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.”
He had learned a long time ago that some things were worth being afraid of. And some things were not. Things that he had done before and survived did not justify fear. To be afraid of a survivable thing was irrational.Highlighted by 134 Kindle customers
abatis is?” Reacher looked blank. He knew what an abatisHighlighted by 46 Kindle customers
abatis was. But he wasn’t about to let Fowler know exactly how much he knew about anything. So he just looked blank. “You fell some trees,” Fowler said. “Every fifthHighlighted by 43 Kindle customers
Fourth person into the third-floor meeting room was the agent assigned to help Holly out with the fetching and carrying until she recovered from her soccer injury. His name was Milosevic.Highlighted by 34 Kindle customers
THE DIRECTOR OF the FBI got out of a budget review meeting just before seven-thirty in the evening. He walked back to his office suite and checked his messages. His name was Harland WebsterHighlighted by 28 Kindle customers
abatis, Reacher. Use the power of nature against them. They can’t get through those damn trees, that’s for sure. Soviets used it against Hitler, Kursk, World War Two. An old Commie trick. Now we’re turning it around against them.”Highlighted by 27 Kindle customers
“Abatises,” the Marine said. “The vehicle is going to stall against them. No doubt about that.Highlighted by 14 Kindle customers
“Abatises?” Borken said. “Right.” Then heHighlighted by 11 Kindle customers
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HOLLY JOHNSON HAD a rule. It was a rule bred into her, like a family motto. It had been reinforced by her long training at Quantico. It was a rule distilled from thousands of years of military history and hundreds of years of law enforcement experience. The rule said: hope for the best, but plan for the worst.Highlighted by 6 Kindle customers
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