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(Jack Reacher #19)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  49,472 ratings  ·  3,574 reviews
You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.

Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target wa

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Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Delacorte Press
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Merril Anil This book is exactly that: cerebral/analytic/investigative/descriptive aka long and boring . In short everything except for the one thing that it…moreThis book is exactly that: cerebral/analytic/investigative/descriptive aka long and boring . In short everything except for the one thing that it should be - "A Jack Reacher novel" (less)
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Edward Wolfe I was about 40 pages in (which took a couple days, which is highly unusual for a Reacher book) when I asked out loud, "Who wrote this?"
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Connie
hmmmmm....what can I say? I love Jack Reacher. I love Lee Child. I've been a massive fan from the very start. I've recommended his books to dozens of people...probably hundreds! I've shared countless books with neighbors, co-workers and friends. I pour a cup of coffee and I think of Reacher. I buy a new toothbrush and I think of Reacher.....

But I didn't care for this book at all. Actually my least favourite book of Reacher. I'm the type of person that buys books on pre-order. Lots and lots of th
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I see England, I see France, I see Reacher's underpants.
No, only fooling. I've never seen Jack Reacher's undies, although I wouldn't mind doing so as long as it was the “real” Reacher and not the Tom Cruise midget Hack Reacher Hollywood version.
Does Reacher even wear underwear? Has Lee Child ever told us? And if he does, are they tighty whities or boxers?

Anyway, how did we get on the subject of Jack's foundation garments? Oh, yeah, I was talking about seeing England and France, which we get t
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Lissa
Sep 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE Jack Reacher and have read ALL Lee Child's Reacher books but this one (and the one before, I have found disappointing to say the least in fact I have closed the latest, after giving it a good chance, and will not finish it. The "edge" seems to have gone from the books with lots of wandering around, pointless dialogue and side tracks that take the stories no-where. It is almost as if someone else is doing the writing!! I'd love to stay addicted but am finding it hard. I was desperate for J ...more
Phrynne
Sep 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I see there is a lot of debate between Lee Child fans about whether this is a good book or not. I liked it four stars worth! Okay it was a bit different especially as the action takes place in Europe instead of America. I actually found that a refreshing change. And it does get a bit wordy in parts but makes up for it with some great action and an intriguing game of double guessing who the real baddy is. I really enjoyed it.
Manuel Antão
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


I’ve one rule when it comes to reading. Never read thrillers, but as always I ended up reading the latest Jack Reacher…

Always coming back to the Jack Reacher novels reminds me why thrillers are such an engaging reading experience (maybe that’s why I keep coming back for more, Jack-Reacher-wise):

The visceral pull of the plots;
The lure of identification with the action hero;
They persuade us that however terrible the situation, some sort
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Franklin Atherton
Sep 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lee-child
I've read every Reacher novel Lee Child ever wrote. Some of them are good, and some of them are magnificent. Recently there have been a few substandard, but Personal is the worst Reacher novel I've ever read. It was even worse than the one where he was supposedly being held prisoner in a car, and it all took place as they drove across country, and that's really saying something because that one really sucked. The beginning started out okay, and the ending was okay, but what was all that bullshit ...more
Kerry
Apr 19, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A page turner filled with action, thrills and violence aplenty. However it feels like something is missing that exists in the other Jack Reacher books. I don't think Jack being the narrator helps as it seems to spoil the action having everything explained, often beforehand.
Enjoyable and a quick read but not the best in this series in my opinion.
Ammar
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child.

A sniper is wild ... trying to assassinate a G8 leader in the G8 summit in the UK. The sniper and Jack Reacher got a history.

Jack Reacher had put him in jail 16 years ago and how he is released...

A solid page turner and full of blood and guts ... bullets and chases.. cars... London.. Paris and the USA.

Brenda
By coincidence, Jack Reacher picked up a discarded Army Times newspaper and discovered a classified ad directed at him – contact Shoemaker it said – and as he owed the General a favour, he did just that. But in doing so, the direction of his aimless wandering changed considerably; sixteen years previously Reacher put a man in prison – he learnt that man had been out for twelve months; was Reacher going to have to hunt him down again?

On learning that the President of France had been targeted by a
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Personal (Jack Reacher, #19), Lee Child
James Thane
One day in Paris someone takes a shot at the President of France from three-quarters of a mile away and damn near hits him, but a sheet of bullet-proof glass in front of the podium deflects the shot. Only a handful of people in the world could have made that shot, and probably only one American--a sniper named John Kott who was released from prison a year earlier after doing a fifteen-year stretch.

The evidence suggests that this may have only been a practice round. The leaders of the G8 nations
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Gloria ~ mzglorybe
Nothing really happens until the 16th chapter, page 87 ... unusual for a Jack Reacher novel. Lee Child likes to set the foundation in detail. I realize that it's necessary to a point, but this novel, unlike the other Reacher novels I've read, focuses primarily on strategies, hypothetical situations & scenarios, and way too much detail about the artillery/ammunition used or not used as in some cases. He goes into all the technical stuff, such as velocity of bullets, ranges, angles, specificat ...more
Matt
Sep 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Look, I've read every Jack Reacher book. Lee Child is one of my favorite authors. But by the time you get to the finale, you're just like "Wait, what? This doesn't even make sense. Is this really happening?" I thought about giving an extra star because there's a fair amount of energy in the book--it's a mess, but it's a fast-paced, rollicking mess. In the end, I decided to use one of my rare one-star ratings to wave off other folks.

Just to check that I wasn't crazy, I handed it off to my wife wi
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Mark
Jul 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fast thrillers
Somebody takes a shot at the french president and he gets saved by a new safety glass but suddenly all major security servies get mighty nervous. they make a list of the possible shooters who might be able to do a shot like the one aimed at the French president.
This list contains one wrathful person who has been put into jail by a certain military policeman by the name of Reacher. So the powers that be in the US want Reacher on the case and ship him to France were Reacher finds the weather pleas
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Liz Barnsley
More Jack Reacher then and I enjoyed this one more than the last (not as much as the early ones) but it was very good. They always are. No messing around here, Jack Reacher is Jack Reacher and that is kind of comforting.

Don't expect any surprises there are not any. The thing I mostly enjoy about these when I think about it is the fact that they are easy, predictable, do exactly what you expect them to do and are perfect reading when you don't want to have to think too much but want to be enterta
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Mike French
Dec 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reacher is playing an away game in this non-stop action thriller. Mostly takes place in Paris and London, but now he is a one man wrecking crew on two continents! I enjoyed this episode in Reacher's life as much if not more than previous books.
Monnie
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As part of the "praise" for the book at Amazon.com, another favorite author of mine, Stephen King, calls this "The best one yet." It may not be the best I've ever read, but it's sure close to the top. The only real downside was the monumental effort it took not to envision the comparatively scrawny Tom Cruise in the role of 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pound-plus Jack Reacher in the 2012 movie of the same name.

If it's action you want, you'll get an overload here. It begins as Reacher is called back into
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Bharath
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you have been reading Jack Reacher novels, you surely know what to expect. Jack Reacher books are great to relax with. As a tough guy speaking his mind, and very resourceful, he is a character who is fun to read.

There has been a shot taken at the French President. There are four possible snipers who could have taken that difficult shot. One of them is John Kott, who has a grudge with Reacher who sends him to jail, and he has just completed his sentence. Reacher now takes off to Europe with an
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Rebecca McNutt
Personal is a thrilling novel at times, but after the first few chapters, it becomes really repetitive and dull.
Terence M
Audiobook - 11:10 hours - Narrator: Jeff Harding
4.0 stars out of 5.0

I joined Goodreads in October 2011 and other than regularly loading my books into my GR library, I was not active as a reviewer or a commenter until several years ago. I read "Personal" as a paperback in September 2014 and at some stage I awarded it a one-star 'DNF'.

"Personal" is one of three "Jack Reacher" novels that I have awarded a 'one-star DNF'. A number of my GR friends have awarded "Personal" 4.0 or 5.0 stars and one fr
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Rob
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a Lee Child fan before Lee Child was cool (my hazy recollection is that I started reading him around the time of his first novel), and as such, I have spent a lot of time recommending his novels to people. Each one seemed as crisp and exciting as the last. But in the past several years I've started to worry. Child seemed to be falling into the problem so many series authors have. How do you keep the formula fresh to the reader and interesting to the author? The absolute rock bottom was Not ...more
Ed
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After several recently disappointing books in this outstanding action driven series, I'm very happy to report that Lee Child is back with what might be his best book in the series. Jack Reacher is asked by a US Army General to join a multinational team to interdict a sniper who might have taken a shot at the French President in Paris and may be planning more high profile assassinations in London. Reacher accepts the assignment because he once arrested the American suspect and sent him to Leavenw ...more
Steve
Apr 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Something a little different, this time around ... in that this was the first one of these I've read in years that I didn't primarily read in a steel tube (airplane or train) and/or hotel room.... I've come to find that the series comfortably passes the time while traveling ... doesn't take too much concentration ... not much art in the prose ... not listening for the music as I re-read passages ... not tasting the words in my mouth ... but, then again, good momentum, high entertainment value, f ...more
Jon Kurtz
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lee Child's Reacher character is one of my original favorite "hammers." He is the quintessential pragmatic man. A creature of a mostly black and white world, Reacher recognizes his actions and results are always influenced by outside forces. A case in point, he designs every strike knowing that the plan never survives first contact with the enemy. From that point forward, the victory goes to the quickest thinker. Much of this tale, and the included action scenes, revolves around that premise.

As
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Michael
In a bus station in Seattle, Jack Reacher comes across a copy of the Army Times with a classified ad addressed to him with instructions to make contact. Reacher does and is quickly swept up into a race against time to stop a potential assassin from taking out the heads of state of the world superpowers at an upcoming economic summit.

One of the potential killers has a connection to Reacher -- he was put behind bars years ago during Reacher's time in the army. And it appears the potential assassin
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Guy Portman
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, fiction
When a shot is fired at the French president in Paris, Jack Reacher is recruited to apprehend the rogue sniper before he causes havoc at a forthcoming G8 meeting in London. Reacher teams up with a female rookie agent called Casey Nice. With global stability at stake failure is not an option. The suspected shooter, John Kott, one of the world’s best snipers, has recently been released from a lengthy stint in jail. It was Reacher who put him there.

The action takes in rural Arkansas, Paris and Lon
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Skip
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A sniper tries to shoot the President of France from more than 3/4 of a mile away, a shot that could only be made by the most elite. While the bullet did not go through the protective glass, the G8 security agencies are worried about an upcoming summit in London. The list of candidates is quickly shuttled down to three men, a Brit, Russian and American. The American turns out to be a recently paroled man who Jack Reacher put in prison for 15 years. Reacher has a favor called in by a friend and i ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Nineteenth in the Jack Reacher thriller series revolving around a lone wolf, retired from the army and exploring his America.

A special thanks to NetGalley and Bantam Press for allowing me to enjoy this eARC.

My Take
Child knows how to pull a reader in. Of course, "knowing" Reacher, Child already has quite a bit set up for us ahead of time, lol. I do love "listening" to Reacher make his conclusions. His questions. His curiosity. His knowledge. Although…I don't remember Reacher thinking about the So
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Emily
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the first in the Jack Reacher series I couldn't wait to finish. Just not my cup of tea this time -- the plot, London setting, bland, uninteresting supporting characters. Even Reacher's voice seemed "off" to me in this one. Not sure what happened here (maybe it's just me), because the previous in the series was one of my very favorites, and I gave it five stars. Hoping for better in the next installment!
Mark
Reacher's pulled into a hunt for snipers, both from abroad & a home-trained one that Reacher arrested before...partnered with another young female CIA operative, feeling guilty about another one he lost under his tutelage, Reacher is on the hunt in Europe & the US...So-so Reacher, but because it IS a "Reacher" 4-stars!
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Lee Child was born October 29th, 1954 in Coventry, England, but spent his formative years in the nearby city of Birmingham. By coincidence he won a scholarship to the same high school that JRR Tolkien had attended. He went to law school in Sheffield, England, and after part-time work in the theater he joined Granada Television in Manchester for what turned out to be an eighteen-year career as a pr ...more

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