Reacher is in a remote town in the middle of the US and strange things are happening. This is one of those bools where Reacher accidentally ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time and gets tied up in a ridiculous and confusing plot with dead people and conspiracies.
It’s fine. It’s very similar to at least one of the other books, so I felt as though I knew exactly what was going to happen, and when it was different, it was a nice surprise. But this isn’t one of my favourite Reachers. And not one of my favourite titles either.
An assassin has taken a shot at the President of France, and it seems it has to have been one of the best snipers in the world. There are only a handful of people in can be and Reacher is one of the few brought in to figure out who it was, and to try to ensure that nothing further happens, in particular at the upcoming G8 summit. But is the assassination attempt actually what it appeared?
Loved it. Loved watching Reacher trying to get into the head of the potential criminals, working out possible plots and getting into the nitty gritty. This is a good one.
Finally, after several books, Reacher has made it to Virginia to meet Major Susan Turner, the voice on the other end of the line, only to discover that she’s been arrested and, to him, it all seems very suss. Then he’s informed that he is under investigation on two counts, one which is a lawsuit from a woman claiming that he is the father of her daughter. He could walk away from Susan and the investigations would disappear, but that’s not Reacher’s way.
This is the book that forms the basis of the second Reacher film starring Tom Cruise. As such, reading the book, I kept thinking I knew what was coming, but the film is quite different to the book. Having seen the film really ruined the book for me, which is a shame. Still, there are a whole heap more Reacher books that I’ll be able to enjoy that haven’t been ruined…
After his last adventures, Jack Reacher finally is on his way to Virginia to meet the woman who had helped him several books back. On the way, he is picked up while hitchhiking by an odd trio – three supposed work colleagues. He figures out that things are not as they seem, and meanwhile local and federal authorities are trying to solve a murder in a small town.
It’s implausible and ridiculous, but I love the way that Jack Reacher can work pretty much everything out in his head due to his knowledge about everything. He can work out that a bad guy is heading to a particular city because if you are on this road and you have this much fuel and you want to avoid this and make that, it’s the only place you can go. Or a whole thing about blinking and head nods and morse code and, look, it’s totally nuts and I’m totally buying it. I think this was one of my all-time Jack Reacher faves.
We go back in time a bit from the last book, back to when Reacher was still in service and was sent to investigate a murder near a military base. Only, not really sent to investigate – politics and power, Reacher thinks he’s there for more of a cover up. But that’s not how Reacher works, especially when he discovers that there is not one dead woman, but three. And they all appear connected.
I kept feeling like Reacher was doing the wrong thing – and I liked it. He was not taking advice, he was walking into dangerous situations and getting into trouble. And, of course, he came out on top. Go Reacher.
*spoiler from previous book*
At the end of 61 Hours, the previous in the Jack Reacher series, we don’t know what’s happened to Jack. Last we saw him, he was in a strange bunker with only one way out when there was a huge explosion and, as far as we knew, he was gone. Of course, when there are 20+ books, there’s a fair chance we’ll see him again. And here he turns up in a small town in Nebraksa, walking a bit stiffly but otherwise seeming to be ok. But, then he runs into trouble. Well, of course he does. See, he’s in the bar of a motel when the town alcoholic doctor receives a call to treat a battered woman, and refuses. Reacher is a good citizen and insists on helping the woman. Only she’s the wife of a nasty guy, and by helping, Reacher has started a whole thing. And being a good citizen, he can’t just let things be.
Horrible bad guys, violence, Reacher smashing people’s legs and arms and faces and all kinds. The only thing missing in this is the ‘romance’ – and by romance, Reacher doesn’t get any one-on-one lady time this book. But he’s on his way to Virginia to try to find the woman from the phone in 61 Hours, so I guess he had to stay faithful.
Jack Reacher has, yet again, ended up in trouble. This time, he’s on a bus in the freeing winter of South Dakota. A freak accident and Reacher is stranded. However, things are not as they appear (are they ever?) – the town has a new prison, there’s been a murder and there’s a witness who is in tenuous protection and there are only, you got it, 61 Hours until…
Who is good, who is bad? Who can you trust? How do these people end up dead? And how is Reacher going to survive that extreme cold? Yet another Reacher doozy. I’d wonder how Lee Child does it again and again, but he really just does.
Jack Reacher is on the subway when he spots a woman behaving strangely and all signs point to a suicide bomber. However when she shoots herself, she becomes Reacher’s problem. He’s not prepared to believe that she did this for no reason, and when the authorities aren’t coming up with answers that Reacher likes, he’s not going to let it lie.
I must admit, I didn’t love this one as much as many of the others. It still had all of the classic Reacher tropes, but it didn’t grab me.
Reacher has ended up in Hope but is on his way to Despair. Yup, they are two neighbouring towns in the middle of nowhere. Hope seems to be ok, but Despair is terrible. When Reacher is literally driven out of town, he takes it personally and decides to investigate with the help of an attractive policewoman and a lot of patience.
While I have often stated my love for Jack Reacher books, this one isn’t my favourite. It’s fine, it does its job with the violence and brooding and sex and conspiracy and everything, but I kind of didn’t really care as much. I’m not saying that I didn’t enjoy it because I did. It’s more that I just didn’t love it.
Reacher, the loner who travels America with only a travel toothbrush, the clothes on his back and minimal ID. And who always finds trouble – or trouble finds him. This time, it’s his past catching up with him (Or was that last time? Or next time?) and he needs to get back in contact with some of his old army buddies to figure out what’s going on.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love Jack Reacher novels. They’re a quick, fun read with some sexiness and a fair whack of violence and generally pretty ace times. This is no exception – a group of professional army folks investigating a bad situation and taking control. Right on.