The Escape Artist - Brad Meltzer

The Escape Artist

By Brad Meltzer

  • Release Date: 2018-03-06
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
The Escape Artist book review score

4 Score: 4 (From 1,331 Ratings)

The Escape Artist Brad Meltzer Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

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 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

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User reviews about this book

  • 5 stars

    By Suzy Q_33
    Loved it! Brad Meltzer is brilliant!
  • Different type of Meltzer

    By Needs a TOC
    Meltzer usually hooks me in a few paragraphs and I can’t put the book down. In this one, there was something about it that kept me feeling like I was distant from the characters and plot line. About 3/4 of the way through, I got more comfortable with “the voice” and at times, I was turning pages rapidly. But, although it’s a good story, tough subjects, interesting characters, I still felt “outside” the events. Wondering if it was the subject matter, the storytelling style, or something else.
  • Slow start, roaring finish

    By Daisey1234
    It took about 15% to start moving, but then the book got interesting. Following a mortician may not be your first instinct, but Meltzer delivers adventure for Zig, Nola, and the gang. Overall, I’d recommend.
  • The escape artist

    By heypea
    Interesting but brad tends too drag things out. Gets boring with all the verbiage. Forget the filler and stick to the storyline.
  • HUH?

    By Yowzawowza
    I’m with Jaykk5977. This book is purely awful, with implausible characters and undisciplined writing. Any comparisons with Stieg Larsson are a huge reach.
  • Struggler

    By purplehenry
    I really struggled to keep an excitement to read. Took me forever to get thru.
  • Sad and depressing tale.

    By Momma Scott's
    I 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 artist

    By Boune001
    My 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.
  • DLP

    By Woods/Barrington
    A good read. I got a bit frustrated with every other chapter going back in time but all in all I enjoyed the book.
  • Good book

    By Paul Loyd
    I 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.

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