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The Escape
John Puller #3
David Baldacci
Read by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy

Hachette Audio
11/18/2014 / ISBN 9781478982807
Thriller / Military

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


Duty. Loyalty. Family. The Ultimate Sacrifice.
- The Escape

The Escape is the follow up to Zero Day and The Forgotten.

Lead character, John Puller, is special agent with CID. The second part of the storyline's opening has John chasing PFC Rogers down an alley in Lawton, Oklahoma. While John is chasing a wanted soldier in Oklahoma, his brother. Robert Puller, is escaping from Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary. John's brother is a true genius and former major in the US Air Force who is in prison for treason.

Although one scene has nothing to do with the other, they do reveal the brothers' characters. John's character goes to great lengths to solve a case and bring his man back alive. He's physically and mentally capable of getting out of any situation, which is what he'll have to do more than once in The Escape. He also has a thing for kneecaps. Robert's character has the ability to hide in plain sight and calculate his way out of any situation, which is what he will have to do when he realizes he's more than a wanted man -- that someone actually wants him dead.

John is told to stay out of the search for Robert, but he's eventually put on the case, and US intelligence officer, Captain Veronica Knox, will be with him every step of the way. Robert is trying to discover who is after him, and it seems he has as pretty good idea who and why. The case has everyone following someone and some ducking for cover. It's government intelligence and espionage at its best, and it's one heck of ride so be sure to share it with others.

The audio version is narrated by Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy, who also narrate the first two books in this series. The outstanding narration and sound effects successfully bring this intense storyline to life. What I think I also enjoyed about The Escape was playing the audio on speaker so someone else could listen, too. Profanity is expected in any thriller, but I didn't have to worry about extreme gory scenes or explicit sex scenes with Baldacci. The plots are fascinating enough without them. It's one of the reasons Baldacci's thrillers stand out above all others.

Reviewed 2015