Brad Meltzer

The Escape Artist

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<b>Nola Brown, the U.S. Army's artist-in-residence--a painter and trained soldier--sees something nobody was supposed to see and earns a dangerous enemy in this novel as powerful as &quot;a launched torpedo slashing through 400 pages of deep water before reaching impact...one of the best thrill rides ever&quot; (David Baldacci).</b> <p></p> Who is Nola Brown? <p></p> Nola is a mystery <p></p> Nola is trouble. <p></p> And Nola is supposed to be dead. <p></p> 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 &quot;Zig&quot; Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run. <p></p> 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. <p></p> 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. <p></p> &quot;Meltzer is a master and this is his best. Not since <i>The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo</i> have you seen a character like this. Get ready to meet Nola. If you've never tried Meltzer, this is the one.&quot; -- Harlan Coben

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Nola Brown, the U.S. Army's artist-in-residence--a painter and trained soldier--sees something nobody was supposed to see and earns a dangerous enemy in this novel as powerful as "a launched torpedo slashing through 400 pages of deep water before reaching impact...one of the best thrill rides ever" (David Baldacci).

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.

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.

"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 CobenNola Brown, the U.S. Army's artist-in-residence--a painter and trained soldier--sees something nobody was supposed to see and earns a dangerous enemy in this novel as powerful as "a launched torpedo slashing through 400 pages of deep water before reaching impact...one of the best thrill rides ever" (David Baldacci).

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.

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.

"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

Specifications

Publisher
Grand Central Publishing
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
434
Author
Brad Meltzer
ISBN-13
9781455559527
Publication Date
March, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.38 x 6.50 x 1.38 Inches
ISBN-10
1455559520

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Title: The Escape Art...
Title: The Escape Artist Author: Brad Meltzer Pages: 434 Year: 2018 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars. When a friend told me about the latest novel that was coming soon written by Brad Meltzer, I quickly read a synopsis found online. Ok, I was totally hooked! I just couldn't wait to read the novel that also has factual data inside the story, making the novel mesmerizing to say the least. So, when I began reading, I couldn't see where the connection was to the magic of Harry Houdini. I plunged ahead and the further into the maze of mystery I explored, I occasionally wondered where the author was taking me. Yet, by the middle of the book or perhaps sooner, I simply couldn't put the book down until I was so tired I couldn't see the words clearly. The next day, when time allowed, again I opened the book to continue the exciting and thrilling story that was being slowly woven together right before my eyes. As I went along, I forgot about trying to figure out where I was being led and simply became engrossed in the action taking place. As I read the last chapter and page, I knew that the wait was worth it! The author delivered one of his absolute best thrillers in a long time! While magicians may use slight of hand, Brad uses his pen in the same way throughout each page and through each character. Sometimes I was taken aback that what I thought was happening wasn't and/or a totally unanticipated turn in the plot took place. When you get a copy, be prepared to spend time in pure enjoyment, entertainment, and sharing of knowledge by the tale. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting your friends or family reading their own copy of the book as soon as possible, because you won't want to share yours!
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Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I seem to be going aga...
I seem to be going against the grain here, but this novel read like a cheap drug store paperback, complete with a highly predictable plot, and absolutely awful writing. Sorry - I wanted to like this, & to be charitable, I decided to be generous and give it 2 stars only because the mortuary bits were quite interesting.
Most helpful positive review
Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars
Title: The Escape Art...
Title: The Escape Artist Author: Brad Meltzer Pages: 434 Year: 2018 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars. When a friend told me about the latest novel that was coming soon written by Brad Meltzer, I quickly read a synopsis found online. Ok, I was totally hooked! I just couldn't wait to read the novel that also has factual data inside the story, making the novel mesmerizing to say the least. So, when I began reading, I couldn't see where the connection was to the magic of Harry Houdini. I plunged ahead and the further into the maze of mystery I explored, I occasionally wondered where the author was taking me. Yet, by the middle of the book or perhaps sooner, I simply couldn't put the book down until I was so tired I couldn't see the words clearly. The next day, when time allowed, again I opened the book to continue the exciting and thrilling story that was being slowly woven together right before my eyes. As I went along, I forgot about trying to figure out where I was being led and simply became engrossed in the action taking place. As I read the last chapter and page, I knew that the wait was worth it! The author delivered one of his absolute best thrillers in a long time! While magicians may use slight of hand, Brad uses his pen in the same way throughout each page and through each character. Sometimes I was taken aback that what I thought was happening wasn't and/or a totally unanticipated turn in the plot took place. When you get a copy, be prepared to spend time in pure enjoyment, entertainment, and sharing of knowledge by the tale. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting your friends or family reading their own copy of the book as soon as possible, because you won't want to share yours!
Most helpful negative review
Average Rating:(2.0)out of 5 stars
I seem to be going aga...
I seem to be going against the grain here, but this novel read like a cheap drug store paperback, complete with a highly predictable plot, and absolutely awful writing. Sorry - I wanted to like this, & to be charitable, I decided to be generous and give it 2 stars only because the mortuary bits were quite interesting.
Title: The Escape Artist Author: Brad Meltzer Pages: 434 Year: 2018 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars. When a friend told me about the latest novel that was coming soon written by Brad Meltzer, I quickly read a synopsis found online. Ok, I was totally hooked! I just couldn't wait to read the novel that also has factual data inside the story, making the novel mesmerizing to say the least. So, when I began reading, I couldn't see where the connection was to the magic of Harry Houdini. I plunged ahead and the further into the maze of mystery I explored, I occasionally wondered where the author was taking me. Yet, by the middle of the book or perhaps sooner, I simply couldn't put the book down until I was so tired I couldn't see the words clearly. The next day, when time allowed, again I opened the book to continue the exciting and thrilling story that was being slowly woven together right before my eyes. As I went along, I forgot about trying to figure out where I was being led and simply became engrossed in the action taking place. As I read the last chapter and page, I knew that the wait was worth it! The author delivered one of his absolute best thrillers in a long time! While magicians may use slight of hand, Brad uses his pen in the same way throughout each page and through each character. Sometimes I was taken aback that what I thought was happening wasn't and/or a totally unanticipated turn in the plot took place. When you get a copy, be prepared to spend time in pure enjoyment, entertainment, and sharing of knowledge by the tale. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting your friends or family reading their own copy of the book as soon as possible, because you won't want to share yours!
I seem to be going against the grain here, but this novel read like a cheap drug store paperback, complete with a highly predictable plot, and absolutely awful writing. Sorry - I wanted to like this, & to be charitable, I decided to be generous and give it 2 stars only because the mortuary bits were quite interesting.

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Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Title: The Escape Art...

Title: The Escape Artist Author: Brad Meltzer Pages: 434 Year: 2018 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing My rating is 5+ out of 5 stars. When a friend told me about the latest novel that was coming soon written by Brad Meltzer, I quickly read a synopsis found online. Ok, I was totally hooked! I just couldn't wait to read the novel that also has factual data inside the story, making the novel mesmerizing to say the least. So, when I began reading, I couldn't see where the connection was to the magic of Harry Houdini. I plunged ahead and the further into the maze of mystery I explored, I occasionally wondered where the author was taking me. Yet, by the middle of the book or perhaps sooner, I simply couldn't put the book down until I was so tired I couldn't see the words clearly. The next day, when time allowed, again I opened the book to continue the exciting and thrilling story that was being slowly woven together right before my eyes. As I went along, I forgot about trying to figure out where I was being led and simply became engrossed in the action taking place. As I read the last chapter and page, I knew that the wait was worth it! The author delivered one of his absolute best thrillers in a long time! While magicians may use slight of hand, Brad uses his pen in the same way throughout each page and through each character. Sometimes I was taken aback that what I thought was happening wasn't and/or a totally unanticipated turn in the plot took place. When you get a copy, be prepared to spend time in pure enjoyment, entertainment, and sharing of knowledge by the tale. Don't be surprised if you find yourself wanting your friends or family reading their own copy of the book as soon as possible, because you won't want to share yours!

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

At its heart, this sto...

At its heart, this story is a tribute to the men and women at Dover Air Force Base who care for the fallen. A plane crashes in Alaska, killing everyone on board, including the Librarian of Congress, his assistants, and the Army's Artist-in-Residence, Nola Brown. But when her body arrives at Dover Air Force Base, Jim Zigarowski, a civilian mortician at the Dover Port Mortuary, realizes that the woman who died isn't Nola Brown. He'd known Nola when she was a Girl Scout with his daughter, Maggie. She'd once saved Maggie's life. If this woman wasn't Nola, who was she? And did that mean that perhaps Nola was still alive? Determined to find the answers and locate Nola, Zig begins an informal investigation of his own, uncovering some unsettling information about the young woman he hasn't seen in years. But the more he discovers, the more danger he faces. Someone is willing to do anything to keep Nola from telling what she has seen, causing both Zig to fear for his life. The unfolding of Nola's backstory reveals the secrets of her tortured past, providing an added dimension for the feisty, resourceful, mysterious woman while Zig, committed to doing the right thing, brings honesty and vulnerability to the narrative. Believable, well-developed characters, a whip-smart, tension-filled plot, surprising reveals, and unexpected twists and turns combine to create a captivating, pulse-pounding narrative readers will find completely unputdownable. Highly recommended.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

WHO IS NOLA BROWN?Nola...

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. What can I say about this book? It was an excellent read with very engaging and unique characters (Nola and Zig). The plot moves at a great pace with short chapters that make you want to read on. I found this book to be unputdownable and loved reading about Dover Delaware's military morgue. I haven't read Brad Meltzer's other books book I definitely will put them in my to-be-read pile. I enjoyed his writing very much. I would highly recommend this book to those who like gripping mystery thrillers.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

I received a free e-co...

I received a free e-copy of this book and have chosen to write an honest and unbiased review. I have no personal affiliation with the author. Brad Meltzer writes a great thriller that is full of suspense and twists and turns. The action never quits. Couldn't put it down. Who is Nola Brown? What are her dark secrets? She is a mystery. Trouble seems to follow her wherever she goes. Zig is an amazing mortician who does a great job of putting our fallen soldiers back together for their families at Dover Air Force Base. He is a kind and gentle man who is haunted by his past. Nola and Zig are great characters. This is a well-written thriller with an amazing plot and excellent character development. 'The Escape Artist' is one of Brad Meltzer's best and I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.

Average Rating:(5.0)out of 5 stars

Well researched, suspe...

Well researched, suspense filled, and a book that you will not put down until you are done. Mr Meltzer had done it again. Another favorite.


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