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The Escape

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The Escape

John Puller Series, Book 3

David Baldacci is one of the world's most popular, widely-read storytellers. In his blockbuster thrillers Zero Day and The Forgotten, readers met John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the US Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation.But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.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 nation-wide 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 is one of the world's most popular, widely-read storytellers. In his blockbuster thrillers Zero Day and The Forgotten, readers met John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the US Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation.But all his training, all his experience, all his skills will not prepare him for his newest case, one that will force him to hunt down the most formidable and brilliant prey he has ever tracked: his own brother.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 nation-wide 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.

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  • David Baldacci is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of both adult and young adult novels. He published a novella for the Dutch entitled Office Hours, written for Holland's year 2000 "Month of the Thriller" and authored a short story, "The Mighty Johns," as part of a mystery anthology published in 2002. His works have been in numerous magazines, newspapers, journals, and publications worldwide. He has authored seven original screenplays, and his books have been translated into more than forty-five languages and sold in more than eighty countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over one hundred million copies of his books are in print worldwide. He and his wife also founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org, and to look into its program to spread books across America at FeedingBodyandMind.com. He lives with his family in Virginia.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 29, 2014
    In bestseller Baldacci's clever third John Puller thriller (after 2012's The Forgotten), the chief warrant officer faces his most difficult and most personal assignment yet. Puller's older brother, Robert, a former major in the USAF, is a convicted traitor serving a life sentence in Leavenworth. A seemingly impossible chain of events ends with Robert escaping and a corpse left in his cell. A trio of high-placed officials, Army, Air Force, and National Security, go against normal protocol, and charge Puller with finding and arresting Robert. Puller has to figure out the identity of the dead man found in his brother's cell, as well as who enabled Robert to escape. To add to his problems, he's not sure he can trust the Army Intelligence agent assigned to work with him, Veronica Knox. The Puller brothers are in deep trouble, and it will take all their ingenuity and skills just to survive. Baldacci handles the complex plot with consummate ease as the Pullers navigate nearly endless surprises.

  • AudioFile Magazine Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy are a tried-and-true team, having already narrated a number of Baldacci's books together. With Cassidy delivering all the female dialogue and McLarty reading everything else, their voices dovetail seamlessly. Agent John Puller's brother, Robert, has escaped from a high-security prison, leaving a dead man in his cell. Having received life imprisonment for treason, he's now on the run not only from law enforcement but also from other forces who want him dead. John Puller wants to find his brother and prove his innocence. Action is fast, and, as the plot twists and turns, excitement ratchets up, heightened by subtle sound effects. Cassidy keeps the listener guessing with her characterization of Veronica Knox. Is she helping Puller, or policing him? An enjoyable stand-alone thriller. C.A.T. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
  • Washington Post, praise for the author "Baldacci is a master."
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