Gone Tomorrow - Jack Reacher, Bk 13 Author:Lee Child New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn't. And if you think Reacher isn't going to get involve...then you don't know Jack. — In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice - and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritt... more »y, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child. Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now. Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war.
Susan Mark's plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan . . . from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They're all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed. In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America . . . and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer - the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.« less
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That blissful, satisfied sigh you hear is me. I devoured Gone Tomorrow in less than a day, all 421 pages. No, it isnt deathless prose, not even for an action thriller, but it is what Lee Child and his protagonist Jack Reacher do best - slam into you at full tilt from the opening lines while you hang on for a thrill ride.
Suicide bombers are easy to spot. They give out all kinds of telltale signs. Mostly because theyre nervous. By definition theyre all first timers.
Jack Reacher is on the Lexington Avenue local at 2AM and remembering all the training he had by Israeli counterintelligence and watching a woman that fits the profile perfectly. Shes wearing a bulky oversized parka on a hot fall day and its zipped to the neck. She keeps muttering, as if reciting a prayer, her hands hidden in a small backpack on her lap wrapped around something hard like the battery and detonator switch. But surely its the wrong time not enough people, but it was impossible for Reacher to ignore. He figures hes as dead where he sits as he will be closer, so he approaches. Trying to calm her, he says hes a cop. Instead, she pulls out a gun and kills herself with a .357 Magnum through her head.
Coffee with Jacob Mark, the brother of Susan Mark, the suicide victim and himself a cop in Jersey, has Reacher doing a combination soul searching and counseling a bereaved family member. Jacob keeps saying Susan had no reason for such an act. He is utterly convinced that, despite their distant relationship, his sister was a happy woman and not at all someone who would kill herself. At least Reacher learns how she was identified so quickly, she worked at the Pentagon. Was that why feds probably DoD - showed up? Did she take something from the Pentagon?
But whats really driving Reacher is the small chance that by telling the woman he was a cop, he was responsible for pushing her over the edge. The anguish and bewilderment of her brother hits Reacher hard where he is most venerable, in his conscience.
The book has its failing - including Reacher's bizarre lapse in geography and sudden ineptitude with cell phones, but he's back in kick-ass form after 3 weak entries in a row. A solid action thriller. You can find a complete review on my blog. http://toursbooks.wordpress.com/
Awesome and riveting storytelling. Jack Reacher is not Tom Cruise, so just get that thought out of your head. The story is very action-packed and never slows down.
If I have one criticism it is over-the-top descriptions. Some of the exposition didn't need to be so indepth. Some people may like it, but I felt it slowed things down temporarily. He goes into great depth about weapons and size, use, weight, and distance it shoots. It's probably a guy thing.
Another solid entry in the Reacher series from Child. This one really kept the pages turning. Reacher gets involved with a terrorist cell after he witnesses a suicide on a New York subway train. He falls into a web of lies involving an ex-Delta force soldier who is trying to get a Senate seat, a beautiful Ukrainian who is not who she seems, Federal agents and New York police officers. And along the way even Osama Bin Laden plays a role in the story. Another high recommendation for this one!