I read this book about 5-Mar-2018. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2007. This note was last modified Wednesday, 09-May-2018 18:16:20 PDT.
This is book 11 of the "Jack Reacher" series.
This note contains spoilers for the book.
Jack gets a call from help from one of the people who was in his MP investigating unit, the special one. Other people have disappeared already.
Nasty business; arranging to steal the pieces to assemble the new shoulder-launched SAMs. The new SAMs are very good, it says here, too; traditional methods like maneuvering out of the way and chaff and distracting flares don't work, because these rise high and then attack on their way down. Except—what scares people is using them against US airports. Where the airplanes aren't highly maneuverable, the pilots aren't trained in evading missiles, and the planes don't have flares or chaff. What the actual fuck?
Most of the book makes at least a vague pretense of making sense, but that bit came at me out of left field.
It's perfectly believable that Reacher will risk the terrorist getting away to give his people a chance at revenge. That kind of unit cohesion is how the military functions, how the cops function too. And he's thinking the official response will be messed up as like as not anyway, I suspect (never quite says that in the book that I noticed).