Definitely the worst Jack Reacher saga and possibly the worst book ever. Its cardboard characters CRAWLED to the finishing line. First time that I've ever set the audible speed on my iPod to "Fast" (only because I'm one of those people who can't NOT finish a book, no matter how bad). And absolutely the most convoluted plot ever.
Once authors develop a following, why do some of them feel the need to start using their books as soap boxes? Get off your soap box, Lee Child, and go back to what you're great at doing: telling edge-of-your-seat stories through Jack "Dirty Harry" Reacher. PLEASE, turn off your inner Michael Moore. It just doesn't jive with Jack Reacher.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all previous Reacher novels by Lee Child. This offering seems like a ghost written one by a different author, and was very disappointing for many reasons - plot, facts and most of all, for inserting a political agenda that seemed to negate all that Reacher stood for.
Reminds me of Bob McNamara's "awakening" a while ago - something is not right up there.
I have always been a fan of Vince Flynn, Stephen Coonts and Lee Child, but after reading "Nothing to Lose", Lee Child has (and Jack Reacher) has been dropped from my list.
In all of the Reacher novels todate, I never figured him to be anti military, anti Christian, and even anti American. Even Childs research on his subject matter is so full of lies that would make any Veteran of either the Gulf War or Irag puke. For example, there has only been one instance of an M1A1 tank being defeated in any battle fount, Iraq not withstanding, and his description of description of depleted uranium is almost a joke. This stuff is not only used in tank armor, but also CAT Scanners and MRI units. It has less radioactivity than the average masonry home. Sorry Lee, I will miss the Jack Reacher character, but will never purchase another Jack Reacher novel.
US Army 1966-68
Only die hard fans will want to do this one. Lots and lots of questions and mysteries for the plot. And then even more questions are created through every day conversation. For example, when Vaughan and Reacher are driving he asks her “where are we going?” She says “you’ll see.” When Reacher is traveling with Thurman he asks the same question. Thurman says “you’ll see.” Toward the end, Reacher has figured things out. When Vaughan asks him what’s going on with the plant. He says “I’ll tell you later.” When she asks what’s going on with the boyfriends. He says “I’ll tell you later.”
So, I’m at the end of the book, and the mysteries have been revealed, and my reaction is “what?...Oh....Not very good.” In all other Reacher books he is frequently up against several bad guys at once and wins. I’m wondering if the author was thinking “what if he was up against a whole town?” Maybe that’s how the story started. Maybe it could have been good. But it didn’t work. Things weren’t supported logically enough. Even at the end, I was asking why would everyone in town be so aggressively against every traveling outsider? I know he answered that, sort of, but it wasn’t a good answer. And then other things were not justified or explained well enough.
I always have to suspend disbelief in Reacher stories, and I don’t mind. But in this book, the reasons were not fun. And the action was not as exciting. There was an occasional fight. But it’s mostly just mystery upon mystery with unsatisfying reveals at the end.
SOMETHING FOR TRIVIA BUFFS:
We learn that Reacher used to smoke Camels. He quit before any of these books.
WHAT I LIKED:
A couple scenes. I liked what he did to the two Despair police cars. That surprised me. I wasn’t expecting it. When told that the Despair police would be coming to Hope to search for Reacher, Reacher went to Despair for the night. Reacher wanted to search all the rooms at the rooming house in Despair. He told the owner to give him the pass key. If not, the owner would have a lot of expense to repair all the broken doors.
The narrator Dick Hill was very good.
The title may be an oxymoron but I find those the only two words I can use. I am more than eight hours into this book and am bored to death!! But, I must finish listening to it because I am compelled to find out what happens to the main characters.
Reacher is just going between Hope and Despair and the same things occur. I Hope things things will pick up but am in Despair that that they have not and will not!! Reacher beats up several people or he sneaks past the dumb town's people and gets caught by Thurman who naively lets him go with a promise that he will not come back to Despair and the whole scenario happens again. I really cannot wait for the last three plus hours of the Audio book to end.
If this book were not in Audio, I would not complete it. At least I can knit, drive or cook while listening or even let it lull me to sleep if I am suffering from insomnia tonight and really not care if I miss some of it.
I have read several Reacher novels and this is, by far, the most boring and disappointing.
I've read every Reacher novel and was really looking forward to this. I was disappointed. It lacked other interesting characters and the plot was thin. Reacher has been a smart character in past novels and in this book he was bullheaded and plundering. It never really came together as a powerful read.
This was my least favorite of the Jack Reacher novels. Other books in the series are somewhat believable and Reacher seems like he could be a real person. In this book, the whole thing was totally unbelievable. I wouldn't recommend buying this book even if you are a Reacher/Child fan.
I love me some audiobooks
This makes the fourth or fifth Jack Reacher novel that I've listened to. Dick Hill really makes the persona of the main character come to life. I hope Dick Hill continues to narrate this series because I don't think anyone else would do it justice and I would probably quit this author. As for this novel, it follows the same "one man army" theme with a mysterious villain and clue search throughout. This novel didn't have quite the same satisfaction of some of the others I've listened to from this author though. For some reasons the main character seemed too cold and grim and losing out on the care and respect from the reader/listener.
Personally, I felt the author had an axe to grind politically and morally. I guess in the quest for finding new material to write about the author resorted to the tried and true "bash the christian" scenario. Not to diminish the series for others, but a faithless, disgruntled, aimlessly wondering, bullheaded lead character can get old after awhile.
The addition of politics and religion really take away from the story. It made the story a real struggle to get through.
Ok, I admit it's not the best of the series and the situations Reacher finds himself in border on the improbable but not more so than the other books. I started at the first book in this series and can't wait to read them all; I read some of the comments for this book about how horribly political Child's gets and how disappointed his fans were but I really don't get it. Is it because Reacher explains his views on religion? If it took you this long to figure out that he is an atheist, or at best agnostic, than you having been paying attention.
I also wasn't surprised that he didn't go after deserters; that's not the kind of thing he would lose sleep over.
Anyway, I just didn't want anyone to get too discouraged about this one before they actually listened to it.
Not the best but good enough