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.
Just my .02."
I can't complain, because I got this one during a good sale, but it's only an OK listen. The story is pretty good, but needs to move along a bit faster. I had no issues with the narrator; he did a good job. It's not the book I hoped it would be, especially with all the hype over the new Jack Reacher movie out, and with there being several books in the series.
It's not a bad book; I just think it could be better if the plot moved along. Maybe the other books are better?
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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!
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.
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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.
Heard about the movie, hadn't read or listened to any of Lee Child's books so I started at the beginning with book 1 in this series. Have to say that I was engrossed in the story line, the way the story unfolded and of course with the narration by Mr. Hill. He did a particular good job with the many characters in the story. I enjoyed this and will be down loading book two in a matter of minutes. More to come.
It is true that I know only what I have read in books. But I have read a great many books. ("Venetia" by Georgette Heyer)
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.