No matter where you go, there you are.
I wanted to be fair. I wanted to not think that an ex-TV guy that landed (all too briefly) on a great series idea/character, would not let his resultant villa in the South of France dilute his ability to write. So I waited a few months and read/listened to it again, and it just gets worse. Child (or whatever his real name is) likely pays someone to write this melba toast blather. And poor old Dick Hill, who was ill-fitted from the start, is sounding older than ever and decidedly unlike a middle-aged butt-kicker/philosopher.
The simple formula of happening across a wrong to right, then mowing his way through the obstacles like a rototiller after cleverly discerning the 'clues', has seen far better days. And it happened several books ago. I am astonished that late-comers even stuck around. I'm afraid Lee Child (or whatever his name is) has sunk his hooks into the 'dumbing down of the American gray matter' and the teeming masses just do not know any better.
I think those of us with any integrity left and understand what good writing can be, will reject this sub-par formulaic tripe and head for greened pastures.
Not a writer, a writer wannabe, editor, lit maj, or pretend literary critic. Just an avid reader/listener. My ratings are opinion only.
I'll still buy the next installment, but I was a little apatheic about the story. I love Reacher dated and corny, one liners, choreographed action and soft hearted tough guy.
This was just okay.
It ranks towards the top, maybe its because I have a huge crush on Reacher. I can say that I have enjoyed all but one of his books.
I did figure out who was on what side but not the whole scenario...As with most Lee Child books, at least for me, I never know who's the ring leader of all the chaos.
I am always amazed at how believable Dick Hill is, whether it is a male or female voice.
No extremes but it was exciting. I finished it in under two day and now I have to wait another year.
The Jack Reacher series has been solid from book one and still continues to deliver on a winning formula. Reacher has made it to Virginia to finally talk to the woman he spoke with on the phone while working out the trouble in North Dakota, this is a few books back. The problem is he is now up against the entire bureaucracy of the federal government. As usual the book sets up the good guys against the bad guys and once again Reacher is, well, Reacher. The series is like the P.G. Wodehouse 'Jeeves' series, every book is the same but every book is great. Reacher is the every mans hero, the guy who likes to protect the underdog and we love him for going out on a limb for him. We see a bit of Reacher in the role of Father, thats right - not much but it is there, and of course there is a love interest. The Reacher series continues with the great narration of Dick Hill and if that is ever messed with someone should be fired, he is the perfect voice for Jack Reacher. Worth mentioning is that the backbone of the series is that Lee Childs can write well, he pens great lines and develops a suspenseful story and keeps things from going to far, so there is a feeling as you read this that this could really happen.
Highly recommended, although from the beginning of the series, which is well worth the trip. I do not think these are stand alone books, they build on the previous stories.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
This book is an improvement over the last few books but does not reach the quality of the first few books in the series. It is better to have read the books in order but one still gets the idea if this is the first of the series you have read. In this book Reacher arrives in Virginia at the Military Police Base he once commanded to see Major Turner who he has met on the phone in the book before this one. He wants to invite her out to dinner. Only she is in jail herself for taking bribes. The temporary C.O. want to see Reacher, he informs him he has two charges against him and he is back in the Army. Reacher sets out to clear himself and Turner from the charges. From here the stories suspense and action build but toward the end of the book it starts to lag a bit. For the Reacher fans he is fighting two men with his hands behind his back and other almost unbelievable feat of action. This story also has Reacher doing his usual tricks with math but also reciting poetry. For Reacher fans most will enjoy the story. Looking forward to the next book.
It’s Reacher. I will read every Reacher book. He is one of my favorite machos. But here the author is stretching or shall I say reaching for a plot. Reacher is accused of things causing his arrest. That was not developed or resolved well. It was kind of like “we changed our minds.” (That’s not exact, but I’m avoiding spoilers.) I still liked the book because of Reacher’s thoughts, attitude, comments, and beating-up-thug scenes. But don’t expect “a good story.”
Instead of discovering clues along the way, Reacher and others just talk, and suppose, and guess, and figure out who the bad guys are and what they are doing. There is no action to discover clues, like going to a house and seeing a piece of paper. Instead Reacher calls someone and asks them to find out about a guy. That person investigates and calls Reacher back with the clue. We don’t see that person investigate. Later Reacher deduced the code names the bad guys called each other. That was stretching believability.
What happened to two bad guys at the end was disappointing. It was told, not shown. And it was not satisfying. It was a quick way to finish the book. I wanted details about their motivations and actions in the past building up to all the bad things they did - and how and why they recruited who they recruited.
The narrator Dick Hill (DH) does a good Reacher voice, but I was not happy with his voice for other characters. Too much negativity and sarcasm. Several times I would have used an amused, curious, normal, or other tone in my voice. But DH was being sarcastic and negative for the good guys. He made them less likeable. DH has done other books well, but not this one.
Genre: mystery suspense
This one ranks as good as any! Jack Reacher is never boring and is my favorite fictional tough guy...
On the plane when he breaks the bad man's fingers.
When the car gets dented with the bad guys head.
Always makes me laugh/snicker when the bad guy gets what's coming to him.
Tom Cruise is no Jack Reacher! Can't wait for the next one.
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Not exactly a softer gentler Reacher, but this book does show some personal emotion when Reacher finally meets Susan Turner. And, perhaps, his 14 year old daughter?
I really enjoyed having some of his inner personality shown here-alont with the usual amount of blood and fights and running around. Some great descriptive chase scenes, some really unusual characters and a lot of "Reacher said nothing" as usual.
Honestly-I bought this last evening and listened much of the night and day to it..a real 'couldn't put it down.
I just wish Dick Hill wasn't so inept with his women's voices..it spoils some great dialogue with his blah, toneless interpretation of how women speak.
For Reacher fans, it's a must buy.
I wish u could comment on other peoples comments, add a new dimension on what people write, some reviews deserve more than a 'yes or no'
SO, I finished this book a little while ago, I spent my entire labor day reading it & I have to say that Lee Child might be losing it a bit... The book was by no means 'bad' but I need more confrontation & destruction in any Jack Reacher book I read. I've notices a steady decline in this in the last 3 books & the content hasn't made up for it. I don't read his books for unpredictability & 'curve' balls when it comes to the plot I read them for the action & the way Reacher responds having everything but the kitchen sink thrown at him he side-steps only to deliver an elbow to someones DOME!
Besides this small complaint I still think this book was much better than the last 2-3 books Child has written in the Reacher series. I just wish he would go back to original model that's proven to be great, books like 'Gone Tomorrow', 'Persuader', 'Bad Luck & trouble', 'One Shot'... I need Reacher to be not only using his analytic mind but crushing skulls as well. Its not to say this book had no action, & there were cool parts that gave u a small look into his old unit 110 MP & someone puppet-masters that are pulling the strings of the gov't to get him reinstated into the army.
With the praise I also have to say that I don't believe that considering he was commissioned back into the army & placed under arrest he was able to do many things that had me really having to suspend my disbelief although they were 'cool.' The ending on the other hand WAS NOT cool, I did not like the ending at all, but like I said I was happy because the book was better than the last couple I was going to give it 4 stars because of that, but the ending made me take it away completely, but I hope this is just a bump in the style that Reacher books have been going... I have confidence that Lee Child will revert back to old tried & true formula
Reacher is turning into a sissy, talks a lot, always a lady stand out actually overshadowing Reacher himself.
It just may be me but these Reacher books just don’t have that ministry/excitement to them anymore. The Killing floor was Lee’s 1st and mine also, over the pass year’s I have read them all, not sure why. There's more predictability, discussion and strategy replacing the Old Reacher brute force…I guess the next book will be about what color flowers Reacher prefers. JS