Never forgive; never forget.
Jack Reacher lives for the moment. Without a home. Without commitment. But he has a burning desire to right wrongs - and rewrite his own agonizing past.
Never apologize. Never explain.
When Reacher witnesses a brutal kidnap attempt, he takes the law into his own hands. But a cop dies. Has Reacher lost his sense of right and wrong?
©2013 Lee Child (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Random House Audiobooks 2013
I loved this story! I've read the first 10 books in the Reacher series and this is in my top 3. A few nice twists, and some surprises got me hooked within the first 20 minutes.
Dick Hill was great in the narration of this one (even though I got used to his voice reading some Bosch stories which was a hard image to shake), and the story develops well and keeps the tension building. Maybe there's a bit too much detail when Reacher takes down one of the enemies, which is not for the faint hearted but a well-written book that I'd highly recommend!
Good work, Lee and well read, Dick!
The wonderful nail biting build up to the final battle.
yes. Buy bringing me into the world of Jack Reacher, I felt as though I was there.
The last one when he battles Paulie.
I think Dick Hill is the best narrator for these books, the others are good but I think for Jack Reacher he is the best.
Another superb title in the Jack Reacher series. I start listening to these titles and simply can't stop, I listen to it at the gym, in the car, out shopping.. Everywhere. The author has crafted an amazing character in Reacher, his whole character carries from book to book allowing the reader to really get to know him. The storyline is well researched and grounded in the real world with a fantastic pace brought by the narrator and some great characterisations for the support cast. Jack reacher at his deadly best!
So, I've made it to book 7 and my worst fears have been confirmed; the story of Jack Reacher's life is a Groundhog Day. His only saving grace in this recurring humdrum is that he gets to beat up a different guy and sleep with a different woman on each outing.
I really do not like being so bluntly negative so I'll close out now before I start on chronological confusion and text repetition. (Damn, I almost did!)
"Reacher stories are brilliant"
Yes - good pace and great story
The plot was well woven.
Good performance by Dick Hill.
"Best Jack Reacher so far"
"Persuader" has everything you want in a Jack Reacher novel: tense action from page one; a satisfyingly twisty plot; sadistic, violent bad guys; an honourable, violent good guy; beautiful, competent women who need to be revenged or saved and lots and lots of detailed descriptions of guns.
This is the seventh book in the series and I think it is the best so far.
The "Persuader" title seems to be a reference to a shotgun that appears in the book and which has tremendous go-through-walls destructive power. The novel shares the destructive energy of the shotgun. The action explodes off the first page with an opening scene that will surprise and trouble Jack Reacher fans. After that, the clock is ticking and the pace doesn't let up until what needs to be done has been done.
Of course "Persuader" also refers to Jack Reacher himself, who also has the ability to bring destruction and death to those around him. In "Persuader" Reacher's body-count is almost as high as in the first book, "Killing Floor" but it's OK because they all deserve to be dead, "No doubt about it" as Reacher would say.
Two things make this book more interesting to me than some of its predecessors: the first is the writing. It is more confident and precise than before. The action scenes (and there are lost of them) are very well done, sometimes literally blow-by-blow. I enjoyed the way Lee Child establishes Reacher's silence as an act of will and an indicator of potential violence by constantly repeating the phrase "I said nothing." This normally goes something like
EVIL BAD GUY: spits out offensive comment
REACHER: I said nothing
EVIL BAD GUY: gloats and lears
REACHER I said nothing
EVIL BAD GUY: challenges Reacher's manhood and threatens beautiful and practical woman.
REACHER I said nothing. Then I cigarette punched him in the mouth and broke his jaw.
The second thing that makes this book stand out is that it tells two, connected, Reacher stories that happened ten years apart. The integration of the two plot lines is a skilful piece of story telling that also gives us the chance to see Reacher thinking about who he used to be.
If you have never read a Jack Reacher book, "Persuader" would be a great place to start. If you've read and enjoyed the previous six Reacher novels then you're in for a treat because something good just got better.
"As always a great listen"
For me it is the best way, plenty of time sat in a car.
Arm wrestles with a body builder, made me chuckle
The need to be a good guy, it's why Jack Reacher is always a good listen
The Persuader is the type of story that grips you from the first line, as such it stopped all other activities until the last line. You actually live through Jack in the end I was exhausted. This is my seventh and to me the best.
"Reacher is The Man"
If you are not initially a Reacher fan you soon will be after reading one of Lee Child's novels. Recommended reading for people that enjoy a good, tough thriller book.
"One of Jack Reacher's Best Missions"
Gritty Story, seeing Reacher work with other agents.
Description of the landscape and area. The telling of another story within this story by going back to his days in the army.
Yes, the narrator was excellent.
The build up to the finale and the story telling of his relationship he had with Cole in the past.
"Meh!!!! Somewhat disappointed"
Not so much 'time well spent' but it was okay. Not the most gripping of the Jack Reacher series.
Perhaps a little more action.
Well Narrated in the familiar Reacher tone and style.
Didn't inspire me at all.
As always, I love listening to audiobooks and the Jack Reacher books have made me hooked from the get go, however the pace as slowed somewhat. Maybe it's my relentless listening or the author losing pace. Not to detract from it, it's an okay book.
"Another side of Reacher"
The first person approach took some getting used to, but what a story! and what a dénouement! Very satisfying.
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