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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!
28 of 31 people found this review helpful
First Jack Reacher I have ever read, thoroughly enjoyed the story and the narration was excellent. Will definetly be reading more.
I watched the Jack Reacher movie and enjoyed it, but found the book boring and predictable .
The story moved very slow and went nowhere fast.
This was not the Jack Reacher of the movie, this guy belonged in a nursing home.
The narrator was boring. Reading in monotones.