The Escape (US Marshals)

by Lisa Harris

Paperback, 2020



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Revell (2020), 336 pages

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"A desperate murderer and a downed plane turn a routine prison transfer into a hunt through the rugged Pacific Northwest for US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn"--


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336 p.; 8.5 inches


080073730X / 9780800737306

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LibraryThing member jfe16
Review of Advanced Reader eBook

Two US Marshals, Madison James and Jonas Quinn, transporting two prisoners from the Pacific Northwest to Denver, are temporarily knocked unconscious when the plane crashes in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. One of the prisoners, Paul Riley, dies in the crash; the
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other, Damon Barrick, escapes.

Desperate to disappear, Barrick will do anything to remain free but the marshals are determined to re-capture the fugitive. Can they find the elusive prisoner before he puts others in danger?

Believable characters, a strong sense of place, and a compelling plot make this an action-packed, exciting narrative. The cat-and-mouse chase between the marshals and the escaped prisoner keeps the suspense building while the continual tension underlying the telling of the tale and the hint of romance keep the pages turning in a book readers will find difficult to set aside.

A side story involving a black rose and the killer of Madison’s husband some five years earlier plays a part in this story but remains unresolved at the end of the book. A short opening of what appears to be the second book in this series follows “The Escape,” but readers who are not fans of cliffhangers are likely to be disappointed with the questions left unanswered.

I received a free copy of this eBook from Revell and NetGalley
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LibraryThing member sherripo
I have read other books by Lisa Harris and really enjoyed them. I loved this first book in her new series. There was a lot of suspense and I didn't want to stop reading it. I can't wait until the second book in this series comes out.
LibraryThing member Lynette.Williams
The Escape by Lisa Harris is an intriguing beginning to the series.

U. S. Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are transporting prisoners across the country when their plane crashes. One of the prisoners escapes, launching a manhunt in the deep backwoods, through small towns, in trains and
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airports, and over the side of a bridge. All of this takes Madison’s focus off finding her late husband’s murderer who has been leaving black roses for Madison—the most recent one on her bed.

This book is not a stand alone, but ends in a cliffhanger.

This was a diverting read. I found the manhunt a bit unbelievable at points. The mystery of the black roses was more intriguing to me. I am interested to see where the series goes from here.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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LibraryThing member Julie2013
The Escape is the first book in Lisa Harris' new US Marshalls series. The two main characters, US Marshalls Madison James and James Quinn are on their first assignment together when everything goes wrong. They're doing a "routine" prison transfer when their plane crashes in the wilderness of the
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Pacific Northwest, and they are forced to hunt down their prisoner who manages to escape.

The book opens with a compelling paragraph on justice vs revenge that sets you up to understand the driving forces behind Madison's career. Madison and Jonas had met 4 years earlier, shortly after her husband was murdered, on a training seminar where Jonas was the trainer. They have not seen each other since. Both characters have some pretty heavy baggage they are working through that draws the reader into their lives and motivates their actions - and fears.

In typical Lisa Harris fashion, the plot is tight, the drama intense and the stakes high. Fast-paced, filled with action, it was a delight to read. A one-day, can't-put-it-down read that left me completely satisfied. The twist at the end, which sets up Book Two, was a surprise that left me eager to get to the next book. Well done, Ms. Harris!
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LibraryThing member alekee
This book is a total page-turner, non-stop action, and riveting!
There is so much action in this read, you will hardly have time to breath, and then when you do something else happens!
I have read many books by this author, and they have all been great reads, and this one sure didn't disappoint.
I now
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know that this is a series, but I was left without answers at the end, and can't wait now for the next book to come out!
If you love good clean suspense, I highly recommend!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell and was not required to give a positive review.
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LibraryThing member Anne_Rightler
Another thrilling story from Lisa Harris, The Escape, fist in the US Marshals series, will have readers on the edge of their seats from the first page to last. US Marshals Madison and Jonas are on prisoner escort duty. The plane crashes and the adventures begin. The story is full of non-stop
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action, incredibly tense moments, and a bit of romance too. The characters are realistic and exhibit emotions and actions to which readers can easily relate. With a bit of a cliffhanger at the end, this reader is already clamoring for the next book. Readers who love romantic suspense stories will not want to miss this one.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Library Thing and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: The Escape (U.S. Marshals #1)
Author: Lisa Harris
Pages: 336
Year: 2020
Publisher: Revell
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Be prepared to dive deep into the suspense right out of the gate! The minute you open the book and start reading, it will engage you and keep you turning pages until the very
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end! Lisa Harris’s first book in her new series, U.S. Marshals, takes readers on a journey with the main character Madison James. Madison lost her husband five years prior and has worked hard to succeed as a U.S. Marshal in Seattle. Madison becomes involved in chasing down a fugitive when the plane she is riding on crashes in a forested area. Her partner, Jonas Quinn, was on the flight as well, and now both are tracking a dangerous man who can blend in and gain whatever he needs to escape capture.
There is also another plot line happening at the same time, where every year on the anniversary of Luke’s death, Madison’s husband, a black rose is left at the cemetery. Now Madison finds one in the house on her bed but before she can take care of that mystery, she must locate the escaped prisoner. I don’t want to give anything away but let me say, that this story really grabbed me from the first page. It is exciting, mysterious, intriguing and there is a little romance.
The ending of the book was surprising and left me looking forward to the second book in the series. There is a cliffhanger at the end of the book where someone is out to harm Madison that readers just get a very quick glimpse of but no more than that, leaving me excited to see where the author will take the plot in book two.
So, read The Escape and be prepared for a wild adventure from start to finish!
Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility
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LibraryThing member kenagurl
Lisa Harris releases another captivating series. At least I got in on the first one this time! The hardest thing about finishing it is knowing that the next book will be a long wait! If you enjoy reading the latest and greatest Christian suspense, put this on your November book list! US Marshalls
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Madison & Jonas are a pair worth cheering for (and maybe shipping together?) but the escaped convict keeps them (and the reader!) on our toes the entire time! A delightful afternoon read with an extraordinary cliffhanger!
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LibraryThing member KimPotter
The Escape by Lisa Harris is the first book in her US Marshals series. On a routine prisoner transport across the country from Seattle to Colorado the plane crashes in the Salmon-Challis National Forest leaving both pilots and one prisoner dead. Now US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn must
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track the surviving prison through the backcountry before he escapes for good. This story had so many twists and turns you never knew what was coming next. I love stories with a strong female character, and Madison was definitely a strong woman. With all she was dealing with in her personal life she was still able to focus and get the job done. I can’t wait for the series to continue!

I received this book from LibraryThing for my honest review.
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LibraryThing member gincam
"The Escape" is Book One in the thrilling contemporary inspirational romance "US Marshals Series" from author Lisa Harris. When US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are assigned to transport two dangerous prisoners via plane from Seattle to Denver, they have no ides that it will turn out to be
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a destiny-changing journey of a lifetime. Madison and Jonas had previously met several years prior when he was conducting task force training, and each of them had earned the respect of the other. At that time, Jonas was unaware that Madison was grieving the loss of her husband, Luke, an ER doctor who had been murdered. After five years, Madison is still haunted by the unsolved case of her husband's death--and each year someone unknown marks the anniversary of his murder with a black rose. Jonas has also experienced personal loss, and he has just returned to the Seattle area to start anew. The transport plane crashes during a turbulent storm over Idaho. The two pilots and one of the prisoners are all killed, leaving Madison and Jonas to track armed and deadly master criminal Damon Barrick through unfamiliar, rugged territory. It will take all of their skills, all of their faith, and a growing trust and reliance on each other to capture the wicked, wily felon. Author Lisa Harris has created compelling characters and given them an involving story line which had me reading "The Escape" all in one sitting. I look forward to further entries in this series, and I highly recommend it to lovers of inspirational romantic suspense.

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LibraryThing member JaymeWill
I have read a few books by Lisa Harris in the past, and they have all been good. She has a way of transporting the reader right into the story.

The Escape is the first book in her US Marshals series. From the first page, I was hooked into the story of Madison and Jonas as they transport two
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prisoners by plane. When the plane crashes, Madison and Jonas must follow a desperate convict as he attempts to outmaneuver them. He is not afraid to lie, steal and even kill to evade capture. They must catch him before he leaves the country.

Overall, I liked the book very much. It is fast paced, has great characters, and very descriptive. My only critical opinion would be the length of the chase. Eventually it felt a bit repetitive. Bad guy lies, manipulates weak women, and escapes to live another day again and again. But I still liked it, and I recommend fans of suspenseful Christian fiction should read it.
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LibraryThing member eccl
The Escape, by Lisa Harris is book one in the US Marshalls series. Madison is dealing with the fifth anniversary of her husband’s death and considering moving. Jonas has transferred to Seattle. Together they are transporting two prisoners to Denver when the plane they are on crashes. One of the
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prisoners survives and gets away. This leads to several days of tracking him through several different states.

This is a fast paced, action packed Christian suspense novel with a touch of romance. The story holds the readers attention to the very end. The story is well written with strong, caring characters. Besides the search for the fugitive there is a second story that blends into the story. That is of the unsolved murder of Madison’s husband and how her family is now at risk. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next in the series.

I received a copy of this book through the Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.
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LibraryThing member Harley0326
This book explodes with intrigue and adventure which made this reader very content. You may think it is the typical person on the loose, chase scenes , detours and romance. Oh you would be correct except it’s not your typical easy to catch person on the run. The author gives a real story behind
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why this person is so desperate to stay hidden. I like that we get a look into the fugitive’s back story and his need to never be seen again.

The story is riveting as a plane crashes with fugitives, pilots and two U. S. Marshall’s on board. Madison and Jonas have a cat and mouse game ahead of them when one fugitive survives the crash.

My adrenaline was pumping throughout the story with close calls, danger and near death attacks. Madison is very well equipped for the job and I thought her teaming up with Jonas was a perfect match. I’m glad the focus was more on the escape and not so much on trying to develop a romance between the two. Maybe the author does have more in store for these two in another story but we will have to wait and see. As readers we already know that they get their man, but the brilliance of the story is how hard they have to work to achieve this. The fugitive is smart, cunning and always a step ahead. Get ready for a fast pace read as you are witness to a chase through a forest where hiding places abound.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. The review is my own opinion.
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LibraryThing member thedeffenbaughs6
Not sure exactly what rock I have apparently been living under to never have heard of Lisa Harris!! I mean I love suspense novels especially sprinkled with a little romance so this was spectacular and I cannot wait to read more from her! She has definitely been added to my go-to authors! The Escape
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is the first in the US Marshals series and boy does it have me hooked. I could not put this one down. Just when I thought I was reading the last chapter for the night something else happened and I had to find out what happened next. Needless to say some sleep was lost but that is totally okay with me.

In this story we meet Madison James and Jonas Quinn. In their own personal lives they are both on a journey of healing. Madison is healing from the death of her husband and trying to come to terms at the lack of information on who killed him. Jonas is healing from a breakup. I love how they both are letting God take control and direct their paths with each other. This is definitely a slow burning romance and I loved it. It made it more real that it wasn't a rush to get there but you know it will be something that we see blossom in the next book.

This book is seriously fast paced, heart thumping and and times keeps you at the edge of your seat. I mean you will definitely lose some sleep over it! It leaves you in a somewhat cliffhanger so the second book is a must!! I for one cannot wait for it! Seriously if you enjoy fast paced, suspense novels go grab this one!

(I received this book from Revell. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
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LibraryThing member coastandanchor
Get ready to be on the edge of your seat! The Escape written by Lisa Harris is the first book in the US Marshalls series. The main characters, Madison and Jonas, have been re-introduced while being paired up for a new assignment. For Madison, it has been five years since her husband was murdered.
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His killer is still out there and appears to be taunting her by leaving black roses on the anniversary of his death. Jonas has just moved back to Seattle and was looking forward to some time off. Duty calls and the two US Marshalls are escorting several prisoners via air to their next destination. After a crash landing, the hunt for one of the prisoners ensues.

While I couldn't put the book down, I also felt as though there were slightly too many "he got away again" moments. There were several secondary characters and storylines that were entwined in the main theme. I assume a few of those will get fleshed out in future books. One scene in particular bothered me. A black rose was left on Madison's bed right before she leaves for this assignment. That didn't seem like a detail that should be casually interjected and passed off without investigation.

The Escape is a fast paced suspense packed with twists and turns. There's no lack of adrenaline filled scenes and only a spark of romance - like barely there. I look forward to the next installment to see what the US Marshals next adventure entails as this book ends in a bit of a cliffhanger.

**I received a copy of this book for review via Revell Company. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own**
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LibraryThing member polarmath
When Madison and Jonas wake up from a plane crash, they find that one of the prisoners they were transporting is dead and the other is missing. They must find their way out of the Forest they crashed in to find the escaped prisoner and to save their own lives as well. This book really kept you
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guessing what was going happen next and what the Marshals would run into next as they pursued the murderer.

I received a copy of the book, the review is mine.
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LibraryThing member Stardust_Fiddle
Lisa Harris is an author whose name I’m familiar with, but whose work I had not yet read until now. This seemed like an opportune time, with the release of her new US Marshals series, and as far as I’m concerned, there is never a bad time to read a romantic suspense novel. Although it took me a
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week to read because of the holidays, “The Escape” is a very fast-paced novel, with no breaks in the action from start to finish. Several times I thought that the plot was about to be resolved, only to have another twist thrown in, and while this technique might become wearying in certain cases, Harris capably pulls it off without resorting to implausible scenarios. This story definitely engenders respect for the US Marshals Service and the extent of the work that they perform!

As one would expect, this story revolves around two US Marshals, Jonas Quinn and Madison James, and their pursuit of a fugitive who goes on the lam after their prisoner-transport plane crashes in the Salmon-Challis National Forest. Damon Barrick, a felon convicted of murder, wastes no time in making his getaway and initiating a treacherous cat-and-mouse game across the West, somehow managing to stay one step ahead of the law. Although this story is fictional, it does make me wonder how often circumstances like these do play out behind the scenes, while we as ordinary citizens remain unaware or only see the end result, such as the trial or conviction. Jonas’s thoughts early on in the narrative indicate this: “Truth was, there was never anything routine when dealing with felons. He of all people knew that.” Consequently, as with other law enforcement and also military careers, trauma is part and parcel of the job. Jonas and Madison have different trauma backgrounds, and I think that this is part of what makes them a good team. The question is whether their shared experience during this case will be beneficial or detrimental to them as partners moving forward, which is something that readers must wait to find out because “The Escape” ends with a lead-in to the second book in the series.

Ordinarily, I am not a fan of open-ended conclusions, but I am willing to accept it with “The Escape” because the main plot is resolved (as far as I know!) and due to references within the narrative, this lingering part of the storyline will be ongoing and will eventually also be resolved. This does mean, however, that this series is clearly intended to be read chronologically and not as standalones. With a constant surge of adrenaline fueling the storyline, this is a very cinematic book, and honestly my only complaint is that I personally felt that the plot resolution scene itself was rather brief and anticlimactic. I do, however, wholeheartedly recommend “The Escape” to readers who enjoy thriller-dominant romantic suspense that will keep you engrossed from the first page to the last and have you clamoring for the sequel.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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LibraryThing member fcplcataloger
I've come to expect thrilling romantic suspense when I begin a new Lisa Harris book and The Escape is certainly no exception! Shortly after this story begins, there is a plane crash that leaves two U.S. Marshals struggling to stay alive while trying to find the escaped fugitive who has also
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apparently survived the crash. Over a period of one week, Madison James and Jonas Quinn maneuver dangerous terrain and travel across several states, as they feverishly work to prevent Damon Barrick from killing again. They also find that their reliance on each other has added a new element to their professional relationship. Are they experiencing something that might prove to be their biggest challenge yet?

Harris has an unique talent for creating scenarios that seem impossible but she always makes them work. She also creates realistic characters that we all can relate to. Both Madison and Jonas have suffered painful losses and neither of them are looking for another personal relationship, but yet, they still seem so perfect together! How can they not accept the happiness that could be waiting for them?

The Escape is the first book in Harris's new series and I'm so excited to see what is next in this US Marshals series! If you love heart-pounding adventure and romantic suspense with a faith element woven throughout the story, you will want to read The Escape. I guarantee that you won't be able to put it down!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher but I was under no obligation to provide a positive review. These are my own thoughts.
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LibraryThing member TCJRogers
In The Escape, U.S. Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are on a prisoner transfer flight when the plane goes down and murderer Damon Barrick escapes. As the two marshals track the criminal, always trying to anticipate the next move of their cunning adversary, they form a bond as they learn to
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rely upon one another. The danger continues to mount as Barrick becomes more desperate to escape, and the marshals will be lucky to both escape with their lives.

I found The Escape to be exciting from start to finish. The story line was unpredictable, and the characters were well developed. I found Madison and Jonas to be likable, and easy to relate to, both having complicated back stories. I appreciated the inclusion of the characters’ faith in God and that it was a clean read. Overall, I really enjoyed The Escape, and I look forward to the next book in the U.S. Marshal series.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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LibraryThing member crazy4reading
I received this book as an Early Reviewer book from LibraryThing. I enjoy Mystery, suspense and thriller books. This book delivered on the suspense part.

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with a prison transport across the country to Denver. The pilots make a crash landing in the
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sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest. Once the marshals regain consciousness they discover the pilots and one prisoner dead and one has escaped. This is the start of the chase.

Madison and Jonas start tracking the fugitive. This fugitive is charming and able to evade the marshals. As the story progresses you start to also see Madison and Jonas growing closer to each other.

I enjoyed this book and I will look to read the next book in this series.
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LibraryThing member lifeofliterature
Lisa Harris is a queen of suspense! I loved the fast paced action in this novel that started on page one and did not let up during the entire story. The suspense caused me to read late into the night as I quickly flipped the pages to find out the ending, my heart pounding with the characters as
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they searched for the escaped prisoner. Madison is a great female lead, full of strength and intelligence. I liked her interactions with Jonas and appreciated how Jonas respected Madison’s talents in the story. The overall story wraps up well, but there is some background to Madison that is left without a conclusion, so I cannot wait for book two to find out more! I really enjoyed this book and the start to a new great series. I highly recommend it!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/Revell publishing. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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LibraryThing member JenniferRobb
3.5 stars (rating shown may vary depending on whether site allows half star ratings).

This is another case where I read a later book in the series prior to reading earlier books in the series. I believe I won the second book of the series in a give-away.

I liked learning more about Jonas's and
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Madison's backstories from this book. But in another sense, I almost felt like a reality series had the characters fill out an application and one of the questions was "what are your fears?" and then they set up a challenge to make you confront that fear. In this book, it was a bit more obvious than most times.

I'm still a bit confused as to whether Damon caused the plane crash that allowed him to go free or just had a plan that he was able to execute when the opportunity arose.

The ending bothered me--they'd wrapped up their case and then the author decided to throw a wrench into the works. To me it seemed like it was done solely to try to interest readers in buying the next book.
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LibraryThing member Melissa_O
"And we do what we do because this world is full of sin and evil that needs to be stopped. Because we want to see good thrive and justice reign."
"Yes, but sometimes the darkness seems so much stronger than the light."
"Maybe, but God is so much bigger than the darkness."

Lisa Harris is a must read
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author for me and The Escape is a perfect example of why. It very much reminded me of the movie The Fugitive and it grabbed my attention from the very beginning. I just couldn't put it down. I would highly suggest you have plenty of time to read when you pick up this book. This is not going to be a read a chapter and put it down kind of book.

The story centers around two US Marshals, Jonas and Madison, whose plane crashes while transporting two prisoners. What begins is a cat and mouse game trying to track down the one prisoner who survived the crash. This book was not heavy on the romance, but I think it was just the right amount for this situation. You can definitely see the potential in future books for a relationship between Jonas and Madison. However, between the timeline and action of this book and some issues in their own pasts, a relationship between them in this book would have seemed rushed and unbelievable.

For fear of giving too much away, I will just say what an ending!! Book 2 in the series needs to come out right now!! Can't wait!

I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author and publisher. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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LibraryThing member Randall.Hansen
Definitely a struggle to get through this one, with too much cheesy dialogue and VERY slow action -- and almost incompetence in catching this escaped fugitive. A decent story and somewhat interesting characters, but feels more like a Lifetime movie than an engaging novel.
LibraryThing member mookiekat
I found the book, "The Escape", by Lisa Harris, to be s hard one to put down. From the very beginning she sucks you in by giving you the backstory of Madison (one of the main characters). When Madison is introduced to her co-worker Jonas it is then that the story takes off and the adventure begins.
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Through an act of what should have been just an ordinary task both of their lives become entangled in a survival between life and death as they fight to recover their prisoner. Great attention to detail and a wonderfully written page-turne
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