ABOUT THE ESCAPE
A prison unlike any other. Military discipline rules. Its security systems are unmatched. None of its prisoners dream of escaping. They know it’s impossible . . . until now.
John Puller’s older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason. His inexplicable escape from the country’s most-secure prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance of capturing Robert alive, and so Puller is ordered to bring in his brother to face justice.
But Puller quickly discovers that his brother is pursued by others who don’t want him to survive. At the same time, Puller is pushed into an uneasy, fraught partnership with Veronica Knox, an agent who may have an agenda of her own.
They dig more deeply into the case together, and Puller finds that not only are Knox’s allegiances unclear, but there are troubling details about his brother’s conviction. It becomes clear that someone out there doesn’t want the truth to ever come to light. As the nationwide manhunt for Robert grows more urgent, Puller’s masterful skills as an investigator and strengths as a fighter may not be enough to save his brother—or himself.
ABOUT THE FINISHER
Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but a forest filled with danger and death. And she always believed it – until the night she saw Quentin Herms run away.
Vega knows Quentin didn’t just leave, he was chased. And he left behind a trail of clues that point to a dark conspiracy at the heart of Wormwood. To follow the clues will attract the attention of influential people willing to kill to keep their secrets. To stay safe, Vega just needs to keep her head down and her mouth shut. There’s only one problem – Vega Jane is not the kind of girl who walks away from a fight.
Master storyteller David Baldacci introduces an unforgettable heroine who must think fast, hit hard, and defy all odds to uncover the truth.
David Baldacci is a global #1 bestselling author. His books are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with over 110 million copies in print; several 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.
Wednesday night I had the opportunity to take part in a blogger group interview with Author David Baldacci. He and his editor started the interview and then as bloggers we had a chance to ask him a few questions. Here are a couple of my favorites.
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
What movie are you most looking forward to seeing?
What book would we find on your nightstand?
Well, I’ve got quite a few… I’m reading the new Hercule Poirot that just came out. It was obviously not written by Agatha Christie, but it was authorized by her estate.
Can you tell us something about the literacy foundation that you and your wife started called Wish You Well?
Well, first of all, we have a website, it’s Wishyouwellfoundation.org, that has a lot of information about that. And we have a full-time director who runs that philanthropic arm for us.
The foundation’s been in existence for about 15 years. My wife and I founded it, and really based on our immersion in the issues of illiteracy in the United States. We have a huge illiteracy problem here.
We turn out a million high school dropouts a year. Socioeconomically, they are not going to be in good shape. We have 100 million adults, about half the adult population, who read at below acceptable literacy levels. And really their potential is going to be curtailed because of that.
So, what we do is we fund literacy organization programs across the United States. We have funded programs in virtually all 50 states and counting, and will continue to do so. We have a Board of Directors. We meet six times a year. We receive about 5,000 applications for funding from across the country, which is quite a few applications to go through, but we look through every single one of them.
We also have a book collection drive as well. It’s called Feeding Body and Mind. We are partnered with Feeding America, which runs all the nation’s food banks. We collect books during my tours, and then we ship them to food banks across the country. People going in to seek food assistance tend to have low literacy skills. And sending them home with books is always a good thing, and we’ve shipped out over a million books in the last four years.
I’ve read that you are really involved in libraries as well. Could you share a little bit about that?
Yes. I mean, libraries were a huge part of my development. As a kid I went to the school library every day. I went to the public library every weekend. I had favorite librarians. They’d let me check out more books than you’re supposed to because they knew I would read them all and come back next week for more.
Even though I never left the little town where I grew up, I saw the world through books. And I know it had a huge impact on me and who I am today, so I take support of libraries very seriously.
You know, I tell people to, you know, support them, cherish them, fund them because, once you don’t, they could very well one day go away. And they’re too important to what we are as a country and who we are as a people.
Even in our little town where we live in Virginia, we didn’t have a local library. So, my wife and I got behind a movement and helped build a public library here in our own community. So, I know how much it adds to a community, the value that it has, that it gets people just, you know, better than they are.
Filling a place with books and walking in and seeing these ideas on a shelf is just the coolest thing in the world. We’re a nation that’s built on that type of concept, and we’re a nation of libraries. And that’s something we have to keep and hold dear.
I’m also really proud to be–I’m actually the Chair for National Library Week in 2015.
I also sit on the National Book Festival Board for the Library of Congress, and I sat on the State Board in Virginia of the library. So, I intimately am connected to libraries at many, many different levels and will continue to be so.