The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10)
Featuring Jack Reacher, hero of the new blockbuster movie starring Tom Cruise, as he comes to the UK.
Jack Reacher is alone, the way he likes it.
He watches a man cross a New York street and drive away in a Mercedes. The car contains $1 million of ransom money. Reacher's job is to make sure it all turns out right - money paid, family safely returned.
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Jack Reacher. Star of The Hard Way. Kind of a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Littlest Hobo. Spends his time being right about everything almost all the time. Except when it's convenient for the plot. Seems to know almost everything, but he's never heard of text messaging. Can guess the time really really accurately. Go ...more
Lee Child has created an unforgettable and unique character in his creation of Jack Reacher. Jack seems to implicitly understand that he is a unique animal/human running around on this planet and that in spite of social con ...more
Jack Reacher known as the best man-hunter in the world ends up helping Edward Lane, a well-paid mercenary, whose wife and stepdaughter have been kidnapped. Initially Reacher volunteers to help, as the case develops, things prove not to be what they seem. Alarm bells ring when he discovers Lane's previous wife was kidnapped and also during a mission two members of his crew were left behind in a foreign country...what is Lane hiding, what type of character is he?, can he be tr ...more
Reacher is sitting in a coffee shop and observes a man enter a parked car and drive away. Reacher soon learns that this man was a kidnapper picking up ransom money. Lane’s wife and daughter were kidnaped. Lane asks Reacher to help find them. Lane runs a group of military mercenaries for hire.
It’s mostly police style investigating. Not enough smart ...more
This was another intense one. I do love how Reacher withheld and poked at Lane. How he pushed to get involved in the rescue of Kate and Jade. This man does not suffer fools! He already has a tendency to observe, calculate, and catalog and his years in the military police have provided him with a wealth of psychological field study of the worst of human nature. It's ...more
The twists? Figured them out almost at the beginning, yet Reacher only gets there on page 406. They seemed really obvious too, though I can't say they detracted from the reading.
I've not really paid much attention to how infuriatingly smug Reacher can be at times eith ...more
But those of us who are fans of the Reacher novels know its NEVER simple with this series. Jack Reacher does not take long to realize that there are large holes in the story he is being told. Edward Lane is definitely hiding something. So Reacher starts digging deeper into the past.....
Lee Child has a tremendous gift for putting ...more
While that moment in the first few pages of "The ...more
What I most liked about this book was this is the first one I've read where it all doesn't seem to come easy to Jack Reacher. Others may disagree, but I enjoyed it.
There was the odd twist here and there, and no I didn't see the ending coming. Maybe part of that is I read late at night when I'm tired and want to escape. And escape I did for all 371 pages.
Thanks again for a great read ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but it did have its faults, such as bad grammar (the constant misuse of the word "like") and the way Reacher's guesses and the result ...more
Not the best Reacher book ever but it had a happy ending (sort of...at least for the series standard) which I liked. This series is so bleak sometimes, that it's good to see people risking everything to protect those they love.
As usual with this series, Reacher is minding his own business when trouble finds him. A woman and her child had been kidnapped and Reacher happened to witness something. From then, he gets involved in the search for her kidnappers.
Who kidnapped the woman and ...more
Summary: Reacher finds himself in the middle of quite the kidnapping mystery. Kate and Jade Lane have disappeared and Reacher's contracted by the distraught Mr. Edward Lane, but the more Reacher investigates, the more skeletons he finds in Lane's closets.
Most people are just going to read the book, but for the few of us who love audiobook versions, be aware that there's a very long, very tedious, pretty much maddening section around disc 6 or 7 where Reache ...more
I think part of my frustration here was that - unlike many of the prior installments - Reacher knew too much about things that there was not necessarily any reason he'd know all about ...more
Then Child throws in a game changing surprise and the book hastens toward the kind of violent confrontation that Reacher is used to. As alwa ...more
Reacher wanders around with a toothbrush in his pocket. He gets into situations that require disbelief suspended from a very tall bridge. He's always the smartest guy in the room. *yawn* He's always right.
The schtick was interesting enough at first, but after a few books it just wears me out. I'm done. Thanks for the read, Mr. Child, but try flexing your narrative muscle on a new character.
For those who don't know him, Jack was born in a military family, looks NOTHING like pretty boy Tom Cruise (think Mickey Rourke in "The Wrestler" for what Jack looks like), and his whole family is now dead. He spent 13 years as a military policeman and investigator and has now been seeing the one country ...more
An ex-military MP, with powers of observation few mortals possess, Reacher is a "will-o-the-wisp" with no particular place he calls home. In this ...more
The Jack Reacher character is kind of Sherlock Holmes character in deducting clues to be considered but with a killer attitude to figh ...more