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
This is the first book in the popular Jack Reacher series. There is a lot of action and the author really does a great job painting the scenes where Reacher combats the enemies. The plot is suspenseful and is developed slowly. Details are slowly revealed at a pace that keeps the reader interested and engaged. Even though Reacher's motivations are simple, there is some complexity and mystery about his past. He is a larger than life character who seems somehow enhanted. At the end of the book, most of the mysteries are revealed but enough is still unknown abou Reacher to makethe reader eager for the next adventure.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
The first of the Jack Reacher series introduces us to our hero and narrator, a retired Police Army officer who is now wandering through the U.S. with nothing but a desire to live free of all ties and obligations. Sitting in a small-town diner one day he is arrested for a murder he did not commit, then promptly put in jail, even though Reacher assures us he is innocent of any wrongdoing. All he wants is to clear up the misunderstanding, get out of jail and move on, but he is sucked into a mysterious plot involving dangerous players and a gang of killers who inflict terrible pain on their victims and leave horribly mangled corpses behind. Of course, our man, with his intense army training is up for the challenge. When he's not picking off his opponents, he falls into a tender embrace with a beautiful woman who can't resist this big strong man with the sexy blue eyes. A great mix of suspense, violence, and sex appeal. My only reservation is that Lee Child, a British writer, seemed at times to struggle with American dialogue, though this was allowable for a first time novelist. Not for the faint of heart, but I'll be following Reacher in his next adventure, count on it.
Michael Connelly has the BEST, MOST enjoyable set of Heroes. Det. Harry Bosch,age 40 to 60, so far. Atty Mickey Haller 5*, 3 other greats!
When I read Reacher books, I hear Dick Hill! Reacher is a fragment of my imagination! I LOVE reading AND listening to Reacher books.
Reacher is ALWAYS my favorite character! But I am always excited with a new Lee Child cast. I think Finnley was my second favorite character in Killing Floor. His character began as a man in a new place for surprising reasons. He started out seeming like he didn't know what to do with himself in Margrove until Reacher arrived in town. Dick Hill gives him an almost James Earl Jones voice, a good Ving Rhames or Michael Clarke Duncan. As the novel went on though, I enjoyed listening (and reading) his personality grow into the cop I bet he used to be, before he got his new job. It seemed that Reacher tested him and made him think, didn't answer all the questions FOR Finnley, and as a result, Finnley was enjoyable and into his job more and more, as the book went on, right to the end. You gotta love Roscoe, too! Funny though, that Reacher never ends up with an average looking woman. Who cares? Their chemistry is great, without spoiling anything, she really surprises Reacher! Brings out yet another side of his character.
I LOVED it when he was sneaking around town creating hate and discontent with the locals. Burn Baby Burn! I had an evil laugh going on while listening to him sneaking around plotting and carrying out a one man wrecking "team", never diappointing. The visit to the coroner, not another word except WOW!
YES! I read the book in 1 day, too! I've listened to audio books at bedtime for over 20 years. I have an anxiety/sleep disorder, and I figure if I'm atleast laying down, curled up in my down blanket and my fav pillow, it's BETTER than not sleeping especially with an AWESOME novel! My husband is a war vet, he had a hard time sleeping when we met. I listened to my books from the time we got together, now HE can't go to sleep without listening to a good book. Better than an Ambien,lol! He LOVES Reacher, being an Army vet himself. We're always talking about who should play Reacher, WHEN they start making movies. It seems to change with different books. Man! I REALLY wish Clint Walker was Reacher's age again, and still here, period! Google him on Images, w/ or w/o a shirt, there's Reacher! That man could have played Reacher to perfection! Especially when he's found a new lady that he shows you a whole different side of himself.
You keep hearing these novels are heading for the big screen. When? It would be great to have a website, if there is one, HELP!, where is it? It would be a lot of fun to see if people are REALLY into a man who is REALLY Reacher, not just someone who can kick A**, and make a woman's knees weak! He can save me anytime! I LOVE Dick Hill as the narrator! He has sucha great range of voices. I haven't heard him doing the 6 year old girl, but really, do you really expect a grown man, who's way past puberty, narrating a 6 year old girl perfectly? Come on folks!, it's fiction! lol
I really enjoyed this novel. A form of military fiction, but with much more depth. The characters are very well fleshed out, and the story moves forward, taking various twists and turns. I found that the pacing of the novel really improved the feeling of suspense - I think Lee Child has an incredible 'ear' for moving the story along at the right pace, but not just splashing the plot twists onto the reader like a pail of water. Instead, the plot progresses methodically along with the same measuring consideration that the main character uses in evaluating his own situation within the plot.
I 'read' this book in audio form, and the narration provided by Dick Hill was excellent. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
Don't start counting how many times you hear a character say "Right?" at the end of a sentence. It will drive you crazy. The only other Lee Child I've read had the same problem - that was "One Shot" and in that one the phrase was "Reecher said nothing."
He needs a good editor, right?
I love the Jack Reacher stories!! I only gave this one 4 stars however, not because it isn't a great story, but because I had it figured out pretty much in the first few chapters. I wound up listening just to see if I was right about the story line... but it was a really fun listen so no big deal.
While I was able to force myself to finish listening to this, I came very close to stopping a few times. The plot was shot full of as many holes as some of the antagonists. Child has a tendency to repeat himself--often... and in the same sentence or paragraph! A lot of the dialogue just dragged along and I wanted to just say "spit it out, man!" Personal preference here, but I was irritated that they had Dick Hill reading the "He said" "She said" "I said" parts... isn't it understood that if the narrator is properly changing their voice for characters that they're saying what we're hearing? I'd say read this if you get it at the $5 bargain price, but don't waste a credit. It's predictable and slow and there are many other better books out there.
Love the horror genre but read all kinds of stuff! I'm 40 something, a wife, mom and Project Manager for a large Construction Company.
I had never heard of this author or these books until I found this one on Audiobooks, and on sale. It started out a bit slow for me and I almost put it away but am very glad I hung in there because it was a great read/listen. I passed it along to my husband who liked it even more then I did. I am moving onto the next 14 (or so?) books and can't wait to start #2. These books are as much about the character (Reacher) as the plot and storyline. The writer has set him up with a detailed history, background and personality. You may want to check out Lee Child's website for more information on Jack Reacher and decide the order in which you will read them because I suspect that once you read one, like M&M's, you just cant stop until they are GONE!
I wish Jack didn't have such bad luck. Good book and a nice amount of action. Jack seems like he should be in his early 40s--like me.
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