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Stephen King Conjures up Jack Reacher In “Under The Dome”

I’m a huge fan of the author Lee Child and the character he created, Jack Reacher. (By the way Reacher even has his own Wikipedia entry.)

And it turns out I’m not alone. A [for the moment] better known author shares my taste.

Stephen King put a Jack Reacher Easter Egg in his new novel “Under The Dome”.

A virtual Easter egg is an intentional hidden message, in-joke or feature in an object such as a movie, book, CD, DVD, computer program, web page or video game … It draws a parallel with … the last Russian imperial family’s tradition of giving elaborately jeweled egg-shaped creations by Carl Fabergé which contained hidden surprises.

And I Thought It Was Just Between Stephen And Me

I thought for a second there might be a chance that I was the only person in the world that would get King’s allusion, but that was pretty naive; if you Google some combination of Jack Reacher and Under the Dome you’ll find a number of references.

So for you Jack Reacher fans, here are the relevant quotations (with Kindle locator);

Under the Dome: A Novel (Stephen King)

– Highlight Loc. 11788-91 |

“Wettington was given a citation for helping to break up an illegal drug ring operating out of the Sixty-seventh Combat Support Hospital in Würzburg, Germany, and was personally recommended by a man named Jack Reacher, the toughest g****m Army cop that ever served, in my humble opinion.”


– Highlight Loc. 12573-76 |

“Well, that’s not exactly true, Sarge. By order of the President of the United States, you’ve been stop-lossed. Welcome back.”

“Sir, I don’t know whether to say thank you or f**k you very much.”

Cox laughed without much humor. “Jack Reacher says hello.

“Is that where you got this number?”

“That and a recommendation. A recommendation from Reacher goes a long way. You asked what you can do for me. The answer is twofold, both parts simple. One, get Dale Barbara out of the mess he’s in. Unless you think he’s guilty of the charges?”


By the way, “Under The Dome” is a great Kindle value and a good read.

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5 thoughts on “Stephen King Conjures up Jack Reacher In “Under The Dome”

  1. I, too, am a huge fan of the Jack Reacher novels and knew Mr King enjoyed them as well from reading the column he used to write for Entertainment Weekly. What a happy surprise to find him mentioned in the book-which I thoroughly enjoyed and have read several times at this writing.

    Posted by staci kipp | December 9, 2011, 7:05 am
  2. I am a great Reacher fan and Lee Child in general. Missed the first Reacher reference in Under the Dome but caught the second one. The novel is riveting and I haven’t put it down except to eat.

    Posted by barbaravottagarcia | March 3, 2012, 3:23 pm
  3. I too am a big Reacher fan and I was amused by the references to him in Under The Dome. Apparently Steven King is also a fan. He is a great character.

    Posted by Kathy | March 19, 2013, 5:09 pm
  4. Lee Child endorsed the book as well (“THE BEST YET FROM THE BEST EVER.”). Take from that what you will.

    I like to think that King and Child (yes, I know that’s a pseudonym for Jim Grant. =P) are just mutual fans, but others might be more cynical.

    Posted by Snowskeeper | December 22, 2013, 9:34 pm

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