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OK, But Not Impressive
on November 23, 2012
John Puller is an Army criminal investigator on leave, while looking into his Aunt's disappearance. He spars with the local police of a small affluent Florida town, as he noses into their investigation while the disappearances mount, leading to a sinister story line.
It's a slow moving tale without any major surprise. There is just enough development to keep the reader interested, hoping for a Reacher like conclusion (as it is a Reacher like book, however not as blatant as the authors Zero Day), although winds up with a grade B finale, that is a bit far fetched.
I thought the character Mecho stole the show from Puller, an intriguing enigma who was the most interesting part of the book imo. The inclusion of Puller's boss, General Julie Carson, to help him in the field half way into the book was strange...a Captain maybe, but a General?
The similarity to Lee Child's 'Jack Reacher' continues, and there is also a bit of Brian Haig's 'Major Sean Drummond' evolving. Mr. Baldacci's seems to be reaching at straws looking for a winner beyond the Camel Club series, with the release of 3 new hardcovers in the past four months. I think the best of the bunch was "The Innocent", with the clean new character Will Robie, a much better prospect than John Puller.