I took a quick trip to Virginia this week and bought a book from the airport bookstore like I sometimes do. They had a Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child for only $9.99. I've never read any of those books before but I did watch the Jack Reacher movie on HBO this summer and it wasn't horrible, so I figured, "why not."
(It's worth pointing out that Jack Reacher in the books is 6' 5", 250 pounds whereas in the movie, he was played by Tom Cruise who is not 6' 5" nor 250 pounds.)
In this particular Reacher novel, he's wandering the vast wasteland of Nebraska during the winter. One family of no-good, ne'er do-wells has taken over the one-stop-sign town. The three Duncan brothers have set up a trucking syndicate engaged in some illicit activities. To protect their vast trucking enterprise, they hired 10 former Nebraska Cornhusker offensive linemen. These guys are all described as being 6'6" to 6'7" and 300+ pounds. Every 20-30 pages or so, Reacher takes out one of the former Cornhusker lineman. First, it's a kick to the knee that crushes the kneecap and damages ligaments. Then, he pops a guy in the elbow breaking his arm. Another time, Reacher is able to get the Cornhusker lineman to wedge his SUV between a rock outcropping. Reacher lets the oil out of the SUV unbeknownst to the lineman who proceeds to damage his automobile to the point where it explodes. And in one amazing scene, he waits in a farmhouse as one after another lineman enters only to be greeted by a wrench to the back of the head. Having been knocked out, Reacher hog ties his victims with duct tape.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, finding it just long enough to fill 10 hours of a round-trip coast-to-coast trip. If you enjoy schadenfreude related to former Nebraska Cornhusker lineman, I highly recommend this book.
P.S. the name of the book is "Worth Dying For."
The Michigan Baseball team is playing at Nebraska today in the Big Ten regular season finale. Michigan is currently winning 4-3 in the bottom of the third and the game is on Big Ten Network. If Michigan wins, they are guaranteed a spot in the Big Ten Tournament. If Michigan loses, Penn State must beat Michigan State for Michigan to have a spot. That game is currently 0-0 in the fifth. Go Blue!