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  1. The latest in a long series concerning American ex-military policeman Jack Reacher, who travels the country by bus and gets involved in random mysteries and confrontations everywhere he goes. This time he stops to help an elderly man who is about to be mugged, and learns that gentleman owes a bunch of money to one of the two ethnic crime factions which rule the city. Reacher dives right in to sort out the problems, with help from a local waitress. Lee Child is not one of my favorites, but most of his novels are suitably entertaining. I've only had to give up on one of his books midway through. I might have been better off dropping this one around the halfway mark, since the second half devolves into...
  2. This is the 20th Reacher novel and in my opinion it's a return to form after the slight disappointments of the last couple. Reacher gets off the train in the middle of nowhere becuse he's fascinated by the name of the stop 'Mother's Rest' and wants to find out where it comes from. And of course he stumbles right into the middle of something. It was slightly slow at the beginning but soon picked up and was a thoroughy readable book, unputdownable towards the end; Neither the reader nor Reacher have any clue what's really going on until the last chapters, which makes their impact even greater. What is going on is really, truly horrible, nightmare stuff. It is deeply disturbing and more than enough to give you bad dreams. So be warned.
  3. This is the 19th Jack Reacher book by Lee Child and I can't quite believe it. I have been a fan from the beginning. Yes, they are ridiculous but I really just enjoy reading them. They are ridiculously good fun and Jack Reacher for all his machismo, false modesty and ability to do the quite unbelievable, is still a great fictional character. Lee Child swaps his narration position in these books quite often - I prefer 3rd person, this is 1st person which I find jarring with these books, Nevertheless, it's a typical Jack book. A sniper has taken a shot at the French President and the only sniper known that is able to take that shot has recently been released from prison. A prison that Jack got him sent to so the US government reaches out to Jack to track the sniper down. 2 other men are known to international agencies, men that would have been able to take that shot and Jack has to work with other agencies to track down all three men and find out who took the shot and why. The story takes Jack to Paris then London where he gets tangled up with a London gang - dodging them as well as the sniper who he knows must be after him and judging the range that he can shoot at, Jack may never see the bullet coming. What can I say about this book? It's a good read - simple, exciting and ridiculous. I feel that Child needs to start taking Jack in a new direction, after all he's been at this a long time. Maybe that's what he tried with this book - making Jack international, but Jack's better on his home turf, small towns, brutal men. Like the Littlest Hobo - only big.
  4. Jack Reacher has spent the last 2/3 books trying to get to Virginia to meet an officer he has only spoken to on the phone but kinda liked her. But now he is there and Susan Turner isn't there - she's been arrested. And Reacher is accused of a 16 year old murder and worse still, an obscure clause in the army means they can and do recall him to duty. This is the usual Reacher tale - the walls close in, Reacher saves the day with some awesome moves, Reacher gets the girl. This was a return to form. As much as I like the Reacher books, and I do, the last couple were good but not as good as usual, but this book was excellent. For a total ride, a book you gulp down, Reacher is hard to beat and this book was a rollercoaster ride. Bring on the next one!
  5. I read Killing Floor six years ago now and then I read all Lee Child's books. I enjoy both Lee Child’s writing and his imaginative stories. I think he’s a remarkable man and I’ve found some really interesting interviews on this new web-site: http://www.jackreacher.co.uk. So how Jack Reacher are you? I’m pretty close to the real thing – just did a test on this new web-site. Quite cool!
  6. Amazon Blurb: Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles down a country road into Margrave, Georgia. An arbitrary decision he's about to regret. Reacher is the only stranger in town on the day they have had their first homicide in thirty years.The cops arrest Reacher and the police chief turns eyewitness to place him at the scene. As nasty secrets leak out, and the body count mounts, one thing is for sure. They picked the wrong guy to take the fall. The very first Jack Reacher novel, and it's a good introduction to a seemingly enduring character. It's the charater of Reaher himself that takes centre stage in the adventures. He's uncompromising, a law unto himself. A former Military Policeman, he leaves the army to become an off the grid drifter. Among his many talents, it seems, is to attract trouble and consistently be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The plot is quick, and harsh. There is enough mystery to keep interest high, but I was dissapointed to find that I had guessed a few major plot points ahead of times, so a third of the books was simply filling in the details. Having said that, it was enjoyable. I admire the craft in the writing. To be able to write a taught pacy thriller is a skill in itself. Even if the Reacher books are the literary equivalent of a chinese meal (consumed and quickly forgotten) I for one am happy to keep munching my way through them. They make an excellent escape and they make reading enjoyable.
  7. Amazon Blurb: Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common. Both were army high-flyers. Both were aquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service. Now they're both dead. Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint. Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante. A man just like Jack Reacher. The fourth Reacher novel in the series... I felt this one was the weakest of teh four I've read in the sequence. The writing is up to par, the mechanics of the plot are well done, but it was obvious to me 'whodunit' at around the halfway point. From then on reading the book was an exercise in studying how the author went about dropping breadcrumbs and how he would go about the big reveal. It was nice to have a bit of bleed over from the last book with Jodie making anohter appearance, but she was simply used in this book to question Reacher's lifestyle and inate wanderlust. All I can say in conclusion is that I completed the book knowing that I had figured out the ending. This, in it's way is a compliment. I was still interested enough to carry on and have the details filled in. There is somehting about the way it all sweeps along that makes the Reacher books so readable.
  8. Amazon Blurb: For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit. He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys. He doesn't want to be found. But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It's time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why. The third Reacher Novel by Lee Child, and I must say my favourite so far. We find out a little more about Reachers past and the villian of the piece is by far the most interesting of advisaries. I didn't telegraph the big twist which was satisfying and enjoyed the plot as it raced along and unfolded. The most enjoyable part of the book was Child's depiction of New York, the sense of place in the novels shines through and becomes integral to the feeling of the story. Having Reacher travel from place to place is a master stroke when each new setting is painted with such detail and evokes different feelings. THe setting is what sets each new Reacher novel apart from it's previous incarnations.
  9. Amazon Blurb: Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. Chained in a dark van racing across America, Reacher doesn't know why they've been kidnapped. The woman claims to be FBI. She's certainly tough enough. But at their remote destination, will raw courage be enough to overcome the hopeless odds? The second Reacher Novel from Lee Child. I felt it was an improvement on the first. I enjoyed the way unfolding of the plot, it had me guessing a lot more. It was nice to read a strong and capable female character as well. The villan is probably the most deranged individual Reacher has met in the selection of books I've read this far. It can be difficult to discuss these novels, as there are no hidden depths, no clever sub-texts. It's all on the surface, all on show. That's what makes it exciting to read.
  10. It's out in 10 days! I have it pre-order! It'd better arrive immediately! Woooo hoooooooo!
  11. The latest Jack Reacher book from Lee Child is a sequel to 61 Hours which was released earlier this year. After I read 61 Hours, I voiced my opinion that I didn't really know where the follow-up could go as the story in 61 Hours kind of, pretty much ended in that volume. Well, I was right, that story ended, and the only strands that connect that book to this one, Worth Dying For, is that Jack is suffering serious pain after hauling himself out the concrete, underground shelter on arm power alone, and that he is now en route to Virginia to meet up with Susan, the Fed he talked to on the phone during the violent events of 61 Hours. During his journey, he ends up in a pastoral township in Nebraska. A township that is being wholesale bullied by a terrifying family, the Duncans. Old Man Duncan owned a huge farm tract and when he died, his sons Jacob, Jonas, and Jasper decided they didn't want to be farmers so they sold off parcels of land to the community. With one condition. That they only used the Duncan brothers haulage to ship out their harvest. When an 8 year old girl went missing, the eye fell on the already suspicious Duncan borthers. To punish the town for their thoughts, the brothers started to punish the community. Fast-forward 25 years, and Jack comes across a town that as given up and does everything the brothers tell them to. Jack doesn't care. A whole town that can't stand up to 3 brothers and one son, Seth Duncan? They are just cowards - "it's not rocket science." But when Jack finds out that Eleanor Duncan, Seth's wife, is savagely beaten on a regular basis, and that the town still believes that the Duncan's had something to do with the disappearance of 8 year old Margaret Coe, he just has to get involved. Unfortunately, things aren't quite as 'domestic' as Jack thinks. The Duncans aren't just hauling harvests and their most recent delivery is late making various partners very nervous. And they all, each, see a way to cut out the middleman thereby maximising their profits. So disparate groups of gangsters are sent to Nebraska to secure the delivery and wipe out the competition. The Duncans, feeling nervous, decide to lay the blame for the late delivery at the feet of the stranger that is causing them some grief - that way they get the gangsters off their backs and the stranger, in one swoop. It's the classic no-win situation for Reacher, and one that we just love to read him fight his way out of. Now, I am really hoping that Lee Child is not going the way of James Patterson, churning out books for the cash. Despite the genre, I have always believed that Child cares for his character and the quality of this action thriller series. The series has heart and balls, and manages to keep me hooked. It was a tenuous link to 61 Hours, one that I can overlook, because this book didn't disappoint. It's not a weak version of a Reacher book, it's a great story with an exciting unfolding of the plot. But...and this is annoying as all hell, I noticed something in Child's writing that I either hadn't noticed before or it's an effect of lazy writing due to getting this book out sooner than the normal 18 month gap. Child has become over familiar with the conjunction 'and'. Now, stylistically, this can be used to emphasis a list of events, but used wrongly it's embarrassing. This is a typical example from Worth Dying For: And there's lots of sentences just like that. Even as I was reading, at I was gripped in the story, I could hear my inner voice going "and blah blah blah and...and...and..." Huffing and puffing on the 'and'. It's really quite poor. But story is all for me with the Reacher books. Well, story and Reacher. And I enjoyed (nearly) every minute of this book.
  12. The 13th outing for Lee Child's Jack Reacher and unlucky for him, the book opens with Reacher riding a New York R train in the wee hours of the morning. One of his fellow passengers has caught his attention. According to Israeli military training, this passenger ticks almost all the boxes indicating a that your fellow passenger is a suicide bomber. Reacher's carriage-mate is wearing heavy, bulky winter clothing despite the Big Apple's heat. They are carrying a large holdall, muttering repetitively to themself, whilst staring straight ahead in a sweating, panicky manner. A few checks are missing though because this passenger is a woman. Reacher decides to approach her with a mind to halting the situation before it literally explodes. And it does, just not in the way he expected. With a mixture of guilt and sense of justice, Reacher, our itinerant hero, is immediately embroiled in an hot, political drama and New York demands some of his time for a while. First, Reacher must discover what or who and how they managed to coerce a mild, middle-aged admin clerk to journey on a New York train in the early hours of the morning with weapons. What leverage did they have? What information did this woman have with her? Why this woman? But the local police force don't want to know - the case is closed. And yet, Reacher is approached by various factions. The Feds turn up and question him, whiel warning him to keep his nose out. A group of mysterious suits approach with a fake business card and warn him to keep his nose out but turn over the 'thing' that Susan the suicide bomber supposedley gave Reacher. Only two names provide Reacher with avenues to explore. First, John Sansom, a presidential hopeful with a mysterious military past, and Lila Hoth, a mysterious but stunningly beautiful (of course!) woman who is desperate to help her mother find a lost war-time friend. Only one of these people will prove dangerous to Reacher. It's no secret that I love Child's Reacher books. It's almost inexplicable as to why. I absolutely detest the kind of military-boyish-gung-ho kind of books that the likes of Andy McNab, Mark Bowden write. While Reacher is all about the military - his past, his present, his thinking, his memories, his tactics...- Child manages to keep it interesting and avoids military genre cliches that all but alienate most readers. It fascinates me, despite this being fiction, to read Reacher's perception, analysis, and solution to every situation. I enjoy his responses to people, a mix of humour, intelligence and importantly, a steely, unshifting, uncompromising style of stating exactly what he needs to. In this outing, a first-person narrative, my preference, Reacher doesn't quite go it alone. Yes, usually he has a female accomplice, usually in sort of law enforcement who he will inevitably bed (who'd say no?!) and this book was no exception to that, but this time it was good to see another strong male character helping out Reacher, a character that was more than a match for him and hinted at a similar path/history as Reacher himself. It would be interesting to see Child do something with this character, possibly recurring in the Reacher series or even a stand-alone spinoff. I enjoyed this book a lot, and it was inevitable that Osama Bin-Laden would eventually pop up in the series. Apart from him as the sort of absentee-landlord-baddie, Child has created a terrifying tag team. I know these kinds of books aren't for everyone, and most of us has a guilty pleasure, but I really can't beat Reacher as a engaging protagonist to go along for a ride with. Child's series is total popcorn, pure entertainment that is always guaranteed to make me smile and turn pages. Even if I can't get The Littlest Hobo out of my mind as I read.
  13. I wait 18 months or so for a new one to come along, then gorge on it in one day. The Jack Reacher template is still intact. Jack comes across a town, something wicked this way comes, meets a gal, saves town, has girl, and leaves. The town this time is Despair, where after wandering into it, he gets arrested for vagrancy and thrown out of the town at break neck speed. But why did they not act on him thumping a police officer, and why did they want him out so quickly. Over in Hope, the adjacent town, a girl needs his help to find her husband who went missing in Despair, and a cop (female of course) can't help but be drawn to this laconic stranger who just can't help breaking the law. Despair, is singlehandedly owned and controlled by a preaching businessman called Thurman. He demands complete control over the residents' lives, and they unquestioningly give him complete loyalty. But whenever Jack gets near his massive recycling plant, he ends up in a fight. Of course, he is no stranger to taking on 6 men at once, but this time it's too easy - they are all weak and sick - just what is going on? Ludicrous, generic, laughable - and I loved every minute. It's just pure popcorn for the brain and other...(ahem)...parts of the brain. You know what you are getting when you pick up one of these books, and Child never fails to deliver. Now, onto some serious stuff...till next time Jack. Sob.
  14. A lone gunman unleashes pandemonium when he shoots into a crowd of people in a public plaza in Indiana. Five people are killed in cold blood, shot through the head. But he leaves a perfect trail of evidence behind him, and soon the local police chief tracks him down. After his arrest, the shooter's only words are, 'Get Jack Reacher for me.' What could possibly connect this psychopath and the wandering dropout ex army cop? RRP: £12.99, <a href ="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/spring2005.asp?CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank">The Book Pl@ce</a> Price: £9.09 Just click on book jacket <A HREF="http://www.thebookplace.com/bookplace/display.asp?ISB=0593051831&CID=BGO733" TARGET="_blank"> <IMG SRC=""></A>
  15. Firstly, before I say anything more, can I just state that I know these books are completely implausible, riddled with cliches, and complete and utter formulaic tripe? Now, moving on, the latest Jack Reacher book was just as good as I anticipated. Reacher is drifting as usual and checks his bank account (in a post 9/11 world he now has to have certain trappings of civilisation), and finds $1030.00 deposited in his account. He hasn't put the money in and it is such an unusual amount. He correctly surmises that this is 1030 is army code for assistance required and contacts his old team of Special Investigators. Neagley, has requested his assistance and when he meets with her, he is told that one of the team is missing. The missing number is quickly discovered to have been captured and thrown out of a helicopter. And so, Reacher is drawn into working with his old team again to find out who is killing them off. Their motto was "You do not mess with Special Investigators" and this binds them all to each other. As usual Reacher is laconic, manages to find a bed partner, and amazingly manages to beat anything thrown at him. As I said at the beginning of this review, there are a lot of faults with these books but it just doesn't seem to matter to me. The books are pure brain candy and such a good read that it is hard to put them down. Bad Luck and Trouble is no exception - I was quickly drawn in to the story and racing along trying to follow the action. You know what you are in for when you pick up a Jack Reacher, and Child doesn't let you down. The only major problem is that I now have to wait approximately 2 years for the next instalment.
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