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The Escape by David Baldacci

The Escape

by David Baldacci

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Slick, well-paced, complicated plotting, and John Puller – what more could you want?
Baldacci had me hooked from the very first page, with so much of the book relating to trusting others. Can Puller understand why and how his brother has escaped? Who can he trust? Perhaps the three high ranking officers who ask him to try and trace his brother? An investigator from another department, Victoria Knox? Either of the two witnesses who spoke out about his brother at his court-martial?
Knowing who is telling the truth and who is not doing so is very difficult to determine. In fact there are so many incidences of what appears to be the truth, and then prove to be deceptions that it reminded me of Alistair MacLean at his very best in such books as Where Eagles Dare and Bear Island. The truth when it does come out, shows a great deal of skilful plotting and writing.
It is all so believable and plausible that I was consistently unable to put the book down until I discovered what was really going on. In this book we see so much more of John Puller’s nature and character, and I hope that this continues in the next book, which just happens to be next up for me.
A great intriguing read. ( )
  Alan1946 | Jul 18, 2017 |
Book 3 of the John Puller series:
Zero Day
The Forgotten
The Escape
No Man’s Land
If you can read them in order, it would be better. Army Criminal Investigation Division ( CID) agent John Puller visits his brother Robert Puller on a regular basis in Leavenworth prison. He has been convicted of treason and John, being pragmatic and unable to read the court files because they are sealed, does not know if his brother is innocent or not. Although he loves and greatly values his brother, he cannot come to any conclusions because even his brother will not talk about it. and then the unthinkable happens....a storm knocks out the lights and power to the prison, the back-up generators fail to lock the prisoners' doors, and Robert Puller is "visited" by someone in riot gear. Robert, appraises the situation realizing the it is an assassin , but manages to get the jump and escape himself in the riot gear with the cover of darkness. Now on the run, he aims to locate the persons who gave false testimony against him. John Puller is given the unexpected assignment of tracking down his fugitive brother and turning him in due to the extensive bank of government secrets Roberts knows and the possibility of him connecting with foreign operatives. John Puller finds that it is not his brother that is the spy but almost everyone else is.,,,,,,If you can buy in to almost Superman John Puller, then you will enjoy this book. I have enjoyed all 4. ( )
  gaillamontagne | Jul 13, 2017 |
I love listening to David Baldacci on audiobook, as I hear the whole book and do not skim sections. Baldacci's books create an unease with government and the military, as I wonder what is truth. The Escape centers on a man convicted of treason escaping from Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Leavenworth is a maximum security, military prison. The chase begins to find Robert Fuller, the escaped man. Baldacci intricately explains the prison workings, the military, the government, and plots to sabotage the government by Russian operatives. The two women in this story effectively outshine many of the men. Maybe Baldacci's failure rests in the extensive explanation of events. But the actions of John Fuller and his father show that men possess emotions. ( )
  delphimo | Jun 4, 2017 |
A reread of the John Puller storynwhere his brother has escaped from a maximum security jail. He was convicted of acts of terrorism. ( )
  creighley | May 31, 2017 |
One of his best ... Robert Puller escapes from prison, his brother John is tasked to find him, working with Veronica Knox. Lots of twists and turns ... ( )
  EvaW | May 18, 2017 |
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In memory of Kate Bailey and Ruth Rockhold: You will be greatly missed.
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The prison looked more like the campus of a community college than a place where men were kept in cells for ten years or longer for offenses committed while wearing the uniform of their country.
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