FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar have received a special off-the-books assignment: build a secret file on Jack Reacher. In this short story, Otto and Gaspar reveal a bit of themselves as they make every effort to put Jack in a Box using legal means John Grisham fans admire. Lee Child and Jack Reacher fans know that no one boxes with Jack and lives to tell about it. Will Otto and Gaspar be the first to succeed where so many have failed?
©2012 Diane Capri (P)2014 StoneHouse Audio
"Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character - I love her." (Lee Child, author of the Jack Reacher series)
July is my month in the rotation; be gentle it's my first month doing this on my own
I've now read all three of Diane Capri's looking for Jack Reacher novellas and enjoyed them enough to try the two long play selections in the series. In this story they approach an accident on the highway and find the Vice President's daughter and grandchild and a corpse; made that way by one Jack Reacher. The man caused an accident and then attacked the woman, not counting on Reacher.
Agent Otto makes a brief trip back to Wisconsin to visit her dying (again) grandmother and is reminded once again that having a Vietnamese mother distances her from her blonde haired blue eyed German cousins.
A good short story; a format that fits the series well.
Definitely. It's a continuation of a great series.
Otto and Gaspar tie. They are perfect for each other.
Her delivery of the piece, like in Don't Know Jack, is just spot on to the intention of the story. A clean, no-nonsense, direct, unemotional presentation. Very straightforward as one expects the FBI to be. I can't imagine anyone else narrating these.
There aren't a lot of characters in this short story. I like the agent from Dallas that they come into contact with briefly. I like Capri's strong women.
I like the use of short story to give us a brief episode in the series. It's a nice diversion from a full length listen.
hard to review just this one without taking in the others so......
Where to begin:
Well it had to do with Jack Reacher so I had to get it - right?!
Well this came out as an Ebook in 2012. I don't have a kindle but got in that format on my iphone, ever try to read a book on a 4s?! I got to about chapter 25 and realized I needed to re-read The Killing Floor. So I re-read TKF but never started the ebook again.
Then audible got 4 of the 5 in this Hunt For Jack Reacher Series so of course I got all 4 at once. the list is a bit confusing so go to Capris site for the order. Its book, short story, short story, book.
Unless you have a perfect memory you will have to re-read all the Reacher books to follow this series-stop right there-finish my review then consider. (well thats what I thought initially-at least re-read TKF)
I of course remembered TKF-Margrave, Joe, Roscoe, Blind Blake-but the details no.
So now lets start with The Hunt for our friend Jack: 2 FBI agents are tasked with finding Reacher. They are given a vague reason: needing him for a special project. As is typical in many books and tv/film these FBI agents, especially Gaspar, are narrow minded-one track mind kind of agents. They see Reachers stats: 6'5" & 250, off the grid since 1997 etc. and think the worst. They must be after him because he's a bad guy , a fugitive.
I had to step back for a moment and pretend I didn't know Reacher-what would I think. I used to be an investigator so i felt i could do that, but yet with that vague description and knowing he ran a special investigative unit in the military police I still wouldn't have assumed the worst. But Gaspar, well you get the idea that I don't like him at all. Kim Otto is a tad, and only a tad more receptive to an alternative.
Any way back to The Killing Floor, you probably should re-read it. So Otto & Gaspar start in Margrave where you expect them to start when looking for Reacher. The story is OK, it feeds you answers slowly, frustratingly. I mean come on Roscoe just cough up the info. Interesting supposition is brought up - one that many of us Reacher fans have probably thought of throughout the Reacher series (sorry no spoilers here :) Anyway 8 hours later and you are into #2 which is a short story ( exactly 1 hour long) Jack In The Box. Here is where if you are like me, a die hard Reacher fan, the disappointment sets in. Susan Duffy (from #7 Persuader) comes in at the end.
You would think-assume from the series name that the search will take you from the Killing Floor to Die Trying Chicago to Montana) to Trip Wire (Key West to New York)......you get the picture. But you would be wrong. Jack in the Box is mainly about back ground on Otto it seems. Some file searching and meeting and that's it. Susan Duffy makes another brief appearance. Then it's on to Jack and Kill and to Virginia. A drone has captured Reacher-must have been looking for him. The kidnapper nanny's car has cameras in it (really). The surveillance equipment info seems a bit far-fetched but .... So we have skipped 15-16 years of what I expected to be following Reacher through his adventures, to Reacher being Reacher rescuing a woman. Needless to say I am disappointed.
So it's on to Get Back Jack, #4 and a book (8+ hours this time). And at least we are getting into some old friends NAMES ONLY for now- Neagley, Dixon, and ever so briefly mentions his buddies from Bad Luck and Trouble (Sanchez, Franz, Orozco, Swan).
There is a #5 jack in the Green, which as of 8-12-14 is not on Audible. But it ventures to Florida and starts to combine with Capri's other series Hunt for Justice. Since the new Reacher book isnt due until September and sounds like Reacher goes to France and not Tampa. So where is Capri's Hunt for Jack Reacher going? Wouldn't the 2 authors wind up having Reacher in the same place, not venturing off in two different directions? Maybe I am missing something (feel free to straighten me out - PLEASE) After all Reacher is Lee Child's character. Well anyway..... I will continue to read but its not what I was hoping for.
Oh and narrator, well her interpretation of Gaspar's voice is terrible, I mean terrible. She shouldn't tried to do a male voice.
I'd read this on Kindle but I have to say the narrator isn't who I would have picked, she sounds like she is 70yrs old and this is a story that needs a voice that is mid 20's, also the story just leaves you hanging.
"Slow Pace, simple to follow, but don't pause it!"
This is a lovely 'The Hunt for Reacher' novel by Diane Capri, unfortunately the recent App updates totally ruin the book!
Essentially, if you pause it, for whatever reason, you lose it! It is completely taken off your listening library. You have to download it all over again & your bookmarks will have all been erased! It's a totally irritating, annoying and frustrating flaw within the App. If it's not remedied by the time I've completed the 3rd book in the series, then I'm quitting my Audible subscription & going elsewhere!
A company that's underwritten by Amazon can afford not to waste my time and money! <Sigh>
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