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Gone Tomorrow - How to Recognize a Suicide Bomber

Updated on August 18, 2016
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Lela earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from Sam Houston University in Huntsville, TX. She has been writing for the online world for years.

Suicide bomber exercises by the U.S.

Chesapeake, Va. (Jan. 28, 2005)  Sailors assigned to Mobile Security Squadron Six (MSS-6) carry a wounded comrade during a simulated suicide bomber exercise on board Naval Auxiliary Landing
Chesapeake, Va. (Jan. 28, 2005) Sailors assigned to Mobile Security Squadron Six (MSS-6) carry a wounded comrade during a simulated suicide bomber exercise on board Naval Auxiliary Landing | Source

Joel Henry Hinrichs - Suicide Bomber

This bomber, OU student Joel "Joe" Henry Hinrichs III, was killed in the explosion; no one else was killed.
This bomber, OU student Joel "Joe" Henry Hinrichs III, was killed in the explosion; no one else was killed.

Fiction is a lot like truth

I have heavily borrowed this information from one of my favorite authors - Lee Child and his book, Gone Tomorrow.

The book starts off with the hero, Jack Reacher, encountering what appears to be a suicide bomber on a NY subway. What happens after that is exciting, high drama, and suspense. If you don't know who Jack Reacher is yet, get to know him as soon as possible. He's the ultimate super hero for our times.

Suicide Bomber List:

  1. Inappropriate clothing - a heavy coat in the summertime, baggy, lumpy clothes
  2. Odd or unusual walk - explosives cause people to walk funny, go figure
  3. Irritability - these people look mad
  4. Sweating - may or may not be from wearing a heavy coat
  5. Tics - twitching
  6. Nervous behavior - oh, snap! Who wouldn't be nervous?
  7. Heavy breathing or rapid (panting) breathing
  8. Staring straight ahead - suicide bombers do not look around, they are focused on a target
  9. Mumbling - especially mumbled prayers, repetitive rote speech
  10. Carrying a large bag or case - it has a detonator inside
  11. Hand or hands inside the large bag or case - to trigger the detonator

There is another sign if the bomber is a man:

12. Clean and newly shaven face - Male suicide bombers usually shave right before the act in order to "blend" in. Like this is going to help!

What would you do if you saw someone like this?

While it is hard to convict a person based on subjective signs, you should certainly say something to the authorities. The next thing I would do is get away from this person as fast as possible. If you have a cell phone or camera handy, take a photo.

Remember, suicide bombers are not always of one race, creed or gender. They come in all sizes, shapes, and disguises.

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Dust Cover from the book - One Shot by Lee Child
Dust Cover from the book - One Shot by Lee Child | Source

Jack Reacher: One Shot

The first Jack Reacher movie was released on December 21, 2012.

Wow, Tom Cruise plays Jack Reacher? Let me describe Reacher for you:

He's over six feet tall, has blonde hair and a not too handsome face. In my mind he looks a lot like Lee Reherman. Reacher has scars, lots of scars (not all of them physical) and they show on his rugged face and body. He wears clothes until they are dirty, then he buys new ones at the Army Surplus Store. He doesn't drive well, and he uses public transportation all the time. He is an ex-MP (Military Police). He travels around the country kicking ass, taking names and making the world a slightly better place to live in.

The Plot:

A sniper shoots from a nearby parking garage killing five of the six people he was aiming at. The suspect is an ex-military sniper. He is apprehended at home, in bed, with enough trace evidence, including the rifle, to make a definitive arrest right then and there.

Enter Reacher, who rolls into town to make sure that this ex-sniper is prosecuted and punished, so why does the accused and his sister ask him to help prove he is innocent? It makes no sense, the police caught the right guy, right?

The plot is so well written that you are sure they have the right man. Barr had means, motive and definitely opportunity. Who could have set up such a perfect frame job? Who indeed? The who, what, when, where and how will astound the audience. Child brings the reader right into the story and scares you badly enough to have nightmares for a long time after turning the last page.

Jack Reacher Novels

The Jack Reacher series created by Lee Child (who also resembles Reacher) has a total of 17 books, the latest one will be released in September of 2012.

There is no reason to read them in a chronological order. Each book stands on its own as a complete story and all are based on the life of Jack Reacher.

These are books you'll want to collect in hard cover and re-read from time to time. They are full of action and human emotions. Situations occur that are realistic yet unbelievable at the same time. It hurts to know that some of these characters are undoubtedly real. That's what cause the nightmares. Reacher's bad guys are the worst in the world and Reacher isn't all that pleasant himself. But we need him, we really do.

Jack Reacher Book Order

These are the books in order of publication:

  1. Killing Floor - We meet Reacher's brother, who is dead. Reacher must find and punish the killer. All he wanted to do was look up an old Blues Musician.
  2. Die Trying - A woman is kidnapped and Reacher is taken along for the same ride. He decides he will save her from the kidnappers mostly because he has to save his own life too.
  3. Tripwire - One of my favorites. Vietnam missing in action sons are being found. Miraculously! Parents of the lost ones are being scammed. Reacher kicks some big time ass in this thriller and gets a bullet wound to the chest.
  4. Running Blind - A cross country who-done-it involving lots of green army paint and dead women in bathtubs. Reacher to the rescue!
  5. Echo Burning - A Texas thriller that explains why you don't want to pick a fight with an ex-MP or why you don't want to pawn your wedding ring.
  6. Without Fail - A political mystery about why you shouldn't try to kill the president. Reacher will muck you up!
  7. Persuader - Why Reacher gets involved in so many kidnappings if a mystery, but when it's a teenager and drugs are involved, he's the exact right person for the job!
  8. The Enemy - Two star generals die, sometimes they die in really embarrassing incidents. Reacher has to figure it out and understand why it takes all kinds to run an Army.
  9. One Shot - One of the worst criminal master minds in either of two great countries tries to retire on the backs of innocent people. Reacher don't play that way.
  10. The Hard Way - There's always an easy way to do things and then there is Reacher's way of doing things. It's almost always the hard way, but it most certainly is the right way.
  11. Bad Luck and Trouble - Old dogs have to die, that much is as true as it can be. But they don't have to die by simple bad luck. Trouble comes when Reacher finds out about bad guys throwing his old friends out of helicopters in the desert with no parachutes.
  12. Nothing to Lose - I really did not know that there were two towns called Hope and Despair, but now I know that despair can lead to the end of the world as we know it. Can Reacher conquer despair? Can he bring hope back into the world. I would say so, yes.
  13. Gone Tomorrow - Would you know a suicide bomber if you saw one. A terrorist has certain signs. Reacher knows them all. He also knows how to deal with terrorists.
  14. 61 Hours - Tight and fast. Reacher only has 61 hours to save a woman's life. He's the right man for the job, even when he fails.
  15. Worth Dying For - Child abuse. Is that worth dying for? Reacher thinks it is.
  16. The Affair - Special Forces are not immune to pleasures of the flesh and they often lead to things that could destroy our image of Delta Forces. Can Reacher save the 'higher ups' of his "army family"?
  17. A Wanted Man - One of the main reasons that people shouldn't hitchhike, especially not if you are Jack Reacher.
  18. Never Go Back - Reacher finally makes it back to Virginia to meet Susan Turner. She's not there and Reacher is the reason why. Can he solve this weird mystery?
  19. Personal - A sniper is trying to kill the president of France. Reacher may know the reason why and who it is.
  20. Make Me - As of March, 2015, this novel hasn't been released in the U.S.A. yet.

Get all of Lee Child's Books, including Gone Tomorrow at Amazon!

Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, Book 13)
Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, Book 13)

New York City. Two in the morning. A subway car heading uptown. Jack Reacher, plus five other passengers. Four are okay. The fifth isn’t.

In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice--and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times bestseller Lee Child.


© 2010 Lela

Comments - Which is your favorite Reacher book?

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    • Austinstar profile image

      Lela 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      So, a career in comedy may not be for you, then.

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      David 4 years ago

      I see one every time I look in the mirror. I reported it, but they just laugh at me.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Female suicide bombers get 72 virgin men to train as they wish! hahahaha. Ugly male virgins get to lick the boots!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      If islamist male suicide bombers get 72 virgins as a reward, what do female suicide bombers get? A chance to be one of 72 virgins. What if they are ugly? Would they have to wait eternally for a shagg, they had no hope of getting?

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      qwark 7 years ago

      Hi Austin"

      It all starts at birth when the new, little mind can be molded.

      Good info!


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      brandyBachmann 7 years ago

      thanks for this great hub... I do hope I don't get to meet a suicide bomber

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      It's getting more and more common, unfortunately. My thing is, "How can anyone be brainwashed enough into doing the deed?" Seriously? 72 virgins?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! I guess I've never given this a lot of thought. Great tips!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Dear Austinstar,

      I will read the book. Thanks for the heads up!

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I hope I never have to either. Do read the book. What Jack Reacher does is kick ass.

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Very important and frightening hub. Thanks for the info, I hope I never have to use it.

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      Lela 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Good one! No, I haven't had a chance to drive by that building yet. I live in the far northwest Austin area and though I used to drive by that area every day, I no longer work downtown. The Austin American Statesman, has featured many photos though.

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      Betty Reid 7 years ago from Texas

      I guess you could add "knows how to fly a plane". Have you had a chance to see the IRS building?