Of course. I have read all of the Lee Child, Jack Reacher books. Dick Hill is consistently excellent as a performer. His women tend to sound a little whiny at times though.
The narrator was fine, but in this case he needed much better material.
I am not going to repeat what most of the other reviewers have said, except to say, I am a big fan. Downloaded the Kidndle app just to read the Deep Down short. Loved second son. The reason I point this out is that the shorts seem to be as far as Lee can go lately. Maybe it is dealing with the absurd idea of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Hey it worked out for Anne Rice, but Lestat isn't 6'5" 250 lbs. I don't know. Child has definitely lost his fast ball.
I have been to the mid west several times and I cannot believe this is the best place to center the last three novels. As the other reviewers said, too much time in the car. Too much hang around and sound like a mathematician time (too much math talk). No resounding ending with capturing or confronting the bad guy. I did not get a good idea of the bad guys lair from the descriptions. This just simply was not plausible. Yes the FBI are a bunch of backside covering buffoons at times, but even they would not be so incompetent as portrayed here.
I want Reacher to jump off of the page against bad people who did not expect the train wreck that was coming. The last few novels have only had them realize this in the last 1/2 to 1/4 of the book. I listened to this from a download on Audible, which is the only thing that save me from canning the whole thing. I don't think I could of read the whole book in one day as I have most of the others in the series.
But, like a lot of authors who just start running this stuff through the mill, (Clancy, Patterson, Grisham) this character seems to have met the downward spiral of his arc. Sad. Lee Child, wake up! Either kill Reacher off, or re-energize yourself and the franchise.
The story dragged from the beginning. Then when it started to have promise it got lost in too many plots. It just plodded along. The protagonist was not fully described and when smart enough to understand what was happening to him from the start, just like us (read as the plot was not very clever), the ending just failed. This book came to a really poor and predictable end.
I can only say I am so tired of this trite tripe. I can only guess at the cliche driven, he won't tell me his inner most feelings. blah blah blah, Thanks Maxine for making the hero an unfeeling drive his woman to cheat kind of ma. I just wonder how much Patterson is making off this poo. 8 hours I will never get back. Completely unrelated story lines. A rookie investigator goes out on her own and ends up in a trunk. Can I say more?
The whole book
Pretty good considering lackluster material.
Jack and Miles excessive bacchannal.
Too many three and four syllable words. Could have saved time by euthanizing his mother in the first third of the book. Basically this is an author that was embarrassed by the success of Sideways and the movie, feels he doesn't deserve the success and writes a book that ensures he will never have to write about these characters again. Pickett writes a personal novel never failing to point out what an immature, emotional, alcoholic wreck he has made of his life. He used the characters of Jack and Miles and a sequel to a popular book to bait and switch readers. I feel like a fool finishing the book. No wonder Knopf rejected the book and he had to self publish.
Without the gee whiz voice
The father was irritating. The delay tactics to ratchet up suspense by Battles were ridiculous. If they told the guy one more time I cant tell you, I was going to scream. The interviewing cop was an idiot.
Have to read the reviews that are not shill reviews. This book was pretty bad.
I am hating these books with bad guys that have more resources and capabilities than the NSA. I do not like that the characters do exactly the wrong thing, make the wrong decision to put themselves and the kid at risk. Why wasn't the kid in WitSec. The premise is wrong from the beginning. The wife didn't bring the gun. The hero gets taken with a stupid threat at the hospital. This great tracker guy gets taken by a bad guy. How many things have to line up to be anywhere close to plausible>
I dont know
I couldnt get past the 1st section. Robert Heinlein's negative societal views of the future get to be too much. His pining for a controlling cabal of better to lead government is depressing.
The book is a disaster
May have been the material, but it was quite whiny.
Young John Rain
Seeing his young self through the eyes of the much older Rain.
Killing the CIA guy
Yes, because it is part of the evolution of Travis and hi associated characters.
Destroying the terrorist cell.
Yes and no. Performance was just not up to par.
Same old stuff. Evil bad guy in charge and running poor victim until the last 20 minutes. Too many other irrelevant story lines.
Whiny to over the top super modern female with total disdain for the male gender.
none really. just background noise
Coben needs to come up with a new formula. The bad guys always slip up in the end which means you wade through 9/10s of the book to get to the contrived ending.
Get to the point. Tired of hearing about how she has no money. Very boring characters
Almost couldnt understand the narrator. Very Nasal
All of them
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