I have to wonder. It just seemed that things were happening without any real foundation: the women just locked step and started to do Reacher's bidding regardless of the danger he put her in, the town was just formulaically creepy like other Reacher towns - the story just seemed lame compared to others in the series. As if Child had made a list of things he wanted to see happen, and handed it to some less talented writer to assemble the words.
If I'm listening to a 14 1/2 hour audiobook, I want to see some new stuff in it. The next one on my list is even longer. If it doesn't make me lose some sleep, I'm going to be really annoyed.
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I have loved most Jack Reacher novels, and The ones I didn't love I at least liked a lot. This is the first Lee Child, Reacher novel that I disliked completely. It was so boring I felt that Dick Hill, the usually intense, spot-on narrator, was droning. As the story dragged on, Hill's voice began to drag too. The title should be "One more trip in Dispair". I agree with the other reviewer's that Child's preachiness was way too much, and the action was way too little. The characters were part of a mishmash of several subplots, and a main plot that couldn't survive. I wasted a lot of time and my Audible credit on a book that should've been a sure thing. So far, every answer to every mystery has been a "So what" moment. Lee Child has finally hit that point that so many authors do: the editors don't want to lose him as a client so they let him write whatever he wants, and don't tell him when it's bad. Too bad. I'm pretty sure he doesn't read these reviews; and if he does, somebody's filtering out everything but the five stars. I'll think twice before buying another Lee Child book.
This story was not one of my favorites it was just a silly plot and it wasn't up to par with other books in this series. It was just off for me - I found myself drifting away and would have to rewind to listen to parts I just got a bit bored with.
Not his best effort.
Same as usual for me.
Oh no - let's leave this story in the dust pile and move on to better Reacher plots.
That line in the book made me laugh. I'm in love with Reacher and Dick Hill is great as always narrating. Thanks for another great adventure!
Not the best title for a review but if you've read or listened to the Reacher series from the start you should understand what I mean. This book also covered an unexpected subject given previous books looked at terrorism from a different perspective. An enjoyable change too as previous subjects and books were also more "explosive" (see what I did there?) in the brute force from Reacher. An enjoyable book with a satisfying ending.....and Reacher staying true-to-form and leaving the reader ready for the next book
This is a very detailed story, minus the fluffy filler that normally finds its way into every other book you'll read.
I have been a Jack Reacher fan for several years. This is the first book that I would not recommend. The story is not true-to-life. Reacher goes looking for trouble in this story.