The Escape Artist
By Brad Meltzer
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"Meltzer is a master and this is his best. Not since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have you seen a character like this. Get ready to meet Nola. If you've never tried Meltzer, this is the one."--Harlan Coben
WHO IS NOLA BROWN? Nola is a mystery Nola is trouble. And Nola is supposed to be dead.
Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she's dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim "Zig" Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run.
Zig works at Dover Air Force Base, helping put to rest the bodies of those who die on top-secret missions. Nola was a childhood friend of Zig's daughter and someone who once saved his daughter's life. So when Zig realizes Nola is still alive, he's determined to find her. Yet as Zig digs into Nola's past, he learns that trouble follows Nola everywhere she goes.
Nola is the U.S. Army's artist-in-residence-a painter and trained soldier who rushes into battle, making art from war's aftermath and sharing observations about today's wars that would otherwise go overlooked. On her last mission, Nola saw something nobody was supposed to see, earning her an enemy unlike any other, one who will do whatever it takes to keep Nola quiet. Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army's most mysterious secret-a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini.
HUH?1By YowzawowzaI’m with Jaykk5977. This book is purely awful, with implausible characters and undisciplined writing. Any comparisons with Stieg Larsson are a huge reach.
Struggler3By purplehenryI really struggled to keep an excitement to read. Took me forever to get thru.
Sad and depressing tale.2By Momma Scott'sI am not a fan. While the character of Zig is a good one, the rest of the story was just depressing. Not one I would read again or recommend.
The escape artist4By Boune001My daughter will tell you I don’t read for fun very much. This book was so good it kept me on my feet but I am very dissatisfied with the ending. He had better be making a sequel for this. Overall awesome.
DLP4By Woods/BarringtonA good read. I got a bit frustrated with every other chapter going back in time but all in all I enjoyed the book.
Good book3By Paul LoydI enjoyed the book but found few things to gripe about. First, during scenes meant to be suspenseful, the protagonists carried on entire conversations instead of eliminating their enemy immediately, allowing them to get out of their dangerous predicament in order to carry on. Second, as a retired soldier, I know that members of the US Army refer to their assignment as a post or fort, not a base like the Marines, Navy or Air Force. And finally, the author emphasized that an Army officer was an officer as opposed to a soldier; an officer might be an officer, but he or she is also a soldier and shouldn’t have been classified as otherwise. Still, a good book that I would have given a higher rating to if not for these oversights by the author and his editor.
Not the best2By UFgator89Plot gaps and boring characters. Disappointing.
Military Houdini’s Mystery4By LakewacoIs it magic or is it slight of hand? The mystery starts early and so does the child neglect and punishment, but it all sort of comes together in the end - kinda. Good story with surprises.
Purely awful.1By Jaykk5977I have never read this author but you get sucked in with reviews saying it’s like Lisbeth Salander. Nothing like it and I only finished it because I was on a flight with no wi-fi. I wish I could get my money back.
The Escape Artist5By Tula456Great story and characters. Excellent summer or travel read. Fast paced and suspenseful.