Judith D Collins
By David Baldacci
Series: (John Puller #3)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: 11/18/14
My Rating: 4 Stars
It’s a prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it’s impossible. Until now.
John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice.
But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives. Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.
They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but that there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction….and that someone is out there who doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strength as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.
David Baldacci returns with another fast-paced action suspense thriller with The Escape (John Puller Series #3) when Puller faces the most difficult assignment—it is personal.
Robert, John Puller’s older brother, is a former Air Force major in the USAF, a convicted traitor serving a life sentence in Leavenworth, Kansas on charges of treason. (A very high security military prison—like a prison within a prison).
Robert escapes and leaves a corpse left in his cell. The entire team of the highest level of agencies and top brass, need John Puller’s help (he is an investigator with the CID-army’s investigative arm) in capturing his brother.
First, he needs to learn the identity of the dead man and what the heck his brother is up to, and he is unsure who he can trust, especially Veronica Knox, the Army Intelligence agent assigned to the case.
Robert, of course knows computers, hacking, security, and can change his identity and maneuvers his way around secretly trying to clear his name. Having read the other two in the series, we all know Puller’s exceptional skill and his loyalty. He knows his brother must have a good reason and a plan for escaping. Puller needs to find answers while uncovering a conspiracy which may lead to Robert’s innocence—both are in a race against time.
The Forgotten (#2) and The Escape (#3) are my favorites in the series, due to the family dynamics for a personal connection (#2 – Aunt in Florida) and (#3 – Brother), which draws you in for an engaging and compelling read.
I listened to the audiobook performed by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy. Not wild about Cassidy, and would like to see Baldacci replace the female performer; however, Ron does a good job as usual.
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