Following on the heels of his Blockbuster first novel, I expected more. The problem with this novel is there are too many story lines, shifting in both time an perspective. It lost me in the middle and never regained my interest.
Stephen King is now filthy rich and established as an american icon. Does he really need more money by giving us a poor novel like this?? Better to retire and think about how to spend your money than continue to churn out this garbage. Get away from the formulaic constructs that seem to be the norm for nearly all of the big name authors now. Come up with something different like the SHINING was in its time.
The penultimate Davenport
This is the most interesting villain in any of Sandford's novels. I've read them all and this one stands out as exceptional.
I have no idea how this book got onto the NY times best seller list. sometimes it's the blind leading the blind (no pun intended since one of the characters is a blind girl).
too much skipping about through characters and time frames
I tried hard to get interested in this book. Put it down three times, came back and tried again, after listening to half of the boo,k I quit. Too many really good novels out there to waste time on one that can't hold my interest
As a career Army officer- I don't know how the Author (who is British) could have such a grasp of the nuances of life and technical aspects of the US Army. The books are not about the Army, per se, but it is always tangential. In this one he discusses at length an army periodical "the Army Times". Not something that someone who's never served would know much about. It gave me a laugh at his comments, which rang true.
I've read all of his books - my only complaint is now that I've finished this one, I have to wait for the next one.
My wife doesn't much care for Reacher's idiosyncratic habit of owning nothing and traveling about like a vagabond - he wears the same clothes until they get old ... then he buys new clothes and throws the old ones away. His only personal possession is a TOOTHBRUSH (but he doesn't believe in Toothpaste...give me a BREAK). Yet despite this apparent lapse in personal hygiene, women fall all over him.
My suggestion is if you want more female readers, he should WASH his clothes and use Toothpaste.... Of course, that doesn't detract from the exceptional plot lines and Reachers seemingly invincible persona. Even James Bond in the original novels got beat up and tortured occasionally.
a note to Lee Child..., Lee, pick up the pace. We need a more prolific production of these novels. I need the entertainment faster and more frequently. Try not to be like JK Rawlings and once you own a zillion dollars just take the money and run leaving the fans without their Reacher Fix.
He is a superlative actor. His dialogue makes everything more dramatic without being over done.
You cannot go wrong with this series
I realize fiction is to suspend reality in favor of imagination, but some of the plot lines in this novel are ridiculous. I'm a big fan of the series but this one seems like it's off kilter with a plot line and twists that defy reality.
without a doubt, Pendergast
It's been quite a while since their last novel, the prior one in this series. I'd recommend reading that prior to beginning this novel to refresh yourself on the myriad of relationships and the history of how the new book got to where it is.
I've read every lee child novel. I love the Character. It is obvious to me that there were one or more chapters omitted from this audio book. One of the pivotal events is missing, discussed after the fact but not seminal moment when it happened. it took me quite a while and several references during the plot line to determine what was missing and how that event fit into the plot.
Fix the problem and it will be worth it.
It's never easy to try to anticipate the plot twists and subsequent actions that Lee Child delivers through Jack Reacher. that is one of the primary reasons I enjoy the series so much. I read extensively (or listen to audio books). While many books are well written and enjoyable, you can frequently anticipate what will happen next. It becomes almost formulary. Not so with these Jack Reacher novels. the only consistent thing throughout them is reacher and his zen like existence with nothing but a toothbrush and disposable cheap clothes. I'm a retired Army officer and find his description of military life and actions to be fairly accurate (although most soldiers would be thrown into Prison for some of the things Reacher routinely does in each of these novels) So, yes.... it is necessary to suspend reality on occasion (Reacher whips the asses of small armies single handedly) you WANT to believe that these bad guys will get their just rewards (an ass kicking by Reacher). Child does have ONE formula that he repeats over and over in each novel. I guess he feels it is necessary at some point in each novel for a female associate to hop into bed with reacher as though he is irresistable to the female species (despite his admitted lack of showers, clean clothes OR the use of toothpaste. My wife gets a good laugh out of that part of his novels. Otherwise, I believe it ALL.
I was guided to this book during my quest to read all of Don Winslow's novels. I read SAVAGES and was hooked on Winslow's writing. He wrote a novel that was tied to this Trevenian classic as a prequel with many of the same characters. When i discovered this, I did a little research and found SHIBUMI, (on which Winslow's novel SATORI was based) to be held in high literary regard. I enjoyed it immensely. Like many of Winslow's novels it has broad historical scope with cultural and historical accuracy coupled with a plot that grabs you and won't let go!
I've read most of these novels by John Sandford, it is one of my favorite series. However, this abridged version sounds as though it has been artificially speeded up to fit into some sort of time criteria. Much of the dialogue is delivered without much inflection, and music and sound effects are added here and there - not improving the performance much. this is the first audio book I've purchased in this series that has been "abridged", I won't buy another abridged performance. A couple of truisms I've learned listening to audiobooks, the first is NEVER buy an audio performance delivered by the AUTHOR, now I'm thinking about these abridged versions. The UNABRIDGED versions are done well in this series.
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