Mark Twain wrote: It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.
#21 in Jack Reacher
Average Rating: 4.0
It's 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he's off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind.
Two other men are in the classroom--an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Each is a first-rate operator, each is fresh off a big win, and each is wondering what the hell they are doing there.
Then they find out: A Jihadist sleeper cell in Hamburg, Germany, has received an unexpected visitor--a Saudi courier, seeking safe haven while waiting to rendezvous with persons unknown. A CIA asset, undercover inside the cell, has overheard the courier whisper a chilling message: "The American wants a hundred million dollars."
For what? And who from? Reacher and his two new friends are told to find the American. Reacher recruits the best soldier he has ever worked with: Sergeant Frances Neagley. Their mission heats up in more ways than one, while always keeping their eyes on the prize: If they don't get their man, the world will suffer an epic act of terrorism.
This book takes us back in time to Reacher's days in the Army. All the expected elements are present, including (unfortunately) the gratuitous romance. The terrorism theme is a bit overdone these days, but I suppose Reacher Needs his terrorism story told. At least, it's a plausible story.
Dick Hill really is the voice of Jack Reacher and he delivers his expected outstanding performance.
This isn't the best in the series, but it's a well-paced, suspenseful thriller.
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