book, Heroes for My Son, is a collection of heroes – from Jim Henson to Rosa Parks – that he'd been working on since the day his son was born. This December, he'll be launching "Brad Meltzer's Decoded" on the History Channel. And his newest thriller, The Inner Circle, will be released on January 11, 2011.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all six of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which is about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter; then The Millionaires, which is about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are – literally – gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate is about a young Presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200-year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that times them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of two former Presidents, Clinton and Bush. His last book, The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel's family about the murder and, with his charitable site, OrdinaryPeopleChangeTheWorld.com, has been the driving force behind the movement to repair the house where Superman was created.

His books have spent over ten months on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a Kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's "Celebrity," co-wrote the swearing-in oath for AmeriCorps, the national service program, and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.

Biography

Brad Meltzer didn't hope all his life to become a novelist. He came to it by chance, after a job at Games magazine didn't pan out. "I had no idea what to do," he says. "So I did what all of us would do in that situation. I said, 'I'm gonna write a novel.'" After one false start, a book called Fraternity that 24 publishers rejected, Meltzer hit his stride. In 1997, The Tenth Justice (which earned him extra credit as a student at Columbia Law School) was picked up by Morrow and hit The New York Times bestseller list. A year later, he repeated the performance with Dead Even. He's been writing bestselling legal thrillers ever since.

Critics like Meltzer's fast pace and nifty plots (Kirkus called The Tenth Justice "a mean, paranoid fantasy that'll have you turning pages in a frenzy," and USA Today said it "reads fast, rings true, and refreshingly breaks the mold of legal thrillers"), but it's the details that distinguish his novels from most legal fiction. The key, he says, is "Research, research, research," a task that can consume two to six months of his year-long writing schedule.

In addition to his thrillers, Meltzer is a bestselling author of critically acclaimed comic book series like Identity Crisis, Green Arrow, and Justice League. He has also written short stories, television scripts and nonfiction articles, including reviews of The Sopranos, the multiple Emmy Award-winning TV show.

Good To Know

Meltzer played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity.

He lives in Florida with his wife, a high-school sweetheart to whom he devotes a lengthy essay on his web site.

With his friend Steve Cohen, Meltzer conceived Jack and Bobby, a critically acclaimed television program about two young brothers (not the Kennedys), one of whom grows up to be President of the United States. Cohen and Meltzer wrote all 22 episodes of the show, which was cancelled after one season. Widely considered a premier example of intelligent, high-quality TV, the series has since become a cult favorite.

Meltzer spoke with former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush in order to accrue authentic details for his 2006 novel The Book of Fate, a thriller set in the world of White House politics.

A major plot element in The Book of Lies (2008) is the unsolved murder in 1932 of Mitchell Siegel, whose son Jerry created the iconic comic book hero Superman. Meltzer, himself a rabid comics fan, interviewed the Siegel family to research the murder.

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    1. Hometown:
      Florida
    1. Date of Birth:
      1970
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Michigan; J.D., Columbia University
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The Zero Game



By Brad Meltzer


Warner Books



Copyright © 2004

Forty-four Steps, Inc.
All right reserved.



ISBN: 0-446-53098-0





Chapter One


I DON'T BELONG HERE. I haven't for years. When I first came to
Capitol Hill to work for Congressman Nelson Cordell, it was
different. But even Mario Andretti eventually gets bored driving two
hundred miles an hour every single day. Especially when you're going
in a circle. I've been going in circles for eight years. Time to
finally leave the loop.

"We shouldn't be here," I insist as I stand at the urinal.

"What're you talking about?" Harris asks, unzipping his fly at the
urinal next to mine. He has to crane his neck up to see my full
lanky frame. At six feet four inches, I'm built like a palm tree and
staring straight down at the top of his messy black hair. He knows
I'm agitated, but as always, he's the perfect calm in the storm.
"C'mon, Matthew, no one cares about the sign out front."

He thinks I'm worried about the bathroom. For once, he's wrong. This
may be the rest room right across from the Floor of the House of
Representatives, and it may have a sign on the door that says,
Members Only-as in Members of Congress ... as in them ... as in
not us-but after all this time here, I'm well aware that even the
most formal Members won't stop two staffers from taking awhiz.

"Forget the bathroom," I tell Harris. "I'm talking about the Capitol
itself. We don't belong anymore. I mean, last week I celebrated
eight years here, and what do I have to show for it? A shared office
and a Congressman who, last week, pressed himself up against the
Vice President to make sure he didn't get cropped out of the photo
for the next day's newspaper. I'm thirty-two years old-it's just not
fun anymore."

"Fun? You think this is about fun, Matthew? What would the Lorax say
if he heard that?" he asks, motioning with his chin to the Dr. Seuss
Lorax pin on the lapel of my navy blue suit. As usual, he knows just
where the pressure points are. When I started doing environmental
work for Congressman Cordell, my five-year-old nephew gave me the
pin to let me know how proud he was. I am the Lorax-I speak for the
trees
, he kept saying, reciting from memory the book I used to read
to him. My nephew's now thirteen. Dr. Seuss is just a writer of
kids' books to him, but for me, even though it's just a trinket ...
when I look at the tiny orange Lorax with the fluffy blond
mustache ... some things still matter.

"That's right," Harris says. "The Lorax always fights the good
fight. He speaks for the trees. Even when it's not fun."

"You of all people shouldn't start with that."

"That's not a very Lorax response," he adds in full singsong voice.
"Don't you think, LaRue?" he says, turning to the older black man
who's permanently stationed at the shoeshine chair right behind us.

"Never heard of the Lorax," LaRue responds, his eyes locked on the
small TV that plays C-SPAN above the door. "Always been a Horton
Hears a Who
guy myself." He looks off in the distance. "Cute little
elephant ..."

Before Harris can add another mile to the guilt trip, the swinging
doors to the rest room bang open, and a man with a gray suit and red
bow tie storms inside. I recognize him instantly: Congressman
William E. Enemark from Colorado-dean of the House, and Congress's
longest-serving Member. Over the years, he's seen everything from
desegregation and the Red Scare, to Vietnam and Watergate, to
Lewinsky and Iraq. But as he hangs his jacket on the hand-carved
coat-rack and rushes toward the wooden stall in back, he doesn't see
us. And as we zip up our flies, Harris and I barely make an attempt
to see him.

"That's my point," I whisper to Harris.

"What? Him?" he whispers back, motioning to Enemark's stall.

"The guy's a living legend, Harris. Y'know how jaded we must be to
let him walk by without saying hello?"

"He's going to the can ..."

"You can still say hello, right?"

Harris makes a face, then motions over to LaRue, who raises the
volume on C-SPAN. Whatever Harris is about to say, he doesn't want
it heard. "Matthew, I hate to break it to you, but the only reason
you didn't throw him a Hi, Congressman is because you think his
environmental record is crap."

It's hard to argue with that. Last year, Enemark was the number one
recipient of campaign money from the timber, oil, and nuclear power
industries. He'd clear-cut Oregon, hang billboards in the Grand
Canyon, and vote to pave over his own garden with baby seal skins if
he thought it'd get him some cash. "But even so, if I were a
twenty-two-year-old just out of college, I still would've stuck my
hand out for a quick Hi, Congressman. I'm telling you, Harris, eight
years is enough-the fun's long gone."

Still standing at the urinal, Harris stops. His green eyes narrow,
and he studies me with that same mischievous look that once got me
thrown in the back of a police car when we were undergrads at Duke.
"C'mon, Matthew, this is Washington, D.C.-fun and games are being
played everywhere," he teases. "You just have to know where to find
them."

Before I can react, his hand springs out and grabs the Lorax pin
from my lapel. He glances at LaRue, then over to the Congressman's
jacket on the coat-rack.

"What're you doing?"

"Cheering you up," he promises. "Trust me, you'll love it. No lie."

There it is. No lie. Harris's favorite turn of phrase-and the first
sign of guaranteed trouble.

I flush my urinal with my elbow. Harris flushes his with a full-on
grip. He's never been afraid to get his hands dirty. "How much will
you give me if I put it on his lapel?" he whispers, holding up the
Lorax and moving toward Enemark's coat.

"Harris, don't ..." I hiss. "He'll kill you."

"Wanna bet?"

There's a hollow rumble of spinning toilet paper from within the
stall. Enemark's almost finished.

As Harris shoots me a smile, I reach for his arm, but he sidesteps
my grip with his usual perfect grace. It's how he operates in every
political fight. Once he's focused on a goal, the man's unstoppable.

"I am the Lorax, Matthew. I speak for the trees!" He laughs as he
says the words. Watching him slowly tiptoe toward Enemark's jacket,
I can't help but laugh with him. It's a dumb stunt, but if he pulls
it off ...

I take that back. Harris doesn't fail at anything. That's why, at
twenty-nine years old, he was one of the youngest chiefs of staff
ever hired by a Senator. And why, at thirty-five, there's no one-not
even the older guys-who can touch him. I swear, he could charge for
some of the stuff that comes out of his mouth. Lucky me, old college
friends get it for free.

"How's the weather look, LaRue?" Harris calls to Mr. Shoeshine, who,
from his seat near the tiled floor, has a better view of what's
happening under the stall.

If it were anyone else, LaRue would tattle and run. But it isn't
anyone else. It's Harris. "Bright and sunny," LaRue says as he ducks
his head down toward the stall. "Though a storm's quickly
approaching ..."

Harris nods a thank-you and straightens his red tie, which I know he
bought from the guy who sells them outside the subway. As chief of
staff for Senator Paul Stevens, he should be wearing something
nicer, but the way Harris works, he doesn't need to impress. "By the
way, LaRue, what happened to your mustache?"

"Wife didn't like it-said it was too Burt Reynolds."

"I told you, you can't have the mustache and the Trans Am-it's one
or the other," Harris adds.

LaRue laughs, and I shake my head. When the Founding Fathers set up
the government, they split the legislative branch into two sides:
the House and the Senate. I'm here in the House, which is in the
south half of the Capitol. Harris works in the Senate, which is all
the way over on the north. It's a whole different world over there,
but somehow, Harris still remembers the latest update on our
shoeshine guy's facial hair. I don't know why I'm surprised. Unlike
the monsters who walk these halls, Harris doesn't talk to everyone
as a political maneuver. He does it because that's his gift-as the
son of a barber, he's got the gift of gab. And people love him for
it. That's why, when he walks into a room, Senators casually flock
around him, and when he walks into the cafeteria, the lunch lady
gives him an extra ladle of chicken in his burrito.

Reaching Enemark's gray suit jacket, Harris pulls it from the
coat-rack and fishes for the lapel. The toilet flushes behind us. We
all spin back toward the stall. Harris is still holding the jacket.
Before any of us can react, the door to the stall swings open.

If we were brand-new staffers, this is where we'd panic. Instead, I
bite the inside of my cheek and take a deep gulp of Harris's calm.
Old instincts kick in. As the door to the stall opens, I go to step
in front of the Congressman. All I have to do is buy Harris a few
seconds. The only problem is, Enemark's moving too quickly.

Sidestepping me without even looking up, Enemark is someone who
avoids people for a living. Leaving the stall, he heads straight for
the coat-rack. If Harris is caught with his jacket ...

"Congressman ...!" I call out. He doesn't slow down. I turn to
follow, but just as I spin around, I'm surprised to see Enemark's
gray coat hanging lifelessly on the coat-rack. There's a sound of
running water on the right side of the room. Harris is washing his
hands by the sink. Across from him, LaRue rests his chin in his
palm, studying C-SPAN with his fingers covering his mouth. See no
evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

"Excuse me?" Enemark asks, taking his coat from the rack. The way
it's draped over his forearm, I can't see the lapel. The pin's
nowhere in sight.

I glance over at Harris, who's wearing a calm that's almost
hypnotic. His green eyes disappear in a soft squint, and his dark
black eyebrows seem to take over his face. Japanese is easier to
read.

"Son, did you say something?" Enemark repeats.

"We just wanted to say hello, sir," Harris interrupts, leaping to my
aid. "Really, it's an honor to meet you. Isn't that right, Matthew?"

"A-Absolutely," I say.

Enemark's chest rises at the compliment. "Much appreciated."

"I'm Harris ... Harris Sandler ..." he says, introducing himself
even though Enemark didn't ask. Leaving the sink, Harris studies the
Congressman like a chessboard. It's the only way to stay ten moves
ahead.

The Congressman extends a handshake, but Harris pulls away. "Sorry ...
wet hands ..." he explains. "By the way, Congressman, this is
Matthew Mercer. He does Interior Approps for Congressman Cordell."

"Sorry to hear that," Enemark jabs with a fake laugh as he pumps my
hand. Asshole. Without another word, he opens his coat and slides an
arm into the sleeve. I check the lapel. There's nothing there.

"Have a good day, sir," Harris says as Enemark slides his other arm
in. Enemark rotates his shoulder blades and pulls his suit jacket
into place. When the other half of the jacket hits his chest, a tiny
flash of light catches my eye. There ... on his other lapel ...
there's a tiny American flag pin ... a little triangle with an oil
well on it ... and the Lorax, whose big Dr. Seuss eyes smile at
me.

I motion to Harris; he looks up and finally grins. When I was a
freshman at Duke, Harris was a senior. He got me into the fraternity
and, years later, got me my first job here on the Hill. Mentor then,
hero now.

"Look at that," Harris says to the Congressman. "I see you're
wearing the logging mascot."

I turn toward LaRue, but he's staring at the ground to keep himself
from laughing.

"Yeah ... I guess," Enemark barks, checking the Lorax out for
himself. Anxious to be done with the small talk, the Congressman
leaves the bathroom and heads across the hallway to the House Floor.
None of us moves until the door closes.

"The logging mascot?" I finally blurt.

"I told you there's still fun going on," Harris says, looking up at
the small TV and checking out C-SPAN. Just another day at work.

"I gotta tell Rosey this one ..." LaRue says, rushing out of the
room. "Harris, they're gonna catch you sooner or later."

"Only if they outthink us," Harris replies as the door again slams
shut.

I continue to laugh. Harris continues to study C-SPAN. "You notice
Enemark didn't wash his hands?" he asks. "Though that didn't stop
him from shaking yours."

I look down at my own open palm and head for the sink.

"Here we go ... Here's the clip for the highlight reel ..."
Harris calls out, pointing up at C-SPAN.

On-screen, Congressman Enemark approaches the podium with his usual
old-cowboy swagger. But if you look real close-when the light hits
him just right-the Lorax shines like a tiny star on his chest.

"I'm Congressman William Enemark, and I speak for the people of
Colorado," he announces through the television.

"That's funny," I say. "I thought he spoke for the trees ..."

To my surprise, Harris doesn't smile. He just scratches at the
dimple in his chin. "Feeling better?" he asks.

"Of course-why?"

He leans against the inlaid mahogany wall and never takes his eyes
off the TV. "I meant what I said before. There really are some great
games being played here."

"You mean games like this?"

"Something like this." There's a brand-new tone in his voice. All
serious.

"I don't understand."

"Oh, jeez, Matthew, it's right in front of your face," he says with
a rare glimpse of rural Pennsylvania accent.

I give him a long, hard look and rub the back of my sandy-blond
hair. I'm a full head taller than him. But he's still the only
person I look up to in this place. "What're you saying, Harris?"

"You wanted to bring the fun back, right?"

"Depends what kinda fun you're talking about."

Pushing himself off the wall, Harris grins and heads for the door.
"Trust me, it'll be more fun than you've had in your entire life. No
lie."

(Continues...)







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by Brad Meltzer
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  • Posted April 6, 2011

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    Very Good book!

    I received this book as a free bonus book at the end of a Preston & Childs book. I really enjoyed the Zero Game, it was well written, with many plot twists. I will be reading other Meltzer books for sure!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Read this

    I got this book free with another book. I loved this book it kept my intrest from start to finish. I could not put the book down. So far it is my favorite book by this writer. I have read many of his books and i will continue to read them. I also recomend the inner circle. All his books make me enjoy reading more. I would recomend this book to everyone. I believe his books really are for all readers.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2011

    Ok read

    I was kind of disappointed in some of the character development. The hero's sidekick,Viv, could have been great, but the author left this very intelligent female page the typical female...timid, and easily dupped because she was too emotional. The fight scene was very well written. I felt like I was in the room with Harris and Janos. This was my first Meltzer book and I would purchase another one. I like his use of historical backdrops.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 16, 2011

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    Fun to read

    I enjoyed reading this book. I don't know if this kind of stuff goes on in our Capital or not but if it does someone need to clean house.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    Suspenseful and Entertaining

    This was my first book by Brad Meltzer and I was impressed. Yes, the plot is far-fetched and implausible, but that is what makes it entertaining. As someone who has lived in the DC area, there are enough little details that Meltzer gets exactly right to make the story not seem so crazy. The action is pretty fast paced and even if you find the story unbelievable (especially the science part), you'll still want to keep reading to find out what happens. The characters are well developed, though the character and dialogue of Viv is a little cliche at times and the "bad guy" is sometimes too invincible. Overall, I would definitely recommend to any political action/thriller reader.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    Started off good read, than very long, somewhat boring detials u

    Started off good read, than very long, somewhat boring detials unless you love science stuff,  actually reading the last few pages just to end it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2011

    Not a good read

    Took me 2 weeks to get through this book. It could have been a good book but just didn't get there. Guess I got what I paid for.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    Good Story

    I enjoyed this book, although I would never recommend an abridged version of any book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2009

    Enjoyable Reading!

    This book was a fun read. Sometimes a little far-fetched, but the twists were good. I couldn't put it down. The part when Harris, Viv, and Janos were fighting in the 'cellar' was a little drawn out but overall this was a good read. --K--

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    A reviewer

    Since I have liked Brad Meltzer's other books, I picked up this one, only to find it a mediocre tale that just defied any ability to suspend belief. It's an okay read, but we know he can do better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2007

    Not even worth reading the flapps!

    After reading the Millionaires by Mr. Meltzer, I was eagerly awaiting his next novel and boy was I disappointed. Slow pace, characters weren't believable, most of all the story was laughable. Sorry. That's the way I feel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2007

    Couldn't put it down!

    There's nothing like a book that grabs the suspense from the very beginning...and a book that makes one feel like they're part of the chase scenes - very intense and it was a struggle just to have to put the book down. Who would have thought a 30 year old somthing staffer and a 17 year old senate page would make such a great team. Great suspense....a must read, for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2005

    Adrenaline Rush

    I love it when I read a book that I can't put down and I CAN'T PREDICT THE ENDING!!! Brad Meltzer does it! Meltzer is an awesome writer. The Zero Game is a non stop pulse beating supsense thriller. 'The First Counsel' was the first novel I read of his and that got me hooked on this writer. His style is young, fresh, and energetic. You won't want to stop to eat! Critics want to compare him with John Grisham - don't do that - they are completely different story tellers. Meltzer grabs and holds your attention from beginning to end - Grisham seems to have lost his touch. Grisham's latest novels are simply limp - they start off pretty good and then you find yourself putting it down and taking several weeks trying to finish it. Meltzer is modern day, easy read, and highly suspensful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2005

    A great read

    This book was awasome! Brad gives you an inside view in Capitol Hill on how things are really done. His prose it easy to understand, which makes the suspence all the more exciting. The 'Zero Game' is real page-tuner. I couldn't let it down. Pick it up and experience it for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    Energized Reading!

    I love it when I read a book that I can't put down and I CAN'T PREDICT THE ENDING!!! Brad Meltzer does it! Meltzer is an awesome writer. The Zero Game is a non stop pulse beating supsense thriller. 'The First Counsel' was the first novel I read of his and that got me hooked on this writer. His style is young, fresh, and energetic. Critics want to compare him with John Grisham - no comparison - they are completely different story tellers. Meltzer grabs and holds your attention from beginning to end. Meltzer's book is modern day, easy read, and highly suspensful novel.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2005

    Disappointing.

    As an avid Meltzer fan, and a former Capitol Hill staffer, I was really looking foward to this one. Unfortunately, once the action moved away from the Hill, it was like any other wanna be mystery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2004

    Another winner from Meltzer

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a thrill ride from the get-go. Read as easily as a typical James Patterson story but obviously Meltzer's stories are much deeper plot wise. A 400 pager that I got through in two afdternoons. Great stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2004

    ENTHRALLING AND ENTERTAINING LISTENING

    Audie and Earphone Award winner Scott Brick is one of the most versatile and accomplished voice performers to be found. He has recorded more than 150 books for Time Warner; this breadth of experience comes to the fore in readings that tend to become even better than the last. Brad Meltzer, with a string of bestsellers to his credit, now draws upon his time as an intern on Capitol Hill to lend authenticity and detail to 'The Zero Game.' Matthew Mercer has decided he may want to leave his job as a high paid staffer in our country's corridors of power. Rather than lose a buddy his best friend, Harris Sandler, invites him to join in an intriguing game - it's a game no one knows about, least of all their important bosses. Bets are made on the outcome of proposed legislation. Sound like fun? Perhaps, until someone is murdered. The pair have uncorked more than trouble. Now, someone is out to kill them. They have no one to help nor anyone they can trust save for a 16-year-old Senate page. Scott Brick's readings on the Abridged CD version and the Unabridged Audio Cassette edition will both enthrall and entertain.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    Awesome!

    People getting in way over their heads NEVER gets old. Original twists.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    I LoVe MaTtHeW MeRcer & HaRrIs SaNdLeR

    This book was da bomb,I loooovved it!All of Brad Meltzer's books are amazing,this is the book that would never want to put down.All the characters are so real,and while I was reading it,it felt like I was in the book.This is just an awesome book,well done.

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