No Man's Land

No Man's Land

Book - 2016
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John Puller may be the US Army's most tenacious investigator, but he is not equipped to face the truth about his mother's disappearance thirty years ago. New evidence has come to light suggesting that Puller's father -- a highly decorated army veteran -- may have murdered his wife. When Puller's friend, intelligence operative Veronica Knox, arrived on the scene, he realized that there is far more to this case than he first though. He knows that nothing will prevent him from discovering what really happened to his mother -- even proving that his father is a killer. Meanwhile, Paul Rogers has just been paroled after spending ten years in a high-security prison for murder. And with his freedom comes a desire to pay back old debts. Harbouring a dark past that changed him in unimaginable ways, Rogers embarks on a journey across the country, set on a path of revenge against the people who took away his humanity. As both men uncover a trail of deception that stretches back decades, they realize that the truth will bind them together in ways they could never have imagined. -- from publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781455586516
145558651X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Bal
Description: 420 pages ; 24 cm

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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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jazpur
Feb 17, 2017

David Baldacci is known for his ingenuity and No Man's Land did not disappoint. Fascinating and scary science.It would make an excellent movie.

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