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!
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Now that pretty much everyone has at least heard of Jack Reacher, thanks to the recent movie (based on book 9 of the series). This is the book that started Reacher's wanderings. The Killing Floor gives a good foundation for the rest of the series and starts to reveal who Reacher is and what makes him tic.
I have read several books in the series now, and while they all have fortunate circumstances helping things out, I found this one to be a touch too convenient. OK, Reacher is the main character, hard as nails, smart, an ex-MP officer (13 years of military service), and trained in investigation procedures; but having him taking the lead in the investigation from a very good, Harvard educated, Boston detective with 20 years experience? That stretched things a bit for me.
I had listened to Dick Hill narrating many of the Harry Bosch series before I started listening to the Jack Reacher series, and he continues with a very solid performance. His name as the narrator always makes the purchase more appealing.
If you are looking for a book (or series) that has a gritty, larger than life protagonist you can root for, and like to see justice prevail, regardless of any laws that the guilty and corrupt hide behind; you wont be disappointed with this one.
There are plenty of reviews. So I'll only add that Dick Hill is an amazing narrator. He does the Harvard accent as well as the Southern accent. In addtion, he is being technically added by a sound person. When a voice is meant to be over the telephone, the technician, or whoever, has given it that tinny quality. When a voice is meant to be shouted from a distance, it has that slight Doppler quality as well. Best narration I've ever heard from a single narrator.
The story itself was a little corny and predictable, but I liked the plain style and fast moving pace of it. The style kind of reminds me of Elmore Leonard a little, although I like Leonard's dialogue better. Still, I'd characterize both as fast, fun, entertaining reading. Something to unwind with after a hard day at work when you don't really want to think anymore.
This is the first book I've read by Lee Child and I am really loving this character, Jack Reacher. This story is so thriling and suspensful, a classic who done it with plenty of twists and turns. I will definitely be reading another Jack Reacher novel. And Dick Hill as the narrator is always a plus to any audilble novel.
63 y/o psychologist with two sons, living in SF Bay Area. I absolutely love all the feedback I've been getting for my reviews. It's very gratifying. Thanks to all of you.
If you enjoy the Jack Reacher series, as many readers do, then this one will once again provide hours of reading pleasure. Dick Hill is the perfect narrator for the books. His voice is full of dramatic tension when that is called for, calm when he needs to be, versatile and friendly. The plot careens all over the place, which is part of what separates Lee Child from the horde of CIA-espionage-secrets that might end the world authors. Also, the character of Reacher continues to grow. His position as identity-less wanderer who roams around the country with no proof of who he is, no history and no connections: this is a good narrative for the character, who truly epitomizes the loner. His constant search for the answers to riddles which almost always include secrecy, violence and beautiful young women reminds one of Bond. Reacher, though, is fully American. None of the plot twists feel stilted or contrived (OK, a little contrived). In this book Reacher's connection to his recently dead brother adds a personal heft to the other books' existentially disconnected stories. Child always has a good story to tell, and he holds your interest in a way that never flags. You keep wondering when Mr. Child will run out of stories, but so far, he just keeps going and going...
This was my first experience concerning Jack Reacher, I loved it and now I'm hooked, it's a very good book.
Come on you naysayers, this is pert of an ACTION murder mystery series. So it gets a little far fetched at the end. It takes off from word one and never slows down. Have some fun!
It is rare that I don't finish a book, being continually optimistic that the bad will get better. I simply cannot go on! Loaded with B movie machoism, poorly developed superficial characters and dialogue that leaves the reader yawning, this book is Boring Beyond Belief. I am extremely forgiving of authors who take huge literary liberties for the sake of a story but this one is just too much. The author's lead macho man is a vagrant ex-MP who gets the girl in two days, single-handedly gets the best of a prison riot and makes a 20 year veteran of Boston homicide division look dull-witted and stupid. The book sounds as if it should be exciting but it's boring and slow. Michael Connelly is much better.
I have had this book on my Wish List for some time and never pulled the trigger to purchase or listen to it since I was in the middle of several other series. However, I am very happy I finally listened to this book. Jack Reacher is the perfect combination of hero/anti-hero that I always enjoy. He is very clear on right and wrong, good and bad but more than willing to play judge, jury and executioner; much in the vein of characters like Mitch Rapp, Harry Bosch, etc... Reacher is fearless, loyal, dangerous and capable of handling almost any confrontation; so if you like books by Connelly or Flynn you should enjoy this series by Child.