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.
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.
What I liked: At the very beginning of No Man’s Land, I wasn't sure I was going to buy into the plot line Mr. Baldacci was selling. What a surprise. I not only “believed” in the possibilities, I was on-board and ready to go.
I’ve read the John Puller series from the very beginning and can’t wait for each book to release. Mr. Baldacci has a way of making the impossible seem very possible. His plot lines are tight but everything about them isn’t always a feel-good type story at the end. He’s able to pull a range of emotions out of me on each single book when I think I can’t be surprised by anything.
I always am impressed by the characters in this series. The best part about No Man’s Land is we get to learn more about Puller’s history. We learn more about what happened to his mother, gain an insight into his parents’ marriage and see how two sons of different ages perceive their past. It was especially well written.
I was also extremely glad to have Veronica Knox back in Puller’s life. In a previous book, they had parted ways and I was wondering if any female would ever stay around in Puller’s life. While you could “feel” the attraction and their unresolved issues, the romance did not detract from the story. We also get the chance to get slightly reacquainted with Puller’s older brother, Robert. I almost want him to have his own series. I would love to know more about his job in the Air Force but it’s secret, secret.
I can’t even give any clues about the ending. I loved how Mr. Baldacci brought everything together and then gave me just a bit more. Nuff said.
What I didn’t like: The only thing I didn’t like about No Man’s Land was the price of the e-book. I know, I know, prices are higher on hardcover releases. The thing is when it releases in July 2017 in mass market paperback is will be $9.99 but the e-book is $14.99. The hardcover is $17.49. Oh yeah, since I already own the Kindle version, I can add the audible part for the very low price of $12.99 (sarcasm intended)!! Truthfully, I’m lucky enough to buy my books when and how I want to; not everyone has that ability and I’m sorry about it.
I highly recommend No Man’s Land but borrow it from a friend or the library.