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One of these criminals is Pinky Morris, a thug night club owner who is determined to chase down Rachel. It is never made quite clear what Pinky wants Rachel for. A couple of possible reasons include using her powers for his own gain or revenge (he seems to believe that Rachel’s sister Isobel killed Pinky’s brother). He contracts the Smith Brothers, John and Charlie. But Charlie is also a Reacher, and amongst themselves, the Reachers have an unbreakable, unspoken bond.
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this story, the number of subplots was a bit confusing, and the characters, although well-developed on their own, were a little difficult to keep up with. A subplot involving Charlie’s family was never resolved, which bothered me a little. Readers will absolutely love the Smith brothers: the brooding Charlie and the gruff John who has a big heart. Readers will also get a kick out of Roxy.
One of my favorite parts of this book was the scene setting. Ms. Fitzpatrick does an excellent job of ironically depicting S’aven (short for Safe Haven) as an industrial wasteland overrun by criminal elements. Food and water rationing, substandard housing, mass unemployment–in one memorable scene, Fitzpatrick describes how workers clamor for the chance to work for a day in one of the many factories. Those who got work got paid but risked life and limb. Those that didn’t work were kept out of the hazardous conditions but were often unable to buy food.–and corrupt police all come together to create a truly frightening scene.
Overall, I was very impressed with this book and will most definitely be reading the second in the Reachers series, Borders Lines.
Charlie, one of the main characters, is not your typical human being. And I really want to tell you all about him, but you’ll love him even more if you come upon what makes him special during your own reading experience.
L. E. Fitzpatrick’s descriptions were vivid throughout. One scene that took place in a hospital ER was so dramatically depicted, I felt I was there. Oh, yes. My treadmill pace as well as my heartbeat quickened because this was not the place to be.
By the time Charlie met Rachel, I was totally hooked. This would not be one of those books I skimmed through. No, I savored every scene, every word, and every piece of dialogue. For example, here is an interesting sentence that I bet no one has ever said before. “. . . secured himself behind his desk and pressed his hands together gathering control of the room in the tips of his fingers.” Imaginative descriptions, gripping plot, and heroic and evil characters bring this story to life. The author makes the unbelievable, believable. This is a must-read! (Sorry for the cliché, but it’s true.)
I enjoyed this book and I'm glad to see that there are more in the series. The dystopian world Ms. Fitzpatrick created is interesting. Instead of the usual post-nuclear holocaust or post slate-wiping plague, the world that Rachel has to navigate is the result of the collapse of the world financial institutions. Those "Too Big To Fail" banks we hear so much about in the news. The extrapolation of what happens if the warnings of those who urge our leaders to regulate and reduce the size of these institutions continue to go unheeded is thought-provoking. Add in a little xenophobia, a shadowy authoritarian government, and a few unusual abilities and you have a classic dystopian sci-fi novel, but with a fresh and intriguing perspective. Five stars. And I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.