The Zero Game (Unabridged) [Unabridged Fiction]
by Brad Meltzer
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Matthew Mercer and Harris Sandler are playing a mysterious game. It's a game almost no one knows about: not their friends, not their coworkers, and certainly not their bosses, who are some of the most powerful senators and congressmen on Capitol Hill. It's a game that has everything: risk, reward, mystery, and the thrill of knowing that, just by being invited to play, you've confirmed your status as a true power broker in Washington. But as Matthew and Harris quickly discover, the Zero Game is hiding a secret so explosive that it will shake Washington to its core. And when someone close to them winds up dead, Harris and Matthew realize this game is far more sinister than they ever imagined. As the bull's-eye turns their way, it's clear they're about to become the game's next victims. In a frenetic chase from the secret tunnels under the Capitol to an abandoned gold mine halfway across the country, the two friends realize they're no longer players in the game; they're pawns. 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 young page not only holds the key to their safety, but is the one person who can redeem them in the process. Packed with high-octane suspense and heart-pounding action, The Zero Game is Brad Meltzer at his supercharged best.
This is rated 2 stars instead of one because the reader is good. The book itself opens in a restroom in the Capitol and goes downhill from there. We're introduced to a pair of arrogant metrosexuals, one of whom wears a cartoon Dr. Seuss pin (at age 32). The other is 29 and is the kind of jerk who shakes hands and does a fawning introduction to a politician while standing next to a urinal.The Dr. Seuss "man" is a congressional staffer, who has identified the most important threat to the country. Is it terrorists in possession of a suitcase bomb? No, it's the "oil, timber and nuclear power industries." Yes, that's right, the evil companies that most of us are invested in as part of our retirement accounts. The same people who build our houses, provide fuel for our cars, and who heat our houses.The companies that provide work for millions of carpenters, electricians, and other "little" folk who aren't hanging around bathrooms playing kiss-up in the middle of the day. I got this turkey for $9.95 and I couldn't take more than 16 minutes of it. I'm erasing it and am going to get a Vince Flynn for full price. Flynn knows who the enemy is, and his books are devoid of preening elitist "heroes."
2 thumbs down
my gosh, this thing went on forev v v v v errrr I kept listening thinking it HAS to get better, I was wrong! the 2 stars are for the ability to stretch a 20 minute story into a several hour read. Ive loved Meltzers other books so this was very disappointing.
Great Book! And this reviewer actually listened to it!
The short and sweet of it is - if you like Meltzer's other books, you'll like this one. It seems as though neither of the previous reviewers actually even read/listened to the book (demonstrated by indicating that it about the evils of big industry - which it is not). I found the book a fun and exciting listen. It weaves a tale of Washington insiders and how a game that they play to gamble on seemingly insignificant legislation goes terribly wrong and turns deadly. We follow our main characters as they try to avoid a crazed assassin and seek to find the truth behind the game. I would recommend both The Zero Game and the Millionaires - both were very entertaining.