In the next few tense seconds Reacher will make a choice and trigger an electrifying chain of events in this gritty, gripping masterwork of suspense by #1 New York Times best seller Lee Child.
Susan Mark was the fifth passenger. She had a lonely heart, an estranged son, and a big secret. Reacher, working with a woman cop and a host of shadowy feds, wants to know just how big a hole Susan Mark was in, how many lives had already been twisted before hers, and what danger is looming around him now.
Because a race has begun through the streets of Manhattan in a maze crowded with violent, skilled soldiers on all sides of a shadow war. Susan Mark's plain little life was critical to dozens of others in Washington, California, Afghanistan...from a former Delta Force operator now running for the U.S. Senate, to a beautiful young woman with a fantastic story to tell and to a host of others who have just one thing in common: They're all lying to Reacher. A little. A lot. Or maybe just enough to get him killed.
In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.
Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.
©2009 Delacorte Press; (P)2009 Random House
The plot was well developed and, unlike some other authors, believably plausible. I truely enjoy how Lee Child can draw out a seconds-long scene with such fine detail that brings the reader into the mind of his character. Reacher is one of my favorite characters, I look forward to more excellent books from this author. Meanwhile, this is definately a book to revisit!
Excellent book and good narration. The narration is slow and methodical, lending itself to the text. If you can listen for more than 5 minutes you'll be hooked.
I am a Jack Reacher fan but this is not Lee Childs best work. The story held my attention and I did listen to the end but was not satisfied with it. Reacher constantly reacted out of sync with what was happening in the story. The main plot line was never truly explained on the Afghan side. I still don't know why they were after something that was abnormal for them to be after, and spend so much money and resources to try to obtain it. Maybe I missed something but I think not. Still if you are a Reacher fan go for it.
I gave this book four stars because I love the Reacher series and Lee Child and I'm glad there's another book. However . . . this novel is badly in need of editing. There are numerous interminable conversations that recap information we already know. I actually carried on conversations with other people while listening to parts of this book with one earbud in, just waiting for something to happen.
As usual, Reacher kicks the bad-guys around, and there are a couple of satisfying twists, and plenty of national and international intrigue. The evildoer is very evil, the stakes very high, and the conclusion ties up loose ends. But I get the sense that Child was just going through the motions, trying to keep a best-selling character alive and fill up a few hundred pages, without really feeling it. Usually I'm at the edge of my seat with the Reacher books. This time, I could have used a fast-forward function.
If you're new to Child and Reacher, pick one of the earlier books, like "The Killing Floor", to start with.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
After I lost several hours with Nothing to Lose I took a few months break from Reacher novels. Child brings back the Man of Steel in Gone Tomorrow. Who cares if the antagonists are members of the "weaker" gender. They are evil incarnate and Reacher is back to his old ways of kicking butt and taking no prisoners. Yes the book had its fair share of barely believable scenarios but that's standard fare for Reacher novels. I also noticed that Child switched Reacher to the first person in this book. I figured it out when Reacher first uttered, "I said nothing." Reacher fans should know that previous novels are replete with sightings of "Reacher said nothing." I don't think this change added or subtracted to the finished product. If you were disappointed with Nothing to Lose, you will be pleased that it appears to be an anomalous effort. Five stars for Gone Tomorrow.
I've always enjoyed this series, and I love listening to Dick Hill narrate. The book was just what you expect with Lee Child's Jack Reacher series. Not as much of a love life in this one but good all the same. You won't be dissappointed.
I love these books. This one is the best of the few I have read. Happily, Child didn't use his "I said nothing" macro key quite as often as before. I know that these are fantasies, etc., but there are some totally too far out accidents and mistakes, things ignored and not followed, opportunities not plumbed. i.e. In this story, early on, much was made about the GPS tracking capabilities on cell phones. Near the height of the final action, Jack leaves the phone on for "hours," feeling and ignoring the vibration, etc... he should have been trackable.. stuff like that... but in all, terrific. getting better and better. Serious violence, delicately portrayed. Each of the Reacher stories contains a max of 2 horrible descriptions of sadism, and they are described in what is almost but not quite unbearable. Beyond that, they are almost G rated, but real "page turners." The end game fights are always a little too superhero-ish, but that is what this is... I really appreciate all the education packed into these stories: History, politics, technology, weather, engineering, trains, city layouts, very informative. I really, really like the hidden allusions to cultural (especially classic rock music). Keep 'em coming!
I haven't finished this yet, but I must say I'm very frustrated with the book. I'm thinking about skipping to the last chapter or two just to find out what happens--and I NEVER do that. Pace is slow, too much detail. Taking waaaay too long to tell the story and it meanders hither and yon. If this guy is a super duper smarty pants, he's awfully stupid and makes decisions that defy common sense. Very frustrated with the whole book.
I'm a HUGE Reacher fan - aren't we all. But, this story barely had a plot and LOTS of very discriptive torture parts. There were s couple parts that I had to fast forward through and I'm pretty accepting if part of the story. OK this was part of the story to an extent - but, WAY overboard. He must have had a deadline and thrown this together and it shows. Bummer.
This is one of only a few books out of hundreds that I felt compelled to read more than once. Lee Child should have won an award for the opening scene alone; it's brilliant! The tension starts on page one and the author slowly teases the reader on. This is not a book to listen to in the background, but one that is best enjoyed without any distractions. In fact, I listened to the book the first time a year ago, then read the kindle version recently and it was better the second time around ... deceivingly complex. As another reviewer mentioned, this is not a book full of B-movie scenes and big explosions... it is more grounded in reality and has a well researched background. Loved it!
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