The Escape Artist

The Escape Artist

Large Print - 2018
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"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 US 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"--
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing Large Print ©2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781455571222
Characteristics: xii, 573 pages ;,24 cm.

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baldnoodle
May 05, 2018

do not bother reading. very disappointing

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kmre_37
Apr 02, 2018

The book has a slow start & I was not a fan of the constant shifting of the storyline between the past & present but overall I gave it 3 stars.

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reader7176
Apr 01, 2018

This book gives us a change in scenery, a military base, plane crash in Alaska. Change of characters a mortican and Army First Sgt go figure, sprinkle in a few magicians, and a few shady characters and you have an interesting book. The main characters Zig, and Nola are strong, spirited and you never know what they will do next. Nola life as a young child was not easy she was in foster care and then adopted by a single man. Her life was in chaos from the time she was eight years old. Hang on cause changes come at a fast pace.

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Reads_A_Lot
Mar 29, 2018

Like the idea of Zig - a mortician at Dover Air Force Base that takes such great care and detail with the bodies of our fallen soldiers. Liked the idea of Nola - the Artist-in-Residence recording the aftermath of war thru art. The fact that her artistic eye helped her observe details that other didn't see was interesting. These two different kind of artists working together had potential but I didn't like this book as much as his Culper Ring series. Zig's reason for obsessively trying to help Nola is weak. Nola repeatedly double crossing and admitting that she doesn't like Zig adds to the disconnect between them. The Houdini aspect of the book which I thought would be interesting turned out to be disappointing and a little confusing to follow. Giving it 3 stars because I still think it has potential and am hoping if he continues with these characters they will develop a closer bond that will improve the storyline.

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hoanphan
Mar 24, 2018

Do not waste time to read this book.

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USAF1969
Mar 20, 2018

What do magicians, morticians, artists, foster children, suicide survivors, Alaska, Delaware, and the Librarian of Congress have in common? They are all integral to Brad Melzter's THE ESCAPE ARTIST. This is an amazingly creative story and great read. I especially like the way he has blended in the story of Dover AFB and the great tradition and respect shown by those who work there for our fallen soldiers. Highly recommend it.

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jonruff
Mar 18, 2018

This is the first book by Brad Meltzer that I've read. It started at kind of a slow pace but held my interest; by the second half it was going at a pretty good clip. Good characters, a few surprises, and great detail in it's setting.
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo it aint, but I enjoyed it enough to look for others by this author.

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