New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring military investigator John Puller.
John Puller's mother disappeared nearly 30 years ago. Despite an intensive search and investigation, she was never seen again. But new allegations have come to light suggesting that Puller's father - now suffering from dementia and living in a VA hospital - may have murdered his wife.
Puller is officially barred from working on the case and faces a potential court-martial if he disobeys the order, but he knows he can't sit this investigation out. When intelligence operative Veronica Knox turns up, Puller realizes that there is far more to this case than he had originally thought. Puller will stop at nothing to discover the truth about what happened to his mother...even if it means proving that his father is a killer.
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This is another great addition to the John Puller series. When I first started listening my first thought was that the plot was kind of out there. The more I listened, the more I decided that this book is not quite so far fetched. Anyone who has ever listened/read a Jason Bourne book or believes our government would experiment on people without their permission will love this book. There are multiple plots going on simultaneously including the disappearance on Puller's mother 30 years earlier that all come together at the end with a more than satisfying conclusion. I would spoil this book if I said more, but in my opinion it is certainly worth the credit spent.
The two narrators (Kyf Brewer & Orlagh Cassidy) work very well together and did an excellent job.
This book is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I like the John Puller series but it is my least favorite Baldacci series. Ranking the other is difficult but Will Robie is definitely first followed by the Camel Club then by the creative and wacky Amos Decker then maybe King and Maxwell then A. Shaw and finally John Puller. The Puller novels are mostly 5 star; this one certainly is. Baldacci's versatility is shown in his stand alone novels most of which are similar to his series but some of which are very, very different. The Christmas Train, Wish You Well, and One Summer are beautiful stories which depart from his normal subject matter. This novel, No Man's Land, shows much of the human feeling of those three very different novels. It also demonstrates Baldacci's desire to complete a novel (tie up all open questions) even after many lesser authors would have considered the novel complete.
Now the difficult part for me. After listening to 24 Baldacci audiobooks I've become accustomed to the narration pairing of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy and I really like the pair. Cassidy is still there although for some silly reason she is not given credit as a narrator of this novel, but Kyf Brewer has taken over the MaLarty role in the recent Baldacci novels. Brewer is a very accomplished and talented singer and actor and his limited number of audiobook narrations are excellent. I miss the voice Ron McLarty! In my opinion Orlagh Cassidy with her talent for accents and timing is the second best female narrator behind only the great Katherine Kellgran.
In any case, I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND No Man's Land and the earlier novels in the John Puller series
The story was a stretch at times. The narrator was weak. Hard to understand. The female character always spoke way too fast . Was distracting.
I am not sure why they had this guy read it??
Hard to follow John Puller as the voive is raspiesh/horse, to the point that I don't even want to finish it.
McClarty makes Baldacci audio a much better experience!
Brewer made Puller sound like a whiny little kid. Definitely not the right choice to be the voice of Puller.
If I hadn't bought it.
I always like D. Baldacci, but realizing I could not get a refund for this caused me to cancel my subscriptions. Total waste of my money.
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I love John Puller, an alpha male hero in the truest sense of the word: strong, protective and caring without being domineering or aggressive. Unlike the macho violent jerks so popular in recent popular fiction, Puller genuinely likes & respects women and is not intimidated by smart, assertive females.
In previous books, I had wondered what had happened to Puller's mother, who had disappeared without a trace when he was about 8. After someone suggested that Puller's dad could be responsible, John decided to launch his own investigation, willing to risk his career and safety to discover the truth.
Since I can usually figure out the culprit in most mysteries before the end, I was pleasantly surprised that this plot was well developed with twists and turns that kept me guessing. I also liked how John used intelligence, experience and persistence, rather than relying on weapons and brute force.
The most unique and surprising character was the anti-hero Paul, a convicted killer with hidden depths and a horrific past. The author transformed what could have been a boring stereotypical thug into an engrossing and sympathetic personality. In fact, there were several secondary characters who were well written and off-beat.
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