fascinating read. I learned a ton about the church reading this. I'll freely admit she has some hefty bias, but a lot of the documents and primary soufascinating read. I learned a ton about the church reading this. I'll freely admit she has some hefty bias, but a lot of the documents and primary sources stand alone and this book is extensively researched and documented. Reccomend it....more
Another good one with some great combat and some genuinely touching moments. I have to admit though that it jumped the shark a little at the end. I geAnother good one with some great combat and some genuinely touching moments. I have to admit though that it jumped the shark a little at the end. I get that he was establishing a new villain and a direction for the series to stand on its own, and I see a couple of ways it could end up really cool. Definitely going to keep reading. I love this series, but a little bit of an eye roll at the endnotes...more
It was worth the read. Not really spectacular though. It's kind of a microcosm of Without Remorse by Tom Clancy - but not as good. The place it takesIt was worth the read. Not really spectacular though. It's kind of a microcosm of Without Remorse by Tom Clancy - but not as good. The place it takes place in is too small to make it believable. Whereas John Clark had the whole eastern seaboard to hide in - Reacher only has a few small towns in Georgia. The antagonists let him have pretty much free reign of the town until nearly the end and there are a great many ways they could have gotten rid of the Reacher problem, but they inexplicably don't.
The book seemed long on a lot of details that didn't matter - and short on the places where it really should have stretched. A lot of things in the book turn out to be pretty conveniently ignored until the time comes for a reveal or conveniently figured out.
Combat is pretty one sided. I think this is by design - Reacher is a badass - but we don't get much background to establish it.
The romance was pretty shallow. One step from attraction to bed and lovey-dovey-ness.
All this can be overlooked - it's a debut novel and you can expect it to be a little rough. It has potential and kept me reading.
My biggest problem with the book was that it didn't deal with consequences. It's a very similar story to Without Remorse (protagonist is ex military, has a personal tragedy, goes on a personal mission to bring those responsible to justice etc). Both kill a lot of people over the course of the story. In Without Remorse - the people are well established to be pretty evil. John Kelly is really self aware when he is killing them though. He understands that he is crossing a line and has a step by step build up and justification for crossing that line. He understands that there will be consequences and is willing to take them. Jack Reacher doesn't. He is doing his personal investigation with the help of 2 police officers in the little town he's found himself in and there is a marked lack of thought about the fact that Reacher murders several people. Some of them are justifiable self defense, but at least 3 of them (the earliest) are calculated killings based on nothing but supposition on Reacher's part. Supposition that is shown to be faulty in several other instances of the book. The cops he's with seem to suspend justice for him for no good reason and that was hard to bring under the umbrella of "suspension of disbelief"
I hope this kind of thing gets better in the next couple of books. It was good enough to justify reading the next couple, but if it doesn't get better that kind of pass to reacher might be a dealbreaker. ...more
Absolutely fascinating. I had no idea how much of the early church and the book of mormon was based in 19th century thinking and lore, or how much ofAbsolutely fascinating. I had no idea how much of the early church and the book of mormon was based in 19th century thinking and lore, or how much of the experiences of the early leaders of the church evolved and became more grandiose and specific over time. ...more