A Chicago street in bright sunshine. Jack Reacher, strolling nowhere, meets an attractive young woman, limping, struggling with her crutches, alone. Naturally he stops to offer her a steadying arm, and then they turn together - to face twin handguns held level and motionless and aimed... read more
Having run short on cash, Reacher has paused in his travels and is working in Chicago when he stumbles into the kidnapping of FBI agent Holly Johnson. The pair are whisked across the US in the back of a van, while back in Chicago Holly's colleagues frantically piece together the puzzle of her... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Having run short on cash, Reacher has paused in his travels and is working in Chicago when he stumbles into the kidnapping of FBI agent Holly Johnson. The pair are whisked across the US in the back of a van, while back in Chicago Holly's colleagues frantically piece together the puzzle of her sudden disappearance.
Arriving in a remote area of Montana, Reacher and Holly find themselves up against a well-armed militia led by a ruthless megalomaniac intent on more than simple secession. Holly is the daughter of a general - the head of the joint chiefs of staff. She's defensive about her family connections, having had to work hard to dispel notions of nepotism, so it's a while before she reveals to Reacher that she's also the President's god-daughter.
To add to the complications, there's a mole in the Chicago FBI team, and an undercover federal agent in the militia group. Before long, one betrays the other and the undercover agent dies a horrible death.
Even as they close in on the Montana camp, the FBI believe that Reacher was part of the kidnap team. Reacher's old CO, Colonel Leon Garber, arrives to convince them otherwise and ends up playing a critical role.
“I've got a rule, Holly: people mess with me at their own risk. I try to be patient about it.”Jack Reacher
“I had a teacher once, grade school somewhere. Philippines, I think, because she always wore a big white hat. So it was somewhere hot. I was always twice the size of the other kids, and she used to say to me: count to ten before you get mad, Reacher. And I've counted way past ten on this one. Way past.”Jack Reacher
“Every ask yourself why the UN is so near Wall Street? Because that's the government. The United States and the banks.They run the world. America's just a small part of it.”Joseph Ray
“There are things going on you wouldn't believe. You know it's a secret federal law that all babies born in the hospital get a microchip implanted just under their skin? When they take them away, they're not weighing them and cleaning them up. They're implanting a microchip. Pretty soon the whole population is going to be visible to secret satellites.”Joseph Ray
“It's like they're solving a corpse-disposal problem in advance. Get rid of the middle class now, they don't need so many concentration camps later.”Beau Borken
“I don't know why he's there, but I promise you he's clean, and he's going to do what needs doing, or he's going to die trying.”General Garber
“People, Reacher was certain about. Dogs were different. People had freedom of choice. If a man or a woman ran snarling toward him, they did so because they chose to. They were asking for whatever they got. His response was their problem. But dogs were different. No free will. Easily misled. It raised an ethical problem. Shooting a dog because it had been induced to do something unwise was not the sort of thing Reacher wanted to do.”
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