Personal (Jack Reacher Series #19) [NOOK Book]

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Jack Reacher returns in the latest fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.
 
You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
 
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Overview

Jack Reacher returns in the latest fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.
 
You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
 
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
 
If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won’t let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
 
Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.
 
Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series
 
“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching.”—Associated Press
 
“The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going.”—NPR
 
“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“If you’re a thriller fan and you’re not reading the Reacher series, you’re not a thriller fan.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[A] feverishly thrilling series . . . with Child, you can always count on furious action.”—The Miami Herald
 
“Irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.”Kirkus Reviews
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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble

When a general calls in a favor, honest loner Jack Reacher can't resist. Almost without thinking, this former military cop heads for a plane and is off to the UK and a very dangerous assignment. Apparently, twisted master American assassin John Kott has been warming up in the wings, aiming to turn the upcoming G-8 conference into a killing field. To stop the marksman in his tracks, Reacher must not only find him; he must keep himself and his rookie partner Casey Nice from getting killed hopelessly tangled in embarrassing international incidents. Bound to be a bestseller and a nonstop read.

Library Journal
★ 09/01/2014
In Child's 19th Jack Reacher novel (after Never Go Back), our loner protagonist is on a bus nearing Seattle when he picks up a copy of the Army Times newspaper that contains an ad asking him to contact Rick Schroeder, an old army connection. Paired with rookie Casey Nice from the Special Forces, Reacher is sent on a mission to find the sniper who tried to kill the French president with a rifle shot from three-quarters of a mile away. Their mission takes them to England with multiple suspects in mind. But Jack is watching someone with a personal grudge against him, an American marksman named John Kott. At the same time, being undercover avails them little government help. Casey's personal demons and Jack's memory of another young agent's death make this a taut and relentless suspense story. VERDICT Longtime fans won't be disappointed by this suspense-filled, riveting thriller. Those readers who haven't experienced this irresistible series should definitely start at the beginning and catch up to this book.—Susan Carr, Edwardsville P.L., IL
Library Journal
04/01/2014
Child follows up nine straight No. 1 New York Times best sellers with another thriller featuring everyone's favorite vigilante hero, Jack Reacher. No plot details yet, but after the way Never Go Back twisted around readers, who knows what direction this will take.
The New York Times Book Review - Marilyn Stasio
In thriller land, there is something very dangerous and sexy about the teacher-pupil dynamic, especially where guns are involved…Reacher is always up for a good fight…But it's Reacher the Teacher who wows here…
Publishers Weekly
08/18/2014
A sniper threatens the forthcoming G8 conference, to be held at a stately manor outside London, in Thriller Award–finalist Childs's clever, deceptively straightforward 19th Jack Reacher novel (after 2013's Never Go Back). Protected by a glass shield, the French president escapes unharmed when someone fires a shot at him while he's delivering an outdoor address in Paris. One of only four people in the world could have fired the 50-calibre bullet with such accuracy from a distance of 1,400 yards. One is John Kott, a former Special Forces soldier, who was recently released from prison, where Reacher helped put him 15 years earlier for killing an Army sergeant in a fight. Gen. Tom O'Day, of whom Reacher is wary, manages to recruit the peripatetic former M.P. to look into the matter. Reacher first visits Kott's empty house in rural Arkansas before traveling to Paris and finally to London, where he tangles with gangsters en route to trying to stop the sniper from striking again. Reacher's keen analytic mind in action will entertain readers as much as the assorted physical means he uses to take down the bad guys. Agent: Darley Anderson, Darley Anderson Literary. (Sept.)
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Praise for Personal
 
“The best one yet.”—Stephen King

Praise for #1 bestselling author Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series
 
“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching.”—Associated Press
 
“The Reacher novels are easily the best thriller series going.”—NPR
 
“Child is a superb craftsman of suspense.”—Entertainment Weekly
 
“The truth about Reacher gets better and better.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
 
“If you’re a thriller fan and you’re not reading the Reacher series, you’re not a thriller fan.”Chicago Tribune
 
“[A] feverishly thrilling series . . . with Child, you can always count on furious action.”—The Miami Herald
 
“Irresistible Reacher remains just about the best butt-kicker in thriller-lit.”Kirkus Reviews

From the Hardcover edition.

Kirkus Reviews
2014-07-15
Despite plenty of page-turning propulsion, this is one of the lesser novels in the series. Now that Jack Reacher has become a film franchise, it seems that he—or maybe his author (Never Go Back, 2013, etc.)—is spreading himself a little thin. The 19th novel featuring the former MP-turned-Zen do-gooder—dubbed "Sherlock Homeless" by one of his old Army officers—once again starts with him drifting with nothing more than the clothes on his back—no cellphone or bank account, no plans, no destination, no history that's apparent to anyone he encounters. Yet, through a stretch of plotting coincidence, he finds himself pulled into his military past and then thrust into an international conspiracy involving a sniper—or are there more than one?—and an assassination plot. He also inevitably finds himself paired with a possible romantic interest, the improbably named Casey Nice ("Nice by name, nice by nature"), about whom he muses, "Was there a finer place to be, than where those jeans were?" The plot quickly (in a Reacher novel, everything happens quickly) complicates itself like a chess match, as it turns out that only four snipers in the world have the capability of making the shot, each of a different nationality, each with his own country's authorities pursuing him. One of them is a man Reacher sent to prison 16 years earlier and who has, conveniently enough, just been released. After a close call in Paris, our hero and Ms. Nice travel to London, where a gathering of global leaders will provide a convenient target (whomever the target turns out to be). At one point, when his partner reminds Reacher that there's no death penalty in Britain, he replies, "There is now," with the sort of catchphrase bravado one might expect from Dirty Harry. Since Reacher has never been much of a team player or an organization man, the plot really shifts into high gear when he cuts himself loose and does what he does best. Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system, but this lacks some of the stylistic flair that truly distinguishes Child.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804178761
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Jack Reacher Series , #19
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 3
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Lee Child
Lee Child is the author of eighteen New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, nine of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.

Biography

Lee Child was born in 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a presentation director during British TV's "golden age." During his tenure his company made Brideshead Revisited, The Jewel in the Crown, Prime Suspect, and Cracker. But he was fired in 1995 at the age of 40 as a result of corporate restructuring. Always a voracious reader, he decided to see an opportunity where others might have seen a crisis and bought six dollars' worth of paper and pencils and sat down to write a book, Killing Floor, the first in the Jack Reacher series.

Killing Floor was an immediate success and launched the series which has grown in sales and impact with every new installment.

Lee has three homes —an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and whatever airplane cabin he happens to be in while traveling between the two. In the US he drives a supercharged Jaguar, which was built in Jaguar's Browns Lane plant, thirty yards from the hospital in which he was born.

Lee spends his spare time reading, listening to music, and watching the Yankees, Aston Villa, or Marseilles soccer. He is married with a grown-up daughter. He is tall and slim, despite an appalling diet and a refusal to exercise.

Good To Know

Lee Child is the author of sixteen Jack Reacher thrillers, including the New York Times bestsellers Persuader, The Enemy, One Shot, The Hard Way, and #1 bestsellers Bad Luck and Trouble and Nothing to Lose. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and Nero awards for Best Novel. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have sold in forty territories. All titles have been optioned for major motion pictures.

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    1. Hometown:
      Birmingham, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Coventry, England
    1. Education:
      Sheffield University
    2. Website:

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Chapter 1

Eight days ago my life was an up and down affair. Some of it good. Some of it not so good. Most of it uneventful. Long slow periods of nothing much, with occasional bursts of something. Like the army itself. Which is how they found me. You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely.

They started looking two days after some guy took a shot at the president of France. I saw it in the paper. A long--range attempt with a rifle. In Paris. Nothing to do with me. I was six thousand miles away, in California, with a girl I met on a bus. She wanted to be an actor. I didn’t. So after forty--eight hours in LA she went one way and I went the other. Back on the bus, first to San Francisco for a couple of days, and then to Portland, Oregon, for three more, and then onward to Seattle. Which took me close to Fort Lewis, where two women in uniform got out of the bus. They left an Army Times behind, one day old, right there on the seat across the aisle.

The Army Times is a strange old paper. It started up before World War Two and is still going strong, every week, full of yesterday’s news and sundry how--to articles, like the headline staring up at me right then: New Rules! Changes for Badges and Insignia! Plus Four More Uniform Changes On The Way! Legend has it the news is yesterday’s because it’s copied secondhand from old AP summaries, but if you read the words sideways you sometimes hear a real sardonic tone between the lines. The editorials are occasionally brave. The obituaries are occasionally interesting.

Which was my sole reason for picking up the paper. Sometimes people die and you’re happy about it. Or not. Either way you need to know. But I never found out. Because on the way to the obituaries I found the personal ads. Which as always were mostly veterans looking for other veterans. Dozens of ads, all the same.

Including one with my name in it.

Right there, center of the page, a boxed column inch, five words printed bold: Jack Reacher call Rick Shoemaker.

Which had to be Tom O’Day’s work. Which later on made me feel a little lame. Not that O’Day wasn’t a smart guy. He had to be. He had survived a long time. A very long time. He had been around forever. Twenty years ago he already looked a hundred. A tall, thin, gaunt, cadaverous man, who moved like he might collapse at any moment, like a broken stepladder. He was no one’s idea of an army general. More like a professor. Or an anthropologist. Certainly his thinking had been sound. Reacher stays under the radar, which means buses and trains and waiting rooms and diners, which, coincidentally or not, are the natural economic habitat for enlisted men and women, who buy the Army Times ahead of any other publication in the PX, and who can be relied upon to spread the paper around, like birds spread seeds from berries.

And he could rely on me to pick up the paper. Somewhere. Sooner or later. Eventually. Because I needed to know. You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not completely. As a means of communication, as a way of making contact, from what he knew, and from what he could guess, then maybe he would think ten or twelve consecutive weeks of personal ads might generate a small but realistic chance of success.

But it worked the first time out. One day after the paper was printed. Which is why I felt lame later on.

I was predictable.

Rick Shoemaker was Tom O’Day’s boy. Probably his second in command by now. Easy enough to ignore. But I owed Shoemaker a favor. Which O’Day knew about, obviously. Which was why he put Shoemaker’s name in his ad.

And which was why I would have to answer it.

Predictable.

Seattle was dry when I got out of the bus. And warm. And wired, in the sense that coffee was being consumed in prodigious quantities, which made it my kind of town, and in the sense that wifi hotspots and handheld devices were everywhere, which didn’t, and which made old--fashioned street--corner pay phones hard to find. But there was one down by the fish market, so I stood in the salt breeze and the smell of the sea, and I dialed a toll--free number at the Pentagon. Not a number you’ll find in the phone book. A number learned by heart long ago. A special line, for emergencies only. You don’t always have a quarter in your pocket.

The operator answered and I asked for Shoemaker and I got transferred, maybe elsewhere in the building, or the country, or the world, and after a bunch of clicks and hisses and some long minutes of dead air Shoemaker came on the line and said, “Yes?”

“This is Jack Reacher,” I said.

“Where are you?”

“Don’t you have all kinds of automatic machines to tell you that?”

“Yes,” he said. “You’re in Seattle, on a pay phone down by the fish market. But we prefer it when people volunteer the information themselves. We find that makes the subsequent conversation go better. Because they’re already cooperating. They’re invested.”

“In what?”

“In the conversation.”

“Are we having a conversation?”

“Not really. What do you see directly ahead?”

I looked.

“A street,” I said.

“Left?”

“Places to buy fish.”

“Right?”

“A coffee shop across the light.”

“Name?”

I told him.

He said, “Go in there and wait.”

“For what?”

“For about thirty minutes,” he said, and hung up.

No one really knows why coffee is such a big deal in Seattle. It’s a port, so maybe it made sense to roast it close to where it was landed, and then to sell it close to where it was roasted, which created a market, which brought other operators in, the same way the auto makers all ended up in Detroit. Or maybe the water is right. Or the elevation, or the temperature, or the humidity. But whatever, the result is a coffee shop on every block, and a four--figure annual tab for a serious enthusiast. The shop across the light from the pay phone was representative. It had maroon paint and exposed brick and scarred wood, and a chalkboard menu about ninety percent full of things that don’t really belong in coffee, like dairy products of various types and temperatures, and weird nut--based flavorings, and many other assorted pollutants. I got a plain house blend, black, no sugar, in the middle--sized go--cup, not the enormous grande bucket some folks like, and a slab of lemon pound cake to go with it, and I sat alone on a hard wooden chair at a table for two.

The cake lasted five minutes and the coffee another five, and eighteen minutes after that Shoemaker’s guy showed up. Which made him Navy, because twenty--eight minutes was pretty fast, and the Navy is right there in Seattle. And his car was dark blue. It was a low--spec domestic sedan, not very desirable, but polished to a high shine. The guy himself was nearer forty than twenty, and hard as a nail. He was in civilian clothes. A blue blazer over a blue polo shirt, and khaki chino pants. The blazer was worn thin and the shirt and the pants had been washed a thousand times. A Senior Chief Petty Officer, probably. Special Forces, almost certainly, a SEAL, no doubt part of some shadowy joint operation watched over by Tom O’Day.

He stepped into the coffee shop with a blank--eyed all--in--one scan of the room, like he had a fifth of a second to identify friend or foe before he started shooting. Obviously his briefing must have been basic and verbal, straight out of some old personnel file, but he had me at six--five two--fifty. Everyone else in the shop was Asian, mostly women and very petite. The guy walked straight toward me and said, “Major Reacher?”

I said, “Not anymore.”

He said, “Mr. Reacher, then?”

I said, “Yes.”

“Sir, General Shoemaker requests that you come with me.”

I said, “Where to?”

“Not far.”

“How many stars?”

“Sir, I don’t follow.”

“Does General Shoemaker have?”

“One, sir. Brigadier General Richard Shoemaker, sir.”

“When?”

“When what, sir?”

“Did he get his promotion?”

“Two years ago.”

“Do you find that as extraordinary as I do?”

The guy paused a beat and said, “Sir, I have no opinion.”

“And how is General O’Day?”

The guy paused another beat and said, “Sir, I know of no one named O’Day.”

The blue car was a Chevrolet Impala with police hubs and cloth seats. The polish was the freshest thing on it. The guy in the blazer drove me through the downtown streets and got on I-5 heading south. The same way the bus had come in. We drove back past Boeing Field once again, and past the Sea--Tac airport once again, and onward toward Tacoma. The guy in the blazer didn’t talk. Neither did I. We both sat there mute, as if we were in a no--talking competition and serious about winning. I watched out the window. All green, hills and sea and trees alike.

We passed Tacoma, and slowed ahead of where the women in uniform had gotten out of the bus, leaving their Army Times behind. We took the same exit. The signs showed nothing ahead except three very small towns and one very large military base. Chances were therefore good we were heading for Fort Lewis. But it turned out we weren’t. Or we were, technically, but we wouldn’t have been back in the day. We were heading for what used to be McChord Air Force Base, and was now the aluminum half of Joint Base Lewis--McChord. Reforms. Politicians will do anything to save a buck.

I was expecting a little back--and--forth at the gate, because the gate belonged jointly to the army and the Air Force, and the car and the driver were both Navy, and I was absolutely nobody. Only the Marine Corps and the United Nations were missing. But such was the power of O’Day we barely had to slow the car. We swept in, and hooked a left, and hooked a right, and were waved through a second gate, and then the car was right out there on the tarmac, dwarfed by huge C-17 transport planes, like a mouse in a forest. We drove under a giant gray wing and headed out over open blacktop straight for a small white airplane standing alone. A corporate thing. A business jet. A Lear, or a Gulfstream, or whatever rich people buy these days. The paint winked in the sun. There was no writing on it, apart from a tail number. No name, no logo. Just white paint. Its engines were turning slowly, and its stairs were down.

The guy in the blazer drove a well--judged part--circle and came to a stop with my door about a yard from the bottom of the airplane steps. Which I took as a hint. I climbed out and stood a moment in the sun. Spring had sprung and the weather was pleasant. Beside me the car drove away. A steward appeared above me, in the little oval mouth of the cabin. He was wearing a uniform. He said, “Sir, please step up.”

The stairs dipped a little under my weight. I ducked into the cabin. The steward backed off to my right, and on my left another guy in uniform squeezed out of the cockpit and said, “Welcome aboard, sir. You have an all–-Air Force crew today, and we’ll get you there in no time at all.”

I said, “Get me where?”

“To your destination.” The guy crammed himself back in his seat next to his copilot and they both got busy checking dials. I followed the steward and found a cabin full of butterscotch leather and walnut veneer. I was the only passenger. I picked an armchair at random. The steward hauled the steps up and sealed the door and sat down on a jump seat behind the pilots’ shoulders. Thirty seconds later we were in the air, climbing hard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Not great

    Not one of the best Reacher books. The danger posed by a sniper at large is not convincing. We love Reacher for his physical and mental strength (his uncanny calculations and deductions) and Childs for his quirky descriptions and spare writing. This one falls short.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Come on Lee, is this the best you can do?  Is Reacher getting ol

    Come on Lee, is this the best you can do?  Is Reacher getting old?   I was so tired of the chit chat  in this book and very little action. This is one Jack Reacher book I had to force myself to finish.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    I love the Reacher books but I have to admit this was one of the

    I love the Reacher books but I have to admit this was one of the worse I've read. Very light on action. The first 40% of the book is just a bunch of talk. There is a pretty good fight scene towards the end but not great. The end of the book was also anti climatic. Not a bad read just not as good as I've come to expect from Lee Child.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2014

    One of the best Reachers in a while, and that's saying a lot.  L

    One of the best Reachers in a while, and that's saying a lot.  Lots of action
    and twists and lots and lots of Reacher.  What is not to love?

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    Disappointing

    Predictable! Bloated! Unsatisfying! Mr Child phoned this one in.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    They promoted this Reacher so much that I was suspicious, but no

    They promoted this Reacher so much that I was suspicious, but not to worry-- great!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    Another wonderful, exciting, suspenseful Jack Reacher novel. Lea

    Another wonderful, exciting, suspenseful Jack Reacher novel. Leave yourself enough time to read this gem, because you will not be able to stop once you start.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Jack Reacher at his best!

    Read this book in one day, couln't put it down! Anyone who is a fan of the series will not be disappointed.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2014

    Aaaaas

    Aaaaaa

    3 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Lee strikes out

    Not up to past standards. Plot is beyond reality and actually insulting. Not worth the time or money!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Not up to what was expected

    Almost no action way to much talk sure hope the next one is better or this will be mp last

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2014

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    Book Info 
    Kindle Edition, 416 pages
    Expected publication: September 2nd 2014 by Delacorte Press (first published September 1st 2014)
    ASIN B00HBQWGXK
    edition language English
    series Jack Reacher #19
    other editions (13)
    Source:Netgalley EARC




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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    With nine straight #1 New York Times bestsellers and over 17 million copies in print in the United States alone, it's easy to see why the New York Times has anointed Lee Child as "the best thriller writer of the moment". Now, after the game-changing twist Child offered readers in Never Go Back, comes a breathtaking new thriller featuring the world's most beloved vigilante hero Jack Reacher.




    Lee Child has become a bestselling juggernaut, and his iconic hero Jack Reacher has been dubbed "one of the most enduring action heroes on the American landscape.” (The New York Times). With each new entry, critics fall harder for Reacher and legions of new fans climb on the bandwagon. Now, Child once again gives a jolt of pure adrenaline to the suspense genre, with a story so gripping that even the most weathered Reacher fans will find themselves on the edge of their seats. Where will Reacher turn up this time? And which bad guys are in for a hard fall? Stay tuned to this spot-as one of the most popular authors in the world is about to become even bigger.




    My Thoughts








    Jack Reacher is a character new to me and after not having read the first 18 books in series had no preconceived notions of what the book would unveil nor were my expectations high as this particular genre is usually pretty fairly straightforward in the setup, action, suspense and execution of .




    The book is first person, we see exactly what Reacher sees, feel exactly what he feels as it happens and for me that made this smoother reading and much easier to connect with the character throughout the story.




    The only thing that felt noticeably off was we spend a lot of time rehashing some of the same material from chapter to chapter, understand this makes for a longer novel but it also eventually brings a certain amount of boredom to the flow of the story which in turn makes the reader lose momentum at times.




    The pace is for the most part slow, than all of a sudden the action is at warp speed for a short time than we go back to almost a crawl and this causes the reading to feel choppy and uneven.




    I admit to the reader becoming overwhelmed with details at certain points in the story that seem disconnected but when taken as a whole these details all add up at the end.




    Did I like Jack Reacher, not really. Was I impressed with Reachers characters abilities, yes at times very much. Would I read more in the series , maybe a few of the earlier books. Is the twist at the end solid enough to be believable, totally for me but it was a bit of a letdown also because it proved that once again the line between the good guys and the bad guys is not really as easy to define as we would wish it to be.




    All in all this is a book that in my opinion may gratify fans of the series and the character more than first time readers like myself, not that I was not satisfied with the ending as I am.




    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Lee Child does it again!

    Jack Reacher is back and as big, bad and entertaining as ever. You will wonder who the good guys are, but Jack knows. Once again I had to read it straight through, its that good. Enjoy!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Awesome

    A must read

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2014

    Hugely disappointing. So dull!!! What happened to the Jack we kn

    Hugely disappointing. So dull!!! What happened to the Jack we know? 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    As a great lover of the character and author, I was quite disapp

    As a great lover of the character and author, I was quite disappointed in this read. There was far less action than normal and the plot was sluggish and hazy, nothing much happens with the characters, and the story just sort of drones on. Things get a little better as you approach the last 75 pages, but by then, you're sort of wondering what you might have missed in the earlier pages... "is that all there is?"

    I know Mr. Child must have some better ones in him based on earlier performances - Reacher deserves better!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Disappointed

    I have followed Mr. Child and Jack Reacher since The Killing Floor and have always enjoyed reading each book. I could hardly wait for the next -- I have often said I wish Mr. C could write as fast as I could read! Personal was the first book I've read that was a disappointment to me. I've given a lot of thought as to why this was so, and yet it's nothing I can really put my finger on. It was wordy, went into so much detail it became boring. Reacher seemed to not have any dimention, just flat and stiff. Not the Reacher I've grown to know and love. In fact, at times I wondered If it was actually Lee Child doing the writing. I'm anxiously awaiting the next Reacher book again just hoping it's better.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Not his best.

    The most disapppointing Reacher I've read, and I've read them all. An awful lot of extraneous, useless filler in there.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    I BELIEVE I HAVE READ EVERY ONE OF HIS BOOKS AND LOOKED FORWARD

    I BELIEVE I HAVE READ EVERY ONE OF HIS BOOKS AND LOOKED FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE. THIS ONE WAS A BIG LET DOWN
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  • Posted September 10, 2014

    I really have to wonder if Lee Child actually wrote all of this

    I really have to wonder if Lee Child actually wrote all of this novel. I have read all of the books in the Jack Reacher series and this one was a huge disappointment with very little of the substance of the other novels.

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