China Daily (Canada) - - LIFE - By AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

David Bal­dacci’s typ­i­cal ac­tion thriller of­ten features a char­ac­ter in dire emo­tional straits. This gives the novel dra­matic depth and in­ten­sity, mak­ing it an un­for­get­table read. It has a strong el­e­ment of sci­ence fic­tion, is ac­tion-packed and thought­pro­vok­ing.

His lat­est, No Man’s Land, has two such trou­bled char­ac­ters: John Puller and Paul Rogers. Puller is a mil­i­tary in­ves­ti­ga­tor whose ac­com­plish­ments were chron­i­cled in sev­eral pre­vi­ous Bal­dacci nov­els. He’s vis­it­ing his fa­ther, who is hos­pi­tal­ized with de­men­tia, when two army of­fi­cials ar­rive with dev­as­tat­ing news.

The army, they an­nounce, has re­opened the 30-year-old case of his mother’s dis­ap­pear­ance af­ter

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