i am just now getting around to reading Lee Child's first Jack Reacher book, KILLING FLOOR. Most notably, it strikes me that what you first see may be completely deceptive as compared to the facts of the situation. At the start of this book, a seemingly typical hobo is arrested for a grizzly murder. But, that hobo is actually a very competent and intelligent ex-military policeman. Not only is he innocent of the crimes, but his brother was one of the victims. This sends Jack into the center of a mail storm of deceit, psychopathic murders, and a huge counterfeit money scheme.
If you've read Lee Child's books already, you know that he's one of those page turner authors that keeps the thrills coming. If you are just coming to Lee Child, like I've just done, you'll be excited to have found an adventurous author who descriptions make the action a visual page turner with just his words! This is a "summer read" for action and adventure junkies. Get started on the Jack Reacher series now!!
I liked this book. The main character is interesting, and the plot unfolds in a way that is sort of satisfying. I'll probably pick up another reacher novel in the future. That said, it's hard for a reader like me to get too excited in a series that doesn't have sci-fi or paranormal aspect to it, and this, while good, didn't make me desperate to grab book two.
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I was only dimly aware of Lee Child's books starring Jack Reacher and had never been tempted by what sounded like a superviolent macho fantasy series. But the blurb on the library CD of "Gone Tomorrow" intrigued me, and that book's opening scene of -- a tense, suspenseful, wonderfully written series of events on a New York subway -- pulled me in and the rest of the story didn't let me down.
So I downloaded "Killing Floor," the first book in this series (which is indeed often superviolent and has a lot of macho fantasy elements). I was disappointed by the cliched opening sequences (corrupt Southern law enforcers trying to make a fall guy of our hero, seemingly a drifter and probably a Yankee) and a plot driven by far too many coincidences.
I persevered with several other Reacher books and really enjoyed "Persuader," "One Shot," and "Bad Luck and Trouble." Then I listened to "The Affair," a very good recent Reacher novel that's a flashback, an immediate prequel that makes some of "Killing Floor's" coincidences fall into place. After listening to Killing Floor a second time, I added a star to my rating, though it's not the best of Reacher.
If you're new to this series, my suggestion is to start with one or two of the more recent entries (although probably not the most recent one, "Worth Dying For," which has gotten terrible reviews from Audible listeners I trust, and probably not "Nothing to Lose," which I couldn't get even halfway through). If you enjoy those, you can "begin at the beginning," as Jack says in "The Affair."
These books have a very high level of violence, including graphic descriptions of torture. Reacher kills people with impunity--mostly really bad people, but some only moderately bad people and a few innocent bystanders. He always seems to find a beautiful female law enforcement official to ... entrance with his manliness. He walks away into the sunset leaving behind a trail of dead bodies and broken hearts. That should add up to nothing more than stupid macho fantasy, but I am neither stupid nor macho, and for some reason I find these books engrossing. Maybe it's the fantasy.
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This story MIGHT be just a little better if the writer had actually spent some time in Atlanta where the story takes place. As a long time resident of metro Atlanta, I found the book disconcerting having inaccurate locations and leaving out major law enforcement agencies such as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But, even with that, "The Killing Floor" still lacks the dimension of its competition in the genre.
Dick hill is a master of his craft. His wry delivery adds dimensions and layers to the characters he portrays. To READ a book rather than being given the opportunity to LISTEN and EXPERIENCE a Dick Hill performance is regrettable.
The book is rather "lightweight" as compared to others in this genre. No individual scene makes the difference - it's more of the entire concept and main character lacking the depth of Mark Greaney's "Court Gentry" or Andrew Peterson's "Nathan McBride" in the special ops genre or tortured genius homicide detectives like Michael Connelly's Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch" and "Mickey Haller, The Lincoln Lawyer", Adrian McGinty's "Sean Duffy" and Neil Cross' incomparable "John Luther".
I seem to be among the minority among other listeners, not being as blown away by the shallow "Jack Reacher". However, I must stand my ground on this point. He is just not a well developed character as I prefer. Plus I'm not impressed about the lack of research that Lee Child brought to this story. How hard is it to go to the ATL for some real "Dirty South" local color? It's not like Child had to go to the far reaches of Siberia! But I will try others in this series as this may just be an aberration.
I bought this title on sale. I took a shot because of the price. I really really enjoyed this book. It has a very well thought out plot and the narrator was awesome! I loved it!
I finished it so it wasn't a total waste of time. It's not as intense 8r fast paced as Andrew Peterson's Nathan McBride or Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp.
But I am going to try the next one and see how it goes. It's definitely fiction because the story line is so far fetched you can't even pretend it's possible,
Didn't have a favorite character. They weren't very well developed. And EVERYONE of them said "right." at the end of just about every sentance. Sure wish there was a way to count them so you would know that I am not exaggerating even a tiny bit.
Dick Hill is one of my favorites. When I'm looking for a new series/author I sometimes search narrator's because I know tye performance will be great. Bad narrator's will ruin a great book.
He's very consistent with character voice throughout an entire series. He's very good at portraying the tone and intensity of what's happening.
Possibly, it was interesting enough to re-listen to some area but story was a bit predictable near the end.
Yes, more so in the beginning, as the story developed it was possible to start seeing where the story was going.
Other than Jack Reacher it was Piccard (as the author said he sounded like "what a Grizzly Bear would sound like if it could speak.
When Reacher set up the four or five bad guys at Hubble's house (saying no more - spoiler alert)
I got this book in one of Audible's sales for a low price and I am glad I did. I have read many books during the last few years and I will say that mystery novels are not my fortay. I usually don't read them, but I had heard a lot about this book and I thought I would give it a try. I am sorry to say that I was fairly disappointed. This is the type of book that is designed for entertainment only and not supposed to be complex. As a reader you don't have to think much at all. The reason being either the clues left for you as a reader are so obvious that they are laughable or they are so rediculously small that the author seems to be making things up as he goes. Next Reacher is a cool idea as a character and a protagonist, but Child tries way too hard to make him awesome. First of all he is 6 foot 5 inches tall and is all muscle, second he is a brilliant detective and genious to boot, and third he is an excellent marksman who is utterly confident he is going to win. He is the definition of a commic book hero who never really struggles to do anything. There is never really a tense moment in the book because he has everything "under control" at all times. The other problems with this book are that most of the characters are very shallow and are mostly uninteresting. Also, the part I found just plain stupid is Reacher's relationship with Rasco. I don't know about most people but I don't meet someone and say 20 words to them and then immediately start having sex with them. Lee's sex seens were very poorly done as well, he seemed to gloss over the sex like he had no idea how to write the seens, but wanted to include them so his books would appeal to more audiences. My final problem with this book is that nobody in the novel seems to be able to do anything action wise besides Reacher. Both Finly and Rasco are described as very capable police and both seem to be experienced, but neither of them seems to do any of the fighting in the entire book. That duty is apparently reserved for Reacher. The only saving grace of this book is that Dick Hill the narrator did a fairly good job. The publishers did a great job in selecting him as the narrator. It is true that he doesn't have much of a voice range, but his voice fits the character of Jack Reacher very well. In fact I was considering buying the second book to see if anything improved, but I listened to the preview and They changed the narrator. He sounded horrible to me, so I definitely am not buying book 2. If you like books where all you have to do is listen not think, whitch include lots of overdone actions seens then buy this book, but otherwise find something more complex and better written.
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It started pretty strong but I lost interest as it went on. I believe that is because the author lost originality and direction as it went on. Also, the narrator was awful with poor judgment in inflection and tone. The female voices sounded like a man talking like a woman, which he is mind you, but superior narrators don't make it seem so.
I listened to another of the Reacher novels, and decided to start from the beginning. No disappointments with this novel either. I can easily see why this series has the highest reviews. It's loaded with interesting characters, with a suspenseful action/ crime thriller that keeps you guessing up til the end. It's fast paced, and the character development is excellent. Dick Hill's narration can't be beat.