Wednesday, July 31, 2013

deep down

deep down
jack reacher #17.5
lee child
random house llc
published 2012

Summoned by Military Intelligence to Washington, D.C., Reacher is sent undercover. The assignment that awaits him: The army is meeting with its Capitol Hill paymasters for classified talks on a new, state-of-the-art sniper rifle for U.S. forces. But vital details about the weapon are leaking—straight from the Capitol and probably into the hands of unidentified foreign arms dealers. The prospect of any and every terrorist, mercenary, or dictator’s militia getting their hands on the latest superior firepower is unthinkable. That’s where Reacher comes in. His task: infiltrate the top-secret proceedings and smoke out the mole. His target: a quartet of high-powered Army political liaison officers—all of them fast-track women on their way to the top.

According to his bosses, it’s a zero-danger mission. No need to draw a gun . . . just chat over drinks. But Reacher knows that things are rarely what they seem. And he’s learned the hard way never to underestimate an opponent. Or four. Lessons that will come in handy when he starts digging for the truth—and gets his hands a lot dirtier than he expected.

I don't even know what this was.  I mean, I know it was a short story, but I don't know why it had to be done.  It was too quick to give you time to get involved in any part of the story and by the time you caught onto what was happening it was over.  At least with Child's other short, Second Son we got to see Reacher as a kid and see where his badassery came from.  Here it was just nothing.

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