John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice.
But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives. Puller is in turn pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with another agent, who may have an agenda of her own.
They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are her allegiances unclear, but that there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction….and that someone is out there who doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strength as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.
What I liked: After reading the synopsis for The Escape, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. I've been really interested in Puller's brother's situation from the very first. He's serving a life sentence in Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, a military prison. In the previous two books, Robert Puller's situation is not fully explained but Mr Baldacci did an excellent job of piquing my interest. Something seemed off about the whole situation.
In this series, the author has created some very believable characters and written their relationships in such a way that I've become invested in all of them. While John Puller (U.S. Army) is the lead, his retired (Army General) father is an haunting character and his brother, Robert (U.S. Air Force) has been a bit of an enigma. Puller is caught in an impossible situation when his brother kills an unknown and escapes from Leavenworth due to a series of "perfect" circumstances. Maybe, too perfect.
The Escape is a thriller/mystery and kept me on the edge of my seat. There were a plethora of bad guys to choose from and don't be surprised if you don't catch them all. I missed some of the clues in the action that was going on which is a credit to. Mr Baldacci's storyline.
What I didn't like: The author is flirting with providing Puller a love interest but it doesn't ring as true in The Escape as it did in the previous two. Maybe I just had a soft spot for the General. Nuff said.
Overall, an extremely entertaining thrilling read. Loved the ending!!