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Preview — The Affair by Lee Child
The Affair (Jack Reacher #16)
Everything starts somewhere. . . .
For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A lonely railroad track. A crime scene. A coverup.
A young woman is dead, and soli...more
I love Jack Reacher so much and I feel like Lee Child has just sold him out for money. It is so offensive that Child sold the screen rights to Tom Cruise so he could play Reacher. It didn't seem to matter that Reacher is a foot taller and a hundred pounds heavier just to name two obvious reasons he's so obviously miscast. And now it seems like Child is writing the book to support Cruise's portrayal. He usually mentions Reacher size frequently but in this book it's just so casu...more
The Reacher series is a favorite of mine, and I'm not sure exactly why, since I am not a fan of vigilante justice. I suppose, though, that the lone, mysterious stranger who rights wrongs and stands up for those who cannot stand up for themselves is something of an archetype. Unlike many characters of this t...more
Books 1 to 15 in the Jack Reacher series flow in chronological order. All of them are set after Reacher left the army in March 1997 except for Book 8 (The Enemy) and this one. This book 16 goes back in time and is set in March 1997. It describes Reacher’s last investigation as an MP before he left the army.
A woman is murdered in a small town in Mississippi. The Kellum army base is nearby. They army is hoping that the murderer is...more
(view spoiler)[Basic rule of thumb with six guys: you have to be quick. You can’t spend more than the bare mini...more
Warning - I love all his books and can't imagine this one being any different!
Update: Well, I finished reading this book and had to think hard about what to write for a review. I love Jack Reacher and I love all of Lee Child's Books but is this the beginning of the end? Is Child tired? Yes, Reacher was Reacher in this book but it all f...more
THE AFFAIR is the sixteenth book in the extremely successful Jack Reacher series. Most of those books deal with Reacher’s life after leaving the military. He is basically a drifter who travels around the US, encounters trouble and deals with it. Back in 2004, Lee Child wrote a prequel (THE ENEMY) which was set during the time that Reacher was still in the military. THE AFFAIR is also a prequel book, which follows him during the t...more
This time, the book is set just before Reacher's exit from the...more
While I've been aware of Lee Child's best-selling Jack Reacher novels for a while, I hadn't really cracked the cover of one until I heard there was a movie based on the series headed our way. Being the guy who has to read the book first, I headed out to the local library and picked up the first novel, Killing Floor, assuming that the movie series would start with the first novel in the series.
That's what I get for assuming. Turns out that Reacher, like the Bond movies, has decided not to start w...more
It's the long ballyhooed story that explains why Reacher left the Army. Reacher is dispatched to Mississippi to investigate a murder, with the understanding that what he finds out may be so sensitive that the Army may want to keep a lid on it. What seems like a single murder becomes a case of serial killing. Adding to the confusion are cover-ups which lead to other killings.
Novels about serial killers often rely on salacious examinations of the abnormal psychology of the p...more
But there things bugged the hell out of me
1. How many times do we need to hear that it's 1997; do we really need the constant reminder that this is set prior to 9/11?!
2. Mindless killing. Up until recent books Reacher has killed, but pretty much only in self defense. He certainly didn'...more
While this novel is well-crafted and has a complex plot narrated in Child's terse style, I did not care for Jack Reacher in this story. Too much unwarranted killing and too little compassion make the main character seem as malevolent as the bad guys he is after.
This version is an audio book narrated by Dick Hill, another...more
Lee Child and his Jack Reacher series has been a favourite of mine for years...this, however, was not up to his usual standards.
This book goes back in time to when Jack was still in the Army and gives us an insight into the reason he left and why he chose the life of a drifter....I think the idea was a good one, but on this occasion I did not connect with the Jack I know and love. It is the usual plot with Jack saving the day...my hero! But found myself driftin...more
Past Reacher isn't much different from the hulk we've come to know and love, although his circumstances are much changed. Rather than a solo vagabound pummeling through bad-guys, Reacher 97 is a beast confined by politics, army rules and chain of command.
The Affair's story perhaps superior because of this - rather than setting up the typical 'here's the badguy now beat him...more
This was a good one to get caught up on though, a solid 4 stars. Literally was clueless until the last couple of chapters. I like it this way. Unless the story is the ride and the illusion isn’t part of the why you’re reading. In this case, the illusion was the story. Not only that but it answered some questions on “wh...more
The storyline was fairly typical, with Reacher brought in to right wrongs, in whatever way he chooses. This involves a lot of secret ops and man-to-man combat. Woohoo. I parti...more
You can enjoy this one without having read any of the other Reacher novels. It's a prequel to the entire series, revealing how Jack came to be that big guy on lonely stretches of road with his thumb out in the wind.
The Affair is set in 1997, when Jack Reacher is still an MP in the Army. Someone is killing women in the tiny town of Carter Crossing, Mississippi. The Army suspects that the killer may be a Ranger at the base near town, and Jack is sent to investigate. Then two me...more
I do think that perhaps it's time for Lee Child to explore some other characters in his stories. I can't help but think Neagley who has app...more
Do yourselves a big favor and add "The Affair" to your m...more
Having seen Reacher recently as well, bought by my better half who remembered me liking the books so the movie must please me as well since I enjoy Tom Cruise generally in his movies as well. You cannot fault your spouse for the logic,ever. The movie was well made and Tom was rather g...more
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