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"Secret Service is a civilian organization. Paramilitary at best. Nearly as bad as regular citizens."

I don’t think it’s really reading too much into this to point out that there’s a strange tension between Child’s very lone-wolf hero — who starts the book by buying new clothes to suit a change in climate, and prides himself on being so untraceable and disconnected that he carries nothing with him, brings no literal baggage — and his characters’ reverence for the military. Which is not to say that the military cannot teach independence, but instead that the contempt for any other organization, and the inability to operate within the authority of another organization, conflicts with our hero being, essentially, a nostalgic retired organization man. 

May 23, 2010, 8:04am   Comments

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