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Killing Floor by Lee Child
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Recommended for: Fans of action suspense with tough heroes
Read from August 04 to 07, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 1

Are you having a bad day?
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 a movie (if Hollywood didn't manage to bungle most of the movies they make. )Yes, it has some cringe-worthy scenes, but I don't feel bad for the bad guys in this book at all. They were completely loathsome. While I don't consider myself a violent person, there is something deeply satisfying about reading a book with a kickbutt hero who deals with corrupt persons with no morals and no respect for human life, and deals with them hard like they deserve, but they certainly don't expect.

Things I like about Jack Reacher:
*He can handle himself
*He is a good person, but he don't play!
*He is both the mysterious, strong silent type and a smart aleck with unforgettable lines. What a great combination.
*He uses his brain and all the assets available. I liked how he assessed the various situations and was able to come up with a good solution, thinking on his feet.
*He has a sense of justice that I can get behind, and he doesn't let the rules get in his way of seeing justice done (much like Repairman Jack from the F. Paul Wilson books).
*He treats people with respect, except for lowlives who show that they aren't worthy of it.
*He can kick some serious butt and teach the thugs some lessons they won't ever forget!


Who would I pick to play Jack Reacher in a movie?

I immediately thought of Josh Lucas when Jack is first described. Why? Because Josh is hot, he's a good actor, he has the attitude and the presence to play Jack, and the coloring and physical description. Yup. Josh is my Jack. I will not budge on that.




Do you still need a reason to read this book?

If the answer is no, I suggest you go find a copy of this book and have a ball reading it. If you don't want to read Killing Floor by now, then I can tell you truly haven't been completely annoyed with how scumbags manage to take advantage of good people and get away with it. Or maybe you just don't like adrenaline rushes in a book, and action-packed suspense with some nifty twists and turns. If that's the case, I still like you.

Um, Danielle. You sound kind of gleeful about this violent book and I'm a little scared of you right now. Should I be? Are you a closet vigilante?

Not at all, even though I love Batman and Jack is definitely going on my favorite hero list. No, it's just very good wish fulfillment to read books with tough guys like Jack who can and will take care of the bad guys and have you going, "Dang!" What can I say? I grew up in the 80s, the Golden Age of action films. It's too late for me now....
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08/05/2011 page 157
30.0% "I like Jack Reacher. He is tough and he doesn't suffer fools gladly. And he's smart. What's not to like?" 3 comments
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Alice I know, right?!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) He knows how to handle himself, which I love in a hero. I'm checking to see if I have the next book already. :)


Wendy Darling I just read the lastest paperback, so that makes...15 books now, and I'm still amazed at all the ways he manages to find to wail on bad people. Such a badass.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Now that's a really good sign that you're still excited about the series after 15 books, Wendy!


Jacqueline Reacher is my book boyfriend. I luv him!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) You might have to share him, Jacqueline. :)


Jacqueline Surely not? He wouldn't cheat on me. :-)


Wendy Darling Yes! Some books are better than others, of course, but they are surprisingly consistent in quality entertainment overall. I'm so excited that you have so many more books to look forward to! :)


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) But it's not cheating if he's your virtual husband and you share him, Jacqueline.

Wendy, I'm excited too!


UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish Haha! Great review, Danielle. Another one added to my TBC list!


message 14: by Mike (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mike Very nice review. You have some excellent reading ahead as there are a few more thugs out there needing lessons from Jack.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks, Mike. I bought the second book last weekend.


message 16: by L-D (new) - added it

L-D good review - another TBR!


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks, Lan-Dinh. If you like kickbutt heroes, you will love Jack!


message 18: by Brylit (new)

Brylit Sounds like another must read to me. :) Brylit


message 20: by L-D (new) - added it

L-D Just saw there are 16 books - hope this doesn't go the way of Anita Blake where more is not better....


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) From what I've heard, the quality stays consistent.


message 22: by Mike (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mike Quality through #14 good, some better than others. No stinkers.


message 23: by L-D (new) - added it

L-D awesome - so is there any paranormal aspect or is he a regular ass-kicking joe? any romance? any hot sex scenes? Girl's gotta ask :)


message 24: by Mike (last edited Aug 12, 2011 10:11PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mike Lan-Dinh wrote: "awesome - so is there any paranormal aspect or is he a regular ass-kicking joe? any romance? any hot sex scenes? Girl's gotta ask :)"

Sorry Ms Lan-Dinh, you won't find any paranormal and just a few sex scenes although he is not averse to hooking up. Jack protects the innocent and afflicts the guilty in a major ass-kicking way. He is not, unfortunately, a Virgil Flowers Dark Of The Moon kind of guy.


Jacqueline Here's my pick for Reacher. Adam Baldwin

Not that I don't love Josh Lucas but he doesn't seem bad ass enough for me.


message 26: by L-D (new) - added it

L-D So this is the second series that I've read about with a human ass-kicking male protagonist. On another thread, people are raving about J.D. Robb's series. Anyone read those and how would you compare them? I know Eve is probably the main character in the J.D. Robb story, but people are talking about how strong a character Roarke is.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Oh, Adam is a good choice, Jacqueline.

Lan-Dinh, I read Naked in Death and it's very good. Rourke is pretty yummy, but Eve does most of the buttkicking, at least in the first book.


message 28: by Rachel T (new)

Rachel T Seriously .. you write a wicked/awesome review! I purchased this book .. and will be indulging ... and BTW .. you had me at Josh Lucas .. LOL Thanks girl! :)


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks, Rachel. Glad to see another Josh Lucas fan. He is so underrated!


message 30: by Rachel T (new)

Rachel T Isn't that the truth .. he needs a few amazing front lead movies ... I first noticed him in "A brilliant mind" .. and then when "Sweet Home Alabama" came out ... OLALALALALALALALA! While i haven't read these books .. i like the image of Jack you painted .. and now i have Josh on the brain to play him! LOL WINK!


Wendy Darling Lady D...did you hear who is going to be playing Reacher in the film they've optioned? Based on one of the later books.

(view spoiler) I am devastated.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Argghhhhh!!!!! I am so annoyed. That's awful news. Times like this I hate Hollywood! I won't be watching it.


Thanks for the warning, Wendy!


Wendy Darling Can you believe it? Possibly the worst book-to-film casting ever. 6'5" badass military guy and...that.

I was yelling my head off when I heard.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) It's very Hollywood. I think that they are all on drugs! That is the worst possible choice I can think of for Reacher. In so many ways!


Wendy Darling Totally agree. :(


Wendy Darling PS--how did I miss "liking" this review before? Obviously!!


Jacqueline Holy crap! I don't like Tom Cruise at the best of times but seriously how are they going to get around the 6'5" thing?

I'm with you Lady Danielle, I won't watch it either. I can't tell you how disappointed I am.


message 38: by Mike (new) - rated it 5 stars

Mike Wendy Darling wrote: "Lady D...did you hear who is going to be playing Reacher in the film they've optioned? Based on one of the later books.

[spoilers removed] I am devastated."


Thump...thump...thump...sound of my forehead on the desk after seeing this. There is no freaking way this guy can be Reacher, no way. I was so looking forward to seeing these books in film, not any more.


Jacqueline So I read an article where Lee Child said "I think this Reacher will be more clinical – the scalpel rather than the sledgehammer."

But the sledgehammerness of it all is what I like! Insert whiny tone of voice.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Exactly, Jacqueline.


Guys, I will stick with the books. That actor is a good way to get me not to watch movies.


message 41: by Keri (new) - rated it 5 stars

Keri I agree I had a sad when I found out who they picked to play him...WHY...is what universe it that good???? I still love the Reacher in my head and he can't be replaced. Loved this book BTW.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) I think all the Jack Reacher fans should boycott the movie!


message 43: by Yvonne (new) - added it

Yvonne Fabulous review Danielle! I'm adding this to my TBR ASAP. :)


message 44: by Beanbag (new)

Beanbag Love Danielle, I've been so curious about this series and your review put me over the top. I'm going to start it this year.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Thanks, girls. I'm sorry I am just now replying.


Bexs ~Fallen Arrow lover~ I'm going to start reading this book tomorrow, can't wait! :)


Bexs ~Fallen Arrow lover~ Lady Danielle, I loved it!

I have to confess though, I first saw the Jack Reacher movie, and I really liked the whole army-cop that's always under the radar idea, so I decided to try the books, and I really liked the first one. :)

After reading the book, I can say Jack Reacher is one of my favorite characters, haha! I didn't really like Roscoe, for some reason, though. Don't know why, I just always felt she was there, doing nothing, lol.


 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Glad you enjoyed it. I wasn't keen on Tom Cruise as Reacher, but I'll watch the movie on tv. Roscoe doesn't ever have a prominent role. You never get the sense that her and Reacher have a love match, huh?


Bexs ~Fallen Arrow lover~ Yeah, exactly, they didn't really fit at all in my mind. :)


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