The Escape Book Review
|2014, Grand Central Publishing
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|$28.00 Hardcover, $16.00 Paperback, $9.99 Kindle
John Puller is back in the third installment of the popular series by David Baldacci, The Escape. Puller, who is career army, and works as an agent with the Criminal Investigation Command (CID), is brought in on the investigation of his brother, Robert Puller, who has previously been convicted of treason and sent to America's foremost maximum-security military prison, USDB. No one has ever escaped from that prison, but due to a breach of the security system, as well as the backup security system, Robert has escaped and left an unidentified dead man in his place. It is suspected that Robert killed the man, but no one knows who the dead man is, or how he got into the facility. Government officials believe that their best chance of apprehending Robert is to assign his brother to the investigation; Veronica Knox is in charge, but because there is evidence that the entire debacle has been orchestrated by persons on the inside, John doesn't trust her.
As is Baldacci's style, the novel is suspenseful with unexpected scenarios throughout. John, while loyal to his country, is also loyal to his family, causing extra conflict. During the course of the novel, John and Veronica are put in dangerous situations, and their survival is questionable. Several high-up military men are murdered, and someone is also trying to murder John.
Baldacci is one of the most popular thriller writers in the world, and his novels, including The Escape are well-written. One doesn't get the impression that they are churned out by some computer program (like the number one bestselling thriller writer), and he doesn't leave the writing to co-authors. Like the number one bestselling thriller writer, Baldacci puts out several books a year, but that is where any similarity ends. The Escape is not sloppy, has no issues left dangling, and is fast-moving and believable. Baldacci has researched military protocol, and it rings true to life. The novel has no graphic violence or sex, and is suitable for almost every reader.
David Baldacci continues to amaze with his excellent, novels. It's a good idea to read the two previous novels in the series, Zero Day and The Forgotten, since the background information is helpful, but it is not absolutely necessary. Once again, Baldacci has delivered an exciting thriller that is impossible to put down.
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