The Escape (US Marshals, #1)

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US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are thrust into a high-profile case when they are called on to transport two 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. When Madison and Jonas regain consciousness, they find both pilots and one prisoner dead–and one fugitive on the run. They’ll have to negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry through Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado while tracking a murderer who is desperate to disappear–and will do anything to stop them. This high-octane game of cat-and-mouse from bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris will have your heart pumping as you try to catch a fugitive with nothing to lose.
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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. 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.

SIDE NOTE – Book covers are very intriguing to me. It stood out to me that the scene of the crash described in the book is different than the one shown on the cover.

Do you look at the cover of a book to see if it fits what is described inside? What about buying a book based on it’s cover?

My answer to both is YES! I always look at the cover of a book. I also think a great cover will sell a book with a not so great story. The cover matters! Let’s chat in the comments below, I can’t wait to see what you think.


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