November 4, 2011

The Zero Game by Brad Meltzer

Title:  The Zero Game
Author:  Brad Meltzer
Format:  HC
Pages:  459
Genre:  Thriller
Publisher:  Warner, 2004
ISBN-13:  978-0446530989
Series:  Stand Alone

Favorite Quote:  "I'm serious about that chief of staff job, Harold," she calls out as her voice echoes down the long hallway.  "Only eighteen more years until I reach the age requirement.  I'll expect you there bright and early."

Synopsis (PBS):  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.

Review:  Government conspiracies.  Killers for hire.  A 8,000 foot deep mine shaft.  From Washington, DC to South Dakota, this story has all these things and more.  It's fast-paced and exciting.  I never saw half of what happened coming and certainly didn't know who half the bad guys actually were. 

I finished this book in just over 24 hours.  It was an incredible read, probably one of the best this year.

Rating:  10 / 10

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