After reading all of Lee Child's books you feel like you know the lead character. In this book, Jack Reacher is not the same person. I do not feel he would support a wartime deserter or even be sympathetic towards them.
The plot is overly complex and borders on boring.
Lee Child has become too smart for his own good. I am not a fan of an author placing their political views in a fiction book, especially when it would contradict the main character's psyche.
It may be time to bury Reacher and work on a new character.
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
Jack Reacher, you either Love him or Hate him .The book moves fast and furious as do most all of Lee childs books .
It is like watching a good shootem up western on late night tv.
The Jack Reacher books are pretty predictable: 1) Reacher beats the snot out of some bad people. 2) Reacher gets the girl. 3) Reacher figures everything out before anyone else. All of this is done while regularly consulting the atomic clock in his brain. I enjoy listening to the books, and enjoyed this one to a certain extent, though it seemed that instead of wandering into trouble like he usually does, Jack was looking for trouble. This book also seemed quite preachy to me, on both political and religious issues.
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.
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.
Child hides the plot twists well and all details come together in the end... HOWEVER... Child uses this book as a podium to promote his liberal-athiest political convictions: mixing incorrect assumptions about US military into ideas plausible to the naive & reproach for anything religious.
We read fiction to divert our minds from CNN, ABC, etc. Why inject personal convictions and viewpoints into the story as though they are established societal norms? Sure, provoke thought and inspire concern, but don't assume we should all share the author's value system and political beliefs! Child should stick to mystery and suspense and stay out of "politically correctness" indoctrination.
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.
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.