After hating the last novel, Nothing to Lose, Reacher is back in this novel; well at least he's closer to his old self. I liked the story and narration and the action was first rate. Give me more of this!
I haven't finished this yet, but I must say I'm very frustrated with the book. I'm thinking about skipping to the last chapter or two just to find out what happens--and I NEVER do that. Pace is slow, too much detail. Taking waaaay too long to tell the story and it meanders hither and yon. If this guy is a super duper smarty pants, he's awfully stupid and makes decisions that defy common sense. Very frustrated with the whole book.
This book is not very good but any potential to enjoy the audio version is just mauled by the naration. Most of the characters are from the N.Y. area and the best the narrator can do to affect a N.Y. accent is sort of a Vinnie Barbarino with a lisp and a lower IQ. And it only gets worse when the action shifts to North Carolina or people from there and with the exception of one twangy hotel clerk, they all still sound like N.Y. accents.
I have really loved the previous books by Lee Child but this one has left me confused and lost. The transitions are jerky without conhesiveness. I was excited about listening to the latest from this author only now just sorry I used my credit on this book.
Gotta love a great book and a great character. I am not one of your jaded snooty listeners I just love a good yarn and anything Dick Hill reads comes to life before your very ears. I could listen to Jack Reacher novels every day and never get bored. Keep them coming.
Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
I found this to be a great listen almost all the way through; then one scene has Reacher pulling a move of such colossal ignorance that it briefly ruined the entire lead up to this climatic scene. Though Child attempts to explain the mistake away it still comes off as a highly improbable mistake from a fighting man of Reacher's caliber.
With that stipulation out of the way I found this to be an excellent listening experience as a good comeback from the dreadful Nothing To Lose. Though the villain and the force behind all the subsequent events come to light halfway through the book there is suspense leading up to the final scene. Given the weakness I've already alluded to leading up to the dramatic ending; it was still quite satisfying to see the ruthless killers get their comeuppance. The look back at the Russians fighting in Afghanistan was interesting; as was the politician hoping to avoid a past mistake coming to light. without that one huge mistake this was easily a five star rating; even with it overall this work is still a five.
Different plot, no obsession with trashing Iraq War
Have enjoyed the rest of the series and will continue reading.
Dick Hill is consistent
A Reacher with no commitment to duty.
If you like Lee Child I would recommend it especially because the narrator is great but the story is just okay.
For now, I think I've had enough of Jack Reacher series.
Dick Hill makes the story come alive and having gotten used to his voice it's as if Lee Child was telling me the story.
When I’m done with one, I’m eager for the next. Some of the other Reacher stories didn’t have the thriller element. They were solving a mystery with some action. I prefer thrillers like this one - meaning we are in the heads of the bad guys and watch them as they try to hurt Reacher and others. I enjoy the series. You need to suspend disbelief at times. This is almost like a comic book super hero. I have these short bursts of laughter when I hear some of Reacher’s macho dialogue. It’s fun. I like hanging out with him.
The narrator Dick Hill was very good.
The ending was feel good and satisfying.