The ultimate loner.
An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.
And without fear. Which is good, because trouble - big, violent, complicated trouble - finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once...not ever.
But some unfinished business has now found Reacher. And Reacher is a man who hates unfinished business.
Ten years ago, a key investigation went sour and someone got away with murder. Now a chance encounter brings it all back. Now Reacher sees his one last shot. Some would call it vengeance. Some would call it redemption. Reacher would call it...justice.
Don't miss any of Jack Reacher's adventures.
©2004 Lee Child; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
This may be the best Reacher novel since The Killing Floor. I have had two complaints about the series in earlier books: 1. The women are weak and whiny, and 2. Jack is too "perfect" -- always the smartest, strongest and wittiest.
With respect to the female characters: I found Duffy to be competent, if not deep. It was a step in the right direction, hopefully the next novels will continue to grow in depth and intensity. As much as I like Dick Hill's narration I still find him incapable of female voices.
And with respect to my second complaint, I was very happy with the glimpses into Reacher's past. It gave him complexity and allowed him to show some vulnerability. In past books I found him unbelievable. When a character isn't real I find it hard to buy into the circumstances of the story. Thankfully, this episode finally answered this criticism and gave me a more complicated Reacher.
In this edition of the series Jack worked under-cover in conjunction with Duffy's crew. It made for a more compelling story. I hope that Jack finds himself in similar situations in the next books too.
Within the Jack Reacher Series, it would be 4 of the 4 I've read so far. I like the story, but it was just a little drug out.
Yes. That is what I love about this series. All the stories so far are NAIL BITERS!
When they found out where Teresa was, and then rescued her. I was sorry for the maid.
Throughout all the books I've read, and I do not expect future ones to change, Jack Reacher's compassion and need for justice is always heartwarming and satisfying.
Where are books 9 & 10??? I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.
Typical Jack Reacher - lots of action with a decent story line behind it.
The one thing that made me rate this lower is the use of "I said nothing".
It must be used 300 to 400 times in the book, well it felt like it anyway. Someone with the text version can go and count it...
Takes time to get used to Dick Hill, but now I enjoy his way of telling the story.
Okay, I understand it's fiction in the thriller genre and one can't expect total realism, but this one really stretched believability at times. The scene where he falls in the ocean has to be the most dramatic sequence I've ever encountered in a book. It was so ludicrous that I laughed out loud instead of being tense. I thought that scene would never end. He had time to drown several times over, let alone think it all through in such graphic detail.
But I like Dick Hill as the narrator for Jack Reacher and in general I like the character. The overall plot was good, just too far fetched at times to be very believable.
a little mystery
I useally really enjoy Lee Child, this time the book was a waste of my time,
Yes, its a long story so a 2nd listen would allow to get a bit more details of the story.
Yes-it sure did.
Dick Hill is the only narrator for the series I can listen to.
Where: I listened to this on a long car ride. It did the job of keeping me entertained without having to think too much.
Summery (no spoilers): After running into a traitor Jack thought he'd killed, Jack agrees to go undercover in order to save another exposed undercover agent and infiltrate/expose a high level drug/gun dealer.
Pros: Classic action from Lee Child and Reacher. Delivers everything expected - suspense, twists, guns, intensity, brief romance/fling, fights, etc. This was my 3rd Reacher novel and I enjoyed it the most. It has two stories going at once. One from his past that reflects similarities from present. It makes the characters feel a little more developed.
Cons: Pretty standard formula of Reacher in action. But then again, that's why you would choose this novel! My only complaint (with this book and those like it) is the brutality of the 'tortured/murdered' victims. I understand you have to make the Antagonist bad, but keep it vague for me.
Overall - Good for fast-paced, high-intensity action filled reading/listening.
I would rank Persuader 8 out of 10 among the audiobooks I have listened to, only because of the narrator.
In the beginning, "Jack Reacher killing a cop"
I'm forced to listen to another book narrated by Dick Hill, he is tooooo mono toned. The females all sound the same and the males sound like the females. To bad we don't have Jonathan McClain back, he did a much better job.
If I could have tolerated Dick Hill, I could have listened in one sitting. But I need a break to figure out who was who.
I like books.
Good story, classic Reacher.
The complexity of the story development (bringing a back-story into it) was a newer aspect of the Reacher series for me.
I always like Dick's choice of voices for the supporting cast.
The graphic murders of some of the female cast was particularly engrossing, lending good support to the aforementioned back-story.
The title of my review says it all. This phrase drove me nuts throughout the story and had to have been used five times in each dialogue where tension existed.
Audiobooks have literally changed my life. I now actually ENJOY doing mindless chores because they give me plenty of listening time!
Did all kinds of chores around the house today, including taking an old toothbrush to the space between the tiles in my bathroom. I'm not very fond of housecleaning, but once in a while I get a fixation on a certain specific task and get it done as if it was an Olympic event. I also did lots of stuff around the kitchen which involved hours of pureeing foods and washing dishes. Anyhow, all that gave me ample time to finish listening to my latest serving of Lee Child, Persuader, which is the 7th book in the Jack Reacher series. I've come to expect lots of gripping, violent action and unputdownable thrills-a-minute from this series, along with more flirting an sex than any Sex and the City episode used to offer up, but somehow I found this one quite boring. Here, Reacher goes undercover within what is already an undercover 'off the books' government agency operation, presumably to rescue a female agent gone missing, but also to avenge the brutal murder of one of his former work colleagues (who happened to be a very attractive young woman and would-be lover) by killing a sadistic ex-military official gone rogue. Lots of gun descriptions, which were a yawn-fest for me, though obviously essential to the story since arms dealers played a large role, and somehow not all that much action, save for two major scenes which I guess made the price of admission worth the expense. I should make the effort to count how many times Child mentions 'he/she said nothing' in any one of his books. But I guess the music is in the space between the notes, or at least, that's what I remember reading somewhere. All the same, it took me just two days to finish this 14+ hour listen, and it did get me to do a lot more chores than I normally do in a six-month period, so it couldn't be all that bad, or at least, it won't keep me from moving on to the next book in the series, to which we get a free 20-minute preview presenting the next case in which a two star General is found dead from a massive heart attack with an empty condom still stuck to his appendage in a two-bit motel a few steps away from a sleazy girlie bar. Just right for when this old maid needs her next dose of testosterone-driven action.
My rating (2.75 stars) is based on my rating system in which three stars means 'enjoyed it (good)' and two stars mean 'it was just ok'.
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