Title: No Man’s Land
Author: David Baldacci
About the book: It’s the fourth book in a series which follows an army investigator, John Puller.
First impressions: I’ve read Baldacci’s works in the past, and I keep returning to his stuff. They’re entertaining and exciting. I’m also a bit biased because The Escape was my first Baldacci novel, so it has a special place in my heart. For that reason and others, the John Puller books are some of my favourites. Hence why I had to pick up No Man’s Land.
Summary: Puller’s mom disappeared thirty years ago. Now Puller’s dad is accused of murdering his wife. John Puller won’t stop investigating until he finds out the truth, despite attempts from people to throw a gigantic wrench in his plans.
Characters: Not long ago, I fell in love with Robert Puller, John’s older brother. Thanks to this story, I fell in love even more. Is that even possible? I can’t explain it. I just love the interaction between both brothers. The humour and sarcasm gets me every time.
While you don’t have to have read the first three in the series (Zero Day, The Forgotten, The Escape). they do provide greater insight into the Puller family.
Paul Rogers is a man on a mission, seeking revenge. Although he does many terrible things, I couldn’t help but feel like he wasn’t the bad guy at any point.
Kudos to Baldacci for writing interesting characters with realistic motivations.
“Truths coming from those facts can be difficult to accept, particularly when they are of a personal nature.”
Conflict: Conflicts between people are my kind of conflicts.
Writing: When I’m reading for leisure, I almost always appreciate short sentences and chapters. I’ve also noticed Baldacci tends to set up his books in a similar way too.
Even though I predicted some things, there were a few twists I didn’t see coming. That’s likely why I keep returning to his works. I won’t spoil anything for anyone. You’ll have to find out what happens for yourself.
Final thoughts: Near the end, I really wanted to know the real truth. I think the ending provides much needed closure for everyone, characters and readers alike. That said, I hope Baldacci continues the series further.
My bias rears its head again when I say that I’d love for a larger focus on Robert Puller, even if the author technically wrote a story about him already. I’d love for the two brothers to work every case together from here on out. Regardless I think No Man’s Land might be one of my favourite books by Baldacci. In general, you can expect fun, quick reads from him.
I recommend if you’re interested in fast-paced thrillers that will keep you on the edge of your seat or the tips of your toes. (I stood while reading most of the novel.)
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