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The Escape (John Puller Series #3)

The Escape (John Puller Series #3)

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by David Baldacci, Ron McLarty (Read by), Orlagh Cassidy (Prologue by)

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David Baldacci is one of the world's most popular, widely read storytellers. In his blockbuster thrillers Zero Day and The Forgotten, he enthralled readers with John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. Army, Puller is the man they call to investigate the toughest crimes facing the nation. But all his training, all his experience,


David Baldacci is one of the world's most popular, widely read storytellers. In his blockbuster thrillers Zero Day and The Forgotten, he enthralled readers with John Puller. A combat veteran and special agent with the U.S. 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 must bring in his brother to face justice.
But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don't want him to survive. 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 there are troubling details about his brother's conviction . . . and someone out there 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 strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother-or himself.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Baldacci has crafted another terrific tale with two great protagonists. Just when the story line seems to veer into familiar areas, Baldacci steers it into another shocking direction. This is the best book yet in the series."—Associated Press on King and Maxwell

"David Baldacci's latest thriller is not only highly relevant, it is also well timed. And the details seem so real that it's hard not to wonder if the author is an insider; the tone is that authentic. An absolute page-turner, King and Maxwell is Baldacci at the pinnacle of his game."—BookReporter.com

"Another fast paced page turner that will keep you glued to the couch...by an author who continues to standout in the increasingly crowded thriller field."—Examiner.com on The Forgotten

"Baldacci is a master when it comes to writing about small-town conspiracies and a lone hero who fights against all odds to clean up corruption. The narrative moves slowly, so the reader has a chance to solve the case along with Puller. It might seem straightforward, but the final reveal will surprise even hardcore thriller junkies."—The Washington Post on The Forgotten

"Readers expect excitement and intrigue in David Baldacci's books, and Zero Day is no exception...As Baldacci's new hero narrowly escapes countless close calls, the pairing of the author's imagination and knowledge create a wild ride for the reader. Puller is gutsy, brash and likable. Best of all, he survives to reappear in the next book of this new series."—The Free-Lance Star on Zero Day

"Zero Day is a nifty, paranoid thriller disguised as a murder mystery, and Baldacci advances it at a speedy clip with a nice mix of intrigue, tantalizing clues and the occasional explosion...Baldacci's books are fast-paced battles between good and evil."—Richmond Times Dispatch on Zero Day

Publishers Weekly
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. (Nov.)

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Hachette Audio
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John Puller Series , #3
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5.30(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

David Baldacci lives with his family in Virginia. He and his wife have founded the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. He invites you to visit him at www.davidbaldacci.com and his foundation at www.wishyouwellfoundation.org.

Brief Biography

Northern Virginia
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1960
Place of Birth:
Richmond, VIrginia
B.A. in Political Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1982; J.D., University of Virginia, 1986

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The Escape 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 reviews.
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
The Escape by David Baldacci is the 3rd book in his John Puller series. I am a huge fan of Baldacci, as with every book he writes, he leaves me amazed how he could write such a mesmerizing story every time. I have not read the John Puller series until this book, and after reading this, I will go back to read the first two. Having said that, it was easy to read this as a standalone. Baldacci gives us enough information to allow use to know the characters, and John Puller. The Escape starts inside a military prison that has maximum security beyond normal, and impossible to escape. But after a major storm knocks out the power, including a second generator, shots are fired, and an explosion. When everything is restored, a prisoner is missing. Robert Puller, a former high ranking intelligence officer, has been in prison for two years, having been convicted for treason, and now he has escaped, leaving all high ranking Military officials in a state of panic. John Puller, who is one of the army’s best military investigators is called in to help find his brother, as well as how the security breach at the prison was done. John is a by the book no nonsense investigator, who loyalty has always been to his country. Though it is his brother, he is determined to find him. Before he can get too far, he is forced work with intelligence officer Veronica Knox, who was sent to work with John. As they both begin putting the pieces together of the escape, as well as deciphering who was the dead body that was found in Robert Puller’s cell, it becomes apparent there is more to this story, then just an escape. Though Knox and Puller find it hard to trust each other, they slowly come to the realization that there is a conspiracy that is very high up. Was Robert Puller really guilty of treason? The story does go back and forth early between John and Veronica investigating, and Robert, who has changed his appearance, doing his own investigation to clear his name. What follows is an extremely intense, suspenseful and exciting adventure in the hunt to find Robert Puller, as well as all the twists, surprises and turns that leave you blindsided. Baldacci pulls you into this fantastic story from the start, and never let’s go even through the end. This was such an enthralling story, with a wild climatic ending, that amazed me how all the pieces so neatly and almost impossibly fell into place. As I have said earlier, I love the writing of David Baldacci. I have read his Camel Club (my favorite), Will Robie, and King & Maxwell series. Now I will be adding on the John Puller series. If you like suspense thrillers, political intrigues, military or CIA agents as our lead characters, no one writes these better then Baldacci. He weaves such a great story, with so many twists, detailed information, betrayals, it simply amazes me how he can do all of this, and so flawlessly. Needless to say, I loved The Escape. If you have not read David Baldacci, you are missing gems.
usmc_brat More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! As much as I like the Will Robie character, I have been waiting for the John Puller story. Excellent storyline, and great characters. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished the story in under 48 hours it was hard to put down
Kittyb1 More than 1 year ago
In his third book about John Puller, Mr. Baldacci pulls out all the stops as John investigates the unbelievable escape of his brother from a Federal prison. Twists, turns, bad guys, suspicious government agents, gruesome, diabolical murders, and all the other Baldacci trademark page turning events will keep you glued to the book until the end. Then you will still want more John.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Normally Baldacci does not remind me of Lee Childs but this book read like a Jack Reacher story. It was entertaining and worth the read.
KsK9 More than 1 year ago
Great read for Baldacci fans.  Having done some contract IT work at both the old Castle and the new DB, I could pick a few small errors,  but overall a fantastic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Fast paced. Well constructed plot and characters. Easy to recommend.
sluggish4 More than 1 year ago
If you like acronyms this book is for you. I was in the military and I got fed up right away with all of the unnecessary use of acronyms. The book had a lot of inaccuracies. Men had escaped from the DB. The part about sprinkler systems at the pentagon was totally wrong. I was a fire protection specialist and the description of how they work is totally wrong. Puller was probably an asexual person after all of his contact with Knox. This book seemed to be written by a ghost writer and not Baldacci. I have read (I believe) all of his books and enjoyed all of them, but this was not a good read and was overly long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an incredible read! I normally really don’t care for military books but Mr. Baldacci has written one that I truly believe everyone would enjoy --- It took me a couple of days for really solid reading to get through it but, it was well worth it. There’s enough detail in the whole story to just grab you interest and hold your attention throughout the whole story! I’ve read other books about John Puller by Baldacci and what I really, truly like is that each one can be read by itself, don’t have to be read in order and they’re GREAT reads!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Baldacci does not let his readers down. Another delightful tale! He has a way to tell a story that captivates the reader. It is a beautiful blend of mystery, intrigue and romance. I am glad I read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Detailed. Great plot w/ lots of twists & turns!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with wonderful characters and lots of twists, turns and surprises. An entirely believable plot for today's world is revealed.
SuseNJ More than 1 year ago
I am really liking Baldacci!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the John Puller books...liked him...liked the stories...hope there's more to come.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
Another winner for the author, with some realistic twists and turns and again, strong woman characters. A vulnerable leading character in Puller , is refreshing and a welcome change from the usual all  knowing protagonist.  GOOD READ!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm not sure what has taken me so long to read Baldacci's books!!!! This is the first of a three book series and it's GREAT. I wish I knew someone like Jonh Puller!! He is an engaging main character who keeps the reader on their toes for the full "ride"!! The story had exciting twists and turns that kept me wanting to read and read and not put the book down!! I'm reading the second "Puller" book now and it's EVEN better!! Keep them coming Mr. Baldacci!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This John Puller book was fast moving and kept you guessing. Recommend it.
nanatFL More than 1 year ago
i enjoy all of david baldacci books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What Ian Fleming was to James Bond, so is David Baldacci with John Puller. Can't wait for the next thriller. Robert Jusino Lima Peru
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another home run by MrBaldacci! Loved all of his books and already pre-orderd Memory Man, knowing it will be $$ well spent. Recommend to all.
pjaman More than 1 year ago
Just the right combination of action and mystery. Keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you liked the others you will love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Excellent story and David Baldacci's writing is just as elegant as always. Enjoy! I did. Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent as has come to be expected from Baldacci
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read once again!
1wildcat More than 1 year ago
Good read. Strong pace. Keeps you wondering who is on whose side. The Puller boys make an excellent team. Baldacci does not disappoint.