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A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher #17)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating details ·  44,543 Ratings  ·  3,386 Reviews
Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia.

An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in wit

Hardcover, 405 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by Delacorte Press (first published August 30th 2012)
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Debbie Yes, I felt the same way too...the ending was weak. There wasn't enough explanation about the bunker or the "gallons". I don't know much about banking…moreYes, I felt the same way too...the ending was weak. There wasn't enough explanation about the bunker or the "gallons". I don't know much about banking either, so I didn't really understand that part. But, I love the world of Jack Reacher so much that I just didn't care!! That's giving an author a big pass, isn't it?? I can't wait for the next one...I hope he gets to Virginia this time!! (less)

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Harry Hemstreet
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of his best, but still satisfying for us Reacher fans. Cannot visualize pipsqueek Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher.
Ok, I like Jack Reacher novels. They're formulaic, completely predictable, and the action scenes are fun, in a shoot-em-up kind of way. I do continue to have a slight problem with his juvenile taunting, which often deteriorates into "yo mamma" territory, but maybe that's just me.

What I really need to talk about is the upcoming movie "Jack Reacher" based on the first book One Shot. Tom Cruise is playing Jack Reacher! Nothing against Tom Cruise (as an actor) but seriously?

Here's a description of
Sep 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't dislike anyone enough to recommend reading this book.
This book was so bad that it made me crabby to read it. I am such a fan of the Reacher series that I can't believe how awful and painful of a read this was. The story is painfully slow ... and boring. No exaggeration, Reacher is in a car on the world's most boring car ride for the first 30 chapters of the book. 30 chapters. 5 hours. That is how long the first 30 chapters are in audio book. 5 hours. 300 minutes. 18,000 seconds. In. a. car. Doing nothing.

Here is a conundrum. What is worse than rea
Jim A
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the positive side, it's a Reacher book.

On the negative side, it's not the same Reacher I have grown to enjoy reading.

First, it starts where Worth Dying For ended. The problem with that is there was a prequel in between and I have very little recollection of the plot of WDF, which itself was a continuation of 61 Hours. Needless to say, I had no idea how Reacher's nose became broken by the guy with the shotgun. Then comes the endless thoughts of Reacher during the car trip. A lot of it comes t
Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Jack Reacher fans
Shelves: tough-guys
If a six-foot-five, two-hundred and fifty pound hobo with a busted nose manages to hitch a ride with strangers at night you can probably make a safe bet that something is amiss. Turns out there is more to his new traveling companions than meets the eye and Jack Reacher finds himself on a car ride through the midwest that's as thrilling as…well, a car ride through the midwest.

I'm a fan of the Reacher series. While these novels might not be masterpieces of the genre, they are fun and reliable. You
James Thane
Late one night in the middle of winter, Jack Reacher is standing by the road on an Interstate highway cloverleaf in the middle of nowhere, Nebraska. It's cold, there's very little traffic, and he's trying to hitch a ride that will get him to Chicago, from where he can make his way by bus or train to Virginia, which is his ultimate destination.

Catching a ride under these circumstances could be difficult in the best of times, but Reacher is a huge guy (much, much bigger than Tiny Tom Cruise), and
Sep 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just finished. Worst Reacher book ever. Why ? 1. He throws his first punch on page 327. 2. Has Lee Child accepted payment from McDonalds for product placement ? (count the number of times he mentions it in this book. Compare it to all his other books combined) 3. He throws his second punch on page 376.. 4. 51 pages later the book ends with plot holes that I won't go into in case you still want to read it. I'm sorry Lee but if you're mellowing with age and looking after your retirement income the ...more
Kashmir White
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really did not want to read the reviews for this book. So I waited a long time before finally adding it to my "read" list and then looking to see how many stars it got. I was right to wait, because as I predicted the 3 star reviews are starting to get on my nerves. Maybe there's just no pleasing people anymore. I had the greatest time reading this book. 5 stars all the way from me. I didn't hate Worth Dying For, but I could understand why some readers didn't like it; it wasn't one of the best ...more
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series
This book felt sloppy and tired. Certainly the weakest in the series. Not enough cool fights, not enough female action. Just a quickie.
Simply delicious. Jack Reacher doing what he does best. Despite a choice to live a simple life of traveling with no possessions or personal involvements, this ex-military policeman finds himself getting drawn into the plight of strangers in trouble, solves a mystery in a slow inexorable fashion from the most limited clues, and gets forced into a situation where extreme, righteous violence gets unleashed to resolve the problem. Though it sounds like a boring formula (similar to the 70’s TV series ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't understand the bad reviews for A Wanted Man. I enjoyed the "boring" parts - found them atmospheric and suspenseful. This latest installment may have lacked the usual amount of action, but it still had that Reacher-Is-The-Man magic. I must agree with another reviewer though - Child didn't segue between the previous novel and this one correctly. I mean, didn't he get a broken nose in that bunker? And now he had nothing to do with what happened in the bunker? Did I miss something? That's ok ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17), Lee Child
Alexa ❤️
5 Stars

Reacher is as badass as ever! especially with his broken nose.

A Wanted Man had so many twists and turns it was hard to know what was real, who was actually who they said they were and what was the bad guys actual motive. It kept me guessing until I devoured the last page.

Sorenson, Delfuenso and McQueen were all interesting side characters.

Overall brilliant action packed with more plot twists than an enigma wrapped up in a conundrum inside a puzzle
Alex is The Romance Fox
I have been a fan of this series since I read the first book, but the last couple of books have been a real disappointment to me.

And ever since I watched the movie with Tom Cruise playing the part of Jack Reacher.....well...maybe that has something to do with me not liking the books as much as before!!

There were some parts of this book I JR works out all the puzzles and twists...and then goes on all those "turns" until everything is revealed....but somehow I felt a lack of something
Fred Forbes
The first book in my original kindle from years back is a Jack Reacher novel and I have long been a fan. But looking at the polarity of reviews on this one, I almost passed but felt I owed it a read. The criticisms are just - the book has long boring stretches, the number games get old real fast, and it is repetitive in places. (Are there really that many folks that know the area code, population, size in square miles and ranking in GDP of most major metro areas?) The story gets a bit convoluted ...more
Oct 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Reacher #17. Wow, I never thought that I would read so many books in a single series. That's thousands of pages of thriller fiction, most of it centered on the same formula: Reacher rolls in to a bad situation, sizes up the opposition, puts the hurt down, and then moves on.

This installment was a let-down after last year's revealing prequel. For three books now, Reacher has been aiming towards a specific destination, and for the latter two books he keeps getting waylaid by some criminal element o
Colin Craib
Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reacher
I see a lot of reviewers complaining that A Wanted Man is slow, boring, and every other adjective possible that would fit under those headings. This is fiction, and any true Reacher fan will be able to appreciate most of this book for the great piece of fiction that it is. The truth is that the latest Reacher book is actually just a continuation of previous ones. Both in terms of plot and writing style.

Lee Child has realized that Reacher is aging, and it just isn’t realistic for him to be engag
Scott Rhee
Hitchhiking is always a bad decision. That's the take-away from Lee Child's seventeenth book in the Jack Reacher series, "A Wanted Man".

As always, Child builds up great suspense and tension slowly, revealing only enough details so as to entice the readers on. He does this brilliantly, and "A Wanted Man" is no exception. It's a solid action/adventure thriller.

My only gripe with the book is probably a petty one, and one that doesn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. Indeed, it's not a huge de
Megan Baxter
This is the third Jack Reacher novel I've read, but I've been jumping around in the chronology. I believe I've read the first, and then this and one other, which I believe are both fairly recent. I suppose I could look that up, but it's not all that important. But my point was that I was a little surprised by the characterization of Jack Reacher in this one.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to t
Jay Connor
Jan 21, 2013 rated it liked it
What were they thinking when they cast Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher?

This is the 17th in the Jack Reacher series. But my first. Reacher fits into the long line of dark, loner characters. Since leaving the Army, Reacher has been a drifter. He wanders throughout the U.S. because he was accustomed to being told where to go, when to go and what to do for every day of his life from military childhood to military adulthood. He also felt he never got to know his own country, having spent much of his youth
Mark Phialas
I've read all of the Jack Reacher novels. Absolutely love the character, and for the most part, love the series.

Have to say, however, that the past three Reacher novels have not — at least for me — come close to the earlier works. Too many stretches of where the writing isn't as crisp or as active as I'd like, and the overuse of cliches, such as the back of beyond.

A WANTED MAN has a clever premise, but — and again this is clearly just my opinion — the story stays flat and predictable. Too predi
Kathy Davie
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Seventeenth in the Jack Reacher suspense series. Reacher is thumbing a ride out of the disaster of Worth Dying For .

My Take
It's am improvement over 61 Hours and Worth Dying For , and yet it lacks the tension and depth of earlier Child-Reacher installments. It's a bit depressing as well when even Reacher starts referring to himself as "old". Sigh.

This was fun to read as Reacher figures out who these three people are in the car he's hitched a ride in. How he determines what's a lie and what's
This book picks up right where Worth Dying For left off. Jack Reacher hitchhiking on an interstate in Nebraska and trying to get to Virginia. He is a very large man. He has a broken nose. He is not Tom Cruise. Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher. Finally a car pulls over and offers him a ride. Two men in front. One woman in back. Something is off. Reacher can sense it. The woman is silent, nervous, worried. Reacher can't put a handle on it. All three are dressed similarly, like they work for the same ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Reacher. One foot ahead. Thumb stuck out. Toothbrush in his pocket. A set of clothes on his body. An old passport. Hitchhiking. A normal day. After waiting patiently for more than an hour, a car finally stops. Three passengers. Two guys in the front seat. A lady in the back. Decision time. Should we or should we not give a lift to this hulk of a guy with a broken nose? They did. And the adventure began!

A Wanted Man, the latest in the Reacher series, continues to navigate us through the tho
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to add the same review for all of the Reacher series, so if you've read this one, you've read 'em all. If you feel a certain affinity for the lone hero, a man of principle, of unwavering knowledge and assent as to his own actions, than Jack Reacher's your kinda guy.
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
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A WANTED MAN (Pub. Sept 2012) teased and taunted me for eight weeks. Waiting for the book's publication date was almost painful. Amazon finally delivered and I locked the door behind me while the mailman drove off. It was worth the wait, as Lee's books and Jack Reacher always are.

What I like best about this, Lee's 17th masterpiece, are several unexpected plot twists - I anticipated one or two, but the rest caught me by surprise. The scoop of mystery/clues the author sometimes clued the clueless
Thomas Edmund
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I debated whether to rank Lee Child's latest as 3 or 4 stars.

A Wanted Man starts well, with Reacher stuck in a car with 3 potential killers, while dramatic irony unfolds all around him. I liked the break from typical Reacher territory, with more of a focus on psychological tension than fisticuffs. Aside from Reacher's dull mathematical daydreams, I would have loved a novel based entirely in the car as Reacher tried to deduce the story behind his three companions.

Alas, it was not to be. About a t

pg 58/405 - Distracted from Nos4a2 by another smoothly efficient Lee Child thriller. I've already read the one the Tom Cruise movie was based on, and liked it fine.

pg 156 - [describing Reacher]
He had moved with a kind of considered grace, clam and contained. He had spoken the same way, thinking ahead whole paragraphs and essays in the split-second pauses between sentences...

His focus was shifting fractionally in and out, his brows rising and falling a little, the shape of his mouth always changi
(Ps- pardon any mistakes, I am not a native English speaker.)

Lee Child and Jack Reacher. My favourite series of all time. Like most people in here, I read quite a few books each year, put it that way. Still, Reacher will always be my favourite. I have read all 17 Jack Reacher novels, some of them three or even four times. They were that good, they were that thrilling. Fair enough, some of the plots and twists and turns (even) in the first books were a bit far-fetched, some of the bad-guys just a
Terri Lynn
It only took me two days to read this book I received from a Goodreads giveaway. Actually, only 1 1/2 days. I had never read any book by Lee Child before but started with this 17th book about Jack Reacher.

Jack is a big hulking former military police with no driver's license and no ID except an old expired passport, a broken nose (from two books back, I understand from other reviews), and an attitude. We meet him on the side of the interstate in a hick state in the midwest hitchhiking. Most pe
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