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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.

©2016 David Baldacci (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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Uncle Sam likes his deniability...

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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74 of 77 people found this review helpful

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Best in the Series

Mr. Baldacci has exceeded my expectations with this latest John Puller sequel! Best use of a credit so far!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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New narrator was distracting

New narrator did a good job but missed Ron McClarty and Orlagh Cassidy. Otherwise a great continuation to a series I love!

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 11-16-16

The amazingly talented David Baldacci

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

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Poorly read.

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!

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Where is Ron McLarty???!!!

Where does No Man's Land rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not near the top.. to be fair I haven't finished it and I am only 19% in but I felt compelled to write a review because Kyf Brewer is killing it for me and making it difficult to listen to a story by one of my favorite authors.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Interesting...so far so good. I have no idea where this is going or where it will lead.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I already know I will have to listen again not necessarily because it is so good but because the voice is so distracting I am not following along as I should.I have listened to this narrator before but he does nothing for John Puller. Ron McLarty has done all of the other Puller books and he is greatly missed!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would like to but I can only take so much of the narrator at a time...

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For characters that are already established like John Puller and Will Roby, Ron McLarthy is a tough act to follow. I believe Kyf Brewer did the latest installment in the Roby series and while it wasn't great it was better than this one, this one is horrible. The only reason I will continue to listen is because of the character and author but admittedly it will be very hard. If I had not already purchased this audiobook I would consider getting the book and reading it over this.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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John Puller gets better and better

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My favorite series of David Baldacci's is the "Camel Club" series. The "John Puller" series is running a close second. D.B has improved the series quite a bit from the first one (without all the judgmental, antismoking comments, etc.). This one is a great mystery and has lots of twists and turns. It took me to the very end to figure out what happened to his mother 30 years before. The characters are great and John gets help from his brilliant older brother. There were no dull moments and I enjoyed it thoroughly from beginning to end.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Puller's voice

Not the the best performance Puller's voice was to raspy, not a fan but the story was very good and entertaining.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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True Alpha Male Hero

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.

Excellent entertainment!


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  • Cartec
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 07-21-17

He finally tied up the mystery

I have been following the Puller series for years and I always wondered why Puller didn't do something to attempt to solve his mother's murder. If was me and my mother was murdered and I had the skills Puller has it would have been one of my first endeavors. The question was asked several times in the book but it was never answered to my satisfaction. The story was entertaining but not as fast-paced as I would have liked. There was some repetition, which I hate, but the book was long and I didn't always have the time to get back to it in a timely manner so the repetition helped in some cases. But for those of you who listen to books in one sitting it will get tiresome and old.
The narrators gave a fine performance but in some cases the female narrator should have made a greater effort to change her voice. The voice of a prostitute shouldn't sound the same as your mother.
Overall the book earned four points in my opinion. I won't read it again but it was good entertainment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful