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Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child
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Oct 11, 09

bookshelves: action-thriller, afghanistan-iraq, al-qaeda, amature-detective, mystery, new-york-times-best-seller, read-in-2009, reviewed, thriller
Recommended to Michael by: Enjoy the author's writing.
Recommended for: Action fans, Lee Child fans, Eisler fans
Read in October, 2009, read count: 1

Action abounds with "Gone Tomorrow." Jack Reacher is on a New York subway and eyeballs a woman sitting across from him. He recalls the eleven points to watch to spot a female suicide bomber. She has almost all of the signs. As he approaches her and tells her that he can help, she pulls a gun and commits suicide.

After giving his statements to the police, he meets the woman's brother, a cop himself. He tells Recher that his sister, Susan Mark, didn't kill herself. Jake Mark also tells Reacher that Susan worked at the Pentagon.

There are men outside the train station who ask Reacher if Susan passed anything to him or mentioned either John Swanson or Lila Hoth. She hadn't but these names give Reacher subjects to investigate. He buys a book, the Congressman wrote of his life. He discovers that Swanson had been in the Delta Forces and been on a number of secret missions where he received medals but the detalis were not disclosed.

In New York, Reacher meets Lila who states that she is in New York with her mother. Her mother was supposidly a Ukranian with the Red Army and was attempting to find a soldier who had a relationship with her, Svetlana Holt, in Berlin.

As the intelligently written plot moves along, we are given insight into Reacher's reasoning and find that where Lila and her mom were sympathetic characters, their were holes in their stories. They were out to get information that would embarrass Congressman Swanson and the United States. Reacher must find a way to stop them whithout knowing what it on the memory stick that Susan Mark stole from the Pentagon, because if he knew what was on the stick, he would become a loose end to the Government.

Child's last novel, "Nothing to Lose" was a step down from his usual excellence but with "Gone Tomorrow," he makes up for letting his reader's down. Reacher is again the heroic, knowledgable character. It is interesting to see him work with others rather than doing it all by himself. Most of the action took place in Manhattan and the author describes the city and its inhabitants to perfection.

Highly recommended.
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