You know this is a good one when you laugh at how awesome the ending is.
If you like Reacher, you will love this book. Great backstory to his character and a good mystery with some fantastic action scenes.
I have read several Jack Reacher novels and, for the most part, have enjoyed them. Jack Reacher is a larger than life character with almost super human abilities in intelligence, perception & brute strength. This novel is a sort of prequel, if you will.
At 14 hrs & 9 minutes this book is about 4 hrs too long. It is wordy & dare I admit, boring in spots. While Reachers character often draws his conclusions from the tiniest bits of information this one really stretches the imagination. It would take a crystal ball to link these events together. And it is presented in loooong explanations. Which is good in a way because you could never deduce any of it on your own. And, of course, he is always right.
There are so many characters and this book is so long I could not remember who was who. And many of the characters were so uninteresting & irrelevant I do not know why they were there in the first place.
It was interesting "meeting" his brother & mother since they are referred to in previous books. But they are little more than a distraction. And to be honest, I do not care for the way he interacts with them. I wanted to smack him.
I will probably read another Jack Reacher novel. After all every author is entitled to a dud now & then.
This is a really great book. Different from the others because it rewinds back to when Jack Reacher was in the Army. It gives a great story on where his career began. I like the parts where he interacted with his family. It makes him more human and understandable. Just like the others great story, great narrator, over all I loved the book.