The Escape by David Baldacci

The Escape by David Baldacci;2014; $28.00; 472 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-2119-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library,Troutdale; 10/31/17-11/3/17

Why did I read this?  I had read some Baldacci books in the past and I picked up one while we were on vacation.  I need something to balance some of the heavy non fiction I read, so I am going to use the prolific David Baldacci for that purpose. This will finish all the books in the John Puller series and I will move on to another one of Baldacci’s series.

John Puller, Army CID investigator extraordinaire, gets pulled into an investigation that he shouldn’t be anywhere near.  His brother, Robert, an Air Force officer has been languishing in a maximum security military prison for the last two years after being convicted of treason and espionage.  One dark and stormy night all the power goes out at the prison and after some confusion it turns out there has been an escape.  Robert Puller has escaped and in the process of escaping killed someone.  A large, believable conspiracy is uncovered by John with the help of his brother and an attractive intelligence operative and Robert is cleared of all charges.

Grade A

 

 

 

The Forgotten by David Baldacci

The Forgotten by David Baldacci; 2012; 424 pages; $27.99; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0-446-57305-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Fairview; 10/26/17-10/31/17

Why did I read this? I had read some Baldacci books in the past and I picked up one while we were on vacation.  I need something to balance some of the heavy non fiction I read, so I am going to use the prolific David Baldacci for that purpose.

John Puller is a member of the Army’s Criminal Investigative Division (CID) and one of their best.  His father is a three star general who is currently in a VA hospital suffering from dementia.  He thinks he is still in command and that John is his executive officer.  John’s brother, Robert, is doing time in a military prison for treason and espionage.  John’s father receives a mysterious letter from his sister, one of John’s favorite Aunts.  John takes some leave time to go to Florida to help his aunt..  When he arrives he finds she has passed on under what he thinks are mysterious circumstances.  As he investigates all sorts of weird things begin to happen to and around John. He has stumbled into an incredibly well run human trafficking business.  He puts together a rag tag team and fights against the traffickers.

Grade-A

Zero Day by David Baldacci

Zero Day by David Baldacci, 2011; $27.99; 436 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-0446-57301-6; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 9/10/17-9/14/17

Why did I read this?  I had picked up the newest book in the series while Ruth Ann was in a fabric store and I was without a book.  I had read Baldacci before and liked him and I liked the main character, so I thought I would read through the series.

John Puller is a member of the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), he is the son of an legendary general, the brother of a former Army officer who is now in prison convicted of treason, the son of a mother who has been missing since he was eight.  His father is suffering from dementia and moves in and out of our reality.  There is a murder of an Army colonel in a rural West Virginia coal community which hides more questions than answers.  Someone in government is trying to cover up past mistakes while someone else is trying to take advantage of those mistakes.  Puller and a small town police force are caught in the middle and trying to avert a cataclysmic disaster.  The author throws in a few twist that are unusual, the main character is engaging and the supporting cast is cast in shades of gray as are so many people.

Grade A

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci

No Man’s Land by David Baldacci; 2016; $9.99; 521 pages; Vision, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-8653-0; purchased at Rite-Aid, Roseburg, Oregon; 8/21/17-8/24/17

Why did I read this?  Because Ruthann was in another fabric store so I went next door to Rite Aid and bought this.  It was one of the few books that I wanted to read.  Baldacci is a very good writer and I have some of  his stuff before.

John Puller is a member of the Criminal Investigation Division and a case from 30 years ago involves his family.  He comes across a shady black op from the past that has made a super soldier who feels no pain and has very little compunction about killing.  Many members of the Army are attempting to cover their asses.  it is a really good thriller.

Grade A

No Middle Name by Lee Child

No Middle Name, The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child; 2017;$27.00;418 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59357-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gregory Heights; 7/6/17-7/9/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read all of the Reacher novels and really enjoyed them.

A series of stories that cover a wide range of time.  Stories of Reacher from when he was in middle school to the current day.  These stories show why Reacher is who he and how he became to be the man he is today and all the different influences that have shaped him.  As a former military brat I could relate to some of the stories of Reachers’ early life.  If Lee Child is not a former military brat, he talked to someone who was to picture that so vividly.

Grade A