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No Man's Land (John Puller Series) Hardcover – November 15, 2016
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"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 (4 1/2 stars--Top Pick!)
"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."
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- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Hardcover : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1478970804
- ISBN-13 : 978-1478970804
- Product Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.38 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; First Edition (November 15, 2016)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 145558651X
- Best Sellers Rank: #126,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
But when someone comes forward to accuse his father of killing his mother that gets his interest. He doesn't want to see his father's reputation destroyed and besides he can't believe that his father would kill his mother.
This sets him on a course of investigation that leads to a serial murder, Department of Defense experimental science and possibly a meltdown in his own views of his father, who wasn't where he said he was the night that John's mother disappeared.
The most interesting part of the novel is the details regarding Liquid Armour, Ekoskeletions and synthetic skin. Further there was an experiment to make a super soldier, one that couldn't feel pain and one that didn't fear combat. Did that really happen? If so, is there a connection to John's family and his mothers disappearance?
The technology as well as the mystery makes for a very entertaining and enlightening novel. I ended up after the novel doing some online searches for DoD science experiments and want to find out more about these new technologies. Where is robotics and computer enhanced medicine taking us?
Enjoy the novel. Baldacci is a master story teller.
Meanwhile a soldier used as an experiment by scientists contracting with the army, surfaced and began seeking retribution for what had happened thirty years before.
These two quests became intertwined. Numerous current day events also mixed with the old. The main scientist had continued her research over the decades. Her current research was also intertwined.
To find the truth, read away.
In my opinion, the ending was the weakest part of the book. It did not ruin the tremendous build up but, it didn't really do it justice either. It seemed an attempt to tie up too many lose ends in too few pages so, some of them were just not tied off particularly well.
Bottom line: I am hooked on the series now (as well as the Amos Decker series) and I am anxiously awaiting the next one
As is typical with most Baldacci novels, he does a great job of getting you right in the middle of the action and feeling as if you are one of his characters - your pulse will start to beat a little faster at times and when he describes the surroundings of his various scenes you feel as if you are right there. The usual twists and turns in the storyline are prevalent and I had a hard time putting this one down.
If you like a good mystery / thriller, or have enjoyed other Baldacci novels, I'd recommend you pick this one up right now and strap yourself in for a book you won't be able to put down.
Top reviews from other countries
This is the fourth in Baldacci's series featuring Army detective John Puller I have had mixed feelings for this particular character because of his similarity both in background and appearance to John Reacher the long established character created by Lee Child. Despite these initial misgivings I have read and enjoyed each book including this one.
Puller is visiting his father, who is in the advanced stages of dementia, in hospital when he is advised that allegations have been made against his father. The allegation is that Puller Snr murdered his wife some thirty years previously. Puller Jnr had believed his mother had just walked out on them.
Puller is determined to establish the truth even if it means convicting his own father. However he finds that there are few people willing to talk of the events of that period. Suddenly he is ordered out of the country and the official investigation is closed down. Puller realises that this is much more than just a murder it is a cover-up of monumental proportions. He needs all the friends he can if he is to continue his investigation. Who is the violent man with super strength?
In a book that is extremely fast-paced Baldacci creates a narrative that is frightening in its simplicity. He highlights how the stated claim of the needs of the many can be hijacked to ensure the benefits and ideals of the few.
Well worth a look.
And in a home waiting to die. His wife disappeared when John junior was a little boy.
With the help of Veronica Knox and his brother Robert, John tries to track down what happened to his mother. He uncovers murders and military cover ups. He is ordered to drop the search. He will not.
Yet again a book worthy of a film. Well done. Great book.
There are obviously similarities between John Puller and Jack Reacher, but I feel that Puller is the better character, he has more dimensions, and a different moral code.
David Baldacci is the better writer, and his plots are full. His characters become people that you care what happens to them.
This is book 4 but can be easily read as a stand alone book, there are some references to characters and incidents in the previous books.
There is a slightly sentimental element, but there often is with this author.