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Persuader (Jack Reacher #7)

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Jack Reacher.
The ultimate loner.
An elite ex-military cop who left the service
years ago, heAAA1/2s moved from place to place...without family ... without possessions... without commitments.
And without fear. Which is good, because trouble -big, violent, complicated trouble - finds Reacher wherever he goes. And when trouble finds him, Reacher does not quit, not once...not
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Published February 1st 2009 by Findaway World (first published April 1st 2003)
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Jane Yes, strangely. At times I felt impatient with the flashbacks, which increased as the tension built, however it was like watching something in…moreYes, strangely. At times I felt impatient with the flashbacks, which increased as the tension built, however it was like watching something in horrified fascination, because the tension was matched with a pace that just kept building to the finale.(less)
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People were depending on me. I had been beaten many times. But I had never just quit. Not once. Not ever.

This book! OMG, my heart is still beating so fast as though it's going to jump out of my chest! What an adrenaline-pumping ride!

Ok, take a deep breath...

Alright, I will keep this short as I know that there's no way I can write this review without going into detail, in which will ultimately give the story all away. So, no spoilers here.

Once again, Lee Child dazzles me with this top-notch sto
This is the first Jack Reacher book I’ve read. Maybe I should have started with the first one in the series, but I picked up this one used. For fifty cents. Reading some of the Goodreads comments about the varied quality of the Reacher series, I was probably better off starting with this one.

The tricksy misdirection at the beginning of the book aside, this was a decent read. Reacher, reminded me of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser, big, tough, smart, can handle himself in any situation. But he’s not a
Dec 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am totally loving this series. (Although I think it must be best NOT to read them back to back because then the formula wears through.) This is a good one -- tense, claustrophobic, and non-stop action. Two quibbles -- the romance between Reacher and Duffy seems...unmotivated. Like the author says to himself, "And this is the place where I start the romance," and proceeded to have Reacher make out with the nearest available female character. Also, the last 20 percent of the novel seems unduly l ...more
This bad-ass walks around with an anaconda in his pants (apparently, that's a type of revolver but it's still pretty impressive)
Anaconda Revolver
He has an AOL device hidden in his shoe. He says nothing a lot. So does everyone else in this novel.

I'm not cut out for crime fiction. It bugs me.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gigantic hobo detective Jack Reacher once again wanders into more trouble than any happy-go-lucky wanderer would reasonably expect. This time, after encountering a ghost from his past, a man named Quinn who should be dead, Reacher gets involved in an undercover DEA operation to take the man and his smuggling operation down. Reacher poses as a gun-for-hire in order to infiltrate Quinn's operation. The DEA wants him to go in and recover an agent who went missing and is presumably held captive. Rea ...more
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I would have to rank this as one of my favourite Lee Child books, even if I thoughs the start was dubious. For the first chapter or two, I worried this might even be a Reacher novel of a standard to rival the disaster that was Nothing to Lose. Then, of course, we got a little farther into the book and I was able to reassure myself that no book could be as bad as Nothing to Lose. I think if Lee Child were to write another book as bad as Nothing to Lose, I'd have to give up on him. Anyway, Persuad ...more
Freda Malone
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
As always Lee Child is an exceptional writer. I think this one is going to be tabbed a favorite of mine. Reacher has met his match with the character, Paulie, who is just a lowly bodyguard, or so it seems. Finally, my hero (Reacher) isn't so tough and perfect. I love the thinking process in the writing as Reacher tries to solve yet another mystery, but this time, he's a bit slower figuring out the clues. There was more suspense and a little more wit, I had to laugh at the reasoning behind tippin ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An awesome Novel.
My RATING: 4.4/5

The Novel is in full throttle. The flashback story line is awesome and the twist in the flashback is great. The novel is fun and intriguing. Back to awesomeness !
See u guys at next, Thank you.
My name is James, and it's been seven months since my last Jack Reacher. The seventh in the series, Persuader should follow the same, increasingly predictable formula. Except, something feels wrong; it doesn't feel like Reacher – from the unusual eagerness to get involved, and the carrying of two guns, to the shooting of a cop. These things are totally out of character for the man we've spent six novels getting to barely know. Then I realised, the biggest thing that feels wrong about this Reac ...more
I thought Killing Floor was a fun novel that showed a lot of promise. Its sequel, Die Trying, had very genuinely good shit but also bloated horribly and killed the momentum with the FBI agent plotline. Tripwire had a shamefully obvious mystery and a glacial plot with flashes of true suspense. So I was not really jazzed on the Reacher series. But ever since I started them, I liked Child's overall style, pacing, and prose. But I gotta admit, when I saw Make Me on the shelf, I thought to myself Tha ...more
Jul 02, 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
Jane Stewart
2 stars for the back story. 4 stars for the rest. Another fun tough guy Reacher story. Several scenes where he takes out bad guys, my favorite parts.

Reacher thought he killed bad guy Quinn ten years ago. He recently saw Quinn on the street. He learns that FBI agents are trying to catch Quinn and Beck who work together. They believe Beck is into drug smuggling. Reacher gets hired by Beck and is now undercover.

There is a great scene in the beginning with Reacher thwa
James Fearn
Nice title.
Easy read, not very challenging either.
Plot was great.
Written like this review.
Sloane Howell
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reacher fights a man the size of Texas, and fires shotguns that could blow a drug tunnel to Mexico. What more can you ask for?
Jul 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
It's really hard to say something about a Jack Reacher book--in a very real sense, if you've read one, you've read 'em all (maybe this changes after book 7, but I doubt it). But dang it all if you don't come back for more and more and more--like Pringles, or Fritos, etc. Great action; totally outlandish, but (in the moment definitely) believable plot; lots of testosterone-y fun.

Two things I'd like to mention about this book.

First, there's this fad in TV lately where you watch a scene or two at
Nov 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Another exciting Jack Reacher adventure. Each time I pick one of these up on a Daily Deal I always think that it will be my last, but Lee Child has a great pen for action-adventure.

In this addition Jack finds himself knee deep in a covert mission where he is to extract an under cover operative that is caught up in a drug opperation, however, all things are not what they may seem. When he infiltrates and gains the trust of some of the key players involved, he starts to realize that the whole con
Riju Ganguly
Books can cause real pain. As the world beyond the room goes silently into the embrace of Morpheus, hapless guys stuck with an unputdownable read, keep rubbing their eyes, and carry on. It happens whenever a Jack Reacher novel gets picked up by me. It happens especially if Reacher has some unfinished business, that must be settled NOW. Because, right then the book becomes an unfinished business, and I become Jack Reacher.

Unfortunately, the climax of this book came as a massive disappointment. Pr
Karin Slaughter
Nov 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book that put Lee Child on my must-always-read list. I hated Killing Floor because (1) obviously Lee had never been to Georgia when he wrote this and (2) I wasn't yet published when it came out, so I had to be a jealous hater.

Both were remedied by the time I read Persuader, and I could love this book for the pure reading pleasure that it is. Also, I had met Lee by then and he is so handsome and dreamy that it's hard not to see his beautiful, sensitive eyes whenever I think of Jack Re
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Jack Reacher witnesses a kidnapping attempt and obviously he has to intervene. Only something goes wrong and a cop ends up dead. As he tries to let the kid go and be on his way before shit hits the fan, only he ends up somewhere he hadn’t planned on.

This plot is a complex one. With kidnapping, drugs, dead man walking Jack Reacher has a lot to deal with. But is his presence in the thick of things a mere coincidence? Is he really running the show in this plot or is he being made to dance to someo
Scott Rhee
Nov 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
Author Lee Child clearly has a love-hate relationship with guns in his novel "Persuader". It's apparent that he does not like the ease with which anyone can buy or sell guns in this country, and he has disdain for gun dealers, legal or illegal, who sell guns without any care about who they are selling to. On the other hands, guns abound throughout the novel, described in loving detail and used quite frequently. His hero, Reacher is similarly contradictory: he does the right thing but not always ...more
Roger Angle
Mar 25, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The first chapter isn’t bad, a fairly exciting action scene, although it doesn’t make complete sense. The last line of Chapter One is startling and turns the story on its head. It’s great, in a way. The second chapter explains why Jack Reacher was there, and then it gets way too complicated and repetitious for me. A paragraph or two of back-story would suffice. The narrative breaks two of the rules I tell my students: Don’t repeat and don’t explain. The worst thing you can do is go through the p ...more
Not the best Reacher novel I've read, but, certainly, not the worst, either. But, I did like it. As always, action packed and very good writing. Lee Child knows how to keep one's interest in a book. He seldom lets up on the action. When he does, it's because he's setting up the next set of action.

I'll keep reading this series. Other authors try to get this much action in and Child does it. During an operation on some drug dealers, Reacher is reminded of another operation earlier in his life whe
Jeff Miller
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up at Amazon since it was free and had it on my digital bookshelf for awhile. Due to internet outage and unable to buy another book to read I decided to try this one out.

So for with about 60 percent of the book finished I have really enjoyed this fast moving story of a former military MP out to finish one of his failures have to go undercover in a drug gang which is being run by a group higher up. It does not matter that I have not read any of the other novels in this series since th
This is my least favorite of the eight Reacher books I have now read. It was just too "over the top" for me. I could not suspend my disbelief far enough. Also, I found the jumping back in time ten years to past events about Kohl did not advance this story. The good parts were the author's knowledge of weapons. I'm a Vietnam vet and former Marine and I have some knowledge of guns, yet I did learn much about newer modern weapons.
Lou Robinson
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This really was Bond type stuff, definitely my favourite Reacher so far. I loved the location, all based on the wild Atlantic coast round Portland, and Jack was certainly on form. Killed loads of baddies, some romantic interlude, and left as usual at the end to carry on roaming. Fab.
Andy Knights
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It kept me gripped from beginning to end. One of the best so far in the series.
Catherine  Mustread
As usual in the Jack Reacher series, lots of violence as Jack finds himself embedded in an ocean front mansion/fortress in Maine, trying to rescue a missing DEA agent and get revenge on the man who tortured and killed one of his subordinates ten years before. Went on further than necessary for me, but finally wound up in a grand finale, leaving Jack free to pursue his next trial/adventure/plot.
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jack. Mutha. Effin'. REACHER!!
It all came together in this one- thrills, chills, tears & action aplenty. Tales like this one here are why I so enjoy this popcorn series!
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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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