I have tried very hard to enjoy this series. This is my 4th or 5th Reacher novel. I just don't understand the love for Lee Child. I don't see why people fall over for these books.
What I appreciate about Reacher is he is not a 'super hero'. Yes he can do more than any mortal man and has a flawless personal ethic. But unlike many series', he is still based in some sort of reality.
I also appreciate that his novels are not 'end of the world' affairs. So many military thrillers are poised on world changing disaster if the protagonist doesn't pull through. The Reacher stories are a little more human. Smaller stories. This is good because its more believable.
What I don't like is Reacher has really no flaws. The guy can do no wrong. It gets boring. He also always finds some sophisticated lady to fall in love with him for the duration of the story. The villains are a little ridiculous as well.
Here in TripWire, what cracks me up were the bad guys. The main dude is a twisted little psycho. I guess he was ok. But not plausible or well developed. He has some minions. I don't understand why they stick around. I couldn't figure what was in it for them. Are they killing left and right and each other for $70k and a pension? There is real estate involved. Vietnam legacies, old ties to Reachers past, but ties are goofy.
I don't agree that this is a good suspense novel because I could not get into the plot or the characters. Because I could not get into those characters, I could not take the ridiculous plot seriously. HOWEVER, if you like other Reacher stories, this is not any different, so you'll probably enjoy this one.
This book was pretty good overall. Sort of felt like a mystery to me. I did enjoy learning about the remains of our fallen soldiers and the lengths that are taken to bring everyone home. This book kept up a faster pace than others that I heard.
Everyone hates on Johnathan McClain but I find his reading very good. It's not the best but it's not the worst either.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This is not my favorite series but it is very solid. I enjoy the storyline and there is enough suspense to keep me very interested. I plan on continuing the series to the end.
tighter editing, better narration
cut out about half of the book, so much of it is irrelevant filler
terrible accents, flat, boring voice
Reacher always has almost miraculous physical prowess but in Tripwire he moves bigger than life and the rest have pretty impressive abilities also. You can beat Reacher to solving the senerio but probably not to soon in the story
Fool series by Christopher Moore. Liked Horse soldiers and the Heart and t he Fist also.
Slightly different tack on the Jack Reacher series.
Jack comes full circle and introduces his first commanding officer character.
Absolutely but I never have that much time. I prefer the unabridged series.
If you are a Jack Reacher fan (movie version not withstanding) you will not be dissapointed!
Tripwire is Lee Child's 3rd Jack Reacher adventure. Jack Reacher is the prototypical man without a home. connections, or long term goals. He is also gifted with innate deductive reasoning and excellent investigator skills from the military. Finally, he possesses his own sense of right and wrong as well as justice. This time out, Reacher is sought out by a private detective who shortly thereafter ends up dead. In delving into the cause for the interest in him, he stumbles onto a criminal conspiracy, reunites with an unrequited flame, solves a Vietnam era mystery for the military and soothes the despair of a dying elderly couple. Pretty much all in a day's work for Jack.
The classic Reacher analytical deductions are in full display with plenty of opportunities. At the same time, Child weaves a more complex web of connections with multiple intersecting plotlines that give the tale a more relaxed pace that takes its time to unfold. The one constant in force is the slight mental instability in the main villain. This tale includes quite a bit of introspection on Jack's part that is likely to direct Reacher to a path that ensures the franchise remains on theme for the foreseeable future.
The narration is superb with an excellent range of voices, solid pacing and delivery.
Having read & enjoyed the first 2 Reacher books, I was ready to continue to enjoy the series in order. Seems like I hit a dead end with Book 3.
This one was a tough one to get through...the 2 parallel story-lines (one boring and under-motivated, one corny when it's not cruel) take forever to merge...and when they do, the 'twist' involving the villain (one that any reader can see coming a mile away) just isn't enough to reward the slog to get to that point.
Along the way, the reader is treated to endless descriptive scenes that come off not as useful exposition, but page-filling. We all know what an airport or a row of apartment mailboxes looks like, or that it's hot in Texas, thanks. The cumulative effect is exhausting.
Contrast that to Baldacci's "John Puller" books that involve a similar character...but with a tighter, much leaner approach.
A production annoyance (not Child's fault): there's not enough of a narrative pause when changing scenarios from one story-line to another, so the reader is forced to take a second to realize who we're talking about...never a good thing when you're trying to get involved with a story.
One bright spot is Jonathan McClain's great read...much more enjoyable IMO than Dick Hill, who I'm not a fan of.
This one is probably an anomaly in the series, but it's going to be a while before I'll feel like checking in on Jack Reacher again.
Great story and narration! Hard to stop listening once the action starts. I was eager to hear what wss going to happen next.