No Man's Land

No Man's Land

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Special Agent John Puller, combat veteran and the army's most tenacious investigator, is back in this action-packed thriller from worldwide #1 bestselling author David Baldacci.

NO MAN'S LAND

Two men. Thirty years.

John Puller's mother, Jackie, vanished thirty years ago from Fort Monroe, Virginia, when Puller was just a boy. Paul Rogers has been in prison for ten years. But twenty years before that, he was at Fort Monroe. One night three decades ago, Puller's and Rogers' worlds collided with devastating results, and the truth has been buried ever since.

Until now.

Military investigators, armed with a letter from a friend of Jackie's, arrive in the hospital room of Puller's father--a legendary three-star now sinking into dementia--and reveal that Puller Sr. has been accused of murdering Jackie.

Aided by his brother Robert Puller, an Air Force major, and Veronica Knox, who works for a shadowy U.S. intelligence organization, Puller begins a journey that will take him into his own past, to find the truth about his mother.

Paul Rogers' time is running out. With the clock ticking, he begins his own journey, one that will take him across the country to the place where all his troubles began: a mysterious building on the grounds of Fort Monroe. There, thirty years ago, the man Rogers had once been vanished too, and was replaced with a monster. And now the monster wants revenge. And the only person standing in his way is John Puller.
Publisher: New York :, Grand Central Publishing,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455586516
145558651X
Characteristics: 420 pages

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If you like lots of plot, despite plausibility, this is a good fast read for vacation. The super-soldier verges on science-fiction literature and certainly provokes some moral questions about creating such creatures.

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bwaslo
May 05, 2018

Wow. What a badly written book! I can't help but think the original manuscript was done in all caps with each sentence ended in from one to seven exclamation points -- the editors apparently left the rest as is, though. All the sophistication and moderating of pace of a He-Man cartoon.

So many plot holes that the plot was hard to even see. Dialog that sounded like a 12 year old's imagination.

No awareness of implausibility (my favorite -- the bad guy checks out 4 scenes where he'd dumped bodies, for the first time -- after 30 years. The good guy happens to check those same spots for the first time, in the same order(!), on the same night, and in about the same 20 minute period.... I had to calculate and come up with roughly 1.9 Million to one odds against that amazing coincidence).

Any characters that have any personality all have essentially the same personality.... each move they make is something they have "no choice" about. They even all talk the same way with similar odd expressions.

How this guy is a best seller with over 30 books completely escapes me. Unless he had someone write a computer program to churn out this trash. I had to finish the book just for the wonderment of how badly written it really was - a classic in that way.

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WinstonO
Apr 20, 2018

Baldacci took us on the usual road with all the twists, bumps and detours. It is an easy read and I thoroughly enjoyed it but it didn't seem to have the suspense as previous Puller stories.

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Life101101
Jan 31, 2018

Ummm, I read the whole book, but was disappointed. The beginning was slow. The plot somewhat easy to figure out. Some inconsistencies in the story line. Not his best.

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TimeOnTarget
Dec 15, 2017

The plot was garbage. I am pretty sure an 8th grade boy came up with it.

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Zoelexi777
Aug 30, 2017

What can I say. David Baldacci never disappoints. This was another fabulous book. I highly recommend reading this book.

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ALB126
Jun 10, 2017

Another good Baldacci novel. Even the bad guy was likable.

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0007548100dmw
May 09, 2017

Another outstanding Baldacci book. Keeps your attention until the very end. Great read!

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7626dee
Apr 03, 2017

You will root for the bad guy since the government techies are so unlikeable. Baldacci has never been in the military or he would know no service would ever go after a hero general for any reason, especially one retired with dementia..

dustbunny53 Mar 21, 2017

Another hit for David Baldacci.

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