A Jack Reacher NovelLarge Print - 2014
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When Gladwell reads for pleasure, it's almost always a spy novel. He's read hundreds of them. When The New York Times asked him if he could suggest any book to Barack Obama, he said that it would obviously be the new Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series. "It might be nice for [Obama]... Read More »
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Jack's Math check:
Not so good:
A question of force, obviously, which is the product of mass times velocity squared, and the squared part puts a premium on speed, not weight. (Force is the product of mass times acceleration which is the change in velocity, not velocity square.)
London’s population was about eight million, and the UK’s death rate was over nine per thousand per year, so on any given day a couple hundred Londoners would breathe their last. Old age, overdoses, degenerative illnesses, cancers of every kind, car wrecks, fires, accidents, suicides, heart attacks, thrombosis and strokes. All normal. Getting shot in the head by a high-power rifle, not so much.
"Really? Truth is I feel pretty good right now. I'm not the one losing men left and right. That would be you, Joey. So this is a time for common sense and mature judgment, don't you think?"
"Option one is agree right now."
He said, "What's option two?"
"I advise you to choose option one."
" ... The guy was a snake. Or worse than a snake. A snake doesn’t know it’s a snake. It can’t help itself. But that guy knew what he was choosing. Just like the other guy, yesterday, who wasn’t helping old ladies across the street, or volunteering in the library, or raising funds for Africa.”
- “We’ll find a new Hotel.”
- “Rule one, change locations every day.”
-“My new toothbrush is still there.”
- “Rule two, keep your toothbrush on your pocket at all times.”
… They wouldn’t have even have hit the right building. Plus, the round is puny. It would have barely gotten there at all. They’d have had to launch it upward about thirty degrees, like dropping a big fat curveball over the plate. Up and down, like a ballistic missile. Which is an impossible shot. And even if they had made it, the bullet would have arrived with so little energy you could have swatted it aside with a ping pong paddle. It would have bounced off Khenkin’s hair gel…
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