Reacher's anonymity in Florida is shattered by an investigator who's come looking for him. But hours after his arrival, the stranger is murdered. Retracing the PI's trail back to New York, Reacher's compelled to find out who was looking for him and why. He never expected the reasons to be so personal - and twisted.
©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Penguin Audio
I had to listen at 3x speed and still had to skip through parts. The plot was predictable and full of holes. The villain could have been easily subdued with a swat team and the book would have been over in three hours instead of fifteen long hours of predictability.
It was so contrived. After four of these novels, I'm going to have to stop.
Try the john rain series or the victor the assassin series instead.
Great story. Miss having Dick Hill as narrator. Good buy and worth listening to if to cold to go outside or while you travel for the holidays.
I have tried very hard to enjoy this series. This is my 4th or 5th Reacher novel. I just don't understand the love for Lee Child. I don't see why people fall over for these books.
What I appreciate about Reacher is he is not a 'super hero'. Yes he can do more than any mortal man and has a flawless personal ethic. But unlike many series', he is still based in some sort of reality.
I also appreciate that his novels are not 'end of the world' affairs. So many military thrillers are poised on world changing disaster if the protagonist doesn't pull through. The Reacher stories are a little more human. Smaller stories. This is good because its more believable.
What I don't like is Reacher has really no flaws. The guy can do no wrong. It gets boring. He also always finds some sophisticated lady to fall in love with him for the duration of the story. The villains are a little ridiculous as well.
Here in TripWire, what cracks me up were the bad guys. The main dude is a twisted little psycho. I guess he was ok. But not plausible or well developed. He has some minions. I don't understand why they stick around. I couldn't figure what was in it for them. Are they killing left and right and each other for $70k and a pension? There is real estate involved. Vietnam legacies, old ties to Reachers past, but ties are goofy.
I don't agree that this is a good suspense novel because I could not get into the plot or the characters. Because I could not get into those characters, I could not take the ridiculous plot seriously. HOWEVER, if you like other Reacher stories, this is not any different, so you'll probably enjoy this one.
It's o.k. Good enough to waste some time with.
If you read or listen to a Reacher book you're in it to get to Reacher beating up bad guys. It takes awhile to get there and I know he's still developing a character here, but his angst gets tiresome after a while.
So I'm listening to this and I swear it's Dr. Evil (Austin Powers etc.) every time the head bad guy is speaking and it's more than a little distracting. So I look to see the narrator and it's the same person who did the last Jack Reacher book I listened to, the second of the series. In that one, the top baddie sounded like Dr. Tongue by John Candy in SCTV, if anyone can remember that show. So perhaps the narrator could tone it down some.
No, not really.
Sometimes the torture segments are a bit too much.
I did enjoy the story but it took forever to get there. Seems like the author wanted to offer rabbit trails as the main dish instead of just moving it along. I like molasses, but there is a point where it gets old.
The reader is excellent. The characters and even Reacher was a bit more human in this account. The twist on the villain was anticipated but still neat how it all worked out in the end. Lee Child did a good job of holding the suspense and keeping you trying to connect the characters. Still, too much detail at points.
I will still anticipate listening to the next in the series. Hope it is a continuation of a work in progression toward a great read at the end.
It kept me interested enough, but the voice characterization of Hobie lack something. It made me visualize something like the penguin from the batman t_v series. It sounded like somebody more, pompous and well to do than somebody who was a soldier in Vietnam
I like the Reacher series, so yes. But there were a number of dissapointments...
The backstory of the villain was interesting. The least interesting part was the romantic interest. Blah.
He does really well overall. Solid narrator. However ----
The villain had a badly burned face. Apparently, in THIS narrator's interpretation, that turned him into Dr. Evil - straight out of Austin Powers. It was terrible and distracting EVERY. TIME. the guy spoke.
Reacher is a tough guy with a particular skill set and the appropriate amount of self-confidence that comes with his level of experience. His little temper tantrum / meltdown when he thinks his gut instinct has betrayed him is not worthy of Jack. I understand it may have been included as a plot point to help emphasize his abilities after the twist is developed, but it came off as whiny, self-doubting and terribly self-indulgent.A similar moment occurs when another character delivers some news to Reacher. Reacher has him repeat it FOUR. TIMES. What??? In a career of investigations, he has absorbed countless pieces of information - some shocking, some not. I don't care how stunning this bit of info was supposed to be, this was absurd. Felt like laziness from Child. Does he not know how to describe a certain level of surprise and incredulity? Where was his editor when this page came across the desk? I'll keep reading Reacher. I just hope we avoid nonsense like that going forward.
The ending was just silly! The final "standoff" was thoroughly implausible given the characters present.
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