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.
Very disappointing, to my mind Jack Reacher would never promote desertion and he would never dis the military. It was a slap in the face the men and woman serving. I really liked the character up until now. Time to drop this author.
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.
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.
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'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.
Several reviews of this book dwell on the uncomfortable political angles. Without spoiling anything I found it to be refreshing to have Reacher display more depth and sophistication in his world view. This book revived my enthusiasm for the series.