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The Zero Game af Brad Meltzer
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The Zero Game (udgave 2005)

af Brad Meltzer (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Zero Game
Forfattere:Brad Meltzer (Forfatter)
Info:Grand Central Publishing (2005), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
I enjoy dumb thrillers, so this initially seemed promising. But the plot was Swiss cheese. ( )
  breic | Nov 16, 2020 |
The story: A young staffer at Capitol Hill takes part in a "game". The game is to trick senators and house members into doing something publicly, without knowing they've been tricked. The game presumably started innocently enough, with a senator saying something in a speech that was not supposed to be part of the speech. As this story opens, the challenge is to insert something into a bill that will become law. The little insertion is the approval of the sale of an old non-functioning mine in a small desert town in the west. A private company wants to buy the mine and is willing to clean up environmental damage left behind by the original, so it appears to be an easy yes.

Especially easy because our first staffer, Matthew, is in a unique position to get the mine sale into the bill. It's part of his work to play give-and-take with other staffers - you let this one in and I'll give you yours, that sort of thing. So Matthew and his idol, Harris, are excited to play this game and expect to make big bucks on it.

However, it isn't long before Matthew notices something odd and follows his instincts. His instincts take him out of the game and get Harris wondering. Meanwhile, by accident a senate page, Viv, happens along at a convenient time and Harris enlists her for help in uncovering what is starting to look like a deadly situation.

Harris and Viv are soon on the run, to the mine to find out more, away from bad guys, many of which they cannot identify. Unfortunately, one of the bad guys figures out where they have gone and heads out after them.

The plot thickens. People are killed, Harris and Viv run headlong into danger, and it takes a talk with a scientist to figure out what secrets the mine is hiding.

A good page-turner with a whole lot of inside information. Learning how things are done, in great detail, on Capitol Hill was one of the unexpected pleasures for me. The research made a big difference in how real the story seemed, in spite of obvious improbabilities. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
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. ( )
  can44okie | Aug 28, 2020 |
It is still January but I can guarantee you that this one will be on my top ten for 2004. Capital Hill staffers join in a game of wits and gambling - played under the table until one day when it all turns deadly. The plot of this book is excellent but the telling of it is what kept me glued to the book. ( )
  susandennis | Jun 5, 2020 |
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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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