Faith Lockhart has been working with lobbyist Danny Buchanan to help poor children in countries around the world. Buchanan’s lifetime of lobby efforts lead him to find ways to pay off members of Congress to fund his efforts. Lockhart believes in the cause and in Buchanan and is a full partner in the plan.
Robert Thornhill, a Deputy Director in the Central Intelligence Agency, finds out about what Buchanan has done and sees it as a way to regain congressional support. With a renegade CIA faction, he attempts to reassert the agency's dominance over the FBI by manipulating members of Congress who fund both outfits. The plan to take over the bribery scheme but they must get Buchanan out of the way.
First, however, they'll have to kill the FBI person guarding Faith. Buchanan has hired Lee Adams a private investigator to see what Faith is doing. Adams gets more involved that he expected when an attempt to kill Faith is blocked through his efforts and he winds up on her side. Faith is on the run from the FBI, the CIA and her boss, Danny Buchanan and she at first isn’t sure about Adams.
The plot twists and turns and we are left waiting to the end to see if Faith is Saved.
His first novel, Absolute Power, was published in 1996, it tells the story of a fictional American president and his Secret Service agents who are willing to commit murder in order to cover up the accidental death of a woman with whom the President was having an affair. He was born August 5, 1960. To date he has published 36 best-selling novels
“were rabid, foaming bats blindly cleaving the air around his head. And it seemed that every few steps he would run straight into a twister of mosquitoes. Though he had been paid a large amount of cash up front, he was seriously considering increasing his daily fee on this one.”
“And when they were elected, they arrived in Washington with absolutely no idea what to do. Their only goal had already been achieved: They had won their campaign. However,”
“People who believe themselves to be True patriots tend to be zealots. Zealots, in my opinion are one short step from being lunatics
The story is about the power to kill people saying: “People say that knowledge is power. The more knowledge the more power,” suggesting that if you have the knowledge to kill and get away from it you are powerful.
Found dead in their own bathtubs covered in army issue green paint, someone is killing ex-military female personal who have left the army after winning sexual harassment charges.
Jack Reacher is forced by the FBI to help capture a serial killer whose profile matches Reacher's. They frame him after he helped a business being pressured for protection money. The FBI find themselves is looking for a killer who managed to kill the women in their own homes. The cause of death is unclear.
This is book #4 in the Reacher series and as expected he works with a good-looking helper in seeking out the bad guys.
At the end were surprised with the outcome. The plot is enjoyable and holds your interest to the end. I have read all of the books in this series becoming hooked on them as I reviewed them.
“He had fallen out of the ugly tree, and hit every branch.” ...
“Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” ...
“The third guy was different. ...
“The first day of the rest of my life.” ...
“No one expects a head butt. ...
“The best fights are the ones you don't have,”
It is the first of 1990 and the Berlin Wall has come down. On New Year’s Eve a General and three subordinates arrive in Washington DC on their way to from Germany to Fort Irwin California, but they stop off overnight. The General travels 289 miles south to check into a seedy motel to have sex where he is later found dead.
Military Police Major Jack Reacher from the nearby North Carolina Army base comes to investigate and the scene leads him to investigate a strip joint across the street. He winds up beating up the owner but doesn’t find any answers. Later, back at the base, Reacher gets another call: the general’s wife has been brutally killed during an apparent burglary of their Virginia home. Reacher teams up with Lieutenant Summer, an attractive black female MP, and they go to investigate.
Next a body of Special Forces soldier whom Reacher saw at the strip joint is found naked, dead and mutilated near the base. It turns out to be the same soldier who signed a complaint against Reacher about the fight at the club. The Special Forces think Reacher did it and plan to kill him.
With all this activity going on Reacher and his brother Joe go to Paris to visit their dying mother. More dead bodies show up. With Reacher out of the country the base commander issues a warrant for Reacher’s arrest.
With the Berlin Wall coming down the Army sees changes coming, with what seems to be the end to the Cold War the Army is facing a massive restructuring of purpose and personnel. It seems that Reacher’s reassignment to the North Carolina base and the new base commander may be connected to these changes and Reacher wonders if the death of the two-star general and the others may be too.
Child’s “The Enemy” weaves it story well. It gives us some insight in to Reacher as we learn more about his mother’s life.
The 8th book in the Jack Reacher Series. See more about those books and about Lee Child at BJ’s Favorite Authors. Click here
“The Reacher brothers' need for caffeine makes heroin addiction look like an amusing little take-it-or-leave-it sideline.”
“Everybody has a choice in life.”
“This was like July 13th, 1943, the pivotal day of the Battle of the Kursk. We were like Alexander Vasilevsky, the Soviet general. If we attacked now, this minute, we had to keep on and on attacking until the enemy was run off his feet and the war was won. If we bogged down or paused for breath even for a second, we would be overrun again.”
Amazon said about Ben Behunin’s book, “Put a Cherry on Top, The Secrets of Creating an Artful Life” , that “This book will encourage you to return to the place in your own life where you lived without fear and believed you were an artist.” The message of the book seems to be that we have the power within us to change the world around us and that we can change whatever we do into a work of art.
The cover and inside left-hand pages tell us this is a coloring book, and some may color in it, but most of us likely will just enjoy the quotes an art work.
About one forth of the book is a memoir telling us about Behunin’s story of becoming a potter and then a writer. It begins with his first year of high school, his service for his church in Germany and return to work there in a pottery shop. We learn of his marriage and how he made a living as a potter and then was drawn into writing.
My wife brought home a copy of this book from her “women only” book club. She told me about Ben’s life story which he had presented at the monthly club meeting. Ben quickly adds converts to his skills in pottery and writing. A local radio show in Salt Lake City heard about him from a lady in San Diego who had learned of his work at her own book club.
A very inspiring book.
Ben Buhunin Quotes
“There is more to a boy than what his mother sees. There is more to a boy then what his father dreams. Inside every boy lies a heart that beats. And sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat. And sometimes his father's dreams aren't big enough, and sometimes his mother's vision isn't long enough. And sometimes the boy has to dream his own dreams and break through the clouds with his own sunbeams.”
“We have to bloom where we are planted, enjoy the sunlight while we can, and thank the heavens for the rain that not only beats us down, but feeds us and makes us stronger.”
― Ben Behunin, Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp