Finished 1-24-12, rating 4.5/5, thriller, 549 pages, pub. 2002
“A handshake isn’t enough,” she said. “You’re going to do it for us.” Then she paused. “And you were nearly my brother-in-law.”
He said nothing. Just nodded and shuffled out from behind the table and glanced back once. Then he headed up the stairs and out to the street. Her perfume was on his hand. He walked around to the cabaret lounge and left a note for his friends in their dressing room. Then he headed out to the highway, with ten whole days to find a way to kill the fourth-best-protected person on the planet.
Series Main Character– Jack Reacher. Many series have a main character or two and many recurring characters. This series only needs one, loner extraordinaire, Reacher. He’s a badass. He makes his way around the country righting wrongs and fighting injustices. He doesn’t have a home, an ATM card, close friends, but he does have a heart and lots of confidence. He’s retired military police so he knows his stuff and his talents and he is not afraid to give into his baser instincts for vengeance. Oh, and he absurdly attractive to women. Me included.
Story– His dead brother’s ex-girlfriend works for the Secret Service and she is in charge of protecting the Vice President elect. When he begins receiving death threats, Froelich tracks down Reacher to help her figure out if they could do it. Reacher brings in an old military friend, Neagley and the two of them start tracking the would be assassins.
How it stacks up-This is right up there with the best of the series so far. I love good political intrigue and this was a fun look inside the Secret Service. The pseudo history with Froelich and the comfortable friendship with Neagley made this one more appealing than some of the others.
Who should be reading this series– A must read for anyone who likes a great fast-paced thriller.
This was from my personal library.