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Persuader Hardcover – May 13 2003

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press; 1st Edition edition (May 13 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385336667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385336666
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #271,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jack Reacher, the taciturn ex-MP whose adventures in Lee Child's six previous solidly plotted, expertly paced thrillers have won a devoted fan base, returns in this explosive tale of an undercover operation set up by the FBI to rescue an agent investigating Zachary Beck, a reclusive tycoon believed to be a kingpin in the drug trade. The novel begins with a bang as Reacher rescues Beck's son from a staged kidnapping in order to get close to his father--and trace the connection between Beck and Quinn, a former army intelligence officer who tried to sell blueprints of a secret weapon to Iraq but was murdered before he could pull it off. Or so Reacher thinks, until he spots Quinn in the crowd at a concert in Boston. As usual, Child ratchets up the tension and keeps the reader in suspense until the last page, although his enigmatic hero hardly ever seems to break a sweat. In the tough guy tradition, Reacher and his creator are overdue for a breakout, and this muscular, well-written mystery might be the one. --Jane Adams

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The promo copy on the ARC of Child's new thriller proclaims, "We dare to make this claim: Lee Child is the best thriller writer you're probably not reading-yet." Hopefully the "six-figure" marketing campaign promised by Child's new publisher will make that statement obsolete, because readers will be hard-pressed to find a more engaging thriller this spring season. Child is a master of storytelling skills, not least the plot twist, and the opening chapter of this novel spins a doozy, as a high-octane, extremely violent action sequence sees Child hero Jack Reacher rescue a young man, 20-year-old Richard Beck, from an attempted kidnapping before the rug is pulled out from under the reader with the chapter's last line. The rest of the novel centers on the Beck family's isolated, heavily guarded estate on the Maine coast where Reacher takes Richard. Richard's father is suspected by Feds of being a major drug dealer and the kidnapper of another Fed, and also seems to have ties to a fiend who killed Reacher's lady 10 years before, someone Reacher thought he'd killed in turn, in a vengeance slaying. Tension runs high, then extremely high, as Reacher, ingratiating himself with the dealer and hired on as a bodyguard, pokes around the estate, looking for the kidnapped Fed and evading and/or disposing of in-house bad guys as they begin to suspect he's not who he seems. But then little in Child's novels is as it at first seems, and numerous further plot twists spark the story line. What makes the novel really zing, though, is Reacher's narration-a unique mix of the brainy and the brutal, of strategic thinking and explosive action, moral rumination and ruthless force, marking him as one of the most memorable heroes in contemporary thrillerdom. Any thriller fan who has yet to read Lee Child should start now.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Well written, fast paced, part of the whole series, but could be read as a stand alone. Handles the complex story plot well and does keep you guessing. Reacher is a well imagined character who has a huge back story, that feeds his adventures. Good read.
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These three words describe Lee Child's Persuader, but you could use a lot more - terrific, heart-stopping, wonderful, but in all things it is a brutal story. The book is named after a very sophisticated assault rifle, and the book is aptly named since it is a very sophisticated thriller that will have you turning pages from the very first. This book is also unique in the Reacher series because we get to see a younger Reacher in it as well as the Reacher we have come to love (the loner). There are flashbacks to when he was a military cop, and it's interesting to see that. The guy actually does have a past. In this book Reacher is on a personal vendetta to get someone that he thought he killed ten years before. He meets all kinds of bad people, and on his way to exact his revenge he kills a lot of those people. He is faced with the most dangerous adversary out there - one who has really nothing to lose, but Reacher won't quit until he gets him. Hang onto your seats - you're in for a wild ride - and you won't be getting much else done while you're reading this book. It's a stunner!
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I liked Persuader best of the Jack Reacher novels I have read so far. The plot is more deliciously complicated with little twists, there's a better use for all of that gun lore, high tech makes brief appearances and the bad guys are more complex than usual. In addition, Mr. Child provides us with a nice back story that develops along with the primary story line.

This story revolves around serendipity. There's a chance meeting where Reacher sees a man who should be dead . . . and Reacher wants him dead. When approached by DEA agents for an illegal penetration of a suspect's operations, Reacher wants in to finish the job he started ten years earlier.

The story revels in the sort of twisted villains, monster guards, pitched battles, and intrigue that make the earliest James Bond books so appealing. As a result, you get gore with a cutting edge of sadism. I don't recall a book about a different type of hero that's so much like Bond in the action. Perhaps You Only Live Twice.
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Sauntering around the streets of Boston, ex-Army M.P. Jack Reacher inadvertantly encounters a ghost from his past. Francis Xavier Quinn, ex-Army lieutenant colonel based in intelligence had been caught treasonously selling military secrets to Syria in a Reacher orchestrated investigation. The arrest went sour, exacting a huge emotional toll on Reacher. An enraged Reacher mistakenly thought that he had dispatched Quinn with two gunshots to the head causing him to fall off a cliff into the Pacific. This chance meeting proved that to be incorrect.
Reacher calling in a favor from an old Army buddy, caused the raising of red flags when he asked for a license plate
check on Quinn's vehicle. A DEA team led by Agent Susan Duffy was in the midst of a sting against Zachary Beck, a reluctantly coerced underboss of Quinn. Beck a rug dealer was purported to be a drug kingpin. The team had already lost an agent, Teresa Daniel, working undercover at the Beck estate. The DEA convinced Reacher to work with them to help find Daniel, bust Beck and take down Quinn.
They staged a kidnapping of Beck's son Richard in which Reacher
rescued the boy and delivered him to the Beck compound situated on a remote Maine peninsula. Reacher gradually gained the confidence of Beck and became part of his security team. Part of that team was a Quinn crony named Paulie, a steroid muscled 400 pound gargantuan with a fricasseed deviant brain, placed there to keep Beck in line. All the while, Reacher working with the DEA team was plotting a scheme to savor the sweet taste of vengeance against the hated Quinn.
Having read all of Child's Jack Reacher series of thrillers, it's safe to say that I'm a huge fan of this talented author. Persuader definitely ranks among his best.
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Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. I didn't start from the beginning of the series, but read the previous book first. It was written in the 3rd person, and although I enjoyed it, I found Persuader, written in the first person, to be a much more enjoyable read. Maybe pushing into Stephen Hunter "A Time to Hunt" territory.
All that aside, I had one major problem with the plot. If you haven't read it yet, stop right here. Here's my issue: Reacher "steals" a Maxima from behind a mall. This Maxima links Beck's son's "attempted" kidnapping to some drug dealers in Hartford. So my problem is this: The Maxima was in no way related to the kidnapping attempt. It was supposedly a random vehicle, and the son would have explained this to his dad and associates. The fact that the car did belong to some Hartford drug dealers and had a fake license plate should have ratted out Reacher right then and there.
I still enjoyed the book, just bought the new one, and would recommend this book to anyone.
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