The prisoner is known as the Prince of Darkness and is supposed to be the best at his job. It is about terrorism in New York and I may have been able to give this 4 stars if it wasn't for one big problem. The characters of the story were not even likable either. There was so much unnecessary back story and government explanations that I almost abandoned the book, but I kept on till I I decided to buy, then read this book based on the synopsis and on the fact that this was also a new Author for me. Born in Chicago, Finder studied Russian at Yale and Harvard. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime.
A fugitive American billionaire in Switzerland, obsessed with revenge. Wild to see how much technology has advanced in 21 years since the book was written. A thriller of gigantic proportions, The Zero Hour focuses on villain Henrik Baumann, a suave, cold-blooded mastermind who seeks to demolish the Wall Street computer network system that is central to the world's financial markets. Their reputations, and perhaps their careers, are on the line. He doesn't notice the mix-up until he arrives home in Boston, but by then it's too late. He knew there had been four studies done on the engineering aspects of t Behind the overload of information I think there could have been an okay story. He could hear the jingling of chains worn by the most dangerous convicts as they tossed and turned in their sleep, and the barking of the Alsatians in the kennels next to the prison building.
There were quite a few very surreal moments in the book. The Zero Hour is approaching. Turning his gaze, he located the tiny, shimmering patch of ocean, just barely visible. But the chief justice is not without formidable allies, and his greatest supporter is determined to stop the story in its tracks. Joseph Finder wrote a true thrillride with The Zero Hour--great characters, solid story and once it's over, you wish there was more. I found a slight predictability during one section, but it didn't detract from the story as a whole.
Cahill is placed in charge of a special investigation to stop this threat. Their top reporter has written an exposé claiming that the chief justice had liaisons with an escort, a young woman willing to appear on video and tell the world her salacious yet convincing tale. Good pace, super-high stakes, dangerous villain, and a blockbuster ending. I really like to try new authors to expand my reading horizons. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime.
In both books the authorities get closer and closer with a lot of neat clues. But back home in Boston, Juliana realizes this was no random encounter. So it was no fun seeing her date the terrorist without being curious or investigating him, and then seeing all the ways he got information from her. He knew there had been four studies done on the engineering aspects of the World Trade Center complex, which determined based on vibration analysis that the World Trade Center could not be knocked down by any bomb short of a nuke. That our economy could be so reliant on a server room in a Wall Street basement was surprising but persuasive. And it may already be too late--for Sarah, for her young son. The corporate big shots hadn't wanted junior exec Jake Landry there.
Perhaps I had an unreasonably high expectation for this book because it was written by Joseph Finder, an author I had previously enjoyed immensely, but this book just wasn't for me. Mid way through chapter 81 page 344 hardcover was one of the most surreal sections I have read in any book. Roth deserves his own books. And the ending not only assumes we're perfectly happy with law enforcement officials nonchalantly breaking the law and meting out their own punishment - confident in the belief that none of their colleagues will have any concerns or report them - but we will also enjoy their being insufferably smug about it. As usual, Finder's research was incredible, as he discussed each subject.
Everything I've come to expect from a Finder book: strong characters, a fast plat, suspense, and action. I accept that it was written before the 'twin towers' disaster and the level of knowledge in how international terrorism and counter-terrorism practices are put in place has increased significantly among the general population. An older Joseph Finder novel that I missed - was just what I needed this past weekend. The result is as fleet and entertaining as Black Sunday, if you don't mind rooting for an international bank. Or is a maniac playing God with people's lives? As usual, Finder's research was incredible, as he discussed each subject.
Now if the author had reversed this and had the antagonist as the female and the protagonist as the male maybe it would have been better. A good entertaining read by one of my favorite authors. Finally I returned to it and I'm glad. Highly recommended as a great summer read. I'm surprised that it took me so long to finish this book. I read this book off and on over several years. I'm glad I went back to double check his catalog.
You have to accept a weak, naive, vulnerable person as the lead best investigator. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems. I found a slight predictability during one section, but it didn't detract from the story as a whole. But she is unaware of the scope of the terror she is up against. I mostly read this book for the gripping economic terror plot, not because I wanted to learn about the characters involved. And Lindsay Boxer and her new partner in the San Francisco police department try to stop a series of kidnappings: children and their nannies are being plucked off the streets.