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From Publishers Weekly
The final sentence of Child's ninth suspenser (after The Enemy)—"Then he could buy a pair of shoes and be just about anywhere before the sun went down"—is quintessential Jack Reacher, the rugged ex-army cop who practically defines the word "loner" and kicks ass with the best of 'em. In the book's gripping opening, five people are killed when a shooter opens fire in a small unnamed Indiana city. But when ex-infantry specialist James Barr is apprehended, he refuses to talk, saying only, "Get Jack Reacher for me." But Reacher's already en route; having seen a news story on the shooting, he heads to the scene with disturbing news of his own: "[Barr's] done this before. And once was enough." Nothing is what it seems in the riveting puzzle, as vivid set pieces and rapid-fire dialogue culminate in a slam-bang showdown in the villains' lair. (And what villains: a quintet of Russian émigrés, the stuff of everybody's worst nightmares, led by a wily 80-year-old who makes Freddy Krueger look like Little Lord Fauntleroy.) As usual, Child makes the most of Reacher's dry wit, cut-to-the-chase psychology and stubborn taciturnity—in short, this is a vintage double play for author and leading man.
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Jack Reacher has been doing his best to live off the grid, but his past as a military policeman keeps coming back to bite him. This time the biter is a former Gulf War sniper accused of killing six civilians in an unnamed Heartland city. Despite mountains of evidence, the accused claims he's innocent and says enigmatically, "Get Reacher." But why? Reacher, it turns out, has every reason to want the man convicted. Soon enough, though, Jack finds himself working for the defendant's attorney, who happens to be the DA's daughter. As he did in last year's The Enemy, Child combines detail-building procedural style with an all-systems-go thriller narrative, but this time the mix doesn't quite emulsify. In The Enemy, the procedural elements held our interest, but this time we feel like Child is keeping the reins on his story, like a jockey rating a horse that's begging to run. Child finally uses the whip--and the finale is a doozy--but it's a bit too little too late. Still, even a slightly off-stride Reacher can run away from most of the competition in the thriller sweepstakes. Bill Ott
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It might be said that this tale of an army vet, someone from Reacher’s past, being accused of mass murder is the ideal story for Child’s treatment. Unlike other Child novels, his protagonist does not appear for several chapters, allowing the emphasis to be placed on the hapless sniper from the very first paragraph. This lends a depth to the book that served as a solid foundation for Reacher’s appearance and involvement with the case.
As I said, Child on top of his game with this one. The best of his novels so far.
Jack is at his best. He's a loner with a borderline case of "not my problem" attitude. But when he gets pulled in, he puts himself all in and goes all out. He's a sort of hero, not by choice but by carreer. He's left the army, he's no longer enforcing the law but it's in his blood. So when he sees injustice, he gets involved.
In this book, Reacher gets involved when he sees a news clip and recognizes a man he once made a promise to : Step out of line again and I will find you. So when Reacher hears the man has killed, he goes to find him. But not all is as it first seemed and Reacher is left to adjust and rethink the situation.
Once again, a good book from L. Child. Can't wait for the next installment.
"The Hard Way" is the next one forthcoming - bring it on!
For me, it all began with The Killing Floor and I was hooked. Thanks to British author Jim Grant who writes under the pen name Lee Child I met Reacher, a stoic tough guy who has several uncanny abilities, such as knowing exactly what time it is without referring to a clock. He’s a former U.S. Army Military Police Major. He’s a terrific fighter with an immense technical knowledge of weaponry and prefers being alone.
A movie was filmed late last year based on this novel starring Tom Cruise. My problem with that is I know Reacher is 6' 5" tall, weighs about 250 lbs, has blondish hair and ice blue eyes. No offense to Mr. Cruise but decided I’d simply listen to Dick Hill’s compelling narration. What can I say, Hill (yes, the actor with a mantel-full of awards) has narrated 8 Reacher novels - he simply is the voice of Jack Reacher.
One Shot is aptly named - six shots have been fired but only five fatalities. Well, the cops are on top of these slayings and within hours the shooter is behind bars claiming his innocence and hollering for Reacher. Well, Reacher knows this shooter and doesn’t hesitate. Did I mention Reacher’s intelligence? Not only does he know the shooter but is aware that the man is a trained military sniper and would not have missed a shot.
One Shot is another pulse-pounding trip to an explosive finish enjoy!
- Gail Cooke
The only criticism I offer is that the detailed description of the fight scenes seem too focused; giving me the impression that this focus is critical to the plot; when actually, I don't believe it is. Hope the next volumes are less formulaic - drifts into town, meets girl, uncovers sinister plot, defeats bad guys while getting clobbered, has sex with girl(s), loses girl, gains toothbrush, leaves town. There are exceptions, but this is a general thread of the post-military volumes.
Most recent customer reviews
I so much enjoy all the Lee Child "Jack Reacher" books and really like the opportunity to listen to them in audio when I am driving or working around the house.Published 4 months ago by Jasperkid
great read as always, Lee Childs keeps one guessing until the last pages.... I look forward to my next adventure with "Jack
I LOVE THE JACK REACHER BOOKS. IT DISGUSTED ME THAT TOM CRUISE WAS CHOSEN TO PLAY THIS 6'5 character. There is no connection physically or mentally. Please don't do it againPublished 18 months ago by kindle lover
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