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A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17 | [Lee Child]

A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 17

Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Joy Park Ridge, NJ, United States 09-26-12
    Joy Park Ridge, NJ, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyed this. First Reacher novel for me."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Wanted Man to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    What did you like best about this story?

    The end, which was more exciting than the rest of the novel.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At times.


    Any additional comments?

    Want to know if, when, and how Reacher gets his nose fixed. Don't envy the narrator to sound like that throughout the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12
    Zach San Antonio, Tx, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Child's Best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Wanted Man to be better than the print version?

    Audio for me is better since being blind print books are worthless.


    Would you recommend A Wanted Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it for those who already enjoy Child's work, but not as a first time Child reading selection.


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator is quite good, and I greatly enjoy listening to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, but sadly Wanted just didn't have the same riveting plot I've come to expect from the author. It just seemed like he was putting out another novel, instead of really putting his all into it like prior books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Marion, AR, United States 09-24-12
    Linda Marion, AR, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed by this reacher novel"

    For Reacher fans, you can read the Abridged version and get all you need from this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    G. Speck Vero Beach FL 09-24-12
    G. Speck Vero Beach FL 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wanted, New PLOTS"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Dick Hill does a good job, but gets bogged down when there are more than two women that he has to narrate. I would be more selective on my purchases from Lee Child.


    Would you recommend A Wanted Man to your friends? Why or why not?

    The books has some good moments, but Reacher needs to mature a little. He can not keep on without developing new interests, and on occasion staying in one place for more than a week. It gets too repetitive.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good.


    Was A Wanted Man worth the listening time?

    This is a 3 star book, not the 4 that I have seen. I guess I have become jus too familiar with the plot lines from his previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack Reach is an interesting character but seems to have stagnated. We need more development and some different situations. Time to buy some toothpaste and get a breath of fresh air.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah 09-24-12
    Deborah 09-24-12
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    "Very Good"

    Lee Child redeemed himself with this book (I did not like "The Affair"). I finished this book yesterday. I can tell you I will listen to it again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane 09-23-12
    Jane 09-23-12
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    "Don't bother"
    Would you try another book from Lee Child and/or Dick Hill?

    Maybve


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lee Child again?

    Maybe


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great character development


    Did A Wanted Man inspire you to do anything?

    Quit listening as words were just added to make the book of greater length.Was he getting paid by the the word? Loved the character - hated the boring repeating of known facts. I have read MANY other Reacher books but I wish I had not bought this book.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 09-23-12
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Good, but not Great"
    What made the experience of listening to A Wanted Man the most enjoyable?

    As always, Child's point of view is the mind of Jack Reacher and Jack Reacher has a very interesting mind. Dick Hill's narration is as always excellent. He gets Reacher into your head.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot seemed to go a bit astray in the middle and suffered from too many contrivances, but it definitely held my attention.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck R 09-22-12
    Chuck R 09-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story and great narration"
    What did you love best about A Wanted Man?

    Ongoing story of a man who simply decides to do the right thing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Reacher


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Jack eacher


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie 09-20-12
    Bonnie 09-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the top 3 Reacher novels. For Sure."
    What did you love best about A Wanted Man?

    Taut Storyline. Great Characterizations. Unexpected plot.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes! Usually Reacher is in a new town with a person or group of people in need of his special talents. This was different in that there wasn't any one place that was the center of the story. Instead it was all about the action. I couldn't guess what would happen next and that is much appreciated from an avid reader (and listener).


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dick Hill does is usual masterful job of individualizing the characters so you know who is thinking and saying what.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the Reacher series and have since book 1. This one is definitely in my top 3 of the Reacher novels. Loved it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 09-20-12
    Kevin 09-20-12
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    "Another great installment in the Jack-Reacher saga"

    I am an avid Jack-Reacher fan and am indeed pleased with Mr. Child's latest installment in that saga. I enjoyed the highly believable and contemporary nature of the story line and the development and interaction of the main characters. I also think that Dick Hill's narration was outstanding. I anxiously await the next installment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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