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After his father is accused of murder, combat veteran and Special Agent John Puller must investigate his past and learn the truth about his mother in this New York Times bestselling thriller--but someone hiding in the shadows wants revenge.

Two men. Thirty years.

John Puller''s mother, Jackie, vanished thirty years ago from Fort Monroe, Virginia, when Puller was just a boy. Paul Rogers has been in prison for ten years. But twenty years before that, he was at Fort Monroe. One night three decades ago, Puller''s and Rogers'' worlds collided with devastating results, and the truth has been buried ever since.

Until now.

Military investigators, armed with a letter from a friend of Jackie''s, arrive in the hospital room of Puller''s father-a legendary three-star now sinking into dementia-and reveal that Puller Sr. has been accused of murdering his wife.

Aided by his brother Robert Puller, an Air Force major, and Veronica Knox, who works for a shadowy U.S. intelligence organization, Puller begins a journey that will take him into his own past, to find the truth about his mother.

Paul Rogers'' time is running out. With the clock ticking, he begins his own journey, one that will take him across the country to the place where all his troubles began: a mysterious building on the grounds of Fort Monroe. There, thirty years ago, the man Rogers had once been vanished too, and was replaced with a monster. And now the monster wants revenge. And the only person standing in his way is John Puller.

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"[A novel of] dramatic depth and intensity...an unforgettable read...Action-packed and thought-provoking."― Associated Press

"Bestseller Baldacci makes the implausible plausible in his riveting fourth thriller featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator John Puller...Baldacci maintains tension throughout and imbues his characters with enough humanity to make readers care what happens to them."― Publishers Weekly

"Be prepared for an action-packed ride... Baldacci once again partners [John Puller] with Veronica Knox, making for a lethal and legendary combination. Anticipation intensifies on each page."― RT Book Reviews (4 1/2 stars--Top Pick!)

"This thriller, featuring U.S. Army criminal investigator John Puller, has a very plausible theme with a compelling and action-packed plot....[A] riveting and heart-wrenching story...NO MAN''S LAND is an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Readers will be hooked from page one."― Military Press

"David Baldacci is one of America''s favorite mystery writers, and he has earned that adulation fair and square. He is constantly turning out one readable and enjoyable adventure after another. His latest novel NO MAN''S LAND is his fourth John Puller story and it is a good one. It is fast reading from the start as the pages grab the readers'' interest and off they go."
Huffington Post

"This fast-paced ride will leave you guessing until the last page."
Virginia Living

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DAVID BALDACCI is a global #1 bestselling author, and one of the world''s favorite storytellers. His books are published in over forty-five languages and in more than eighty countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. His works have been adapted for both feature film and television. David Baldacci is also the cofounder, along with his wife, of the Wish You Well Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting literacy efforts across America. Still a resident of his native Virginia, he invites you to visit him at DavidBaldacci.com and his foundation at WishYouWellFoundation.org.

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TUCSON ROBERT
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
I can say without a doubt this is the best of the series
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2016
NO MAN’S LAND is David Baldacci’s fourth book in his very successful John Puller series. I can say without a doubt this is the best of the series. Two parallel stories keep the reader’s interest through the first half, merging seamlessly by the middle of the book.... See more
NO MAN’S LAND is David Baldacci’s fourth book in his very successful John Puller series. I can say without a doubt this is the best of the series. Two parallel stories keep the reader’s interest through the first half, merging seamlessly by the middle of the book.
Thirty years ago when John Puller and his older brother, Robert, were young boys when their charming and beautiful mother mysteriously disappeared one evening from the Ft. Monroe, VA army post. The army investigated but not a single clue to her disappearance was ever found. Thirty years later, a friend and neighbor at the time who was now dying of cancer, wrote a letter to the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division accusing the father, Fighting John Puller Sr., a retired 3-star army general, of murdering his wife. Aging Puller Sr. presently resides in a nursing home suffering from deteriorating mental and physical health.
Miles away a convicted killer, Paul Rogers, is released from a federal prison having served ten years for murder. Within hours after his release he kills two young people who had been harassing him. This sets Rogers on a rampaging cross-country voyage and more killings. Rogers knows where he is headed and nothing will deter him from achieving his long-awaited and final goal. For Rogers, payback time is only days away.
Meanwhile, Chief Warrant Officer John Puller, teaming up with his older brother, Air Force Colonel Robert Puller, for intelligence information, is on a mission to learn what happened to his mother and to clear his father’s good name. Puller also gets help from fellow CID sidekick and sometimes girlfriend, Veronica Knox.
Baldacci is a terrific writer. He skillfully develops his prime characters and injects exciting secondary players who add spice to the story. This is the best of Baldacci. There is not a weak page of narration or dialogue in this book. I give No Man’s Land a top rating of 5+ stars. It’s a winner.
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William D. Curnutt
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Next Generation Super Soldiers and Murder Mystery wrapped up in one
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2016
John Puller is a serious detective with the Army''s Criminal Investigation Agency. He does superb work and always gets his man. But there is one case that he has really never looked into and that is the case of his own mothers disappearance 30 years previous. He was just a... See more
John Puller is a serious detective with the Army''s Criminal Investigation Agency. He does superb work and always gets his man. But there is one case that he has really never looked into and that is the case of his own mothers disappearance 30 years previous. He was just a young boy when his mom disappeared and he has never really thought about solving the crime.

But when someone comes forward to accuse his father of killing his mother that gets his interest. He doesn''t want to see his father''s reputation destroyed and besides he can''t believe that his father would kill his mother.

This sets him on a course of investigation that leads to a serial murder, Department of Defense experimental science and possibly a meltdown in his own views of his father, who wasn''t where he said he was the night that John''s mother disappeared.

The most interesting part of the novel is the details regarding Liquid Armour, Ekoskeletions and synthetic skin. Further there was an experiment to make a super soldier, one that couldn''t feel pain and one that didn''t fear combat. Did that really happen? If so, is there a connection to John''s family and his mothers disappearance?

The technology as well as the mystery makes for a very entertaining and enlightening novel. I ended up after the novel doing some online searches for DoD science experiments and want to find out more about these new technologies. Where is robotics and computer enhanced medicine taking us?

Enjoy the novel. Baldacci is a master story teller.
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Greywood
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Puts the Puller series back on track - Need to read the series from the beginning to follow the story.
Reviewed in the United States on July 21, 2017
The Puller series started out gripping. The previous book (The Forgotten), in my opinion, was not up the expectations the series has set and, one had to really put ones "reality" meter into a dormant state or it would ruin the story. This one gets the series back... See more
The Puller series started out gripping. The previous book (The Forgotten), in my opinion, was not up the expectations the series has set and, one had to really put ones "reality" meter into a dormant state or it would ruin the story. This one gets the series back on track (for the most part). There are still a few stretches that cross the line into the realm of "not in this reality" but, the story is a page turner and, clues and the "red herrings" accrue at a furious pace.

In my opinion, the ending was the weakest part of the book. It did not ruin the tremendous build up but, it didn''t really do it justice either. It seemed an attempt to tie up too many lose ends in too few pages so, some of them were just not tied off particularly well.

Bottom line: I am hooked on the series now (as well as the Amos Decker series) and I am anxiously awaiting the next one
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Michael Gallagher
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Nice Continuation of the Series
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2017
Before you begin this book, please realize it is the fourth book in a series involving the author''s John Puller character; it can be read as a standalone novel, but if you read the first three books in this series first this one will be much more enjoyable. Start with... See more
Before you begin this book, please realize it is the fourth book in a series involving the author''s John Puller character; it can be read as a standalone novel, but if you read the first three books in this series first this one will be much more enjoyable. Start with Zero Day (John Puller series Book 1) .

As is typical with most Baldacci novels, he does a great job of getting you right in the middle of the action and feeling as if you are one of his characters - your pulse will start to beat a little faster at times and when he describes the surroundings of his various scenes you feel as if you are right there. The usual twists and turns in the storyline are prevalent and I had a hard time putting this one down.

If you like a good mystery / thriller, or have enjoyed other Baldacci novels, I''d recommend you pick this one up right now and strap yourself in for a book you won''t be able to put down.
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J. Grattan
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Super soldier project run amok (4.25*s)
Reviewed in the United States on August 4, 2019
Chief Warrant Officer John Puller, an investigator with the US Army’s Criminal Investigative Command, is visiting his father, a retired three-star general, when confronted by a couple of army investigators who have received a letter from a dying woman implicating the... See more
Chief Warrant Officer John Puller, an investigator with the US Army’s Criminal Investigative Command, is visiting his father, a retired three-star general, when confronted by a couple of army investigators who have received a letter from a dying woman implicating the general in his wife’s death some thirty years earlier. Needless to say, this knocks Puller off of his feet. Yes, his father had a reputation for toughness, but John as a young boy had seen nothing indicating that his father could be a murderer. Puller tackles this accusation head on, launching his own unofficial investigation. And out the blue, a mysterious intelligence officer Veronica Knox shows up to help, as she has in the past.

The Pullers’ were living on an Army compound Fort Monroe when his mother vanished thirty years prior. What Puller discovers is that the Army investigators at the time did a poor job, ignoring some curious evidence, like the murder of four professional women in that same area at the same time. In addition, in a highly secure building at the Fort, the Army was apparently conducting highly controversial mental and anatomical experiments on soldiers. What happened to those individuals and is society safe from them?

As in past Puller episodes, his sheer doggedness starts to peel away the layers of mystery, although not without considerable exposure to harm. There are hardly any limits to the efforts that will be taken to cover up controversial, if not illegal, activities, especially if huge financial rewards are involved. This installment from the author is interesting and fast moving.
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Outstanding
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2016
A multitude of mysteries over a span of thirty years. There are multiple layers that began with a murdered mother of an army family. Our main character''s mother had disappeared thirty years ago. It changed his childhood dramatically, as well as his brothers. A dyeing... See more
A multitude of mysteries over a span of thirty years. There are multiple layers that began with a murdered mother of an army family. Our main character''s mother had disappeared thirty years ago. It changed his childhood dramatically, as well as his brothers. A dyeing woman''s letter of accusation about his mothers death opened wounds and his pursuit of the truth.

Meanwhile a soldier used as an experiment by scientists contracting with the army, surfaced and began seeking retribution for what had happened thirty years before.

These two quests became intertwined. Numerous current day events also mixed with the old. The main scientist had continued her research over the decades. Her current research was also intertwined.

To find the truth, read away.
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Jon Latham
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Loved it. This is a John Puller novel
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2017
A fascinating and intense drama that starts out as two different story lines. One, a cold case that involves the disappearance of an army investigator’s mother and the other, a hardened criminal just released from prison and his desire to track down enemies.... See more
A fascinating and intense drama that starts out as two different story lines. One, a cold case that involves the disappearance of an army investigator’s mother and the other, a hardened criminal just released from prison and his desire to track down enemies.

Baldacci weaves both story lines with twists and turns, chapter after chapter.

The investigator soon finds he is asking questions he shouldn’t be, as superiors put the pressure on for him to drop the investigation. He gains allies, but still finds himself dodging roadblocks and fighting to stay alive. as the threats become reality.

The criminal, once released, has no desire to check in with a probation officer, as he doesn’t care what happens to him after he finds and kills the people involved in his transformation. He knows where he needs to be and he wastes no time getting there.

The stories keep you on the edge of your seat, as you turn pages, until the intensity increases when the two stories suddenly become one.

Fabulous story telling by a master of suspense. Loved it.

This is a John Puller novel.
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Maria Park
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An Intricate Web of Military Mayhem
Reviewed in the United States on July 3, 2021
What I liked best about No Man''s Land, the final book in the John Puller series, is how many storylines run simultaneously and actually get resolved by the end. One would almost believe that David Baldacci had Military experience with the level of detail and... See more
What I liked best about No Man''s Land, the final book in the John Puller series, is how many storylines run simultaneously and actually get resolved by the end.

One would almost believe that David Baldacci had Military experience with the level of detail and insight he brings into that labyrinthian world. From the structure of the branches of all of the Forces, to the bewildering conglomeration of the Intelligence Community, we are led into the dark secret''s of our Government.

Chapter after chapter, tensions build as the Puller family is drawn backwards into their haunted past. Nightmarish memories return for John as he follows the clues leading towards his mother''s death.

Baldacci''s prose is tight, clean and tension building. However, his gift is dialogue. Every exchange between characters tightens the vice grip with which he holds the reader, until by the climax, you are welcoming the resolution.

No Man''s Land is no exception. I loved this best of the four John Puller books, but I was left with mixed feelings at the conclusion. I was relieved to find out what happened but sad to say goodbye to John and all of the other characters.
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CaroleQ
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Despite these initial misgivings I have read and enjoyed each book including this one
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 19, 2017
No Man''s Land This is the fourth in Baldacci''s series featuring Army detective John Puller I have had mixed feelings for this particular character because of his similarity both in background and appearance to John Reacher the long established character created by Lee...See more
No Man''s Land This is the fourth in Baldacci''s series featuring Army detective John Puller I have had mixed feelings for this particular character because of his similarity both in background and appearance to John Reacher the long established character created by Lee Child. Despite these initial misgivings I have read and enjoyed each book including this one. Puller is visiting his father, who is in the advanced stages of dementia, in hospital when he is advised that allegations have been made against his father. The allegation is that Puller Snr murdered his wife some thirty years previously. Puller Jnr had believed his mother had just walked out on them. Puller is determined to establish the truth even if it means convicting his own father. However he finds that there are few people willing to talk of the events of that period. Suddenly he is ordered out of the country and the official investigation is closed down. Puller realises that this is much more than just a murder it is a cover-up of monumental proportions. He needs all the friends he can if he is to continue his investigation. Who is the violent man with super strength? In a book that is extremely fast-paced Baldacci creates a narrative that is frightening in its simplicity. He highlights how the stated claim of the needs of the many can be hijacked to ensure the benefits and ideals of the few. Well worth a look.
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The Military Cover Up
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2019
Yet another great David Baldacci novel. This one is about John Puller an Army man. He is told that his father had been accused of killing his wife over 30 years before. John Puller senior is in the final stages of altzimers And in a home waiting to die. His wife disappeared...See more
Yet another great David Baldacci novel. This one is about John Puller an Army man. He is told that his father had been accused of killing his wife over 30 years before. John Puller senior is in the final stages of altzimers And in a home waiting to die. His wife disappeared when John junior was a little boy. With the help of Veronica Knox and his brother Robert, John tries to track down what happened to his mother. He uncovers murders and military cover ups. He is ordered to drop the search. He will not. Yet again a book worthy of a film. Well done. Great book.
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Mr. Frank Sanders
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Probably the best he has written.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2017
Both my wife and I are big fans of David Baldacci and we both agree that this is one of the best, if not the best novel he has written. I cannot believe that at least one of your reviews thought it boring and ended up yawning. It is a very good story and well worth reading....See more
Both my wife and I are big fans of David Baldacci and we both agree that this is one of the best, if not the best novel he has written. I cannot believe that at least one of your reviews thought it boring and ended up yawning. It is a very good story and well worth reading. I look forward to his next book.
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AOR_Jim
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Not great - worst in the series
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 8, 2020
I really quite enjoyed the first couple of books in the John Puller series, was prepared to accept the third novel about his brother but this book now switches to his father & mother. Given the investigations he could be involved in, I would think the author could avoid...See more
I really quite enjoyed the first couple of books in the John Puller series, was prepared to accept the third novel about his brother but this book now switches to his father & mother. Given the investigations he could be involved in, I would think the author could avoid raking over the various Puller family members in successive books. The actual super-soldier main plot is just too unlikely, and having Puller operating without official support again just further rings him closer to the Jack Reacher category.
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Linda
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Excellent
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 2, 2018
This book is exactly what I would expect from a David Baldacci novel, especially the John Puller series. It is full if intricate plot threads which twist and turn and you really have to concentrate to keep up. The characters are so real and, having read the previous three...See more
This book is exactly what I would expect from a David Baldacci novel, especially the John Puller series. It is full if intricate plot threads which twist and turn and you really have to concentrate to keep up. The characters are so real and, having read the previous three novels in this series, I was so pleased to be presented with a fourth. There is plenty of excitement and suspense and a great deal of thrills and spills with plenty of villains being shot and most of the good guys surviving. Very hard to put down and I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good gripping read.
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