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The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Washington, 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. The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Washington, 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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The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Washington, 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. The New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaires and The First Counsel returns to Washington, 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.

30 review for The Zero Game

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane Wallace

    Loved! a twisted beginning with an interesting,captivating storyline that kept readers guessing more times than not (paperback!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    I really enjoyed this fast-paced page-turner! A combination of mystery, sci-fi, and politics, you get to know the workings of Congress, from someone who served as a page there. Taking place in Washington, D.C., you actually learn about the making of legislation)! Fun and educational!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joy D

    Political suspense-thriller set mostly in Washington D.C. in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Two Capitol Hill staffers are playing a game involving betting on Congressional voting outcomes for minor legislation. The game turns deadly, a teenage page becomes involved, and the protagonists search for explanations while evading a hired assassin. While thrillers are not my normal fare, I selected this audio book to pass the time while traveling. I enjoyed a portion of the book, but had some issues wi Political suspense-thriller set mostly in Washington D.C. in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Two Capitol Hill staffers are playing a game involving betting on Congressional voting outcomes for minor legislation. The game turns deadly, a teenage page becomes involved, and the protagonists search for explanations while evading a hired assassin. While thrillers are not my normal fare, I selected this audio book to pass the time while traveling. I enjoyed a portion of the book, but had some issues with other parts. The positives: • The beginning included some interesting information about how legislation gets passed. • One of the protagonists was a young black female. She was written as a strong character, and it was easy to root for her. It was nice to see a young woman of color featured prominently in a book published in the early 2000s. • The friendship between two protagonists was refreshing, as there are few novels that include friendships between a two people of the opposite sex without throwing in a romance. • It did the job in terms of keeping my brain occupied during the trip, which made the drive seem shorter. • Flashing back to the time of widespread use of Blackberries and pagers was amusing. The negatives: • The plot contained many holes, which were never adequately explained. • There seemed to be lots of filler in the form of long stretches of narrative that didn’t lead anywhere or move the plot forward. • The narrative shifted from one character to another unnecessarily. • The ending proved unsatisfying. The audio book was read by Scott Brick. He did a good job of giving different voices to the characters, both male and female. He was easy to understand and follow. Contains graphic violence and profanity.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    If you love thrillers, don't miss this one. My husband and I "buddy" read this one together. We were both into it right away. A pretty much harmless, albiet illegal, game is being played by a few workers on Capitol Hill. It's pretty low stakes stuff, but one bet in particular becomes very high stakes. Although confident, Matthew starts to feel a little nervous about this one. So, he keeps his eye on things this time. But, someone doesn't like that too much. Matthew's sleuthing sets off a chain re If you love thrillers, don't miss this one. My husband and I "buddy" read this one together. We were both into it right away. A pretty much harmless, albiet illegal, game is being played by a few workers on Capitol Hill. It's pretty low stakes stuff, but one bet in particular becomes very high stakes. Although confident, Matthew starts to feel a little nervous about this one. So, he keeps his eye on things this time. But, someone doesn't like that too much. Matthew's sleuthing sets off a chain reaction. Lobbyist, politics, interns, pages, big money and hidden agendas, and the inner workings of the Capitol give the book an authentic feel. The action and suspense are non-stop. The dialogue is real and sharp. The twist and turns keep you guessing all the way up to the very last page with the final shocking revelation. Overall an A-

  5. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Good political thriller with a semi-realistic tone. Meltzer keeps the pace going although at times it's at the sacrifice of the writing. How many times can a character "smash" through the door way? Really? A nicely done cave sequence mid-story that adds the last needed reader momentum to get to the finale and tie up all the loose ends. Don't expect the book to stay with you after completed, nor to learn anything insightful about the inner workings of DC. Overall, exactly what the cover advertise Good political thriller with a semi-realistic tone. Meltzer keeps the pace going although at times it's at the sacrifice of the writing. How many times can a character "smash" through the door way? Really? A nicely done cave sequence mid-story that adds the last needed reader momentum to get to the finale and tie up all the loose ends. Don't expect the book to stay with you after completed, nor to learn anything insightful about the inner workings of DC. Overall, exactly what the cover advertises; a cool sleek story loosely tied around an insiders experience in DC politics. Good short chapters make it easy reading for the beach or plane travel to boot.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    I'm calling this book a very unconventional look at DC politics. Who's to say every bit of this isn't true? It's creative, a little crazy, and a high-quality thriller. We even get some threads of the espionage genre tangled in for good measure. Who doesn't love that? I'm calling this book a very unconventional look at DC politics. Who's to say every bit of this isn't true? It's creative, a little crazy, and a high-quality thriller. We even get some threads of the espionage genre tangled in for good measure. Who doesn't love that?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jerry B

    Some suspense, but uneven pace and preposterous chase scenes spoil indifference-breeding thriller. This was our first Brad Meltzer, the author having been recommended by a friend. We're usually game for any kind of mystery or thriller, but this one fell short of expectations. The "Zero Game" in question turns out to be a silly betting scheme that consumes/wastes the first third of the novel. The incredulous exploits of protagonist Capital staffer Harris, with 17-year-old senate page Viv his somew Some suspense, but uneven pace and preposterous chase scenes spoil indifference-breeding thriller. This was our first Brad Meltzer, the author having been recommended by a friend. We're usually game for any kind of mystery or thriller, but this one fell short of expectations. The "Zero Game" in question turns out to be a silly betting scheme that consumes/wastes the first third of the novel. The incredulous exploits of protagonist Capital staffer Harris, with 17-year-old senate page Viv his somewhat unwilling accomplice, to discover the nature of the real plot which has killed off his best friends takes another 200 pages before the mystery of what's going on in the "Wendell" mine at least heats up some suspense. But the ever-present, hired-hand bad guy Janos gets old; and by the time he gets his, we barely care anymore. While another side character winding up villainous is quite a surprise, the book ends with almost the same anticlimactic feel of its stodgy beginning. Obviously, we weren't that impressed. The uneven pace of the plot left us cold, and the somewhat preposterous nature of first the "game" and then the mining shenanigans, coupled with the many chase scenes that of course all went the right way, just left us wanting all this to get over. While the writing per se was adequate, we want a better story line, characters to really care about, more realistic action and drama, and a twist or two en route to a believable outcome, to entertain and amuse. Despite the success Meltzer enjoys, we found this one lacking. Should we try another?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Mclaren

    I'm still getting into Brad Meltzer (this is the second book of this that I have read) and at first this one starts a bit slow. We meet Matthew Mercer and his friend Harris Sandler, two staffers in the White House who have been there for years and feel a bit jaded in their careers. So they get involved in a secret game in which they only know that they are both players -- but they don't know who runs it or for the most part care. They think they are on to a sure thing that will make them a lot o I'm still getting into Brad Meltzer (this is the second book of this that I have read) and at first this one starts a bit slow. We meet Matthew Mercer and his friend Harris Sandler, two staffers in the White House who have been there for years and feel a bit jaded in their careers. So they get involved in a secret game in which they only know that they are both players -- but they don't know who runs it or for the most part care. They think they are on to a sure thing that will make them a lot of money but instead they find themselves wrapped up into a game that is quickly turning on its head. And the stakes are more than monetary; its become deadly. Once the game is in play, this becomes a true thriller and its a wild ride through the White House and the city of Washington, D.C. Who is a friend and who is a foe and why? The clock is ticking and there are only so many places that they can run.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This was my first Brad Meltzer read and it was fabulous! This book took off right out of the gate and held on thru the entire book.....it was almost "unputdownable!" This was about an apparent hidden game where Washington insiders (Representatives, Senators, lobbyists, pages, etc.) placed money bets on getting "things" included or excluded in legislation that was on the floor for votes. And how no one ever knew who was involved and who was not except the one person who invited you to play. When This was my first Brad Meltzer read and it was fabulous! This book took off right out of the gate and held on thru the entire book.....it was almost "unputdownable!" This was about an apparent hidden game where Washington insiders (Representatives, Senators, lobbyists, pages, etc.) placed money bets on getting "things" included or excluded in legislation that was on the floor for votes. And how no one ever knew who was involved and who was not except the one person who invited you to play. When something goes terribly wrong and a "player" gets killed for his involvement in the game, no one knows who they can trust or what exactly happened to cause this killing. Very exciting and intriguing!! Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great mystery!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jan Dunlap

    I've been hearing this author's name for years and finally gave him a try. This was a great read - so much suspense that it kept me up reading, which seems to happen very rarely now as so many books in the espionage/suspense category seem to be the same story over and over again. Looking forward to reading more of Meltzer's work. I've been hearing this author's name for years and finally gave him a try. This was a great read - so much suspense that it kept me up reading, which seems to happen very rarely now as so many books in the espionage/suspense category seem to be the same story over and over again. Looking forward to reading more of Meltzer's work.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    TERRIFIC LEGAL THRILLER!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dee Haddrill

    This was a very strong action-packed political thriller. Great story - I couldn't put it down. This was right up there with Vince Flynn when it comes to the political thriller genre. This was a very strong action-packed political thriller. Great story - I couldn't put it down. This was right up there with Vince Flynn when it comes to the political thriller genre.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Politics, murder, mystery, hush-hush, secrets in Washington D.C. Oh wait let me turn off CNN and write about the book. Or was I? Hmmm.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nate Solberg

    Easily one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. The plot and pacing were tight, and overall I found it to be very well written. For whatever reason I really flew through this one, enjoying the entire trip.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Slytherpuff

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I can’t believe they killed off the main character a few chapters into the book! Boy, I did not expect that. Then, they made up this game that was entirely fake but made us readers believe it was real. I was shocked to find that it was fake in the end. I’m surprised neither Janos nor Harris or Viv died. I was expecting Janos to win.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rick

    Maybe it is because I was a bit disappointed by the last Brad Meltzer book I read but this one sure seems back on track for all the reasons I started reading his work. It could be I am prejudiced nonetheless it is amazing that someone can take something so mundane as the operations of the 3 branches of the Federal Government as a great vehicle for first class thrillers. Possibly I don't give our politicians enough credit for anything more than sexual misconduct, corruption, narcissistic self-ind Maybe it is because I was a bit disappointed by the last Brad Meltzer book I read but this one sure seems back on track for all the reasons I started reading his work. It could be I am prejudiced nonetheless it is amazing that someone can take something so mundane as the operations of the 3 branches of the Federal Government as a great vehicle for first class thrillers. Possibly I don't give our politicians enough credit for anything more than sexual misconduct, corruption, narcissistic self-indulgence and a few that are so dedicated to unselfishly serving their constituents that it is hard to picture any really doing anything particularly thrilling. Well, Brad Meltzer over the course of his writing career has really created a very different opinion with the adventures he writes about. This story is almost fitting of a James Bond adventure (my apologies to Ian Fleming) as we are taken from the storied halls of Congress to a mile below the ground and everything in between. There were a lot of twists and turns as we worked out way through an interesting and very dangerous journey to answer what seemed like the most bland of questions about a simple piece of uninteresting legislature asked to be included in a tax bill. Wow, really had some surprises even just starting out the story which switched around who we were traveling with during the course of the story. For anyone who enjoys a good thriller would heartily recommend this book. Brad Meltzer writes a good story with generally well fleshed out characters and loves throwing out surprises that seemly develop before your eyes even when they were there all the time.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    ok read...liked other Meltzer books better... 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 g ok read...liked other Meltzer books better... 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.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I don't know, I wanted this to be so much better than it was. Two staffers, bored with their jobs join a game being played in Washington. No one truly knows who's playing the game, just the person who sponsored you and the one you sponsor. Bets placed on mundane or small matters definitly keep you more interested in the day to day of your job in Washington. Especially the curiosity about who else is playing. Could that sentor being playing, is he too involved in the outcome of this vote? That st I don't know, I wanted this to be so much better than it was. Two staffers, bored with their jobs join a game being played in Washington. No one truly knows who's playing the game, just the person who sponsored you and the one you sponsor. Bets placed on mundane or small matters definitly keep you more interested in the day to day of your job in Washington. Especially the curiosity about who else is playing. Could that sentor being playing, is he too involved in the outcome of this vote? That staffer is really pushing hard on this bill . . . could they be playing the game? Turns out, this book really isn't about the game. The plot morphs away from the game and into conspiracy and running from an assasin and while this ought to have been a great book, something kept me from thinking that it was a great book. I can't quite put my finger on it though. I will admit, it kept me intrigued and I didn't have any problem choosing to read rather than do something else - like say dishes or laundry - so it wasn't that bad. Can I actually say 2.5 cause 3 is too much but 2, too little.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Brad Meltzer always keeps the pace going in his books. This is a tale of intrigue that is going on behind the scenes in Washington , D.C. Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are support staff of elected government officials who are playing a dangerous game. It is behind the wall of pending legislation that they set up an interesting betting game. Hand written notes go back and forth betting on whether certain bills will pass or fail. The stakes grow higher and higher ! Then all hell breaks loose w Brad Meltzer always keeps the pace going in his books. This is a tale of intrigue that is going on behind the scenes in Washington , D.C. Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are support staff of elected government officials who are playing a dangerous game. It is behind the wall of pending legislation that they set up an interesting betting game. Hand written notes go back and forth betting on whether certain bills will pass or fail. The stakes grow higher and higher ! Then all hell breaks loose when one of their colleagues is murdered. Now the game has taken on a whole new accent. There is a murderer loose in D.C. who will stop at nothing to help pass or squash a pending bill. You will enjoy the pace as more bodies pile up and Sandler must figure out who is the hired assassin and who is next on his 'hit' list ??...The answers to the mystery involve a complicated plot that will have your head spinning Enjoy " The Zero Game ",,

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ferne

    In my review of "The First Counsel" I wrote: "I think Brad Meltzer definitely knows how to use the setting of Washington, D.C. to fullest advantage as a setting to his legal thrillers. His characters captivate your attention as each is introduced and as they begin to interact, the adrenaline starts pumping and doesn't stop until the riveting conclusion." Without a doubt, this description is even of higher intensity for "The Zero Game." WoW! If you naively believe there are no games behind-the-sce In my review of "The First Counsel" I wrote: "I think Brad Meltzer definitely knows how to use the setting of Washington, D.C. to fullest advantage as a setting to his legal thrillers. His characters captivate your attention as each is introduced and as they begin to interact, the adrenaline starts pumping and doesn't stop until the riveting conclusion." Without a doubt, this description is even of higher intensity for "The Zero Game." WoW! If you naively believe there are no games behind-the-scenes in Washington, D.C. perhaps this novel will open your mind to the possibilities of the many facets of "what if?" in the hallowed halls of government. Any list of legal thrillers is not complete if Brad Meltzer's name is missing. He's definitely my #1 suggestion!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Carey

    The Zero Game is the first Meltzer book I have read. After watching a recent interview of his, I was intrigued to read this political thriller. Set in DC within the House and Senate, it’s a story that makes you wonder all along who’s playing the game and who’s not? Well written and extremely descriptive, you feel like you are in the buildings being described, the premise of the story was enough to get me to read it. The action starts early and lasts all the way until the end. Who are the good guy The Zero Game is the first Meltzer book I have read. After watching a recent interview of his, I was intrigued to read this political thriller. Set in DC within the House and Senate, it’s a story that makes you wonder all along who’s playing the game and who’s not? Well written and extremely descriptive, you feel like you are in the buildings being described, the premise of the story was enough to get me to read it. The action starts early and lasts all the way until the end. Who are the good guys? Who are the bad guys? Who knows what’s going and and the truth behind it all? The story will keep you guessing until the final, satisfying conclusion at the end. This won’t be the last Meltzer book that I read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    The zero game is played by disillusioned Capitol Hill staffers betting on the minutiae of inner government workings. It's more than a game when players are murdered to keep a secret and the Justice department stonewalls the investigation. A coworker and friend of the victims won't give up, he plays superhero and conducts his own investigation along with a reluctant Senate page. Just when you think you can solve the mystery, you're wrong! More than once or twice. The book is an enjoyable read and The zero game is played by disillusioned Capitol Hill staffers betting on the minutiae of inner government workings. It's more than a game when players are murdered to keep a secret and the Justice department stonewalls the investigation. A coworker and friend of the victims won't give up, he plays superhero and conducts his own investigation along with a reluctant Senate page. Just when you think you can solve the mystery, you're wrong! More than once or twice. The book is an enjoyable read and well researched. My only complaint is it didn't need to be so long, It's not multi-faceted just some superfluous dialogue and a few too many tension building narratives.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rula Zein-Iddin

    Thoroughly enjoyable, fast paced action packed thriller that reads like a ready-to-make tv movie script. My first book by this author and I do recommend him for a quick, entertaining read when you just want to unwind & go with the flow on a far-fetched plot that is written very well. Note: This book was a gratis appendage to Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Both authors strongly recommended the book; and despite my finding their book a reasonably entertaining but somewhat medioc Thoroughly enjoyable, fast paced action packed thriller that reads like a ready-to-make tv movie script. My first book by this author and I do recommend him for a quick, entertaining read when you just want to unwind & go with the flow on a far-fetched plot that is written very well. Note: This book was a gratis appendage to Gideon's Sword by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child. Both authors strongly recommended the book; and despite my finding their book a reasonably entertaining but somewhat mediocre read, I actually took their advice. By the first paragraph I was hooked! Ironically, I much preferred this book (& this author) over the previous two ;)

  24. 4 out of 5

    Val

    3 1/2 Stars! I have a confession to make. I chose to read The Zero Game because I needed to read a book that started with the letter Z. And when I first started reading it, I didn't think I would like it. As I continued reading it, though, guess what happened? I liked it!! LOTS of suspense and great character development. If you want to read a book that is totally realistic, this may not be the book for you. I recommend putting some of your desire for a 100% realistic book on the shelf ... and ha 3 1/2 Stars! I have a confession to make. I chose to read The Zero Game because I needed to read a book that started with the letter Z. And when I first started reading it, I didn't think I would like it. As I continued reading it, though, guess what happened? I liked it!! LOTS of suspense and great character development. If you want to read a book that is totally realistic, this may not be the book for you. I recommend putting some of your desire for a 100% realistic book on the shelf ... and hanging on for the ride!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    I have read a few of his books, but this is not one of his better ones. There was a lot of padding, particularly the middle part. It did gain momentum towards the end but I was glad to get it finished. It is still a reasonably good thriller based in and around the Washington political scene, but lacked an intricate plot of some of his earlier books.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    The book had a strong start. Fast paced read. The kind that keeps you on the edge of your seat. At the more than half through mark, I found myself wanting to know more about the characters. Not much was revealed, though. I felt it could've ended sooner. I did really like and enjoy Harris and Viv's friendship. Solid 3 stars. Good read. The book had a strong start. Fast paced read. The kind that keeps you on the edge of your seat. At the more than half through mark, I found myself wanting to know more about the characters. Not much was revealed, though. I felt it could've ended sooner. I did really like and enjoy Harris and Viv's friendship. Solid 3 stars. Good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    The Zero Game By Brad Meltzer (PARTIAL REVIEW-currently on page 127) At the beginning of this book, I thought that Matthew and Harris were incredibly lucky until one of them was murdered. Setting: Takes place in Washington DC, mostly at Capitol Hill Genre: Fiction Characters: Matthew- senior staffer for well-respected congressmen; very tall and considerate Harris- senior staffer for well-respected congressmen; very talkative and open Janos- an brutal assassin; very aggressive and acts loco Sauls- one of t The Zero Game By Brad Meltzer (PARTIAL REVIEW-currently on page 127) At the beginning of this book, I thought that Matthew and Harris were incredibly lucky until one of them was murdered. Setting: Takes place in Washington DC, mostly at Capitol Hill Genre: Fiction Characters: Matthew- senior staffer for well-respected congressmen; very tall and considerate Harris- senior staffer for well-respected congressmen; very talkative and open Janos- an brutal assassin; very aggressive and acts loco Sauls- one of the Game Makers; very demanding and fierce Toolie- a page that delivers money to the Game Makers; aggressive The Game Makers- the makers of the Zero Game; mysterious and merciless Viv Parker- a page that also works in Capitol Hill; very kind, tall, and very self-conscious Overview: Matthew and Harris are old friends from college. They are both senior staffers working on Capitol Hill. Bored by their jobs, they decide to join a mysterious game that almost no one knows about. The game includes risk, reward, and mystery. When things things start to look up, they discover that the Zero Game is hiding secrets that are so sinister that one of them end up dead and the other is on the run for his life from a psychopath. Pros: WOW!! This book captivated me in an instant! When I saw this the book on display, I was completely drawn to it. I am so happy that I checked out this book!!! It has a lot of action in it which makes it extremely thrilling! The author uses great description to draw up a different character’s traits and personalities. The book takes lots of twists and turns that make it impossible to put down! The book develops into a deeper conflict later on. Brad Meltzer makes the book’s conflict very easy to comprehend while keeping it interesting. Based on what I read so far, I would rate this book 4.5/5. Cons: One thing I thought that could improve was the transition of the perspective of the characters. The story jumps from Matthew’s view to Harrison’s view to Viv’s view and kind of makes a tiny bit confusing. Pace: At the beginning of The Zero Game, it introduces characters. Then it started to introduced the conflict. It was a little bit boring at the beginning, but after the main idea of the story was introduced, it began to increase in pace which made it very fascinating.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Katlyn Webb

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. For the most part, I didn't like this book. However, there were a few things that were interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. The biggest thing that bothered me about the book was that the main characters had SO many chances to kill or at least incompacitate the villains more, but they didn't!!! It was also frustrating because the main villain had almost Michael Myers like invincibility because no matter how many times or where they hit him, he kept coming after them and got away! I For the most part, I didn't like this book. However, there were a few things that were interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. The biggest thing that bothered me about the book was that the main characters had SO many chances to kill or at least incompacitate the villains more, but they didn't!!! It was also frustrating because the main villain had almost Michael Myers like invincibility because no matter how many times or where they hit him, he kept coming after them and got away! It also really frustrated me that some of e characters' points of view were written in first person. I thought that wasn't a good choice for this book because, in my opinion, the main reason an author would write in first person would be to give better insight to what a character thinks and how they feel which wasn't the case in this book. Even one of the things I initially liked ended up being another annoyance I had with this book. I originally liked how the author kept me guessing about each characters' loyalties but for most of them, it changed multiple times which was probably meant to surprise the reader but after a while I found it frustrating. I want to warn any future reader that if you know little or nothing about how the House and Senate work, this book could be really hard to read. I was able to remember enough from school to get me through the general idea of what was going on but it was still difficult for me to read (also because I hate politics). There was also some complex since stuff but it was very well explained which also frustrated me because I wish the author would have done the same for the government info. Even though I didn't really enjoy this book, it did have some interesting features. I thought the zero characters played was very amusing and I wish it would have been a bigger part in the book. It had me wondering if this is or was a legit game government staff played. I believe it could be real. I've never read any of Vince Flynn's novels but I believe I know enough about them to confidently recommend this book to people who enjoy his novels.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michael Koch

    This (thriller) genre is not my favourite type of book (second). However, with the exception of one or two pages I thought this ranked with my favourites of this genre. The story started relaxed and the excitement came on almost without noticing the tension. Before I knew it, the I was turning pages as quickly as I could. The thing I do not like about thrillers is when ordinary people get sucked into action and then become action heroes. I like action heroes to be the action heroes. I find it muc This (thriller) genre is not my favourite type of book (second). However, with the exception of one or two pages I thought this ranked with my favourites of this genre. The story started relaxed and the excitement came on almost without noticing the tension. Before I knew it, the I was turning pages as quickly as I could. The thing I do not like about thrillers is when ordinary people get sucked into action and then become action heroes. I like action heroes to be the action heroes. I find it much more satisfying to see an action hero knocked down and get up again than to see a desk jockey get knocked down, get up again and turn into an action hero. In this book the desk jockeys run away. They use their smarts to stay away and solve the problem using their strengths more cerebrally. When they get hurt, they generally stay hurt. This makes the story much more believable. Because we see this early on, the tension is much tauter. Well done Mr. Meltzer. Enjoyable to the last page.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Original and Well Done It took me a while to get into this because I was not into the careful description of the game played by the Senate and House staffers. I realized later it was important to understand as the plot progressed. By the middle I was hooked and it just got better from there. It was great; definitely worth your time. Murder and intrigue between the good guys and the bad guys....and the reader really cannot tell which is which. There was even an unexpected twist at the end that was Original and Well Done It took me a while to get into this because I was not into the careful description of the game played by the Senate and House staffers. I realized later it was important to understand as the plot progressed. By the middle I was hooked and it just got better from there. It was great; definitely worth your time. Murder and intrigue between the good guys and the bad guys....and the reader really cannot tell which is which. There was even an unexpected twist at the end that was surprising. Great descriptions of how the House and Senate really operated, and what the "basement" of the capital building looks like. I loved it!

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