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.
Jack Reacher somehow yet again finds himself in a situation where he needs to mete out justice – and this all started with a cup of coffee. Sitting at a street café for the second day in a row, he witnesses what turns out to have been part of a kidnapping/ransom situation. He ends up working for the man whose wife has been taken – only things are not as they seem. Of course they’re not.
I love Reacher, I love these books. They are ridiculous and wonderful, violent and sexy and such a quick and entertaining read. They also never really sink in – as I got to the end of this book, I realised that I had read it before. It didn’t matter. It was ace.
This is the book that led to the film starring Tom Cruise, one of the greatest mis-castings of all times. (I love Tom Cruise as an action hero, but he’s simply not Lee Child). There has been a sniper shooting killing a handful of people in a mall, and when Reacher hears that ex-army James Barr did it, he needs to get involved. See, the guy who did it did a similar thing years ago in the Middle East, and managed to get away with it, but Reacher, as a Military Policeman, promised that he would ensure that Barr was brought to justice. So why did Barr ask for Reacher?
Having read this years ago, plus seeing the film a few years ago, I knew where this was going. I feel like this is real classic Reacher – things seem to be going one direction, but of course, that’s not where it ends up. And he gets to take out some bad guys.
The Enemy takes us into Jack Reacher’s past, back to when he was a Military Policeman and dealing with a most unusual case. There are people dying, and at the same time, army officials are being moved from base to base across the globe. Reacher is suspicious, and once he finds a couple of people he can trust (unsurprisingly one being a highly attractive woman), he gets to work figuring it out.
Oh, so good. Young Reacher, Reacher’s brother, travelling the world, it’s all happening. At school, the mum of one of my mates used to call these types of books chewing gum books – in the same way that chewing gum tricks your stomach into thinking that it’s about to eat, reading these books trick your mind into thinking it’s about to get some knowledge. (Actually, the Reacher books are a lot better than the rubbish I was enjoying back then, but similar). I like to think of them as palate cleansers – just to get me ready for another mental meal.
Given that the main reason for starting this blog was as film and book diary for myself, the key question I really need to have with the Jack Reacher books that I love so much is how to tell which is which? So, for myself, this is the one with the swimming in the freezing cold ocean past the wall. I reckon I’ll know what I mean.
In this book, Jack Reacher is infiltrating the house of a criminal mastermind, using his son as the way in. See, an FBI agent went missing while trying to crack a case, and Reacher needs to set things right. (It’s hardly a spoiler alert to say that he does – but it’s in the way that he does it. Fabulous.)
Secret Service Agent M.E. Froelich is in charge of protection of the incoming Vice President, and she has to prove herself. But with mysterious threats being delivered in improbable manners, she needs extra help, and so she reaches out to our hero, Jack Reacher. Froelich and Reacher’s brother, who was killed in service, were an item and he is the only one she trusts to work outside the Secrect Service and protect the Vice President.
Lee Child really is a master at keeping the twists and turns happening. Just when you feel that Reacher has done all he can and that the probems are insurmountable, he finds the tiny flaw, the glitch, the truth that needs to be revealed. And on top of that, there’s sex and violence and general fun times.
Having got out of New York, out from under Jodie’s thumb, Reacher is on the road. Hitch hiking, he meets Carmen, a woman who needs his help. She’s in an abusive relationship with a rich man who is in prison, but the man is about to be released. She cannot just run – not from this family. Will Reacher help? Of course! With his sense of justice, he cannot leave her there, but are things as she says they are? Who can help Reacher?
There’s never a shortage of beautiful women and bad guys to keep Reacher bored for long, and he certainly get to beat up some bad guys in this one. Plus, the doubt that is cast on the damsel in distress. Is Reacher being played? Even he begins to doubt himself – wonderful!
Nothing like a Jack Reacher book for a bit of gory fun. So, whilst hanging out in New York with his new love, Jodie, living on the ranch her father(Reacher’s old army boss) left Reacher in his will, he starts feeling a bit hemmed in. See, Reacher is a wanderer, he don’t like to be fenced in. He needs to be free, dammit! Then the FBI trick him into helping with a case – a group of women, all of whom had successful sexual harassment cases in the Army but then left – are being killed. Not just killed, but found dead, in a bath full of camouflage paint with no apparent cause of death. Reacher helps because he has to regardless of what he actually wants, but eventually his sense of right and wrong totally suck him in to the case.
I just love these books. I’ve read this before and I still couldn’t remember how it all played out. Reacher is the most wonderful character – even though in this book he is downright nasty to one of the other characters, you still want to be on his side. Because no matter what happens, Reacher’s side is the winning side.