I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
This may be the best Reacher novel since The Killing Floor. I have had two complaints about the series in earlier books: 1. The women are weak and whiny, and 2. Jack is too "perfect" -- always the smartest, strongest and wittiest.
With respect to the female characters: I found Duffy to be competent, if not deep. It was a step in the right direction, hopefully the next novels will continue to grow in depth and intensity. As much as I like Dick Hill's narration I still find him incapable of female voices.
And with respect to my second complaint, I was very happy with the glimpses into Reacher's past. It gave him complexity and allowed him to show some vulnerability. In past books I found him unbelievable. When a character isn't real I find it hard to buy into the circumstances of the story. Thankfully, this episode finally answered this criticism and gave me a more complicated Reacher.
In this edition of the series Jack worked under-cover in conjunction with Duffy's crew. It made for a more compelling story. I hope that Jack finds himself in similar situations in the next books too.
Within the Jack Reacher Series, it would be 4 of the 4 I've read so far. I like the story, but it was just a little drug out.
Yes. That is what I love about this series. All the stories so far are NAIL BITERS!
When they found out where Teresa was, and then rescued her. I was sorry for the maid.
Throughout all the books I've read, and I do not expect future ones to change, Jack Reacher's compassion and need for justice is always heartwarming and satisfying.
Where are books 9 & 10??? I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Typical Jack Reacher - lots of action with a decent story line behind it.
The one thing that made me rate this lower is the use of "I said nothing".
It must be used 300 to 400 times in the book, well it felt like it anyway. Someone with the text version can go and count it...
Takes time to get used to Dick Hill, but now I enjoy his way of telling the story.
Okay, I understand it's fiction in the thriller genre and one can't expect total realism, but this one really stretched believability at times. The scene where he falls in the ocean has to be the most dramatic sequence I've ever encountered in a book. It was so ludicrous that I laughed out loud instead of being tense. I thought that scene would never end. He had time to drown several times over, let alone think it all through in such graphic detail.
But I like Dick Hill as the narrator for Jack Reacher and in general I like the character. The overall plot was good, just too far fetched at times to be very believable.
a little mystery
I useally really enjoy Lee Child, this time the book was a waste of my time,
Yes, its a long story so a 2nd listen would allow to get a bit more details of the story.
Yes-it sure did.
Dick Hill is the only narrator for the series I can listen to.
Where: I listened to this on a long car ride. It did the job of keeping me entertained without having to think too much.
Summery (no spoilers): After running into a traitor Jack thought he'd killed, Jack agrees to go undercover in order to save another exposed undercover agent and infiltrate/expose a high level drug/gun dealer.
Pros: Classic action from Lee Child and Reacher. Delivers everything expected - suspense, twists, guns, intensity, brief romance/fling, fights, etc. This was my 3rd Reacher novel and I enjoyed it the most. It has two stories going at once. One from his past that reflects similarities from present. It makes the characters feel a little more developed.
Cons: Pretty standard formula of Reacher in action. But then again, that's why you would choose this novel! My only complaint (with this book and those like it) is the brutality of the 'tortured/murdered' victims. I understand you have to make the Antagonist bad, but keep it vague for me.
Overall - Good for fast-paced, high-intensity action filled reading/listening.
I would rank Persuader 8 out of 10 among the audiobooks I have listened to, only because of the narrator.
In the beginning, "Jack Reacher killing a cop"
I'm forced to listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill, he is tooooo mono toned. The females all sound the same and the males sound like the females. To bad we don't have Jonathan McClain back, he did a much better job.
If I could have tolerated Dick Hill, I could have listened in one sitting. But I need a break to figure out who was who.
I like books.
Good story, classic Reacher.
The complexity of the story development (bringing a back-story into it) was a newer aspect of the Reacher series for me.
I always like Dick's choice of voices for the supporting cast.
The graphic murders of some of the female cast was particularly engrossing, lending good support to the aforementioned back-story.
The title of my review says it all. This phrase drove me nuts throughout the story and had to have been used five times in each dialogue where tension existed.
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
I liked the action parts of this novel, but the story was extremely weak and unbelievable in so many areas I don't know where to start. I have read 2 other Lee Child novels which I enjoyed, but this one was weak.
Also Dick Hill, the narrator, should not try to do any characters other than the main character. Every supporting character sounds the same-whether man or woman...like an alcoholic older woman(who we have all met on the street asking for a donation to her habit). Advise to the author, Lee Child: have someone else do the supporting characters other than Dick Hill. Dick Hill does a fine job for the main "tough guy" character. But it was tedious listening to Dick Hill repeat the same intonations for every single supporting character, whether male or female. I wanted to stop listening it was so painful.