While I did catch on to the "twist" pretty early on (don't really know that Lee Child tries to hide it per se) the story is one of the better ones in...moreWhile I did catch on to the "twist" pretty early on (don't really know that Lee Child tries to hide it per se) the story is one of the better ones in the series. The villian is one of his best in the worst kind of way - he gave me the absolute willies with his "pure evil" persona.
About the series - Lee Child's main character is Jack Reacher, an ex Military Police Major. The character has completely sucked me in from his physical descritpion to his moral code. Reacher has been in the military for his entire life. From his birth overseas to his not too long ago release from duty. He is now planning to roam, unattached to anyone and anything, for as long as he possibly can. Unfortunately, trouble seems to find Jack no matter where he goes.
About this book - Jack is in Florida digging holes (by hand, I might add) for swimming pools by day and acting as security in a strip club by night. His biggest concern when the book starts out is whether or not he's drinking enough water to sustain his massive frame. His attention shifts when a guy, obviously not from Florida by the looks of his suit, asks him if he knows a "Jack Reacher." He instinctively lies and the guy moves on to search the next bar on the strip. Later that evening, Jack finds this guy dead on the side of a street almost completely unrecognizable except for his suit.
Jack tracks him back to New York and what he finds there not only threatens his life but also his adopted gypsy lifestyle...
I'm a "Marshmallow", so is it really a surprise that I would love this book even before reading it? Not at all... However, after reading it, I can say...moreI'm a "Marshmallow", so is it really a surprise that I would love this book even before reading it? Not at all... However, after reading it, I can say that I was not disappointed! This is a great modern noir style mystery with all the characters we know and love putting in appearances (Veronica, Keith, Mac, Wallace, Weevil :), Cliffy, Sheriff Lamb, even Logan, and one I won't mention as I don't want to ruin the surprise... ) with a few others from the TV show that are brought in for good measure.
Reading this is incredibly easy if you are a fan as you already know who the characters are without having to rely on the book to tell you. There is enough in here to introduce new readers to the world of Neptune, but someone who isn't familiar would be better to critique that. I expect this will be a very successful series and future books will explore the history of the show and the characters allowing them to grow beyond the series and the movie...
The book picks up a few months after the movie ends and the mystery is solid. Jennifer Graham manages to throw the signature suspense, danger and humor that make this character so beloved. I laughed out loud, was brought to tears, was shocked/surprised and thoroughly entertained!
As far as I am concerned, Jennifer Graham knocked it out of the park!(less)
In this book, Reacher is hitching a ride and gets picked up by a beautiful woman who is looking for someone to save her - from her husband.
Jack Reach...moreIn this book, Reacher is hitching a ride and gets picked up by a beautiful woman who is looking for someone to save her - from her husband.
Jack Reacher is an ex-Military Policeman who has left the service. He doesn't stay in one spot long, but that doesn't stop him from getting sucked into one situation after another that can benefit from his special talents. And I do mean military training...
The plots of the books are generally involved and some may question Reacher's moral compass, but you can be sure that he is going to set things right - one way or another. (less)
If I had to pick my least favorite book of the series, this would probably be it. If these are mysteries, I knew this one right off. However, I still...moreIf I had to pick my least favorite book of the series, this would probably be it. If these are mysteries, I knew this one right off. However, I still found entertainment value in the book as it progresses the overall story.
Since these are basically a soap opera of sorts, alot of stuff happens in this one but I would say the big reveal kind of left me cold (hmph).
I will take this opportunity to mention "Bubba"... Bubba is one of my favorites - a reoccuring vampire character who pops up or is mentioned in each of the books at least once. We know "Bubba" by another name... he was the "King" to some, but his transformation to vampire didn't go too well apparantly... the guy at the morgue was a fan, so he brought him over and the result was less than perfect - some speculation was that he was too far gone... others think it was the drugs in his system... regarless, it really does explain all of the sightings... and the one place he can always go to blend in is vegas, but since he doesn't like to be called by his former name, that wouldn't be too good either... "Thank you, thank you very much."
See, what other book can you read and have that much fun with a background character? lol...(less)
One of my favorite Reacher books... I feel like I say that about them all, but this one really is a great read! Reacher gets a SOS from one of his old...moreOne of my favorite Reacher books... I feel like I say that about them all, but this one really is a great read! Reacher gets a SOS from one of his old military team members in the form of a bank deposit for $1030.00. 10-30 officer needs assistance...
Members of Reacher's old team are turning up dead in the most unusual manner... dropped alive from a helicopter in the middle of the desert. Conceivably no evidence to the crime... until Reacher and Neagly get involved and start to unravel the puzzle.