This was my first-and last-Jack Reacher book. I love good mysteries and spy stories, and I know folks get killed in a variety of ways for a variety of reasons in any "who done it". But the endless blood and guts of this book was way too much for me.
Having said that, I have to admit I listened to every word, because Lee Child did such a great job getting the cat up the tree I just had to find out how he was going to get it down. Great plot, great suspense, great performance. If only a few less people had died in a few less imaginative ways.
Yes. Keeps me on my toes. just maybe after a couple years when I don't remember it as much. It's always good to revisit a good book.
Thats really hard to say.. all of it.. lol.
The powerful protagonist.. of course.
I don't think so. This wasn't one of my favorite Jack Reacher stories. I am a Jack Reacher fan, but some are just two violent.
I think "Die Trying" would be similar. Lots of violence, too many prolonged scenes of cruelty and depravity. The mystery was good, but would have been better without the graphic details which actually take away from the story-line, in my opinion.
Mediocre, childish, amateurish
It repelled me. I found myself wanting to skip some of the violence to get back to the story.
I am a Jack Reacher fan. I like most of the stories, but sometimes the author goes a little over the top with violence. Yes, I know that Jack is one tough hombre, but the details get a bit too prolonged. Interestingly, it actually detracts from the story (for me at least). Lee Child is very skilled at creating good mysteries and unexpected twists and turns, which I appreciate. HIs characters are always interesting and I really like the strength, both internal and external, of the main character. There is something very charismatic about someone so confident, filled with a deep inner calm and who follows his own path outside the box. I've never been a fan of Dick Hill's, however. Though his voice is perfect for the Jack Reacher character, he does other voices very poorly, especially female, young characters or other ethnic groups. He just doesn't have the nuances of voice that a good overall narrator should have.
just the facts mam
This is the second Lee Childs Book I've read. I wasn't crazy about the first one, however my wife loves him. I thought I'd give it one more try. He just doesn't work for me.
Actually I think Mr. Hill's performance is a little over-the-top.
Jack Reacher. The character is flawed, mysterious is interesting, and enigma is interesting, but lost in directionless is not.
First of all, I did not like the narration performed by Dick Hill. It was either read too dramatically, or it was written like a soap opera and then read that way. Anyhow, the narrator did not help me like this book and I seriously doubt I will ever read the other books in the series.
I don’t think I liked the main character, Jack Reacher. To me he was too egotistical.
Oh no, I see that I also own the first book in the series, "Killing Floor", read by Dick Hill.
I guess I’ll give it a try and hope that maybe I’ll like Jack Reacher better in the first book in the series.
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Average, aggravating, aloof, amateur, arrogant, arduous, adequate, Annoying!
I could not get past the phrase "I said nothing" overly-peppered throughout the book. I mean utterly doused, thoroughly riddled and repeated way too many times.
I'm a reader whose most important criteria for a good book, is good dialogue. So imagine my dismay with an author who, for whatever damn reason, be it for some odd quirk I don't understand or just sheer laziness, omits the potential for an exchange in dialogue.
I've read and enjoyed a couple other Reacher novels in the past, but I don't recall getting this worked up about their short-comings. Dick Hill has always been just OK as a narrator for me. He doesn't ruin a book, but he doesn't quite bring it to life either.
Grrrr! Mr. Child, just plain Grrrrrr!
I love this book because it grabbed me from the start. There's a point in the first chapter where my jaw dropped and I was hooked. Plenty of action and suspense, well written bad guys, and plenty of cliffhangers and "what will he do?" moments in the middle.
Before this, I had read a few of the more recent ones and Pursuader confirmed that the older books are more tightly written with better thought out plots.
Addicted to Audible
Action from star to finish
On the edge of your seat action
Don't mess with Reacher
Keep them coming Lee
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This is just a very good series. The characters are interesting and Child always comes up with different and interesting plots. I always look forward to the next in the series and have yet to find them repetitious or dull. I am really enjoying the series and will finish it for sure unless something drastic happens.
It's a Jack Reacher novel, need I say more? OK, it's a great Jack Reacher novel. It's also set in Portland, Maine. Lee Child does a respectable job maintaining both the geography of the region and capturing the atmosphere of southern coastal Maine. This story was a pleasure to read/listen to on many levels.