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When a woman is kidnapped off a Chicago street in broad daylight, Jack Reacher's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He's kidnapped with her. Chained together and racing across America toward an unknown destination, they're at the mercy of a group of men demanding an impossible ransom. Because Reacher's female companion is worth more than he imagines. Now he has to save them both - from the inside out - or die trying....

©2005 Lee Child (P)2012 Penguin Audiobooks

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Not Dick Hill reading, but it still ok

This one is ok. It moves a little slower than most Reacher novels, but it still held my attention. The characters are believable and the storyline is plausible.

It was disappointing not to hear Dick Hill's voice reading this one. The narrator did a passable job, but McClain simply did not put the energy into it that we are used to hearing.

All in all, the whole presentation was a little flat. The story made up for it so this one is still worth a listen if you are a Jack Reacher fan.

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Flashes of action

Stumbling story of incompetent decisions sprinkled with some realistic action. Easy to attribute to a newer writer at the time... but still frustrating at times. Narrator was marginal at best.

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Just started reading Lee Child

These books are becoming addictive. Now off to read #3. The sample at the end of this book was enough to pique my interest.

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Great book

Another great book from Lee Child.
Jack Reacher more human less super hero.
Like the story and rhythm.

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Least enjoyable Reacher book I've listened to

I've listened to a majority of the books in the Jack Reacher series. I started out with the later books expecting that the author improves over time and after finishing this book, my expectations were met. As might be expected, this book portrays a Jack Reacher that is not fully developed as a character and it ends up missing a lot of the elements that make the series so good. Reacher is minimized in the story showing up almost as a flourish and not the in-control hero we come to love later in the series.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment is the gaping plot holes and obvious incredulities that plague the storyline. I've never been in the military nor spent a lot of time studying military tactics but the ridiculous tactical decision-making of the FBI and military personnel portrayed in this book had me shaking my head throughout.

I listened to the end but barely made it. I couldn't wait until it was over. I wouldn't say this about any of the other books in the series but my recommendation is to skip this one. Child's other books are far better done.

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Great read

I always try to read books before the become movies. Otherwise I picture the cast while reading the book. Tom Cruise is not 6'5" 225lbs.
Lee Child is definitely a descriptive writer. At times annoyingly so, but most of the time just the detail he writes is another way to subconsciously draw you into the story. It's a different style, but I'm not minding it at all.

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To much detail

Basic story is okay, but too much time is spent on irrelevant details and "stuffing"

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Sophomoric, Stereotypically Liberal Storyline, Right?

So, many character arcs suffer from the second book blues, right? Where the second book in the series is worse than the first, right? The author might use implausible scenarios that stretch the suspension of disbelief too far, right? Or play on a false stereotype to create his villain, right? Or he might have every single character use the same, stupid manner of speaking, one that always and annoyingly ends in "right?", right?

Well, here you have it all. And if it wasn't for the depth of the Jack Reacher character and the free preview of the next book, I'd have probably given up on the series. Hopefully the junior effort is better than this turkey.

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On the road with Jack

Enjoyed novel. Enough action and believable characters. The resolution had some abrupt moments but not a big problem. Already ordered Book 3.

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Good Story, Terrible Narrator

I enjoyed the book, but, I could not stand the Narrator. I had to force myself to listen to the whole audio book.