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No Man's Land (John Puller Series) Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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"[A novel of] dramatic depth and intensity...an unforgettable read...Action-packed and thought-provoking."―Associated Press
"Bestseller Baldacci makes the implausible plausible in his riveting fourth thriller featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator John Puller...Baldacci maintains tension throughout and imbues his characters with enough humanity to make readers care what happens to them."―Publishers Weekly
"Be prepared for an action-packed ride... Baldacci once again partners [John Puller] with Veronica Knox, making for a lethal and legendary combination. Anticipation intensifies on each page."―RT Book Reviews
"This thriller, featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator John Puller, has a very plausible theme with a compelling and action-packed plot....[A] riveting and heart-wrenching story...NO MAN'S LAND is an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Readers will be hooked from page one."―Military Press
"David Baldacci is one of America's favorite mystery writers, and he has earned that adulation fair and square. He is constantly turning out one readable and enjoyable adventure after another. His latest novel NO MAN'S LAND is his fourth John Puller story and it is a good one. It is fast reading from the start as the pages grab the readers' interest and off they go."
"This fast-paced ride will leave you guessing until the last page."
"One of the most compelling characters in David Baldacci's thrillers is John Puller, a crackerjack investigator of military crimes...Twists and turns come fast and furious in the best Baldacci tradition. THE ESCAPE is much more than a thriller. It's a moving tale of two military brothers and their father, a retired Army general and fighting legend now suffering from dementia. Emotionally intense, THE ESCAPE is Baldacci's best to date."―Associated Press on The Escape
"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."―Richmond Times-Dispatch on The Escape
"Highly entertaining...THE ESCAPE is a terrific read."―CT News on The Escape
"Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption... It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies."―The Washington Post on The Forgotten
"Rife with intriguing, memorable characters and tense situations....deftly providing solid escapism in an exceptionally fast-paced tale."―Lansing State Journal on The Forgotten
"Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci's books, and Zero Day is no exception...As Baldacci's new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author's imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series."―The Free-Lance Star on Zero Day
About the Author
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world's favorite storytellers. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 130 million worldwide sales. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.
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Thirty years ago when John Puller and his older brother, Robert, were young boys when their charming and beautiful mother mysteriously disappeared one evening from the Ft. Monroe, VA army post. The army investigated but not a single clue to her disappearance was ever found. Thirty years later, a friend and neighbor at the time who was now dying of cancer, wrote a letter to the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division accusing the father, Fighting John Puller Sr., a retired 3-star army general, of murdering his wife. Aging Puller Sr. presently resides in a nursing home suffering from deteriorating mental and physical health.
Miles away a convicted killer, Paul Rogers, is released from a federal prison having served ten years for murder. Within hours after his release he kills two young people who had been harassing him. This sets Rogers on a rampaging cross-country voyage and more killings. Rogers knows where he is headed and nothing will deter him from achieving his long-awaited and final goal. For Rogers, payback time is only days away.
Meanwhile, Chief Warrant Officer John Puller, teaming up with his older brother, Air Force Colonel Robert Puller, for intelligence information, is on a mission to learn what happened to his mother and to clear his father’s good name. Puller also gets help from fellow CID sidekick and sometimes girlfriend, Veronica Knox.
Baldacci is a terrific writer. He skillfully develops his prime characters and injects exciting secondary players who add spice to the story. This is the best of Baldacci. There is not a weak page of narration or dialogue in this book. I give No Man’s Land a top rating of 5+ stars. It’s a winner.
There are two stories, both of which started nearly thirty years ago.
John Puller's mother disappeared mysteriously then and despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. New evidence has just come to light that Puller's father, now a retired 3 star General suffering dementia, had secretly come home to Fort Monroe from overseas on the day his wife disappeared and is now a suspect in her disappearance.
John Puller is now a crack CID investigator with the Army and would be officially barred from working the case and face a court-martial if he disobeys orders. It is not in his nature to do nothing in a case affecting him and his family. When intelligence operative Veronica Knox, his old "friend" and ally on other cases turns up he knows that the case has far more ramifications than he realised.
Also thirty years ago something terrible happened to Paul Rogers which changed his life forever. As part of a top-secret project, based in Building Q of Fort Monroe, his body was altered to give him extreme strength, and resilience to pain so that he could perform superhuman tasks, including killing without any conscience. Rogers has just spent the last 10 years in jail for murder and with his parole determines to seek out and deliver vengeance to those who were responsible for his condition.
The stories involve huge coverups at the highest level which are continuing to the present day. Puller and Knox get pulled into the middle of this highly sensitive arena while Rogers is trying to hunt down the people who harmed him so long ago. Baldacci carefully weaves together the stories until they converge.
I have read most of Baldacci's books and enjoy his writing. But this time I think he has stepped too far out of reality to get a top rating. You certainly need a need a reality check to enjoy some of the fantasy that Baldacci has created. IMHO the book has also been poorly edited as there are a lot of things that happen, especially at very high levels of government, that are not explained by the end of the book - maybe a consequence of meeting tough publication deadlines. In previous books in the John Puller series, there was an interesting personal relationship between Puller and Knox which was hardly an issue in this one.