With Reacher, number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child has created “a series that stands in the front rank of modern thrillers” (The Washington Post)
Everything starts somewhere....
For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup.
A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington.
Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control.
Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets. Uncertain they can trust one another, Reacher and Deveraux reluctantly join forces. Reacher works to uncover the truth, while others try to bury it forever. The conspiracy threatens to shatter his faith in his mission, and turn him into a man to be feared.
A novel of unrelenting suspense that could only come from the pen of number-one New York Times best-selling author Lee Child, The Affair is the start of the Reacher saga, a thriller that takes Reacher - and his readers - right to the edge... and beyond.
PLEASE NOTE: As a special bonus, this download also includes a recording of the New York Times best-selling e-book exclusive short story "Second Son", read by Dick Hill: At 13, Jack Reacher already knows how to end a fight. He knows that his brain is more important than his brawn. He knows how to get the job done. When his father is transferred to the military base on Okinawa, Jack and his older brother, Joe, prepare for school and consider how to deal with both the neighborhood bully and a missing code book that could cost their father his career.
Take another thrill ride with Jack Reacher.
©2011 Lee Child; ©2011 Random House Audio
“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times)
“Implausible, irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.” (Kirkus Reviews)
No matter where you go, there you are.
The first few Reach books were very engaging, could not wait for the latest episode. Then well, things started to stagnate.
Soon we will suffer the liquid ruminations of the embryonic Jack Reacher and Dick Hill's wet, gargling ruminations will sound more suitable in the circumstances. I had the longest, continuous bout of deja vu in my existence while consuming this book.
Child is an above average writer that has beaten this horse once, maybe more, too often.
What's going to resurrect this series is a dynamic, new, completely out of context, engaging plot. The character is worn threadbare, the backstory far too familiar and the righteous malevolence that is Reacher has become old hat.
Come on, Mr. Child, go deep if you are capable. And you want that villa in the South of France paid off.
Dick Hill should not have read this story. He has a great voice, but it is too "old" for this one and he made the sheriff appear incongruously geriatric and phlegmatic, thereby confusing a key aspect of this story.
Snoozer. I've read or listened to several Lee Child books, but when after 10 minutes Jack hadn't even gotten through the doors of the Pentagon, I realized I had neither the patience nor time to wait for him to inch along.
Enjoy the adventure
Lee Child is a best-selling author, but have never read or listened to one of his books. Have no regrets, but would rather grab a Brad Thor novel. Still, The Affair delivered as a thriller, detective novel.
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As this is my first experience with an audio book, I have nothing to compare it to, however the terse writing Lee Child uses as part of Reachers personality was difficult for me to listen to.
The "he said", "she said." really detracted from the story for me..but that may just be my quirk.
As far as the story itself goes, I very much liked knowing the backstory of Reacher and his life in the army. The plot was good and tight and typical of the kind of Reacher story I have come to expect from Child.
Any more would be too close to spoilers and I detest reviews that recount the entire plot with no thought for those who have not read the book so I'll just let you get on to it for yourself.
If you can get around the way a written story reads aloud, including the passionate bits that constitute "The Affair", I'm sure you'll enjoy this entirely.
As for myself, I'm not sure audio books are the venue for me.....I'm going to have to read this myself to get what I am accustomed to.
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I've read several of Lee Child's books, and he's my husband's absolute favorite author and character. This book is pretty boring, and definitely not Lee Child's best.
I have loved the Jack Reacher books over the last few years. They are typically engaging, gripping and fast moving and the character of Reacher himself is brilliant. That said I hated this book. I found it slow moving and at times just a bit too ridiculous even for a Reacher novel. There are long stretches where virtually nothing happens and on this book Lee Child took Reacher's overly descriptive pedantry to a new level. I still love Dick Hill reading these books, though, and I hope the next one is more to my taste. I wonder could someone start a petition to have Tom Cruise removed from the role in the movie One Shot. What will he do wear stilts and a David Byrne (ala Stop Making Sense) suit.
Child's characters are stereotypes we have seen before. This is a convulted story with many unlikeable characters who eat every meal at the same diner. Other characters drop in for a few pages and then just disappear. I was very disappointed and an sorry I bought it.
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