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One Shot

(Jack Reacher #9)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  101,047 ratings  ·  3,467 reviews
Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: You got the wrong guy. Then he says: Get Reacher for me. And sure enough, from the world he lives in—no phone, no address, no commitments–ex–military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child ...more
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Published March 28th 2006 by Dell Publishing Company (first published June 14th 2005)
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Jan 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Nobody should pick up a Jack Reacher novel and expect great literature. I might be wrong but I suspect that that isn’t Lee Child’s purpose. What you get instead is a good dollop of wish-fulfilment, good writing, beautiful, intelligent and feisty females who are either integral to the development of the plot or just along for the ride, and implausible story lines! One shot is no exception – why change a winning formula? In Reacher, Child has created a character who is, perhaps, not quite the guy ...more
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“You going to shoot me?” Reacher asked.
“You should.”
“Because if you don’t, I’m going to find you and I’m going to make you sorry.”

Lee Child never ceases to amaze me with the depth and cleverness of his writing. This is the ninth installment of Jack Reacher series and it still gave me a lot of thrills and chills, as same as the previous ones did. How on earth can he come up with such engaging and riveting plot? Every twist and turn literally blew me away. It’s no wonder thi
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
The ninth installment in the Jack Reacher series is one of the better books in the series. It opens when a highly efficient sniper sets up in a parking garage in a Midwestern city and shoots five people dead, missing with only one of six shots. The shooter gets away clean but leaves what appears to be a boatload of evidence in his wake. Following the forensic trail, the police quickly arrest an ex-army sniper named James Barr. The evidence against him is overwhelming, but once arrested, the only ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
One shot (Jack Reacher #9), Lee Child
One Shot is the ninth book in the Jack Reacher series written by Lee Child. The book title is based on "One shot, one kill," the military sniper's creed. The novel was adapted into the 2012 film Jack Reacher, starring Tom Cruise as the title character. This book is written in the third person.
In a small Indiana city, a lone gunman in a parking garage calmly fires into a rush-hour crowd in a public plaza, committing a massacre of five apparently random victims
Mar 11, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: completed
A sniper guns down five people. The evidence against him is overwhelming. When questioned by the police he declares bluntly that they have the wrong man. Then he says, "Get Reacher." The cops have no idea who Reacher is, but you and I should know, because, if we are reading in order this is # 9 in the series. (oops- I read this one out of order)..

Reacher, however, is on the way already? Why? Because, the sniper committed the same type of crime during the Persian Gulf War and got away with it--
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery-crime novel with lots of fast-paced action and even a bit of romance. If you are a Jack Reacher fan, I'm sure you will enjoy this entertaining book.

As for the movie, it's kind of hard to imagine Tom Cruise as the big and tall Jack Reacher, but I still might give it a try.

Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
Number 9 in the Jack Reacher Series.

5/5 because this was great.

This story starts out of the blocks on page one and just keeps going.

There is what appears to be and random act of violence. A sniper fires 6 bullets and kills 5 people. The man accused has done this before whilst still in the army in Kuwait. Reacher was the MP that arrested him, on that occasion, but because of political intervention the assassin got off. Reacher promised the man if he ever reared his ugly head again Reacher would f
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book in the series so far.
Shirin Tondkar
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was looking forward to reading this series for a while, but I couldn’t find the first. Finally, I started with the 9th book. Probably I would better understand the main character If I started with the first book. However, I already liked this book more than I expected. I read this in less than two days, not a record for me, but obviously loved it so. I’m going to read more about my new favorite ex-military police. Engaging and marvelous characters (especially Reacher). An unexpected and challe ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Again Jack Reacher appears, he is drifter & ex-military police, his strong sense of honor, he can not do any wrong in any chase and conflict.

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Jack Reacher movie (2012) Based on Lee Child book

In 2006, One Shot was nominated for a Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel. This is the book turned into the movie, “Jack Reacher”, starring Tom Cruise. I thinks it’s one of the best for Lee & Cruise.

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Jane Stewart
4 ½ stars. You need to suspend disbelief, but it’s still a fun, tough guy story.

A sniper kills five people leaving a downtown office building. Several pieces of evidence point to James Barr a former army sniper. James says “You’ve got the wrong guy. Get Reacher for me.” Coincidentally Reacher comes to town for his own reasons. Reacher saw the story in the news. He knew Barr when they were in the army together fourteen years ago. Some bad guys don’t like Reacher being in town and try
Joe Robles
Sep 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first Jack Reacher book I've read, and I picked it up because of the upcoming movie. I have to say my only problem with it is that now I'm going to have to read all of Lee Child's books, and I already have a queue of over 140 "to read".

It's a really great thriller. It's hard to talk about it without revealing too much, hence the spoilers warning. My favorite bit is that Jack is not some flawless superman. He's trailed throughout the book and only once picks it up. That was something
Mike Nemeth
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"One Shot" was turned into a vehicle for Tom Cruise and released to theaters late in 2012. I finally read the book and loved it. But a little background first. Watching the movie was my first exposure to author Lee Child's work. And after the opening scene and exposure to the hard-bitten dialogue, I was hooked. The back and forth got me to recall my obsession during college forays into used book stores hunting for early Mickey Spillane novels. The other memory it provoked was watching Humphrey B ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I know many people have already said it but here goes Tom Cruise was not right for this role! The 5'6 slim built Tom Cruise playing 6 foot plus 200 pound Jack Reacher. AAAARRGGHH ok rant over!!

One Shot is the 9th novel in the Lee Child series. It's in the middle of a normal day in an ordinary American town. A sniper goes to the top of a car park and starts shooting at people. Six shots, five people are killed. The police believe they have their man, it seems like an air tight case only the guy w
Maureen DeLuca
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A 4 star read- plus I just had to add 1 more for the MC- Reacher!! I'm only on book 9 and looking forward to getting thru them ALL.... I'm guessing that Reacher doesn't get that much older as the series progresses..... *sigh* I love the guy!! ...more
Book Addict Shaun
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite owning every single Jack Reacher novel in paperback (and it’s such a beautiful looking collection) it’s shockingly been nearly a year since I read The Enemy, so I couldn’t wait to continue with the series.

I just love Reacher. Honestly I could just read about him doing anything mundane and still be addicted to it. He is one of my all-time favourite characters and as with Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch, I am trying to savour these novels rather than storming through them as quickly as pos
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction-thriller
If you are already a Jack Reacher fan - the number of whom which I assume is now increasing each day (the last book - A Man Wanted debuted at NYT No 1 position this September) - then I don't need to tell you this.

Jack Reacher books are entertainers - not much intelligence there - but very catchy and very interesting. Makes for great holiday / in flight reads.

One Shot is very fast, very smart and totally un-put-down-able . Very vintage Reacher - coffee and eggs and diners, dollar stores, bus dep
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jack Reacher , I like this character a lot.
Trust Lee Child , Trust Jack Reacher you will not disappoint.
Don't know how I should put this, expectations were high and believe me that was real.
On a busy day, six shots were fired and five was dead. A case seems like a massacre. The accused was caught in no time. A slam dunk case.
During the interrogation , accused denies and asks to get Reacher for him.
With Reacher involved how we can put this book down.
The story was full of twists and turns, a thri
Sandra Hoover
Non-Stop Action from cover to cover! I don't know how it's possible for these books to keep getting better, but they do! It's fascinating to watch Jack Reacher unravel these scenarios and wreak his own style of justice to the villains. My one-a-month reading of this series continues, and I'm loving it every step of the way! A fantastic addition to the Jack Reacher series! ...more
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The first few pages were painful. Lots of self-consciously terse sentences as if worried about scaring off slow readers. A sample from page 13: "The garage was always packed. He knew that. That was why they were extending it. They were doubling its size. It was used by shoppers. That was why it was quiet."
But soon things pick up and the plot moves along swiftly and smoothly. Reacher is a bland but likeable protagonist, notable mainly for being a loner and an expert investigator, but you wouldn't
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Man, it seems when I finish each Jack Reacher book I keep telling myself I'm gonna take a break from the series so I don't get burned out, but I find myself already jumping to the next book, and it leaves me wanting more! The series is just so addictive!

Jack Reacher is back in the action when a lone gunman senselessly guns down 5 innocent bystanders in a small Indiana city. The authorizes catch up to the shooter and take him into custody, and supposedly the case is solved, except for one small p
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
My Rating: 4.4/5

'One Shot' is definitely one of the best Jack Reacher novel. It's what you call a novel you can't put down. I read the whole 500 pages in like 10 hours. It has to be a record for me as I never done that before. The story is first class and the characters are fantastic and again please don't go around poking at the literary sense of the novel. It has good writing but not great or excellent. As always Jack Reacher kicks ass.

I watched the movie a couple of times and I loved it even
Ed McDonald
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, crime
The Jack Reacher formula is generally both highly enjoyable and a little repetitive. If you've read a few of the earlier books then you know basically what is going to happen: Reacher stumbles into a small American town, gets embroiled in local criminal shenanigans operated by a small group of 'guys,' one of whom is inhumanly cruel and evil, runs around finding things out for a bit, sleeps with someone, one of his new allies gets kidnapped and eventually he shoots everyone. Usually whilst being ...more
May 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone planning to see the Jack Reacher movie
When the Jack Reacher movie trailer first came out, and I found out it was based on a book, I was intrigued enough to pick it up. Unfortunately, my logical brain assumed they would adapt the first book in the series, Killing Floor, and so I read the wrong book, as they took the screenplay from this book, the ninth in the series.

Anyway, while I liked that book well enough (review here), this book showed how much the author has improved since writing it, his first published book. The plot was tig
Ryan Mishap
Left at work, I was reading this on breaks. Standard blah action book with the impossibly talented and cool hero.

A clever set-up is wasted by too much reveal too quickly.

The writing is terse but too long. I will explain, no, there is not time, let me sum up:

If you think you are writing like Hemingway for your action book and you actually were, the book wouldn't be over 400 pages.

He writes short sentences. Even fragments. But there are too many of them. Writes the next sentence. Notices a cat o
One Shot is the ninth book in my biggest guilty pleasure series – Jack Reacher. Since picking up Killing Floor, I have been slowly working my way through the Jack Reacher books. I say slowly, but it’s more of an ebb and flow when it comes to my reading of the series. There was a couple of weeks between Killing Floor and Die Trying; three months between Die Trying and Tripwire; four months between Tripwire and Running Blind; five months between Running Blind and Echo Burning; a couple of days bet ...more
Another good entry in the Jack Reacher story. While he has some misses, the regular hits are worth the strike-outs. I came to this one after the seeing the film, so it felt a litttle like reading a novelisation rather than reading the novel the film was based on. Suddenly things are a little bit spoiled for me: for a start, I'm imagining short-arsed Tom Cruise as Reacher which just isn't working for me (although he was a lot better in the movie than I'd been expecting), and knowing what's going ...more
Pranta Ghosh Dastider
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I had always wanted to read a Jack Reacher book. Ever since I have read the lone short story Second Child, featuring kid Reacher. He was a kid in that one, but already smart and kick ass. He was action packed and no bullshit, and I liked him instantly.

Now move forward to 4 years and finally I have him read. A full story, no less. One Shot. I had watched the movie before, but thanks to my dull memory, forgot all the key points, even the ending itself! Lucky me!! So I could enjoy the story anew.
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
It all began with six shots in Indiana, leaving five people dead and the locals in shock. The case seems open and shut; a suspect emerging in a few hours with evidence to match. A former military sniper is arrested and charged, with the death penalty a strong possibility. When the accused asks for Jack Reacher, locals scramble to determine what the request means and who it might be. A prison beating leaves the accused unable to remember anything and Reacher shows up, prepared to tap into his inn ...more
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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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