Reacher is back! A Wanted Man is a new masterpiece of suspense - from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child.
Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.
An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there.
All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat - to both sides at once.
In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale.
©2012 Lee Child (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Jack Reacher is much more like the heir to the Op and Marlowe than Spenser ever was." (Esquire)
"Indisputably the best escape artist in this escapist genre." (Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times)
"Lee Child [is] the current poster-boy of American crime fiction." (Los Angeles Times)
The story arc over the last 2 books. Plus the Byzantine plot was pure lee child. He is the best!!
Child's plots are always skin tight. Killing floor started me off and I have every book.
The setup to the basic story line. Very believable. Very suspenseful. Great dialogue.
Reacher creatures never cry. Jeez; have you read any of his books?
I will NOT go see that little squirt Tom Cruise play Jack Reacher this winter when the film of One Shot comes out. They couldn't have cast a more unbelievable person to play Jack this side of Pee Wee Herman!
Say something about yourself!
Your mother told you not to hitchhike and she was correct. But then YOU are not Jack Reacher the 6’ 5”, 250 lb ex-military cop. This book is classic Reacher. For the Reacher fans, you have probably already downloaded Book 17. If you are new to the series, it would be best to click on “View Series” and start at the beginning although that is not at all necessary to get the full enjoyment of “Wanted Man”. Dick Hill does his usual outstanding job as reader. So unpack your toothbrush and settle in to another Lee Child masterpiece. If this review was helpful, please let me know.
A lover of thrillers and enthralling stories told by dramatic and well read narrators.
If you're already a fan of the Jack Reacher series, a lot of the same elements are here-- a stranger wandering along the road comes into a nefarious situation that he works with a colleague (usually a female), to try and find out who's behind the situation. This one uses the formula well, and Mr. Hill does another great job as narrator of the series. He's one of my favorites. I recommend whole heartedly!
I love Lee Child's writing, and his observations and asides still enchant. I almost never give a pass to unrealistic situations but somehow when Reacher uncovers byzantine conspiracies and ends up out of touch and out of reach in a Corner of Nowhere despite this being an extremely connected society... I go along. I don't know why I cut Child so much slack. Perhaps it is because I love the "Stranger comes to Town" trope.
I just the author would get back to more grounded situations. The villains were faceless. We never get to know them. That can work, but here it just makes the conflict oddly bloodless despite all the blood.
Oddly David Baldacci's "Zero Day" has been called a Jack Reacher homage, and I find "A Wanted Man" to be weirdly evocative of "Zero Day", and I know that is either a strange coincidence... or a conspriacy!
One final note on action and violence: way way to little. Reacher never even punches someone in the stomach till near the end of the book. I appreciate that he is a detective unraveling a mystery, but he is a very large, very strong detective who knows how to fight dirty. The best fight is the one you walk away from--- unless you're a thriller writer.
I too am a Lee Child/Reacher fan, but this one is way off the mark. Entirely too much detail that adds no value to the story line. No one wants to hear about every blade of grass in a 10-mile drive, or spend 20 minutes listening to the description of a key with scratches on the end of it, or why those scratches might be there. I was constantly rewinding because the story is hard to follow amid the humdrum. This entire book could easily be consolidated into a two-hour short story. Avoid this one and hope the next work is better.
I don't know about you, but why are there so so so many 5 star reviews. I LOVE books, but so few are 5 star.
My usual guilty pleasure was just a little ordinary this time.
I waited so long and wanted so much for this latest installment, maybe too much?
Maybe anything following "Worth Dying For" was going to be a let down. Don't get me wrong, it was decent if a little slow to simmer. It just wasn't as full of Reacher's usual take charge, action packed personality.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
Some Jack Reacher novels are slow, some really rock and all of them entertain. "A Wanted Man" is a solid well plotted but sparely dialogued story arc typical of the series----yes Reacher is still trying to get to Virginia to meet the woman on the phone from several books ago.
Reacher gets himself into the most bazzar situations sometimes and this novel is nothing new in that. What is new is the two strong women protagonists that Lee Child has written into the story. I really liked them, though we learn very little about them. As with most Reacher novels, Reacher himself is the only person who is well developed as a character. Everyone else is secondary to him-even women FBI agents...and I wish they had been a bit more fleshed out. But-this is a Jack Reacher novel and as of yet, with the exception of Gruber way back in the series, the only character we know a lot about is Jack Reacher.
Dick Hill does his typical poor job of women's voices-I've come to expect and accept that he just can't act a believable woman's voice..oh well. There isn't as much He Said, He Said. He Said. in this novel..could be Child has read reviews and added a bit more to the usual tedious dialog writing he typically used in the past..it works in a paper book but not in an audio book.
If you're new to Recher, start with some of the earlier ones-or start with 61 Hours which is a great backstory to Recher. They don't have to be read in order, but it helps.
Well worth my credit!
I would have the narrator speak in a normal voice.
same answer as above
The narration bothered me so much that I couldn't get into the story so I don't have an opinion about a sequel.
Whoever made the decision to have Dick Hill read like he had adnoid problems made a huge mistake in my opinion. I couldn't even understand much of what he said and it made Reacher sound like he was mentally challenged. I did NOT enjoy this book at all and I have liked all of the other Reacher books. I also have enjoyed other narrations by Dick Hill. Very DISAPPOINTED!
HE IS PERFECT,,I'M A GREAT FAN
I THOUGHT THE STORY WAS VERY GOOD, I WOULD NOT CHANGE ANYTHING
LEE KEEPS GETTING BETTER,,,,,DICK HILL IS AN EXCELENT CHOICE VOICE FOR REACHER
A Wanted Man, Lee Child's 17th Jack Reacher novel is set in Jack's post-Army days. The story begins immediately following Worth Dying For (#15). Jack is hitching his way to Virginia and is picked up by a duo who carjacked and kidnapped a cocktail waitress and recently killed an unidentified individual that the State Department and CIA are tracking. Eventually, Jack is left for "dead" and then placed in protective custody by the FBI over an ongoing "national security" issue. With the help of two other involved FBI agents, Jack rescues a 3rd G-man before resuming his eastward passage.
This installment is a bit uneven in delivery as much of the first half has Reacher in a car with at most, eye blink exchanges with the other hostage. After the car ride, the pace slows even further as Reacher is shuffled off to a holding pen (for his own protection). Plot twists, red herrings, and undercover ringers are then liberally spread throughout the rest of the tale. Jack has little opportunity to display his "Sherlockian" sleuthing skills as well as few instances of his fisticuffs. Only near the end does he get a chance to mix it up with the real "bad" guys. Overall, the pacing and interspersion of action scenes and sleuthing, along with general plot progression is uneven and inhibits story flow.
Dick Hill does an admirable narration with the caveat that Reacher endures a broken nose (from #15) for the entire story forcing Hill to render a nasally Jack that sounds like one long cold and flu commercial. While the range of voices and the narration pace is excellent, the story does drag a bit, especially in the early going.
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