Book Reviews of The Zero Hour

The Zero Hour
The Zero Hour
Author: Joseph Finder
ISBN-13: 9780688144500
ISBN-10: 0688144500
Publication Date: 5/1996
Pages: 422
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow Co
Book Type: Hardcover
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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. Not only is The Zero Hour a jolting story with plenty of memorable murders and lusty intrigue, its mix of finance, terrorism, and high technology are meticulously described and mostly accurate: such a computer network actually exists and its destruction could disable financial markets. Wow. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Publishers Weekly At his best?as in this thriller about a terrorist plot to bring down Wall Street?Finder (Extraordinary Powers, 1994, etc.) rivals the early Frederick Forsyth in his riveting combination of cool prose and hot plot. Indeed, there's more of a hint of the Jackal in Baumann (aka Zero; aka the Prince of Darkness), a freelance terrorist/assassin who can slay and mutilate with "no visible change in [his] glacial demeanor." Baumann's new boss is billionaire Malcolm Dyson, an American fugitive in.. read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Book Description A renegade U.S. billionaire has enlisted the services of a terrorist called the "Prince of darkness" in order to punish America. The most resourceful killer alive has been granted the knowledge and the power he needs to destroy the foundations of global finance in one explosive instant. FBI Special Agent Sarah Cahill is leading the manhunt, matching wits with the most formidable opponent of her career. But she is unaware of the scope of the terror she is up against. And it may already be too late--for Sarah, for her young son. . .for their world. The Zero Hour is approaching. The future is ticking away.
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Another good Joseph Finder novel.
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Finder has become a master storyteller and this is a thrilling plot. A renegade U.S. billionaire with hate and revenge in mind has hired a world renown professional terrorist to blow up America's secret computer facilities that represent the foundation of global finance. The hunt is on. Good book.
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A paid terrorist attempts to destroy New Yorks banking network computer and send the banking world into chaos. An intriguing story that is exciting all the way through.
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A breathtaking escape from a maximum-security prison in South Africa. A beautiful call girl found brutally murdered in Boston. A fugitive American billionaire in Switzerland, obsessed with revenge...So opens Joseph Finder's electrifying suspense thriller. The Zero Hour.
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A well done story about the FBI trying to prevent a terrorist attack here in the USA.
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I'm surprised that it took me so long to finish this book. I guess this just isn't my type of book.

The book is split up into two main POV's: the good guys (Sarah, FBI...) and the bad guys (Baumann). I actually found the bad guys' POV much more interesting than the wild goose chase at the other end. But even that interest wasn't enough to keep me from putting the book down. Only the drive of completing this book to start another one finally pushed me to finish this book.

Perhaps another reason why I liked the bad guys' POV because Baumann was more developed in this story. Sarah Cahill, the protagonist, was a typical, let's-save-the-world type character.

I have mixed feelings about the technical aspects in this book. On one hand, they were very informative and I always like to learn when reading. On the other hand, they were sometimes tedious to read and boring.

There was really only one part in the book that had me interested, one twist. True, I did see it coming, but it was nevertheless, a nice addition to an otherwise, typical story.

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. However, I do recommend this book to anyone else who enjoys crime fighters with a touch of bombs.
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Excellent Joseph Finder novel. Fast paced, action filled. Loved it.
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Well written and full of factual content which makes it seem (almost too) real rather than fiction.