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.
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Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!
I have listened to many of Lee Child's books with Jack Reacher, but I have to say this was my favorite to date. The story was seamless, very well thought out, and very well written. All of the characters were believable and Child gave us some of his best ones yet. Dick Hill is a fantastic narrator, and did his usual great job. All-in-all a very exciting, "sit-on-the-edge of your seat" story, but with provocative human elements. I believe that Child is improving as an author, and it is noticeable in this book. This was my first read where Reacher is acting in an undercover capacity while working with another agency (not sure if he has any other stories where he does this.) He must infiltrate a very dangerous smuggling ring in an effort to fulfill two objectives: recover a kidnapped federal agent, and take care of some unfinished business of his own from an arrest-gone-wrong in his old days as an MP. Child brilliantly weaves this past story into the present one, and this makes for an even more compelling story. In this book we are given more insight to Reacher, the man, than any of his books I have read so far. As with most of Child's Jack Reacher stories, one doesn't have to have read any previous books to enjoy this one, so even if this would be your first Reacher novel, go for it! I highly recommend this listen!
Child is getting better as a writer, and many of the flaws of the earlier books are less present here. Reacher isn't as invulnerable and doesn't know everything, and there are fewer jarring coincidences for you to ignore or pretend not to notice. The characters mostly behave in character, and fewer bad guys act completely like bad guys. Most of the dangers and decisions actually make sense, unlike in some earlier novels. All in all, it's a good book to add to the series, or if you are new, it's a pretty good place to dive into the series.
A couple of the moral issues raised in the book bothered me, I must admit. There's a review below that mentions Reacher being a homicidal maniac, but the reviewer obviously didn't read the book. Still, there are a few cases where Reacher's moral code allows him to blatantly murder a few henchmen who aren't necessarily clear evil-doers. Pretty standard stuff for most movies these days, but one reason I read books instead of watching movies is to hear more complex discussions of morals and conscience and stuff like that. The bodies hit the floor with little or no reflection on who they might have been, whether they may have been guilty of anything or not. At times it is distracting. I can buy into the portrait of Reacher as a character who simply does what he does, and leaves it to the reader to judge ethics, but even so, he's close to the line a few times.
That said, it's pretty standard fare for the genre. Good page-turner that will keep up you up past your allotted time.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
After listening to "Persuader" I am persuaded that author Lee Child made a point of creating antagonists for Reacher that would test his mettle. At times you wondered if Reacher would prevail against some pretty steep odds. But if you're a fan of Reacher, you could guess where things would lead. I think Child was very effective in telling parallel stories that were tied together during the last two-three hours of the listen. I was disappointed that there were some loose ends left untied at the end, but nothing major. And the narration, as usual, was excellent. Bottom line - if you like the Reacher series (and I do), you like this listen (I did).
This was the most thoughtful and complex Reacher I have read. More multidimensional, more characters, etc. The person who reviewed the book by asserting that Reacher shooting and killing a van full of innocent people destroyed any sympathies for him as a protagonist (my words) either did not finish the book or was not paying attention. I won't do a spoiler but the critique was off-target.
Another liked how Child spun two stories together. This to me was a flaw. There was too much back and forth in the last two hours of the story for my taste.
Overall, my favorite of the several Reachers I have read. Dick Hill has the touch as narrator, too.
Another fun tough guy Reacher story. Several scenes where he takes out bad guys, my favorite parts.
Reacher thought he killed bad guy Quinn ten years ago. He recently saw Quinn on the street. He learns that FBI agents are trying to catch Quinn and Beck who work together. They believe Beck is into drug smuggling. Reacher gets hired by Beck and is now undercover.
There is a great scene in the beginning with Reacher thwarting a kidnaping attempt. There’s a fun scene later where Reacher kills two men with one stone. It weighed ten pounds. I still laugh when I think about it. What a tough guy. Ok so this is another typical Reacher story. It’s fun. It’s escapist. There are some really bad guys, and Reacher does them in. There were a few parts where I was thinking, don’t do that, or why are you doing that, or this is illogical. But it’s best if I try not to be too logical or analytical. Just enjoy it. It’s revenge, justice, and vigilantism. If civil and legal rights for bad guys are important to you, you may not like this. Even though I had a few grumbles about the book, as soon as I finished it, I went straight to the next one. These Reacher books keep me entertained and engaged.
I did not like the way the author told the back story from ten years ago. I would have preferred the author tell it completely at the beginning of the book and then do the current day story without interruption. The back story was broken into about a dozen pieces, with little chunks thrown in throughout the book. It was distracting and interrupting. At times I was confused until a character’s name was said which told me whether it was now or then. And, the back story was not very good. Also, I would have liked an epilogue to find out what happened to Beck and his family.
Narrator: Dick Hill was very good.
Series: This is book 7 in the Jack Reacher series.
Genre: Mystery suspense thriller.
Delight in the journey and the struggle on the road to your dreams
An excellent beginning, good writing, and the power of a great character are; in the end, wasted due to the two weaknesses of Lee Child. The first is the omnipresent filler that takes the Jack Reacher novels two or three hours longer than they need to be; this one drags things out to a painful level; it is the weakest Reacher novel since Tripwire. The second factor is the overly drawn out finale that is a part of every book in the series; in this case though it is taken to ridiculous lengths. There is one anti climactic scene that to me appeared absolutely ridiculous. There is much that's okay in this listen but if this is your initial foray into the Reacher series; you might not read another.
Lu-u-ved it. Reacher reasons and muscles his way through intricate difficulties and unspeakable difficulties as only he can. Very, very nice.
I have listened to most, if not all, of the Jack Reacher stories. I like the action and the fast pace in which the stories are told. In this story, Reacher infiltrates (undercover) a dangerous smuggling ring in an effort to recover a kidnapped federal agent, and to finish some unfinished business of his own. He recently saw a man he had killed years ago. Now, Reacher must get to the bottom of it. Is the man dead or alive?
If you are not familiar with the Jack Reacher stories by Lee Child, they are fun and they allow you to escape from reality and retreat into fantasy with a story that's entertaining and holds your interest throughout. Reacher is the man that most men want to be! He a superman who can do everything, except fly! So it’s best if you try not to be too logical or analytical, just sit back, relax and enjoy because the stories are about revenge, justice, and vigilantism as dished out by Jack Reacher. Overall, the stories are exciting and keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next.
Dick Hill is an excellent narrator of the Reacher stories. His voice adds something extra to the blustering swagger that Reacher exudes.
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
This was the first Lee Child audio book I've listened to, although it is in the middle of the series. It's still a great stand-alone story, and caught my attention from the start, kept it until the end. I'm a sucker for ex-military types and love it when they are the good guys, and this one is full of ex-military guys, good and bad. The back story (ten years prior when Reacher was still in the army) was very interesting and central to the current story, and if you don't listen carefully, near the end of the book, you may get confused. I didn't. Great story, great narration. I will be listening to more of the series.
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