Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The Escape, U.S. Marshals #1 by Lisa Harris

Book description: 

 How do you catch a fugitive who has nothing to lose?

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn have orders to transport two high-profile prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest. 

With both pilots and one prisoner dead--and one fugitive on the run--Madison and Jonas must negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry as they track a murderer who is desperate to disappear . . . and will do anything to stop them.

My review:

   I enjoy reading books about the U.S. Marshals, but this one was different than the others I have read. The others I have read have been about WITSEC, which fascinates me. This book deals with Marshals transporting criminals, then chasing after one who escapes.

  Since most of the story is about a criminal on the run from the Marshals, the book is pretty much non-stop action as the Marshals try to figure out the bad guy's next move. I found it interesting and gripping as the story played out, knowing they would most likely catch the criminal eventually, but enjoying the suspense and process as that happened. 

 I am no expert on law enforcement, but I thought the author did a great job of portraying what a hunt for an escaped convict might look like, along with what that convict might do.

 Romance took a back seat in the story, and there was just a hint that the two main characters are headed towards some kind of romantic relationship, but that will evidently be developed in the next book. I did like the two main characters, and the interplay between them as they tracked down the bad guy. And it looks like the series is going to center on the same two characters, which is different.

  The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which has me already looking forward to the second book, which is too far off. But it was an excellent read, and the start of what appears to be a great series.

I was provided a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions in this review are my own.

About the author:

Lisa Harris is a USA Today bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of more than 40 books, including The Escape, The Traitor's Pawn, Vanishing Point, A Secret to Die For, and Deadly Intentions, as well as The Nikki Boyd Files and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent over 17 years living as missionaries in southern Africa. She is currently stateside in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Learn more at

   The Escape is available from Revell Publishing, part of the Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for the review copy.