Book Title: In the Crosshairs (Kyle Swanson Sniper #10)
Author: Jack Coughlin, Donald A. Davis
Series: Kyle Swanson Sniper
Genres: Thriller, Fiction
Published: February 26th 2008 by Jove
One of my favorites in the series….
We find Jack Reacher re-united with his late Brother Joe via an old girlfriend. Froelich, now the head of Vice President elect Brook Armstrong’s Secret Service detail, and once lover of Joe Reacher, seeks Jack out for help. The task, find holes in her security wall of protection for the soon to be VP who has been receiving credible threats against his life, of which Reacher is unaware.
This was an intriguing twist to the Reacher series as we get to see him go on the offensive, even if just for reasons of analysis. Teaming up with an old Army buddy to aid in the task, they find quite a few opportunities to strike down the VP, to the extreme surprise of secret service agent Froelich. This was my favorite aspect as we really get to see Jack flex his muscles showing full capability and natural warrior instinct. The ensuing story is a combination of plugging said gaps in an attempt to foil plans of an assassination, Froelich getting the hots for Reacher because he’s SO much like Joe. And of course, Reacher hunting down the crew who’s out for the VP. A great story with a great action packed peak and some hardcore violence by our man Jack.
The plot sounds similar to the novel/movie “Shooter” in the Jack Lee Swagger series. And while it does have it’s similarities it is by no means a repeat.
In Without Fail, Reacher is approached by a Secret Service agent who needs a favor. “I want to hire you to assassinate the Vice President of the United States,” she asks. She is the newly appointed head of the VP’s security detail and wants Reacher to try to penetrate her team’s shield. He has the skills and the stealth, and no one knows him. How else can she be sure her protection is truly effective?
What she doesn’t tell Reacher-but what he soon discovers-is that a very determined and deadly team of assassins has just put the VP in its sights. These men have planned well, but they haven’t planned on Reacher. For only Reacher has the head and the heart to corner his prey and bring them to justice-without fail.