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What to Read: The Escape

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July 01, 2016
What to Read
Warren Dehan

What's On the Bookshelf
Over the years, we’ve had numerous conversations with industry leaders and often one of the topics that we discuss is the latest book read. We thought it would be fun to share some of these booklover conversations with our readers. Here are what our industry leaders are reading.

The Escape
by David Baldacci

[Review by Warren Dehan, Maestro PMS]

I often find myself gravitating to business and technology books, but occasionally find myself in the mood for something with a bit of escapism and fiction thrown in, especially when I'm traveling and like to read something that is easy to put down and pick up between interruptions. Although admittedly certain chapters were page turners, and I had some resistance in putting it down, "The Escape" by David Baldacci is such a book.

A mystery thriller in the truest sense, the book immediately engages the reader with an escape from a maximum security military prison with security systems designed and previously proven to be inescapable. The one small wrinkle? An inmate, Robert Puller, once a major in the United States Air Force and an expert in nuclear weaponry and cyber security convicted of treason, has escaped, leaving an unidentified dead body in his cell and no clues as to how he escaped.

John Puller, a military investigator with the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, is assigned by senior military officials to track down and capture the escapee, his brother. Pitted against his very clever sibling, to whom he was always close, John Puller's family and military loyalties are challenged in a cat-and-mouse plot full of twists and turns.

I have enjoyed several of David Baldacci’s books in the past, this being the first with the protagonist John Puller. It was well written and an easy and enjoyable read, immersing the reader in a cleverly crafted and intricately woven story. It combined a little brotherly love, some romance, a bunch of butt-kicking and touches on the deep bonds between sons and fathers. I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy the genre.
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