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No Man’s Land
John Puller #4
David Baldacci
Read by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy

Hachette Audio
11/15/2016/ ISBN 9781478930013
Suspense / Audiobook – Unabridged

Reviewed by Brenda Weeaks


The story line begins with murderer Paul Rogers being released on parole. Fellow prisoners fear Rogers; they’re glad to see the old Apha Dog go. Exiting the prison is uneventful for Rogers, but the trip back to Fort Monroe and his past isn’t. Paul Rogers is seeking answers and possibly revenge. Baldacci uses the entire storyline to reveal Rogers’ tale. It’s plausible and well done.

John Puller, Chief Warrant Officer of the Criminal Investigation Command of the US Army, is back in his fourth military investigation. This time it’s personal. Puller Sr., a former 3-star general, has dementia. With his brother, Major Robert Puller, on assignment with the Air Force, John is watching over their father. The Puller men receive two visitors, a colonel and a CID agent. They want to discuss a letter, a murder inquiry, and new evidence involving his father and his mother, Jackie Puller. While living at Fort Monroe, thirty years ago, John and Robert saw their mother leave home one night. It would be the last time they saw her. Now the government suspects foul play and Puller Sr. John calls on Shireen Kirk, formerly of JAG, to represent his father. Another returning character is Veronica Knox with US Intelligence, who joins John in the investigation. There are a lot of twists and turns. The case eventually becomes just a deadly as it is confusing.

Baldacci finally solves the whereabouts of Puller’s mother. It’s a complex, continuously evolving storyline with an unexpected, but possibly satisfying outcome, depending on the reader/listener. The characters are fully developed, and just when you’re set to judge one or the other as good or bad, Baldacci proves you wrong. The Puller Series is a one of kind series that shouldn’t be missed.

Expect a powerful, strong narration by Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy in the audio version. Brewer draws on both Rogers and Puller’s personalities with success. Cassidy reaches the depths of the bad girls as well as the strengths of the government professionals. A narration well done by both. Both readers have narrated other Baldacci titles. [book]

Reviewed 2017