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If I could only give this zero stars.
on September 11, 2012
It's with a heavy heart that I have to write this review. Before we start, as you can tell from my name, Reacher Creature, that I'm a huge fan of Lee Child and Jack Reacher. I had this day circled on the calendar, and pre-ordered it. I just can't believe that Lee Child wrote this clunker. Okay, let's just get this over with. This is a horrible book.
Reacher is hitchhiking and he only wanted to get to Virginia. He gets a ride, but then soon realizes that things aren't what they seem. Reacher was only picked up as a decoy to help get people through a couple of police check points. As always, Reacher is nobody's pawn, and wants to get to the bottom of things, and make the bad guys pay with the justice only Reacher can dish out.
There are so many things wrong with this clunker:
1) Things are repetitive. Here is an example. Reacher makes a 9-1-1 call. The 9-1-1 goes through a "chain of command" four or five times, and we get to hear the call each time. Then when the right person gets the call, we hear it again, then the person goes through it sentence by sentence and analyzes each line. It's painful to read over and over and over. Another character had a conversation with Reacher, and plays it over and over, line by line, picking it apart, word by word. It's brutal.
2) So many long and pointless scenes That are drawn out. As the reader, we're treated to an entire chapter of the following: a) Someone looking for a car. b) Someone walking up a driveway. Mind you, those aren't in the same chapter, *each* of them is a long and tedious chapter. It is so pointless, boring, and a waste of time.
3)Too much time in the car. Reacher and his travel mates spend way, way, way to much time in the car. It's tedious and boring.
4) There's no movement of the plot. The plot is one major flatline. When we read, we expect the plot to move at an even pace, and all of the scenes have to build up on each other, like a flight of stairs. That doesn't happen. This is a very long and a very boring read.
5) The characters. The characters are flat, including Reacher. Honestly, all of the characters are boring and interchangeable. They have no substance or quality to them.
6). Reacher threatens a child. This is horrible! Never would I even think Reacher would threaten a child.
I think that one of two things happened with this book. 1) Lee Child never wrote this. If someone told me that he turned over notes and chapter outlines, like James Patterson does, then I'd believe them. 2) If Lee Child did write this, then he didn't give his best effort, and he's a sell out. He's just interested in making money, and not making a good quality story, like he has in the past. If this is the case, then it's a slap in the face to the fans.
I have heard that Lee was giving some thoughts on how and when he would end the series. If he's even thinking that way, then it's time to end it. I didn't like The Affair, and gave him a pass on it. However, I can't this time around. If he's thinking about ending this series, then he needs to do it now, before it's too late, and it already might be to late.
I can honestly say that I'll never buy another Lee Child book again. I'll get them at at the library, but never again will I spend my money on the books, I've been burned twice. As the saying goes, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." Indeed, shame on me. It's a mistake I won't be making again.
Honestly, this book is a waste of time. If you have to get it, then get it at the library. It honestly kills me to say that about a Reacher book.