Minute Zero

Minute Zero An extraordinary international thriller by the former deputy assistant secretary of state and author of the national bestseller The Golden Hour In the life of every country at a moment of extreme nat

  • Title: Minute Zero
  • Author: Todd Moss
  • ISBN: 9780399168680
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An extraordinary international thriller by the former deputy assistant secretary of state and author of the national bestseller The Golden Hour In the life of every country, at a moment of extreme national disruption, there is a brief period of breakdown, when everything is uncertain, events can turn on a dime That is the moment to act, to shape events how you want themAn extraordinary international thriller by the former deputy assistant secretary of state and author of the national bestseller The Golden Hour.In the life of every country, at a moment of extreme national disruption, there is a brief period of breakdown, when everything is uncertain, events can turn on a dime That is the moment to act, to shape events how you want them to go That is Minute Zero.Fresh off the harrowing events of The Golden Hour, State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker is suddenly thrown into a quickly developing emergency in Zimbabwe, where a longtime strongman is being challenged for the presidency Rumors are flying furiously armed gangs, military crackdowns, shady outside money pouring in, and, most disturbing for the United States, reports of highly enriched uranium leaking into the market.And that s all before Ryker even lands in the country It gets much worse after that If he can t get control, shape his Minute Zero, a lot of people are going to die not least of all himself.

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    1. Although there is one coincidence too far at the end, generally this is a superb novel written by a diplomat who knows his way around Africa (Zimbabwe especially) and the hidden nooks of US involvement in African politics. No one can match Moss' insider expertise, which gives Minute Zero an engagingly different setting and plotline.A/AA & Orion Team readers: There is less gunplay than traditional military thrillers but just as much intrigue.Highly recommended for thriller readers.

    2. What appealed to me about "Minute Zero" was the idea that the story combines political diplomacy with national security.With current events and the presidential election debate, a book about election would be of interest even if the nation is Zimbabwe.State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker is sent to Zimbabwe to attempt to quell a developing emergency. Ryker is to stop an emergency and provide a solution before the situation gets out of hand.In the 1980s thousands of civilians in Zimbabwe di [...]

    3. A thriller set in Zimbabwe, with a CIA and State Department special operation. It sounded great. But no. The characters are two-dimensional. For a thriller, that's sometimes okay, action can make the difference. But no. The main character does almost nothing until the last ten pages. Until then he is mostly sitting in the embassy watching the television news. Since he rarely leaves, the setting in Zimbabwe is almost incidental. On the bright side, it is a quick read. The writing is bad—utterly [...]

    4. I had a hard time getting through this book, like it took me two weeks to read it which is very unusual for me. The pace was very slow and the scenarios in this book was really unbelievable. A lot of backroom politics which didn't make sense. Backroom deals and favors handed out and just totally unbelievable things like that ruined the book for me with no accountability by the characters. The characters are very thin and weak and never really developed. I know a lot of readers gave this book hig [...]

    5. I attempted to read Mr. Moss's first book, the Golden Hour. I say attempt because I only got about a third of the way into the book and I put it down for good. The only thing that I did like about the book and Mr. Moss's writing is how authentic the story and events were. Yet, I was not feeling the character development and the story itself did not intrigue me. I decided to give Mr. Moss another chance. Thank goodness that I did. His latest book made me did a complete one eighty turn. I could no [...]

    6. Todd Moss knows Africa, the State Department bureaucracy, the intelligence community and how to develop an exciting and believable plot involving these elements. "Minute Zero" is the sequel to last year's very entertainingThe Golden Hour. The plot lines in both books are quite similar, but Moss has found a winning formula with Judd Ryker and his entrepreneurial wife working behind the scenes as a soccer mom. I can't wait for Moss's next books and highly recommend his first two novels to fans of [...]

    7. Thanks to the publisher for providing this novel as a part of Giveaways. I love winning new books.This is a followup to Golden Hour, which I did not read. This is a story that takes place in Zimbabwe. It is a political suspense novel, and the author Todd Moss has did his research on Zimbabwe, and Africa in general. He understands the culture, and the political atmosphere, and political relationships that Africa has with other countries. It is written in a way that helps you speed through the st [...]

    8. I love the Judd Ryker series! The characters are rich and vibrant and there is a mix of intrigue and humanity that makes it compelling.

    9. Nice to have a thriller based in Africa for a change. Beyond that the plot was Ok but a bit too straightforward for me.

    10. I liked this work a lot better than "Golden Hour." Moss smoothed out a lot of the edges, provided a shade more detail, and helped make the transitions a lot more seamless.

    11. International political thriller with teeth “For every African state, like Ghana, where democratic institutions seem secure, there is a Mali, a Cote d'Ivoire, and a Zimbabwe, where democracy is in trouble.” -- Michael Ignatieff “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in [...]

    12. If you missed Todd Moss’s dramatic 2013 debut with The Golden Hour, catch up with his protagonist Judd Ryker in his second thriller set in an unstable Africa, the recently released Minute Zero for more political chicanery, assassination, theft and corruption at the most brazen level.Ryker is an academic working in the uneasy surroundings of the U.S. State Department. The careerists don’t trust him, his brief—as head of the department’s new Crisis Reaction Unit—puts him outside the bure [...]

    13. Similar to the first book. A fun summer vacation read. Also, places that I am already or was soon to be connected with (Zimbabwe and Ethiopia).

    14. Judd Ryker has given up the life of an academic and become a State Department troubleshooter. He’s come up with a theory of action called Minute Zero, which is a plan to take action quickly in the moments of a country’s chaotic crisis. It’s a plan which gives control to American policy and mandates immediate action. While that theory and its subsequent program worked well previously (see The Golden Hour by the same author), times have changed. America’s State Department is now reacting t [...]

    15. Perhaps 4.5 stars.This second Judd Ryker [professor turned State Dept. diplomat] story lives up to the promise of Moss's first book, THE GOLDEN HOUR. Moss himself is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, and his fiction books pull back blankets from some of the kinds of international situations that ring true from his diplomatic experience.In this book, Judd is called to Zimbabwe on the eve of the national election, in which the president is expecting to win an unprecedented (eighth?) te [...]

    16. Todd Moss' novel Minute Zero is a great new entry into the political suspense genre and a wonderful follow-up to his bestseller last year, Golden Hour. This time Judd Ryker, head of an experimental office at the State Department, and his wife Jessica are working on a crisis in Zimbabwe. The stakes are high with the future of the Crisis Reaction Unit (S/CRU) in the balance and the potential of weapons grade Uranium being dumped on the international market. To make matters more complicated, Judd h [...]

    17. In every country at a moment of extreme national disruption there is a brief period ofbreakdown when everything is uncertain and events can turn on a dime. This is themoment that you have got to shape events the way that you want them to go. This isminute zero. Judd Ryker the State Department crisis manager is thrown into a quickly developing emergency in Zimbabwe when a longtime strongman is being challenged f0r the Presidency.Rumors are flying, armed gangs are roaming around, there are militar [...]

    18. A rating of 1 star appears low but according to Good Reads, that's what I don't like it is. The book starts out fairly promising but for some reason the characters didn't stick for me, they just didn't make much of an impression for me and didn't feel real enough.But the biggest problem was Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe is a real nation but the author (Moss) populated it with fake characters. When the real characters of the nation are larger than life and quite prominent, it's hard to imagine someone else [...]

    19. In Todd Moss's Minute Zero, the 2nd installment of the Judd Ryker International political thriller series, the country of Zimbabwe took central stage in this thriller. When an American tourist was killed in Victorian Falls, that was the start of this gripping thriller, when it edged closer to their Election Day. And that's when Judd Ryker was sent down to oversee the Zimbabwean elections for any conflict, and if his Minute Zero proposal plan would be needed. At the edge of your seat, from Washin [...]

    20. Minute Zero is the follow up to Todd Moss' international novel The Golden Hour. This is my first novel by this author, and that being said, Minute Zero is a stand alone thriller. The reader is thrown into international intrigue, suspense and uncertainty as our lead character Judd Ryker is sent to Zimbabwe to represent the United States in a international crisis situation. This is a busy novel with lots of moving parts so you must stay attuned to what is happening as there is a complicated govern [...]

    21. Political Intrigue in Zimbabwe. Hum.When I first started reading this story I thoughtwhat was I thinking. I'm basically a mystery, suspense reader. Political intrigue not my genre. But I was pleasantly surprised. I liked this story and the authors style and presentation. I liked the characters and the story. The further I reade more I was drawn into this tale. I would give this a solid four stars. I loved how the author used short chapters to move from one part of the story to another. I will de [...]

    22. Judd Ryker is no Gabriel Alon, but he is principled, intelligent, and data-driven. This great follow up to Dr Ryker's first diplomatic thriller in Mali, now set in Zimbabwe, builds more character and question into Ryker, his wife Jessica, and the bureaucracy of the US government. While it took me longer to get into this than The Golden Hour, in part because Jessica's role was so painfully obvious, I had a really hard time putting it down. I love how Todd Moss illustrates diplomacy - that is isn' [...]

    23. This is my first book by this author. I wasn't sure what to expect but I must tell you this is a fast moving story with many characters motivated by revenge. There are lots of insider details regarding how the government officials operate or don't. There is also an election with a woman running against another man. Lots of action and lots of moments about how to take action when the country is in a crisis. This is a must read! Really enjoyed this book and will be looking for more books by this a [...]

    24. Set in Africa on eve of a reelection of long serving dictator - Judd Ryker of US State Dept tries to avert crisis and take advantage of the situation when crisis develops. Thriller in a diplomatic cover with bad guys galore and a set of Americans from various agencies that bring their skills to bear on a final resolution. Judd and wife Jenna (undercover CIA agent) make a good team in this interesting slant by a former US diplomat.

    25. 4.5 stars, really. 99.9% of the book is really fun, but the book starts a little slow, I don't mean in terms of plot, I mean in terms of writing (e.g. there's one paragraph on the very first page that almost made me close the book immediately. If you've read the book, you probably know which paragraph I'm talking about), but Moss quickly gets over that and returns to the form that made the Golden Hour so enjoyable.

    26. I was pleased to recieve this in a first reads. Todd moss is an excellent story teller. The book has the same fast paced brutality of blood diamond and the inner monologs of the characters are excellent. He has an excellent way of portraying each character uniquely. Judd Ryker is an advisor for the government and though an expert his opinions are being short changed. will anyone listen to him in time to shape history rather than see it destroyed?

    27. I received this novel as an ARC from the publisher. This was an exciting read, and I can easily see it made into an equally exciting film. The author obviously knows a lot about the way the government works both in areas of Africa, and in the United States, but didn't bore us with unnecessary details to underscore his knowledge. Great read!

    28. A serviceable thriller that takes place during a Zimbabwean presidential election. Characters and events not too unbelievable although a bit stereotyped. Light on nuance but the author keeps you turning the pages. For once, the protagonist is more bureaucrat than superman and never wields a weapon or crushes any bones.

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