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Jack Reacher is walking down the sidewalk in Chicago when he helps a lovely lady who struggles to keep her balance when exiting a dry cleaners, only to have a gun pointed in his gut and ordered into the back of a car along with the lady. They were kidnapped! Holly Johnson is an FBI agent and the daughter of an Army General and the Joint Chief of Staff for the government, a likely candidate for a extremist militia group in Montana. Reacher was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but accepts the incident as fate. The two are handcuffed together and placed in a van which is the start of a journey filled with murder and violence. Reacher is an ex-military police with all the skills and knowledge to make him a very dangerous man to the enemy, and a friend to the good guys. After arriving in Montana, the leader of the militia, Beau Borken who was a psychotic villain, was going to use Holley as a barter to achieve his ways. But Reacher was there and proved to be more than Beau could handle. Child writes a very good thriller that lets the reader see how the FBI and the government let politics get in the way of right and wrong.
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In the second novel of the Jack Reacher series, Jack Reacher, an ex-MP, has left the army and is now exploring the United States that he is a citizen of but never knew since he was stationed all over the world.

One day he sees a woman on crutches who looks like she needs help putting her dry-cleaning into her car. He stops to help her and they are both kidnapped. He does all he can to protect the woman, and instead waits it out while they travel in the back of a truck to the middle of nowhere.

He soon discovers that the woman is an FBI agent and their kidnappers finally stop in the middle of a camp where there is a cult of people who want their independence from the United States and want to achieve that in any way possible.

Jack Reacher with the help of the female FBI agent must discover a way to prevent the cult from causing damage to the rest of the nation and find a way to escape themselves.

The review of this Book prepared by Ruth Wilson

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   Dry-cynical Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   kidnap/rescue Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   cult

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   champion of justice Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   West    -   Pacific NW Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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