I knew something was wrong before half way through this book. I am a huge fan of Michael Connelly and his Bosch series. The writing is always tight, the characters well drawn, the plot riveting, and always a satisfying conclusion. I had read The Scarecrow, and liked it, so I thought I owed it to Jack McEvoy, to see how his fame was won. It just isn't happenning for me this go around. The protagonists are about to embark on a steamy love affair, and I could care less. There's been no development of relationship, never mind intimacy, between these two. Their individual inteligence's are now highly suspect, in my opinion. The drama is dragging, some of the revelations unrealistic, the reader's voice is muddy, and I've had it. Somebody please tell me how the story ends, because I don't have it in me to finish this bore. I'm inclined to believe that Michael Connelly didn't write this, but only put his name on it.
Dick Winters, how a man who depicts hinself as God-fearing, moral, courageous and a leader of men, could mercilessly evict innocent, war weary, victimized families from their own homes, on the eve of the allied victory, so as to self righteously enjoy a more comfortable command headquarters, is hypocritical and beyond me. You at once describe the vanquished German populace as pawns in Hitler's maniacal war, and as quicly display hubris, sufficient to justify a comfy bed, at the expense of a now homeless family. Shame on you for behavior, that could easily be construed as typically ugly and American. I've not been in combat, so perhaps I'm showing my naivete. Still, a show of grace and respect for another human being, is too much to ask, even in war time? I put the book down for the last time at that point. I was done with it, and with you.
I've enjoyed all of Jack Reacher's previous escapades. This title represents a shocking decline in the quality of story line, character development, plot and plausibility. Beyond that, Jack Reacher is bordering on homicidal mania. His challengers in the past displayed cunning, and proved worthy opponents for his incisive reasoning. Now, he just shoots them, and it's over. The setting is fabricated to the point of unbelievability. I wouldn't give up on the series because of this bad apple, but I don't recommend this one.
This was my first introduction to Jack Reacher. What a guy, what a man. He's all the things I'd want to be if I were big and brawny ... tough, direct, quick-thinking, sensitive, smart, and not prone to indecision. I loved the book, the characters, and the feel of hot Texas. The story line kept me guessing throughout. Looking forward to encountering Reacher's adventures in another read, real soon.
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