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The Escape (John Puller Series) Mass Market Paperback – August 25, 2015
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It's a prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it's impossible...until now.
John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller must bring in his brother to face justice.
But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don't want him to survive. Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.
They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but there are troubling details about his brother's conviction...and someone out there doesn't want the truth to ever come to light. As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller's masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother--or himself.
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"[In his] clever third John Puller thriller...Baldacci handles the complex plot with consummate ease as the Pullers navigate nearly endless surprises."―Publisher's Weekly
"A heck of an opening chapter, guaranteed to jettison readers into hours of addictive reading...Baldacci's last few books have been among the best in his long, busy career, and The Escape stands near the top for sheer adrenalin-fueled entertainment. It's alarmingly topical, too, taking us into the intelligence community and raising questions about privacy rights in the age of government surveillance and other buzz-worthy issues (no spoilers here). Indeed, the crime at the center of The Escape could have been pulled from recent newspaper headlines. Who says thrillers have to be the stuff of escapist fantasies?"―Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Highly entertaining...The Escape is a terrific read."―CT News
"A phenomenal read, as usual, from David Baldacci--don't miss it!"―BookLoons.com
"David Baldacci has never been better than in 'The Escape.'"―Providence Journal
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- Publisher : Vision; Reprint edition (August 25, 2015)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 688 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1455521256
- ISBN-13 : 978-1455521258
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 1.5 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #55,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story is very complex, filled with military jargon, lots of suspense, twists, great characters, and a fascinating storyline. Typical Baldacci writing! This Author really is a gift to readers who love a good story!
From John's cat named "AWOL" to the mystery of how Robert managed to escape Leavenworth, you will not be bored! A great read!!
From the beginning, everyone involved with the mysterious breakout and investigation is shocked that Puller is allowed anywhere near the crime due to the obvious conflict of interest.
David Baldacci skillfully weaves a tale of murder, mayhem and espionage at the highest levels of America's National Security agencies.
As each page turns, more people die, shocking facts emerge about high level Colonels and Civilians in our alphabet soup agencies and John Puller questions whether he can trust anyone.
From our Nation's Capital to Mother Russia to the deserts of Africa, the horrifying truth of the depth of the despicable plot to harm the United States emerges.
You will love the ending, Baldacci is a master at tying up the details at the very last minute. The Escape is a satisfying and thrilling read, highly recommended!
All that goes into building each book with a story that won’t let up and leaves the reader wanting more! While each book can be a story unto itself it is the revelations about each of the Puller family men that enhance each tale. There is emotion in each book not in the forefront but definitely in background in regards to John Puller Sr. and his battle with Dementia.
In The Rescue there is one section of the story that really pulled at my heart as the author paints with words a very touching scene between a father and son. Not only is it with the knowledge that slowly these two brothers are losing their parent to a disease that knows no bounds. Having personally gone through in my life I can say that the author does a great job giving his audience a peek at what some people deal with and its affect on a person.
I do recommend reading and enjoying the series even with its rare use of foul language. Why? There are many people who love to read all types of books and want to read stories that have grit to them. Yes you can have that without the language, I am just glad he doesn’t liberally dose his stories with the words unlike other novelists. There is patriotism is the book, heart and soul in the characters and a rich plot fraught with a plethora of trails that keep readers like me up till the wee hours of a morning to get to the end!
The next book in the series is titled No Man’s Land and I cannot wait to see where the author takes John Puller next!
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That said, I have enjoyed the previous John Puller books, but the same can't be said of this one, which I found predictable, and shallow and at 460 plus pages, at least 200 pages too long. I found it hard to care about the heroes, male and female, the villains are almost mustachio twirling but cliched, the action is poorly realised and the plot twists can be seen coming a mile off.
The female hero gets blown up, so does the male, but at different times, and I mean, can he be so short of ideas? the female hero gets shot, but lives (really?), and the hero doesn't get the girl.
In the best chick flick tradition, the father with dementia comes back from his vagueness, if he ever had it, and we are set up for the next book, a quest for a missing mother.
I had difficulty from the start, but persevered, only because unfinished books annoy me intensely.
So I can't recommend this one at all, it's been done elsewhere and so much better.
I really enjoyed the first book, the second was above average, but this one falls just short of the mark, and is average at best. I gave it 3 stars out of courtesy for Baldacci's, one of my favourite authors, if it had been anyone else it would have received 2 stars.
It is well written, as you would expect from such an accomplished author, but it was all just a bit too much Hollywood!
The overriding plot was one we have seen before many times, traitors in the ranks, who to trust etc. throw in the chemical bomb that they have only a few hours to find....even cutting the wire with seconds to spare( I don't think I've spoiled anything there..am sure you would have guessed that...as seen in a thousand movies!).
The dialogue was a bit wooden, and corny. The characters a little one dimensional. And John Puller is turning too much into Captain America.
ironically what starts out as the story, Pullers brother escaping from prison, had a more unique and interesting road to follow than the corny been done before spy/traitor/save the world from bomb with minutes to spare story!
Come on Mr Baldacci's, you can do better than this! Give Puller some decent dialogue, a few flaws other than his inability to show emotion, and stay away from the Hollywood cliches in the story line.
Puller's brother was also a high flyer in the army but he has been in prison for a reason which was not disclosed in previous novels. In this book he escapes from prison and, although he has been ordered not to, Puller starts to investigate his escape and eventually his original crime. Puller is authorised to investigate despite everyone's better judgement and is joined by agent Veronica Knox. Obviously, things are not as straightforward as you would expect and it turns out (not a spoiler as you will have worked this out for yourself from the very beginning) that not only is Puller's brother innocent but he may also be in danger himself.
This is a great story which pulls you along in the action. Puller is an engaging character as he is honest and intelligent (although to the British reader he is a little over-patriotic). One of the author's themes is the size and complexity of the military and the intelligence services in the USA and over and over again the investigation is stalled or obstructed in some way by another agency or a corrupt official. Puller cannot be sure who he can trust and he also cannot be sure who will halt his career or betray him.
This isn't great literature, and I don't think that it is intended to be that. It is, however, a really readable and enjoyable story with lots of action, twists and turns, and jeopardy for our main characters. It reminds me of Dan Brown at his best but the conspiracies here are much more believable. I hope that we see more of John Puller
Along the way he acquires a partner, not of his own choosing, he wonders if this partner is to help or hinder his investigation.
The story develops with the usual slaying's and unanswered questions with a battle of wits against a very good and confident liar. Some red herrings along the way cause some doubts but Puller keeps at it and as you would expect a result is achieved, maybe not all that he wishes for but life is like that !!