The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road. The police chief and his wife are butchered on a quiet Sunday morning. Then a bank executive disappears from his home, leaving his keys on the table and his wife frozen with fear.
The easiest suspect is Jack Reacher - an outsider, a man just passing through. But Reacher is not just any drifter. He is a tough ex-military policeman, trained to think fast and act faster. He has lived with and hunted the worst: the hard men of the American military gone bad.
Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.
©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
More of a 3.5 star book.
Starts out pretty interesting. A lot of action and violence. Reacher is portrayed as sort of a good/bad guy. The plot is a little out there but there were a lot of twists and turns that kept you interested enough to find out what was going to happen next.
The narrator was pretty good but needs to work on the female voices.
This was my first Lee Child book and it won't be the last after listening to this book. It was very suspenseful and I am a big fan of the narrator Dick Hill. He's the best in the biz.
The author of this book either thinks his readers are idiots - or he is not too swift himself. I am sure the story is full of technical and historic mistakes.
Very well narrated though.
Personally, I think it was a waste of a credit.
The unfortunate thing is that I actually paid for the book (not a free credit). I kept thinking "Surely this thing will turn around." but it did not. The characters are just not real and the level of coincidences that have to occur to make the story work might work for my 12 yr old but even that is a stretch.
Stop creating plots that are not feasible. He was forcing the story to fit the plot. It was ridiculous.
Stop making up dumb plot points to fit his story. Also, stop having all the characters say "right" at the end of each sentence. I couldn't count, but it happened at least every other page. Also, all the characters shrugged. It was annoying. If you think I'm not correct, others have noticed this as well.
I would have scrapped all of it and started over. I will not be listening to this series. Apparently, the next book is more of the same.
It was a waste of my point.
The story had lots of twists and turns and is overall unpredictable. I really enjoyed the characters in this book as well
I don't normally read books like this, so the only one I could really compare it to is Two Graves by Douglas Preston. Both of the novels are based around a strong male character who single handedly solves big problems. These guys are invincible!
Jack and Finley were my two favorites. Jack would have been a favorite if I had read the book myself, but I'm not sure how I would have felt about Finley if I hadn't heard him through Hill's performance. The female characters weren't that great, but that is to be expected from any male imitation, they just can't quite get the right pitch. Overall it was consistent and I felt he did a great job and varying all of the characters and remaining consistent throughout the novel.
For most of the book it isn't clear what exactly is going on, I remember the moment when I started to figure out what was gong on, right along with Jack. Normally I have an idea of what is going on way before the characters piece it together, but the realization was perfectly synchronized in this one. That is something I have never experienced before but I hope I will continue to experience it throughout the series.
I'm not sure why, but I had the hardest time getting into this book. Every time I would start listening to it something would distract me and I would put it down so long I felt the need to start over. I'm sure the confusion at the beginning of the novel probably had a lot to do with it.
In the end I am glad I started over and gave myself enough time to get into the story before pausing it to do something else.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
The was the first Jack Reacher novel I have read. I found this one a bit exaggerated, over-the-top and very masculine, but enjoyable nevertheless. I will read more Jack Reacher novels. I would recommend it as a first Jack Reacher book as it has made me want to read more.
I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!
I often refer to mysteries as junk food for my brain. I think it fits well ... I don't learn while reading most mysteries, but if written well they can be quite satisfying. I am new to Lee Child and I am so glad I made this purchase. I love his writing style which is so matter-of-fact. The dialogue flows easily and feels genuine. Jack Reacher is a believably bright ex-military tough guy whom I found to be quite likable. I also liked both Finley and Roscoe who I hope make future appearances in the series.
My only disappointment lies in the ending. Once I reached the apex of the story it felt as though everything else was rushed. The plot was tied up in a handful of pages and I felt as though the roller coaster ride somehow ended more like a kiddie ride than a thrill ride.
FYI: the narrator was fantastic! Top notch.
What can I say about the Jack Reacher series? Well, to start, they are fairly entertaining. They spin a good story, so long as you are willing to overlook the machismo and the unbelievable coincidences.
I would hazard to guess that what draws people to these stories is the classic "underdog against the system" theme. Good old Jack is a drifter without a friend in the world, but he manages to come out on top time and again.
I know this sounds pretty negative, but I'll go back to my initial comment about it being entertaining. I had this running while doing dry walling and painting, and it was great for that role. I listened to a story that didn't require my rapt attention, but it entertained me while I worked. I guess this sums this novel up best.
There are no listener reviews for this title yet.
Report Inappropriate Content