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Publisher's Summary

“Nola is the most accomplished kicker of ass since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” (A. J. Finn)

Zig and Nola are back - in the hugely entertaining, highly anticipated follow-up to Brad Meltzer’s number one New York Times best-selling thriller The Escape Artist.

What’s the one secret no one knows about you?

Archie Mint has a secret. He’s led a charmed life - he’s got a beautiful wife, two impressive kids, and a successful military career. But when he’s killed while trying to stop a robbery in his own home, his family is shattered - and then shocked when the other shoe drops. Mint’s been hiding criminal secrets none of them could have imagined.

While working on Mint’s body before his funeral, mortician “Zig” Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That telling detail leads him to Mint’s former top secret military unit and his connection to artist Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zig’s life - so he knows better than most that she’s as volatile and dangerous as a bolt of lightning.

Following Nola’s trail, he uncovers one of the US government’s most intensely guarded secrets - an undisclosed military facility that dates back to the Cold War and holds the key to something far more sinister: a hidden group willing to compromise the very safety and security of America itself.

Trouble always finds her....

She’s the lightning rod.

©2022 Brad Meltzer (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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3 hours, Still waiting

This story is very confusing. Characters are chasing one an other in circles for the first 3 hours. Plot hasn't gone anywhere yet. Characters don't seem plausible. (e.g) One of the main characters goes around, sometimes secretly, making paintings and drawing pictures. 3 hours and I'm still waiting for an for idea where the Meltzer is going. I'm starting to lose interest. If I can finish this, I'll update the review.Thank God the "Length" listed as 13 hours and 43 mins, is incorrect. More like 5 hours.

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Bad.

To many characters, to many odd names and way to long! Five star reviews?? I don't think so.

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Best of Brad

I know when it’s Brad Meltzer, it’ll be good. I preordered this book months ago and I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release. It was worth the wait! It’s got me hooked from the first minute! Thank you Brad for bringing us another exciting adventure! And Scott Brick brings the characters to life!

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Nice ending.

There are twists and turns. Overall, excellent work, Mr. Meltzer. Zig and Nola are some excellent characters. The evolution of the peripheral cast is nice as well. I cannot believe...well, I don't want to ruin it for anyone else.

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Lightning Strikes Again

Nola & Zig narrated by Scott Brick? Didn't want it to end. Thank you Brad!

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Garbage

Don’t waste your time! I don’t know how I listened to the whole thing! It’s a pathetic excuse for writing as well as one of the most preposterous stories I’ve heard in a while. At first it was all over the place and it made me wonder where in the world was he going with the story. I don’t think he knew either. From there he finally decided on a direction for it but it quickly got monotonous. I kept listening hoping it would turn into something that I knew he was capable of producing but no, it continued to bounce back and forth like a tether ball. Unfortunately the narrator didn’t help any. Now, I’m wondering why I spent all that time listening to some pathetic churned out piece of work, when I could have just as easily dropped it and listened to something worth the credit. I think Mr. Meltzer has received the last of my money and loyalty.

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to many flashbacks

Might have been good, expected it to be good in fact but had way to many flashbacks to 15 years ago ect not really that relevant to the plot You can figure the personalities of the characters easy enough from the story without going back to childhood dramas ect. Seems like just when I was getting excited the flashbacks came and deflated my interest. If you expecting a action,spy,miltary story line it lacks in that aspect there are moments of that but they quickly fade. I expected more about Grandma's Pantry (you will understand )as Melzer is known for his research The main guy ZIG really doesn't turn into a "action hero "as in other books of this nature. The reader did a great job however trying desperately at times to hold my attention and create momentary excitement. It just wasn't enjoyable for me but Im a action guy

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I thought the book was written very well however I could never really get into this novel. The narrator did an outstanding job telling this story.

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Another Meltzer Masterpiece!

I couldn't stop listening! He had me on the edge, savoring every delicious detail, invested in the characters, and waiting for the next twist! Exciting! Suspenseful! Masterfully written!

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Typical Meltzer Thriller

The Lightning Rod is a typical Meltzer thriller. In other words, it's really good, probably his best yet. Scott Brick knocks it out of the park, as always.

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