The Zero Game

Version: Abridged
Author: Brad Meltzer
Narrator: Scott Brick
Genres: Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: January 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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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 idealist 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 like on it.

Reviews (6)

Nice thriller in a DC setting

Written by Andy on November 2nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Good suspense novel with little violence, only when needed and not gruesome, that was in an interesting setting in the capital. I thought of the twist at the end but dismissed it as obvious but made the ending interesting. I recommend this book. I just thank god it was a suspense novel that didn't involve a private detective or lawyers.

The Zero Game

Written by Anonymous on August 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great story told in the first person. The narrator did a fantastic job keeping you on the edge of your seat. Of course, the reader does need to suspend belief and enjoy the story for the shear entertainment of it all. The background music during suspenseful themes added to the suspense and tension. Truly a story well spun.


Written by dlct on February 20th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

If you can suspend disbelief and handle the narrator's gravelly, deadpan voice... this conspiracy theory novel might interest you. It moves right along, has a ton of interesting characters, and is full of political machinations. It could use a bit more realism and a dash less predictability -- we don't know how the good guys will prevail but we're sure they will... somehow.... Not bad, but could be better. As long as politics doens't bore you, you won't be bored, that's for sure.

Zero Game [abr]

Written by Steven Taylor from Laguna Niguel, CA on April 7th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

My least favorite Brad Meltzer book to date, the story never really grabbed me. The background music inserted into parts of the story was very annoying.

Good suspense, slightly predictable in parts

Written by Anonymous on March 28th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

My second Meltzer book. He is good at getting the reader into the world behind the scenes in Washington. There is some good surprises in this book. A couple of parts are little predictable, but overall good fun. I recommend it.

Zero Game

Written by Anonymous from Houston, TX on March 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a really good book. It kept my interest and of course I was surprised and pleased with the ending.

Author Details

Author Details

Meltzer, Brad

Brad Meltzer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Fate, as well as the bestsellers The Tenth Justice, Dead Even, The First Counsel, The Millionaires and The Zero Game. He is also one of the co-creators of the TV show, Jack & Bobby—and is the number one selling author of the critically acclaimed comic books, Identity Crisis and Justice League of America. His newest comic book, DC Universe, will be released in August, and his new thriller, The Book of Lies, will be published in September.

Raised in Brooklyn and Miami, Brad is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School. The Tenth Justice was his first published work and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Dead Even followed a year later and also hit the New York Times bestseller list, as have all six of his novels. The First Counsel came next, which was about a White House lawyer dating the President's daughter, then The Millionaires, which was about two brothers who steal money and go on the run. The Zero Game is about two Congressional staffers who are—literally—gambling on Congress. The Book of Fate, is about a young presidential aide, a crazed assassin, and the 200 year-old code created by Thomas Jefferson that ties them together. For authenticity, The Book of Fate was researched with the help of former Presidents Clinton and Bush. His newest book, The Book of Lies, is about the missing murder weapon that Cain used to kill Abel, as well as the unsolved murder of Superman creator Jerry Siegel's father. Brad is one of the only people to interview Jerry Siegel's family about the murder.

His books have spent over nine months on the bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages, from Hebrew to Bulgarian. In The Tenth Justice, the opening lines are: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a pig." In the Hebrew translation, it became: "Ben Addison was sweating. Like a horse." We're not sure if it's a kosher thing or what!

Brad has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity and earned credit from Columbia Law School for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. Before all of that, he got 24 rejection letters for his true first novel, which still sits on his shelf, published by Kinko's.

Brad currently lives in Florida with his wife, who's also an attorney.