A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17)
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Reacher is back! A Wanted Man is a new masterpiece of suspense-from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don't add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride e...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Delacorte Press (first published 2012)
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Harry Hemstreet
Not one of his best, but still satisfying for us Reacher fans. Cannot visualize pipsqueek Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.
Kwoomac
Ok, I like Jack Reacher novels. They're formulaic, completely predictable, and the action scenes are fun, in a shoot-em-up kind of way. I do continue to have a slight problem with his juvenile taunting, which often deteriorates into "yo mamma" territory, but maybe that's just me.

What I really need to talk about is the upcoming movie "Jack Reacher" based on the first book One Shot. Tom Cruise is playing Jack Reacher! Nothing against Tom Cruise (as an actor) but seriously?

Here's a description of...more
Jennifer
Sep 13, 2012 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't dislike anyone enough to recommend reading this book.
This book was so bad that it made me crabby to read it. I am such a fan of the Reacher series that I can't believe how awful and painful of a read this was. The story is painfully slow ... and boring. No exaggeration, Reacher is in a car on the world's most boring car ride for the first 30 chapters of the book. 30 chapters. 5 hours. That is how long the first 30 chapters are in audio book. 5 hours. 300 minutes. 18,000 seconds. In. a. car. Doing nothing.

Here is a conundrum. What is worse than rea...more
Jim A
On the positive side, it's a Reacher book.

On the negative side, it's not the same Reacher I have grown to enjoy reading.

First, it starts where Worth Dying For ended. The problem with that is there was a prequel in between and I have very little recollection of the plot of WDF, which itself was a continuation of 61 Hours. Needless to say, I had no idea how Reacher's nose became broken by the guy with the shotgun. Then comes the endless thoughts of Reacher during the car trip. A lot of it comes t...more
Krycek
Apr 06, 2013 Krycek rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jack Reacher fans
Shelves: tough-guys
If a six-foot-five, two-hundred and fifty pound hobo with a busted nose manages to hitch a ride with strangers at night you can probably make a safe bet that something is amiss. Turns out there is more to his new traveling companions than meets the eye and Jack Reacher finds himself on a car ride through the midwest that's as thrilling as…well, a car ride through the midwest.

I'm a fan of the Reacher series. While these novels might not be masterpieces of the genre, they are fun and reliable. You...more
Kashmir White
I really did not want to read the reviews for this book. So I waited a long time before finally adding it to my "read" list and then looking to see how many stars it got. I was right to wait, because as I predicted the 3 star reviews are starting to get on my nerves. Maybe there's just no pleasing people anymore. I had the greatest time reading this book. 5 stars all the way from me. I didn't hate Worth Dying For, but I could understand why some readers didn't like it; it wasn't one of the best...more
Michael
Simply delicious. Jack Reacher doing what he does best. Despite a choice to live a simple life of traveling with no possessions or personal involvements, this ex-military policeman finds himself getting drawn into the plight of strangers in trouble, solves a mystery in a slow inexorable fashion from the most limited clues, and gets forced into a situation where extreme, righteous violence gets unleashed to resolve the problem. Though it sounds like a boring formula (similar to the 70’s TV series...more
Maggie
I don't understand the bad reviews for A Wanted Man. I enjoyed the "boring" parts - found them atmospheric and suspenseful. This latest installment may have lacked the usual amount of action, but it still had that Reacher-Is-The-Man magic. I must agree with another reviewer though - Child didn't segue between the previous novel and this one correctly. I mean, didn't he get a broken nose in that bunker? And now he had nothing to do with what happened in the bunker? Did I miss something? That's ok...more
Carolyn
This book felt sloppy and tired. Certainly the weakest in the series. Not enough cool fights, not enough female action. Just a quickie.
Runonbrisbane
Just finished. Worst Reacher book ever. Why ? 1. He throws his first punch on page 327. 2. Has Lee Child accepted payment from McDonalds for product placement ? (count the number of times he mentions it in this book. Compare it to all his other books combined) 3. He throws his second punch on page 376.. 4. 51 pages later the book ends with plot holes that I won't go into in case you still want to read it. I'm sorry Lee but if you're mellowing with age and looking after your retirement income the...more
Daniel
Reacher #17. Wow, I never thought that I would read so many books in a single series. That's thousands of pages of thriller fiction, most of it centered on the same formula: Reacher rolls in to a bad situation, sizes up the opposition, puts the hurt down, and then moves on.

This installment was a let-down after last year's revealing prequel. For three books now, Reacher has been aiming towards a specific destination, and for the latter two books he keeps getting waylaid by some criminal element o...more
Fred Forbes
The first book in my original kindle from years back is a Jack Reacher novel and I have long been a fan. But looking at the polarity of reviews on this one, I almost passed but felt I owed it a read. The criticisms are just - the book has long boring stretches, the number games get old real fast, and it is repetitive in places. (Are there really that many folks that know the area code, population, size in square miles and ranking in GDP of most major metro areas?) The story gets a bit convoluted...more
Colin Craib
I see a lot of reviewers complaining that A Wanted Man is slow, boring, and every other adjective possible that would fit under those headings. This is fiction, and any true Reacher fan will be able to appreciate most of this book for the great piece of fiction that it is. The truth is that the latest Reacher book is actually just a continuation of previous ones. Both in terms of plot and writing style.

Lee Child has realized that Reacher is aging, and it just isn’t realistic for him to be engag...more
Mark Phialas
I've read all of the Jack Reacher novels. Absolutely love the character, and for the most part, love the series.

Have to say, however, that the past three Reacher novels have not — at least for me �— come close to the earlier works. Too many stretches of where the writing isn't as crisp or as active as I'd like, and the overuse of cliches, such as the back of beyond.

A WANTED MAN has a clever premise, but — and again this is clearly just my opinion — the story stays flat and predictable. Too pred...more
Jay Connor
What were they thinking when they cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher?

This is the 17th in the Jack Reacher series. But my first. Reacher fits into the long line of dark, loner characters. Since leaving the Army, Reacher has been a drifter. He wanders throughout the U.S. because he was accustomed to being told where to go, when to go and what to do for every day of his life from military childhood to military adulthood. He also felt he never got to know his own country, having spent much of his youth...more
Tamahome

pg 58/405 - Distracted from Nos4a2 by another smoothly efficient Lee Child thriller. I've already read the one the Tom Cruise movie was based on, and liked it fine.

pg 156 - [describing Reacher]
He had moved with a kind of considered grace, clam and contained. He had spoken the same way, thinking ahead whole paragraphs and essays in the split-second pauses between sentences...

His focus was shifting fractionally in and out, his brows rising and falling a little, the shape of his mouth always changi
...more
Kathy Davie
Seventeenth in the Jack Reacher suspense series. Reacher is thumbing a ride out of the disaster of Worth Dying For .

My Take
It's am improvement over 61 Hours and Worth Dying For , and yet it lacks the tension and depth of earlier Child-Reacher installments. It's a bit depressing as well when even Reacher starts referring to himself as "old". Sigh.

This was fun to read as Reacher figures out who these three people are in the car he's hitched a ride in. How he determines what's a lie and what's not...more
Alex
A WANTED MAN (Pub. Sept 2012) teased and taunted me for eight weeks. Waiting for the book's publication date was almost painful. Amazon finally delivered and I locked the door behind me while the mailman drove off. It was worth the wait, as Lee's books and Jack Reacher always are.

What I like best about this, Lee's 17th masterpiece, are several unexpected plot twists - I anticipated one or two, but the rest caught me by surprise. The scoop of mystery/clues the author sometimes clued the clueless...more
Beth
3.5 stars, bumped down to 3. I enjoyed the beginning and middle of this book more than I did the end. If the end had been as good as the rest, I'd've probably given it 4 stars. I don't think it packed the usual punch of a Reacher novel.
Steven Savile
I've been with Reacher from Book One. He came with me on my honeymoon and has been hanging around ever since. There's no doubting he's an immensely popular character and Child's one of the best thriller writers out there at the moment. But something's changing with these books, and I'm not sure if it is me or them... but for instance as a Spurs fan when I see agents Dawson and Bale (Michael Dawson plays central defence and Gareth Bale plays left wing) it raises an eyebrow, chuck in an Agent Trap...more
Abhishek
Jack Reacher. One foot ahead. Thumb stuck out. Toothbrush in his pocket. A set of clothes on his body. An old passport. Hitchhiking. A normal day. After waiting patiently for more than an hour, a car finally stops. Three passengers. Two guys in the front seat. A lady in the back. Decision time. Should we or should we not give a lift to this hulk of a guy with a broken nose? They did. And the adventure began!

A Wanted Man, the latest in the Reacher series, continues to navigate us through the tho...more
Harry
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.
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
DR
Probably the unkindest reaction to finishing this new “Jack Reacher Thriller” is to go back to WORTH DYING FOR (2010), its immediate predecessor in the Reacher timeline. What happened to the pacing, the sharp characterizations, the sudden spurts of mayhem, the interesting scenery, the fun factoids? What the heck happened to Jack-None-Reacher? Suddenly he’s the ultimate hitchhiking nightmare (and not in a scary way!) – he’s the most boring & tedious guy ever to stick out his thumb near an int...more
Julia
A Wanted Man picks up where Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher 15) left off. A bruised and battered Reacher is standing at the roadside, trying to hitch a ride from Nebraska to Virginia. A car stops for him - two men and a woman, who claim to be on a work trip. However it quickly becomes evident that they are lying about at least part of their story. When the car is detained at not one, but two police roadblocks, Reacher realises that he may have stumbled into another crime.

The first part of this boo...more
Dick Reynolds
As the book begins, Jack Reacher has been hitching rides and is somewhere along the interstate in Nebraska on a cold winter night. He’s got a busted nose but we never learn how he got it or where he’s coming from. He’s also heading to Virginia to meet a woman he’s never met but only because she sounded interesting on the phone.
After waiting in the cold for exactly ninety-three minutes, he gets a ride from three people heading for Chicago. The two men and a woman who pick him up are wearing ide...more
Terri
I read some of the other reviews after listening to the audio book and before writing my own review. Some comments--I did indeed notice some repeated phrases or descriptions, but I felt that the repetition was done for emphasis rather than accidentally. In the particular case describing the takeovers of farmland, I took it as an example of the device of incremental repetition which is a valid literary device. Perhaps my interpretation was due to the skill of the audio reader, Dick Hill. And, may...more
T. Edmund
I debated whether to rank Lee Child's latest as 3 or 4 stars.

A Wanted Man starts well, with Reacher stuck in a car with 3 potential killers, while dramatic irony unfolds all around him. I liked the break from typical Reacher territory, with more of a focus on psychological tension than fisticuffs. Aside from Reacher's dull mathematical daydreams, I would have loved a novel based entirely in the car as Reacher tried to deduce the story behind his three companions.

Alas, it was not to be. About a t...more
Paul Pessolano
“A Wanted Man” by Lee Child, published by Delacorte Press.

Category – Mystery/Thriller

Jack Reacher is back and better than ever.

This is the 17th book than Lee Child has written featuring Jack Reacher. The books can basically be read in any order and all are great reads.

Jack is ex-military and has become disenchanted with the establishment. He is hitchhiking across the country and trying to mind his own business. Unfortunately for him, lucky for us, no matter where he goes trouble with a capital T...more
Terri Lynn
It only took me two days to read this book I received from a Goodreads giveaway. Actually, only 1 1/2 days. I had never read any book by Lee Child before but started with this 17th book about Jack Reacher.

Jack is a big hulking former military police with no driver's license and no ID except an old expired passport, a broken nose (from two books back, I understand from other reviews), and an attitude. We meet him on the side of the interstate in a hick state in the midwest hitchhiking. Most pe...more
Simon Mcdonald
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 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 pr...more
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