It's been a while since we first met Lee Child's Jack Reacher in Killing Floor. Fifteen years and sixteen novels later, Reacher still lives off the grid, until trouble finds him, and then he does whatever it takes, much to the delight of listeners and the dismay of villains. Now someone big is looking for him. Who? And why? Hunting Jack Reacher is a dangerous business, as FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are about to find out. Otto and Gaspar are by-the-book hunters who know when it's necessary to break the rules, but they Don't Know Jack. Reacher is a stone cold killer. Is he their friend or their enemy? Only the secrets hidden in Margrave, Georgia will tell them. Is Reacher a wanted man?
Listeners love Don't Know Jack!
©2012 Diane Capri (P)2013 StoneHouse Audio
This is not a Lee Child book but it is not trying to be one. The references to the 6'5" Jack Reacher and the last impression from the book were fine.
I liked the intelligence of the main character. Her part was well written. It is always interesting to see how the case is figured out. Her number 2 character also contrasted well with the leads style.
Hazen as one reviewer stated started of in a robotic form but as I listened I thought she did a decent job with the material.
There are millions of Lee Child readers. I could see this one being produced. Who would have ever pictured little Tom Cruise being cast as Reacher in last years movie. Probably no one. The movie was decent even with him playing the lead. With the right lead this one works.
When this one ended I hoped there would be a second book.
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.
A well informed addition to the jack reacher series. Plot is rather slow
Spend less time in the characters head and more time in dialogue with other characters.
The intention seems to be to create mystery and tension where there shouldn't be. Creates a slow story from misunderstanding and poor communication. Some makes sense, but this gets ridiculous and frustrating.
Decent diction. And clear enunciation.
Will try other books by this series but hope it gets better
This book has very unpredictable plot twists. The characters are unique but are very likeable.
They brought a feminine flavor to a Jack Webb, Dragnet style book. I would.not have brought that attitude if I read the book.
I absolutely wanted to listen to the book in one sitting. I listened during my commute and I stayed in my car and likeistened until the end of the chapter every time I drove.
When I finished, my first thought was that I could not wait to order the sequel.
Nothing about this could have made this experience worth it
Len Cariou, Dick Hill, George Guidell, Orla Cassidy
This was a complete waste of time and a good credit. Having read all the jack reacher books, I was originally intruigued at the concept, but quickly dismissed the thought about 3 chapters in. Why someone would want to piggy-back off a popular series and try to build onto it with confusing and completely unbelieveable plot lines is beyond me. I'm surprised Lee Child allowed the use of his characters, or even that he approved the concept (assuming he did). The purpose was to draw Reacher fans into the web and then try to keep them with a fantasy storyline using Child's characters as a backdrop. The "boss" was completely unbelieveable as was his knack for knowing exactly where his charges were and what they were doing the instant after they did it. The concept made no sense. Why send agents on an "under the radar" mission to have them ultimately solve a cae you were responsible for? Sorry. Complete waste of time and if this is a series, I won't get to episode 2.
One of the single most annoying aspects for the listener is having the reader try to be a man with every male line. I'm smart enough to know when a male character is uttering lines. I don't need the reader to pretend to be a man as she's reading. She made the male FBI agent so annoying with her voice, I tuned her out after a while. Listen to George Guidell read the Mitch Rapp series, or Dick Hill read the Reacher series or Orla Cassidy read the King & Maxwell series and you won;t haer them changing their voices to be somebody else. While reading the Kim character, she was fine. She should have stayed with that.
I was desperate for a new book to listen to, so I took it. I'm not that desperate anymore.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Her name is Jacquelline and her nickname is Jack. Reacher is unaware.
This book is actually quite good. The narration is disappointing, but adequate. The story starts in Jack Reacher Book 1, Killing Floor.
Dick Hill for starters, Kelly Hazen is terrible. Also, if the Reacher character had actually had anything to do with this book it would have made it more interesting, that was the hook to start with.
Robotic, sounded like a text to voice machine at the start. Voices bad, reading style aweful.
I don't know but it really crawled at times, actually put me to sleep once.
I'm going to try one more but I may not finish it. The whole notion that this book had anything to do with the Reacher character is a misleading way to attract attention and entice you to listen to it; it really has nothing to do with Reacher. (I've heard all of those).
Persnickety, curmudgeonly, locked into a long daily commute which is mitigated somewhat by listening to great books.
It was OK for passing the time on a long commute
The voice for the Gaspar character was awful, frankly. The overall reading was droning rather than lively. Something tells me that the reader was going for that "government" voice, but it didn't work for this listener.
No. This plot works better as a book.
As a fan of the Jack Reacher books it was interesting how Capri wove a new story around the artifacts of a Reacher story, but neither the counterfeit money nor the implication that Reacher was involved in the unfolding crime really went anywhere, so it was a tease really. I will try another one to see if Capri does any better.
Does not achieve a thing...Thats the problem...5 hours into this 8 hour plus book and Old Jack Reacher hasent shown his face...and all the people in the book do is drive from one place to another and talk about the man...couldnt listen anymore...a waste of 5 hours.
She doesnt have a handle on the people in the book...and if you cant get the accents of an indevidual carecter consistant and beliveable.....do us a favor and dont try...its annoying and irritating...the Cuban guy? if i hadent listened as far as i did and was told his heritage id never have guessed....never...the individuals start to weave themselves together after a few hours and its like listening to three or four tracks of music at one time...becomes almost impossible to tell the individuals appart...good thing the author follows almost every comment in a conversation with a helpful...He said or she said...lots of he said and she saids....sorry thats not the readers fault...as far as the author...well i think she had an Idea that seemed good in her head....but didnt translate to paper...Reacher gave her the slip and shes just as confused about it as carictures in the book....dont waste your time....
They both have their strengths but it's great to hear the audio bring it to life. The writing is stylized and so is the performance. They match perfectly. It feels like those cop shows from the 50's - 'just the facts, mam.'
I'm torn. Otto and Gaspar are so well suited as partners yet exact opposites. Miami and Detroit! Their repartee is brilliant. Very funny the way they trade nicknames for one another.
I enjoyed when they are sitting in the police captain's office in Margate and Otto is observing, waiting for her to show a sign that she is guilty or give something away. Listening to how Otto works as she reads the body language, looking for the tell.
The story and writing are smart. You have to pay attention, keep up. So it's a very exciting listen. Very compelling.
I think its odd the narrator has gotten bad comments. She's great and suits the writing perfectly. The vocabulary is way above average and she makes perfect sense of it.
"On the reacher bandwagon"
Narrator very robotic and no feeling at all, story was ok but it was just a jump on the reacher bandwagon, no reacher involvement as such but some clever ties to reacher stories, don't buy this expecting a reacher standard, plot very contrived and not all thatwell tied up to finish
Could have been so much better
I'd say try it
yes, Im a gluton
I think its a brilliant idea to use another fictional charactor as the focus for a story
"Did a female Stephen Hawkins read this?"
The story is good, I just got distracted by the robotic voice, I genuinely thought it had been read by a computer
Didn't like kelley's performance at all
"not as expected but a good listen."
it turned out better than i thought it would half way through.
loved to hear from some old reacher characters and im now looking forward to the next one in the series.
i want to know where Diane is going to. the ultimate destination. as a writer myself i know how hard it is to keep the reader reading this book got me to the end in one sitting as the reacher books do
well done Diane great book.
"Hard to rate this as the App is TRULY AWFUL!"
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 2nd 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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