One Shot (Jack Reacher #9)
Reacher, however, is on the way already? Why? Because, the sniper committed the same type of crime during the Persian Gulf War and got away with it-- ...more
As for the movie, it's kind of hard to imagine Tom Cruise as the big and tall Jack Reacher, but I still might give it a try.
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
A sniper kills five people leaving a downtown office building. Several pieces of evidence point to James Barr a former army sniper. James says “You’ve got the wrong guy. Get Reacher for me.” Coincidentally Reacher comes to town for his own reasons. Reacher saw the story in the news. He knew Barr when they were in the army together fourteen years ago. Some bad guys don’t like Reacher being in town and try t ...more
It's a really great thriller. It's hard to talk about it without revealing too much, hence the spoilers warning. My favorite bit is that Jack is not some flawless superman. He's trailed throughout the book and only once picks it up. That was something ...more
Everyone I know who has read this book (or rather series) before seeing the movie says the same thing,"I can't believe they put Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher...I mean, the guy is supposed to be huge!" But having never heard of Jack before watching the movie, I say Tom is a better Jack than Jack is. A guy that big and tall would have a much harder time melting into the crowd and being a drifter than plain old ordinary Tom. Plus, it seems more likely that 5 locals would think they could out-fight Tom ...more
But soon things pick up and the plot moves along swiftly and smoothly. Reacher is a bland but likeable protagonist, notable mainly for being a loner and an expert investigator, but you wouldn't ...more
Jack Reacher books are entertainers - not much intelligence there - but very catchy and very interesting. Makes for great holiday / in flight reads.
One Shot is very fast, very smart and totally un-put-down-able . Very vintage Reacher - coffee and eggs and diners, dollar stores, bus dep ...more
Lee Child is one of the greatest writers of this genre, and who not only so deserves all the great acclaim that he receives but also is an author whose books deserve to be on your bookshelves. Often seen as an American writer, for he includes such idioms of the American thriller, his skill and accomplished ability as a master of his craft is appa ...more
Anyway, while I liked that book well enough (review here), this book showed how much the author has improved since writing it, his first published book. The plot was tig ...more
A clever set-up is wasted by too much reveal too quickly.
The writing is terse but too long. I will explain, no, there is not time, let me sum up:
If you think you are writing like Hemingway for your action book and you actually were, the book wouldn't be over 400 pages.
He writes short sentences. Even fragments. But there are too many of them. Writes the next sentence. Notices a cat o ...more
pg 203/485 - What are these guys, mafia?
pg 384/485 - Still having fun with it, except for the murders. Should finish it soon.
I found the Tom Cruise version. I had to se ...more
I almost didn’t read this since I had seen the movie. In spite of the dubious decision to cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher I thought the movie was well done. Talk about a reach though, tiny little Tom Cruise for great big Jack Reacher, gotta wonder who made that decision. I’m guessing they are not fond of reading. Regardless, this book is another Reacher justice book. Cross the wrong line and justice is in Reacher’s knurly, rock hard hands.
Once again Lee Child has crafted an ...more
Despite knowing exactly what you are going to get - this is very well put together. I cant really use the term thriller, as you know who will win and to an extent, how he will win (drink some coffee, shag a female character, out fight/shoot the baddies). Child puts together a hollywood story that has a good ending, when Reacher - and chums - storm the bad guys thermal camera protected isolated farmhouse. And reacher is armed only with a knif ...more
There's just one hitch: is Barr as guilty as he seems?
I suppose this wouldn't be a pro ...more
Anyway… Reacher is a former military policeman who now wanders the country freely – no vehicle, no lu ...more
I love the intricately woven facets surrounding a great 'who done it'. Lee layers interesting plot points with subtle but constant tension, and all in a wonderfully succinct way.
Reacher is at his absolute best in this story. He's called into a heinous crime scene in a backwards way. The sniper arrested for killing six people in a public courtyard tells the cops, "You got the wrong guy." Then he says, ...more
Don't let the movie version of this put you off. The book is way better. And, Tom Cruise just didn't give the character enough. Reacher, is, to begin with, 6'-4". Cruise might be 4'-6", so, just not enough man to do it. Reacher is a commanding presence. Again, something that Cruise didn't give him.
I'm hoping that this isn't the only book that Gunny Cash is in. A very go ...more
I tried, but 'm done. Never gonna finish this one, it's as boring as heck and life's too short.
Gonna watch the movie instead. I dont like the casting of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher - 6ft 5in and 250lbs - Tom Cruise is about 5ft 7in and about 140lbs dripping wet!!
That said, he always makes a good film.
Lee Child, the author, is a sticker for detail. I am not interested in such details as the trajectory of a bullet or the size of the scope, but he surely is. And his protagonist, Jack Reacher, is an interesting man. Who has no interests except solving murders and the like. Jack Reacher is a man with no home, no cell phone, no email, who simply travels a ...more
The story involved a military sniper, and as a former Army sniper, that is what initially drew me to checking out the book. However, it is the character Jack Reacher that I thourouly enjoyed and ...more
Now I am almost tempted to see the movie.
Perhaps Reacher would work better as a TV series. The novel ...more
Whoa...it's all in what you know about the mindset of a sniper and thinking through each minute detail. Never taking a single thing for granted.
Even more amazing is Reacher didn't want to do it. He's not there for the reason I'm thinking he is. But the man has honor and the most incredible mathematical mind. Sometimes I wonder if he's a supercompu ...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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