Most of the book is learning about and trying to solve the mystery, which was ok, not great. But I enjoyed it because I like hanging out with Reacher. Then the last two hours were great - lots of fun, well done tough guy action.
Again you need to suspend disbelief for a few things. Most of that I didn’t mind, but I had a little trouble with this one. I found it hard to believe that Naegley with all her contacts didn’t even try to use a hacker to break the password protection on a flash drive. Instead the group was guessing passwords which resulted in erasing info on two flash drives.
The ending was excellent and feel good.
This was my first Reacher book. Good development of the good guys. Poor development of the bad guys. Fair story line up to the end but then, for me, it fell apart. Went beyond the feasible even for this genre. The narrator seemed to have developed his style and choice of voices from an old Dead End Kids movie. He made a couple of the good guy characters unappealing for me. I didn't feel cheated when I finished but I have a hard time recommending it too strongly for others. Reacher fans may ignore the shortcomings and enjoy getting up to date on Reacher and his former squad.
This is an excellent story that helps you to understand Jack Reacher. It introduces characters from his past that help to tell the story of Reacher's military service. "You don't mess with the special investigators" unless you're looking for trouble. A must for any Reacher fan.
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I have read a number of the Jack Reacher books. I couldn't get through half of this one. I doubt that this has anything to do with the movie (Tom Cruise as Reacher, really?) but maybe Mr. Child should try something else. My favorite thriller writers (Timothy Hallinan, Thomas Perry, etc) have the lives of their characters progress in ways that are similar to our lives. Jack Reacher is stuck in stone. He is a permanent loner with no relationships other than prior military contacts. He could develop a life without straining the safety of Reacher. Dick Hill does a fine job with these kinds of things, but this is the kind of thing that only people who like this kind of thing will like.
This was the slowest reacher book I have read so far.
Helicopter climax at the end