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Publisher's Summary

Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer, too, and he knows what she went through to get it.

Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Big Foot come out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. If she's not...he'll stop at nothing.

He's still shaken by the recent horrors of Make Me, and now The Midnight Line sees him set on a raw and elemental quest for simple justice. Best advice: don't get in his way.

©2017 Lee Child (P)2017 Random House Audiobooks

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Jack Reacher is back!

Reacher is back to his incredible self, enjoyable from start to finish. A character like no other.

Lee Child manages to hold the attention of the reader with the simplest details. Pulling the reader in, painting a detailed picture, all without the need for multiple story arches, overly complex relationships or new character introductions.

Simple, brutal, real, thoughtful - all words to describe this book.

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Don’t waste your time

Terrible narrative.
This is probably a great book but I can’t get past the narrator

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Disappointing!

Not up to standard. Repetitive and lacking in suspense. Narrator's monotonous and singsong presentation distracting.

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  • Simon
  • 11-07-17

Reacher's Fine Lines

Right from the opening this book promised to deliver a classic, back to basics Reacher experience. Whether it actually does or not will be questioned by some I am sure due to it's slightly more sedate nature.

It all begins when Reacher detects an injustice, a pawned West Point officer's ring and resolves to check the back story. He's in the middle of nowhere, anonymous towns and places. He quickly sets about finding the truth in his own inimitable way. Child delivers with those short, sharp staccato sentences that despite their design deliver Reacher blunt trauma in bruising fashion. The narration is that classic gravelly drawl which just epitomises the immutable Jack Reacher and his world.

There are indeed a lot of highlights in the book including some classic Reacher negotiations . . . you know how most of them go! There is classic Reacher analysis and diagnostics, some cracking dialogue and I particularly enjoyed Reacher and a PI discussing entering an abandoned house. In many ways this story more than most highlights the golden heart that beats inside Jack's massive and rough looking frame.

If there is one thing missing from this story it is that for me the bad guys never quite step up to the mark. The best Reacher stories have all the investigation set against a constant level of threat from whoever he has set himself against. In this one they don't really manage that meaning that by the standards of this series there is less real tension and excitement. As a result some of the book feels a little staid.

All of that said this is still very enjoyable Reacher and I'm a fanboy so it gets five stars because I love the direct writing style, at once both sharp and quick yet delivering that blunt trauma experience. Although I strongly suspect some Reacher fans might find this one a little sedate in large patches.

For me though Jack's still the best of his kind - the book version of course!

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-17

Disappointed!

Probably the poorest yet. I found hard work in places and it just fizzled out

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • J Chappell
  • 11-09-17

Not as good a story

a good listen but plot felt bitty and spun out but still worth a listen for Jack Reacher fans

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  • Nick
  • 11-17-17

Not his best work

normally a big Jack Reacher fan, but this book seemed a little thin on action.

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  • Richard Addison
  • 11-09-17

As good as ever.

The narrator was good. He voiced Reacher as I heard him in the books. great.

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  • James
  • 11-21-17

Good traditional Reacher plot

I liked the pace and build of the storyline, although I felt it lacked the edge-of-my-seat excitement of the early Reacher stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Neville Tyreman
  • 11-18-17

not his best work <br />

This is one for the dedicated Reacher fans - much of a muchness and quite predictable

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  • Alkes
  • 11-13-17

Disappointing

Thankfully this isn't the 1st Reacher book I have read and I did not miss out on all the excellent books before this one. I wouldn't have tried a second one if this had been my first.

Not a book I would recommend to a friend

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  • Kirsty Caffrey
  • 11-10-17

Reacher still does it for me!

Love all the Reacher books. His actions have mellowed in line with his age but he's still the guy I'd want if I was ever 'up the creek'!

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  • paul hick
  • 11-08-17

Not the best Reacher but full of suspense.

The story is somewhat predictable and Reacher is not in enough jeopardy compared with others.

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  • Joy
  • 11-10-17

Like hanging out with an old friend

I couldn’t wait to get back to where I had left off at the end of each ride. I soak up books through audible as I soak up the glorious surrounds on every cycle commute.
For me, a Reacher book is the ultimate blend of intrigue, wit, passion and comfort. Ron is a master drawing you in to the point where you reckon you could recognize every character if you were ever to meet. Which is why Tom Cruise is just ‘not’ the right person to play this ‘iconic’ character. Honestly, the man barely scrapes 5”6, Reacher is nearly 7”, described as ‘Bigfoot’!
Keep them coming Lee, I’ll never tire of these stories.

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  • Clare Woodford-Robinson
  • 12-05-17

Ok, however....

The story itself was ok, the problem was the length of time that it got dragged out over. Simply too long.
And Jack Reacher didn't have enough punch ups, he's getting soft!!!. More justified violence please.

However the narrator was as fantastic as ever, he has a great style for these types of novels. He kept it flowing where if I was reading I would have given up.

Still overall worth it, but a shorter version would have been better for me. I do bore easily though. But previous Lee Child novels are much grittier and more thrilling

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  • JenB
  • 12-08-17

A bit disappointed!

Enjoyable but I don't think it's one of his best.
I completely tuned out in parts of the book but could still follow the plotline when I tuned back in.

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  • Hugh
  • 12-06-17

Can’t get enough of Jack Reacher

This story is very well written and Reacher is as clever as ever. Like a great wine Lee Child gets better with age. Bring on the next Reacher story.!

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  • Aunty K
  • 11-30-17

I'm addicted

Lee Child is an exemplary author.
Jeff Harding is the best narrator of Jack Reacher stories. He brings these gripping yarns to life!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-17

Poor narration

Good storyline as always from Lee Child, but the narrator was dreadful. He desperately needs to learn how to vary his tonal structure

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  • Andrew A Bowden
  • 11-27-17

One of the best Jack Reachers yet

Similar story line to others but felt this book was particularly well written and so really enjoyed

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  • trish callier
  • 11-27-17

ok

I didn't enjoy the narrator of this book ad much as previous Jack Reacher novels

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  • James Feuilherade
  • 11-25-17

Keeps you hooked, no pun intended!

Good story entertaining, classic Reacher. Keeps you glued to your earphones! Bad guy got off too easy, deserved more than a “bad turn”.

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  • Ashley
  • 11-22-17

I wanted to love this

As an avid reader of the Jack Reacher series I was extremely excited for this book, however I just couldn't get into this one. Mostly due to the boring narrator. The only time I've been more disappointed with a terrible portrayal of Reacher, was when they cast Tom Cruise in the movie. Please please pick someone more interesting to listen to next time!