Stephen King calls Jack Reacher "the coolest continuing series character" - and now he's back in this masterful new thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child.
"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.
Reacher has no particular place to go and all the time in the world to get there, and there's something about Chang...so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he's plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco and through the hidden parts of the Internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way - right back to where he started, in Mother's Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.
Walking away would have been easier. But, as always, Reacher's rule is: If you want me to stop, you're going to have to make me.
©2015 Lee Child (P)2015 Random House Audio
This is the ONE series I wait a year for each new book only to listen to in one day and start counting down again the next day!! Although I have read other reviews criticizing the last few books because Reacher is/acts like an "old man" in the books, I personally think he's doing just fine. He left the military in '97, he was 36 years old. If you do the math he would have been born in 1961 (so was I). That makes him 54 years old. If the books are supposed to be in "real" time and he performed like he did at 36, I don't think it would make a believable story.
Now for this book. I think Michelle was a great sidekick and complimented Reacher well. I felt sad at the end of NEVER GO BACK, picturing him sitting alone waiting for a bus. The end of this book left me with a hopeful feeling, Reacher's basically been alone (not counting one night stands) since Jody. I think that ended with book 4.
With an awful lot of cross country travel I was completely in the dark about what was happening in Mother's Rest. I won't ruin this for anyone but this is very thought provoking, disturbing and I'm not naive enough to think it doesn't exist. I personally would like to thank Lee Child for writing this into a story. I did get an education about the "deep" web and many of the hidden sites most would prefer to not know existed.
Dick Hill is the voice of Jack Reacher. The are three other books in this series that are excellent books but without Dick Hill's narration they are better off read.
This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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I am a dedicated Jack Reacher fan. That said, I have mixed feelings about this entry. On the plus side, we get to see Reacher in some interesting and different predicaments, which is always fun. Some of the bit-part supporting characters are a real hoot. The inevitable girl sidekick has her moments but is pretty one-dimensional. The problem of "how to get in" (always a question in Reacher books) is a real puzzler and the eventual strategy is laugh-out-loud cool. And welcome to the 21st Century, Reacher actually uses some modern technology. Sort of.
But.... huge negative: new depths of gruesomeness. No spoilers here, but you'll figure out what's coming well before you get to that point.
I am continued to be amazed at what a good job Lee Child has done in keeping this series going. There's basically one plot: Reacher wanders into town, stumbles into a heinous criminal conspiracy , starts figuring out what's going on, has to "get in" (often to save a hostage), huge action scene, ride off into the sunset. (Does anyone else keep visualizing Reacher as Clint Eastwood's man with no name?)
Narration: It's hard to imagine anyone but Dick Hill reading a Reacher, but the drawn out laconic drawl tempts me to listen at 1.25x. Tempts, I say, but I remain strong and resist.
So, somewhere around 3.75 stars. Not my favorite Reacher, I'll probably skip this one when I get around to starting over and listening to the Reachers again, but all of us true fans will continue to look forward to every new addition to the series.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
I have been a Jack Reacher fan since purchasing the hardcover version of Killing Floor, first book in the series, when it was released in 1997. I have Audible versions of all of the Jack Reacher novels (and short stories) as well as printed version of most. This book, Make Me, is the 20th novel in the Jack Reacher series. I rated the first 18 five stars, but was somewhat disappointed that Personal, Jack Reacher Book 19, only earned four stars.
Make Me returns to the formula of several of the Reacher novels: Jack is traveling around the US where he runs into wrongs that need to be righted and a beautiful woman to help. The setting is the small, isolated town of Mother's Rest, Oklahoma where 200 people have disappeared. Jack's female helper is a private investigator from Seattle who is looking for a fellow PI who went missing in Mother's Rest. My reviews never include plot spoilers, so I'll stop there except to say that there is lots of travel to Illinois,California, etc. in the book.
Make Me lacks some of the suspense of earlier Jack Reacher releases. It is the least suspenseful, thrilling, and interesting of the 20 Reacher novels. While it is a worthwhile read, it is disappointing. Other Reacher novels are not average, but Make Me is.
Dick Hill does his usual stellar narration.
I am a fan of Lee Child and have listened to many of his books. However,iIt appears to me Lee Child needs to take a refresher course. I recommend: "How to End a Story 101" The premise of the story is an excellent one. However, Reacher appeared to act stupidly in this story. For example: Not being cognizant of cell phone tracking and not keeping PI Chang's cell phone off the air. He should had stayed with the trow away. But mostly, I found the ending so contrived. The bad guys ambush was not to be believed and the bad guy boss could not hit Reacher at 60 feet? Come on! I also purchased the eBook edition and sought a refund. More and more I am finding authors who serve up a long series of books surrounding a character such as Reacher get sloppy with their endings.
Allowing the daring duo to be tracked by PI Chang's cell phone is not believable and the ending is not believable.
I like Jack Reacher
Only if the issues mentioned above were to be corrected
Lee, keep trucking
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-year-old daughter.
I was trying to pinpoint why this latest installment in the Reacher series (I've read them all) didn't keep me listening on the edge of my chair. Then it came to me: There was literally no development of the "bad guy" characters. Part of Reacher's intrigue is the sense that he will meet and defeat one or more bad guys. Other than the brief scene at the doctor's house, this confrontation never happened. I liked the interaction between Chang and Reacher but it wasn't enough to rescue this otherwise weak effort by Child. It wasn't as bad as the installment two books ago (the title of which I have managed to erase from my memory). Child needs to bring back Jack Reacher and let him hang around for a few consecutive books. When asked to comment on the calibre of this most recent effort by Child, Reacher said nothing.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
For book twenty in the Jack Reacher series Lee Child has done something different. Reacher gets off a train in a small town of “Mother’s Rest” simply because he is intrigued by the name. I have done the same thing myself when travelling by car.
Reacher meets a woman hoping to meet her partner at the train station who has asked her to come to help him. She is former Special Agent Michelle Chang. Of course, Reacher cannot resist a mystery of where is former Agent Keever? Reacher and Chang set off to find Keever and boy does the action begin. The ending took me by surprise: I would never have figured an ending to the mystery as Child wrote it.
The book is well written, fast paced and full of suspense along with the Reacher humor. I began to wonder is Child going to create something more between Reacher and Chang. The basic plot gave me the vague feeling I was reading a western. Dick Hill did his usual great job narrating the story.
It's been a while since I've read a Reacher novel, but I knew I could count on Child to give me the kind of day I needed: just chillin' and wanting a good story with some characters I knew. This was a an oddball though; I noticed as I went along I was starting to do the, "Yeah... right... sure... hmmmm..." looking at my device like "what's wrong with you, trying to feed me this nonsense." Yeah, yeah, another random hook-up; Reacher the rolling stone with a toothbrush wanders into a remote town in the middle of nowhere, Oklahoma, and immediately takes up with Michelle Chang, former FBI turned PI. So, I remind myself that's the guy's MO, and roll with it. I did like the way the characters are kind of shadowy in this one, "the man in the stiff jeans," "the hog farmer" the man at the front desk" "the guy pumping gas at the station," it was a little Twilight Zone-ish, these mysterious defensive players kept as shadowy members of a tight-lipped group up to something very hush-hush, in the rail-stop town of Mother's Rest.
As the facts of Chang's purpose in town are revealed (or so you think) and the mission finally crystallizes enough to spark Reacher's attention and join forces for some cross-country fact checking, I was convinced the plot line was a little thread-bare, and the story was going down. No way would Reacher get involved with a missing-person case (ah, yes, the beautiful, slim, Asian woman--maybe he would). Now I was just hanging in there listening for the moment where I finally had to bail. This is one where Patience is rewarded; wait for it, it's a long time coming just like the trains that roll through the story -- chugging along. But it's gonna get there. And what a nasty, dark, perverse, fantastic, sur-prise! Better yet? Don't you just love it when those bad guys get exactly what's coming to them? Creative justice.
This isn't literature for sure, and it was a little dark and possibly squeamish -- but it was fun, exactly what I was looking for. I haven't read all of Child's Reacher novels like a lot of fans, but I've read a few over the years. Child isn't petering out; he just keeps on delivering, proving you can teach some old dogs (Reacher that is, not Child!) some new tricks. *And, if on a dark night, after a long train ride, you decide you need to stretch your legs before the next leg of your journey...do not disembark at Mother's Rest.
I am a Jack Reacher fan, I have listened to the whole series and have enjoyed them all, almost. This last book of the series was a real letdown. Story was weak, characters were ok but the ending matched the story. Disappointed for the first time in the entire series.
Weakest of all Reacher books. Story is incoherent in spots. Reacher makes mistakes a rookie wouldn't make and the female is irritating and basically inept. She spends most of her time asking "are you ok?" Child missed the mark with this one.
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