The Zero

The Zero

A Novel

Book - 2006
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The breakout novel from a writer of extraordinary talent: In the wake of a devastating terrorist attack, one man struggles to make sense of his world, even as the world tries to make use of him

Brian Remy has no idea how he got here. It's been only five days since terrorists attacked his city, and Remy is experiencing gaps in his life--as if he were a stone being skipping across water. He has a self-inflicted gunshot wound that he doesn't remember inflicting. His son wears a black armband and refuses to acknowledge that Remy is still alive. He seems to be going blind. He has a beautiful new girlfriend whose name he doesn't know. And his old partner in the police department, who may well be the only person crazier than Remy, has just gotten his picture on a box of First Responder cereal.

And these are the good things in Brian Remy's life. While smoke still hangs over the city, Remy is recruited by a mysterious government agency that is assigned to gather all of the paper that was scattered in the attacks. As he slowly begins to realize that he's working for a shadowy intelligence operation, Remy stumbles across a dangerous plot, and with the world threatening to boil over in violence and betrayal, he realizes that he's got to track down the most elusive target of them all--himself. And the only way to do that is to return to that place where everything started falling apart.

In the tradition of Catch-22, The Manchurian Candidate, and the novels of Ian McEwan, comes this extraordinary story of searing humor and sublime horror, of blindness, bewilderment, and that achingly familiar feeling that the world has suddenly stopped making sense.

Publisher: New York : ReganBooks, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060898656
0060898658
Characteristics: 326 p. ; 24 cm.

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hummingwords
Jun 05, 2012

Lucid in the midst of confusion. Jess succeeds at forcing us to see our own reflections through the darkness of his story telling. A triumph of the post-modern novel, applicable to our lives.

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mmcla15
Jan 02, 2007

The disjointed story telling parallels the main character's memory lapses, but makes it hard to follow. So I didn't finish as it is difficult to pick up and remember yourself where it is in the plot. Perhaps if I completed, the gaps would come together and make sense. It was a recommended book, but only for a dedicated reader.

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rebmartin31
Jun 02, 2016

"'I put up a sign today that said, 'I am Pakistani not Arab!' but do you know what I think? I think I should not have to do that. I think in this country I should not have to explain that I am not a terrorist. I think these things are not anyone's business but my own.'"

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