Despite all the hubbub about the Jack Reacher movie I did not realize that it was taken from a series until I was talking to someone about finding a n...moreDespite all the hubbub about the Jack Reacher movie I did not realize that it was taken from a series until I was talking to someone about finding a new mystery book to read and they suggested looking into the Jack Reacher series. I downloaded the sample onto my kindle and was hooked, and bought the book and found it hard to put down.
Jack Reacher is a modern day hobo, although he doesn't ride the rails he drifts from place to place. But her is a hobo with an unusual skill set - he was a former major in the army and an MP all of which serves him well when he is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The story opens with Reacher sitting at a diner in a small town in Georgia after walking 14 miles in the rain when police cars pull up with lights blazing, seeing he's the only stranger there he knows that for some reason they are there for him. What follows after is a well crafted, engrossing story with plenty of plot turns and some pretty blatant . Lee Childs gives plenty of information, but not so much you are bogged down in the minutia of weapons and tactics and there are points where you might think you know the answer but then it surprises you. I found it engrossing and enjoyable.
I have to say that somethings seemed too much coincidence (I know it's part of the strong guy mystique but he gets the girl way too quickly, and he just decides to make the bus let him off in that town on just a whim?) but Lee Childs is unapologetic about the coincidences and makes them part of the whole. And if you are willing to accept the premise of the character of Jack Reacher than it isn't too much of a "reach" to accept these coincidences because if he is leading the hobo life then strange coincidences will happen.
All in all a good, entertaining read and I will be reading the second in short order.(less)
This is *the* book, you know, the one all those clues Ms. McGuire has been pointing us at for so many years, even if many times I, at least, didn't kn...moreThis is *the* book, you know, the one all those clues Ms. McGuire has been pointing us at for so many years, even if many times I, at least, didn't know I was getting clues about. This book has all of the things that makes the October Daye series one of those that I can not wait for the next book to be released for - There is the sly humor and the moments that have me laughing as well as the ones that have me biting my cheek in worry and of course non-stop action that makes all of Ms. McGuires books such a page turner for me. But just as important is how Toby has grown and how she now views her world and the people who love her.
The book starts on one of those fun moments with Tybalt, Quentin, May and Jazz trying to get Toby to go to the Yule ball at the Queen of the Mists -Arden's- Knowe. "I don't like parties. Someone always tries to assassinate someone I actually like, and there are never enough of those stuffed mushroom caps." Of course Tybalt has his way and they go. But it is after the ball that things heat up with the return of Toby's greatest enemy, or the person she thinks is, and the revelations that come after that shake her world. The action, and Toby, barely slow down and while so many questions are answered so many others still remain. I am so glad we will see more of Toby in the future!(less)