I abandoned this novel after an hour, and it was hard to last that long. I experienced both the narrator and the writing as amateurish. The action was quite slow to get started, and there was a pointless melodramatic quality.
In the 10 years I have subscribed to Audible, I have rarely abandoned a novel. I thought this one was surprisingly poor. There are so many books and so little time...
Better? Not sure.
Yes. There were a couple of surprises
I really liked the train scenes. In fact, I think the book should have been called 'Midnight Train'.
I giggled sometimes at things he said or thought.
OK who isn't a Jack Reacher fan - I mean really... Lee Child has a hit with this one. Some Reacher stories are better than othes and this is one of the best yet! Thanks Lee! Keep them coming. The story, the characters the action and entertainment are first rate.
Let me say first that I will always choose to listen to a Jack Reacher novel instead of reading it simply because I am so impressed with the talent of Dick Hill in bringing the series to life.
The Reacher series is a favorite of mine, and I'm not sure exactly why, since I am not a fan of vigilante justice. I suppose, though, that the lone, mysterious stranger who rights wrongs and stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves is something of an archetype. Unlike many characters of this type, Child offers us the opportunity to see inside Reacher, to see his insecurities and his code of right and wrong.
This book was disappointing in that the sex scenes went too far.
I have read all of the Reacher books and have been a big fan. If another book come out in the series I will give it a try; however, it the sex scenes are as detailed as this one I will not continue to read or listen to any Lee Child books.
I enjoyed the story line. With a little editing, this could have been a great book instead of disappointing.
The print version doesn't have Dick Hill!! He is a fabulous narrator.
The last "encounter" on the train tracks... to say more would spoil it for those who have not listened to this novel yet
This was my first. I am now a big fan!!
I was introduced to Reacher on a long road trip last fall. Loved the characters and the narration so much that I am working my way through all of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels.
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
This is one of the best of Lee Child and one of best the of Jack Reacher novel. Lee take us back to 1997, in Mississippi where Reacher a MP is dispatched to investigate the murder of a woman near a military base. Well, to our Reacher surprise one murder turns out to be three murders. The problem is, not only Carter Crossing is a very small town where everyone knows everyone including army soldiers, but also the town has a great appetite for secrets starting by the sheriff. Investigating in Carter Crossing is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Besides, the town relies on the soldiers to keep its restaurants and bars busy.
The base is used for Ranger training, including an elite force which is sometimes dispatched from Kelham for clandestine missions overseas. The Ranger, who is suspected, happens to be a Captain and the son of a United States Senator, who is the chairman of the Senate's Armed Services CommitteeWell. Reacher becomes aware that the truth will not be only hard to find, but also challenging to release. Will Reacher finds the truth no matter what it takes?
Once in Carter Crossing, Reacher hooks up with the local sheriff, who happened to be an ex-Marine and she was in the Provost Marshal's office. Elisabeth Deveraux is very beautiful, and Reacher is soon involved with her both personally, and professionally, as they try to find a way to work together to solve the murders. But, she doesn't really trust Reacher. She suspects him to be working to protect the Army, even if it means that a cover-up is needed. Also, the sheriff is deeply convinced that the killer is from Fort Kelham. Therefore, she decided to put her focus only Kelham not somewhere else.
Though I wonder about the main character behavior, should I like or dislike him? I still like the fact that he does what he thinks is right, what he thinks needs to be done, and the heck with the consequences or with any political considerations or anything else that may get in the way. The book was a bit predictable but not in a way I thought it would be.
The Affair is the 16th novel in his Jack Reacher series; if I am being honest here I should confess that I haven’t read all of them. However, I really enjoyed this one because the story it held my attention to the very end. Jack Reacher is a drifter and a problem-solver, moving from place to place and helping those who need help, either with his quick intelligence or his right hook.
I would recommend the book, but it's not a must. I would say it is a bit above the average, but not great. I have certainly listened to many books that I would recommend over it, such as "The Help" and "Defending Jacob."
As a mystery I would compare it to the Micheal Connelly/Harry Bosch books with a strong main character, trying to solve a murder.
No. Not to my recollection. This is my first. He actually did a very good job. In fact it may have been his performance that held my interest.
The book certainly held my attention and I am glad I purchased it. I may listen to another of his works, but it wasn't so good that I would say I have to listen to them all. I would also say that although I rated it at four stars, I only did that because three and a half stars was not an option. I would think three stars is about average, four stars is excellent and five stars would be great. The book was above average, but below excellent. So three and a half stars would be my rating.
just love the reacher series! i havent read a bad one and i have read the entire series! cant wait for a new one to come out!!
It ranks in the bottom half. While there is an excellent plot twist and Child does a good job of not giving away the story, the repeated, overly long and graphic sex scenes cost it a point. I am not squemish or prudish, they just franking got boring and didn't serve to move the plot along. It is almost like Child was getting paid by the word.
Yes. Overall his books have been good stories with some interesting characters.
The book does a good job of answering a lot of tying up a lot of the various items that come up in the later Reacher books.