Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1)
When Jack Reacher suddenly decides to ask a Greyhound bus driver to let him off near the town of Margrave, Georgia, he thinks it's because his brother once mentioned that the famed blues guitarist Blind Blake died there. But it doesn't take long for the footloose ex-military policeman to discover that there are plenty of strange--and very dangerous ...more
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A big tough ex-military guy drifts into a small town and is sucked into uncovering a vast criminal conspiracy through completely unbelievable coincidences. - Check.
Hero has a cool, manly sounding name: Jack Reacher. - Check
Hero is quickly given a personal grudge against the villains. - Check
Bad dialogue. - Check.
Stereotypical villains including corrupt businessmen and politicians. - Check.
Hero finds a few trustworthy allies, but ...more
Reacher’s a former military police officer who is cucumber cool and carries himself with a calm, quiet stoicism that reminded me a lot of Shadow from Neil Gaiman’s American Gods(another favorite character of mine). In typical hardboiled fa ...more
I bought the whole series for $1 a piece. I regr ...more
Do you need an Action Pick-You Up?
Do you sometimes wish that the bad guys would get exactly what they deserve?
Then I have a quick solution. Read a Jack Reacher novel!
Jack Reacher is the kind of guy who will kick some serious butt in the most brutal fashion, and it ain't pretty. I admit that I wince when I see someone die violently on tv and in movies. But I love action movies. Yeah, I know it makes no sense. Killing Floor is the kind of book that I would love to see as ...more
Reading this book was the same type of existentially empty experience. Grafting a promising storyline onto a series of humorless, mind-n ...more
This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series, sixteen books so far. It’s told in first person by Jack. He was a homicide investigator in the military police for thirteen years, hunting trained killers gone bad. He had to be able to outthink them and fight them. He retired as a major six months ago at age 36. Now Jack just wants to wander, living off his severance pay, buying cheap clot ...more
I stayed leaning up on the bars, motionless. Baker signaled Hubble to walk with him around the far side of the squad room. Toward the rosew ...more
Okay, I don't get it.
There is mass appeal for the Jack Reacher series, there's been a movie made, Lee Child is making a gazillian dollars off it.
I also heard a pretty reputable BBC book review panel podcast where they were going absolutely bonkers over the series.
Well, I'm at 320 pages and the thought of plowing through 204 more has about as much appeal as chewing toenails.
First off, I'm sick of reading about this guy who, as a vagrant, wanders into town, gets ...more
Jack Reacher! Jack Reacher is so incredibly awesome! I've heard a ton about Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, but it wasn't until a critic on Hit Fix (http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/motion-ca...) was going on and on about how horrible it would be if Tom Cruise played him that I really thought I should pick up the first one. And it was a lot of fun. Told in 1st person (which I guess changes from book to book), Jack is a 13-year ...more
Not to be deterred, though, I tried another author! “Lee Child?” I said to myself. “I have heard of this man! Wasn’t Creepy Tom Cruise just in a movie of one of his books? I shall try this Killing Floor novel!”
This was much more what I thought a Hard-Boiled Mystery would be like.
First off, we had
a prot ...more
I didn't. Probably liked it less. Child's writing is repetitive. Often he seemed to be trying to make the point that much more exciting, but it just bored me. He writes like his readers are idiots & can't keep a point in mind for a few paragraphs. He als ...more
I shouldn't like this book, I really shouldn't. Jack Reacher is such a cliché character; American, save-the-day glorified yawn. BUT he is actually really likeable, in a sort of don't-wash-can't-wash sort of way. Personally I think Lee Child's shows a really deft hand at making what seems like a simple story complex and takes a generic character and makes them interesting. He didn't take the standard wise-cracking lead character, ...more
I don't know how anyone that reads this "type" of book can't love this series. If you aren't into the genre, then OK, I will give it to you... But Child does a great job in an opening novel of hooking y ...more
Margrave is a small town in Georgia. Jack Teacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles in the rain, just passing through, a tribute to a guitar player who died there decades before. But Margrave has just had its first homicide in thirty years, and Jack Reacher is the only stranger in town. So the murder is pinned on him. They picked the wrong ...more
The writer uses a first ...more
Jack Reacher doe ...more
Killing Floor is a fast-paced, hard-boiled read. Lee Child's style took of bit of getting used to - the prose is tense and sparse. Once you get going, though, the story moves quickly, with a whole lot of action described in a way that seems at once flat and incredibly descriptive.
Mr. Child has a talent for effortless description, and the book spooled out before me like a movie. (My Jack Reacher ...more
The best way for me to describe this is by using the three act structure.
SETUP: First Blood
CONFRONTATION: Spenser for Hire
If the writing was better, this could have been a four star book, and if there were a few less co ...more
It appears Reacher graduated West Point around the time I did, served in Lebanon around the time my unit, 10th Special Forces, had an MTT there (strangely, didn't see any MPs there). Not to take anything away from the MPs, but, well. Ok. Actually, ...more
Jack Reacher is an ex-military policeman. He is now a drifter, moving from place to place to see the USA--he's mostly lived overseas on military bases all his life.
He's finishing breakfast in a small town diner when four cops swarm in and arrest him for murder. And off we go!
Reacher finds himself trying ...more
With that said, I also subscribe to the blog Criminal Element where I found his entry on Writing a Lee Child novel in 8 Foolproof Steps.. Couldn't find it on his own blog which I'm sure is there.
But this entry made me think of 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
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