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.
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.
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.
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.