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4.0 out of 5 stars Reacher Returns To Form As Child Tones Down His Politics, May 29, 2009
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This review is from: Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher, No. 13) (Hardcover)
Lee Child's "Gone Tomorrow" is the 13th Jack Reacher installment. It is a much needed return to the stylings to which we loyal fans became addicted; certainly, it is far superior to the politically slanted "Nothing To Lose." My sole quibble with "Gone Tomorrow" is that Child again, although with much more subtlety, infuses his British perspective of American policy into Reacher's actions and consciousness. As a loyal reader of a great character, I am not interested in Lee Child's view of American foreign policy, past or present.

That being said, this novel begins with a random incident on a late night subway in New York where Reacher suspects a passenger of being a suicide bomber and due to his intervention, a death occurs which motivates him to trace the victim's backstory in hopes of understanding who and what caused the unnecessary tragedy. A continuous series of government and private agents begin confronting Reacher assuming he has valuable knowledge(and property)gained from the victim. Before one settles in, Reacher is fending off the NYPD, FBI, Homeland Security, paid investigators, and a slew of foreign bad guys that will please anyone's appetite for evil villains.

Reacher is as perceptive, logical,and analytical as ever in "Gone Tomorrow." He actually instructs the reader about a number of arcane minutiae such as how to knife fight, defend against brass knuckles, and disappear in NYC. Reacher is less taciturn and more focused than he has been recently and even pals up with NYPD detective and a grieving father for a time.

There is more than ample violence and gore to please the loyal Reacher fan, the plotting is tight, and Reacher continues to be fun to decipher as he analyzes people and events. As usual, Jack Reacher is NOT a character you want mad at you or to seek vengeance against you. And Child does a fasacinating job of describing Manhatten and the underbelly environs of NYC.

For me, the mark of a fine writer is his/her ability to entice me into reading chapter after chapter in a comfortable flowing exposition and not realizing the passage of time or the need to suspend disbelief. Child can do that when he is at his best--entice the reader to become one whith his signature character. I just hope he works more diligently to leave his political slant out of future Reacher novels.
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Initial post: Jun 7, 2009 9:11:15 PM PDT
Js says:
I think he is being very political here, saying that we are eroding our liberties in search of safety. Reacher is independent as in a Declaration Of... as in Founding Father revolutionary. Very old school revolutionary.

Posted on Jun 11, 2009 9:19:24 PM PDT
This Girl says:
I recently completed the entire series of Reacher novels, and I can assure you that there are political views expressed in every one. They may be expressed more or less subtly, but they are there. Reacher's political views are part of his character and he would be incomplete without them...whether you agree with his viewpoint or not. He is independent as the previous poster said, but this does not mean he is devoid of a political point of view. TMStyles writes: "I am not interested in Lee Child's view of American foreign policy, past or present." And I reply: Name any great author who does NOT use his characters to express social and political commentary. It one of the higher functions of literature. That Lee Child can deliver insightful commentary on US foreign policy, while also providing a thrillingly plotted story and a truly memorable and admirable character, is a testament to his excellence as a writer.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2009 12:13:18 PM PDT
I disagree that Lee Child is delivering insightful commentary; he is delivering Lee Child's commentary. A different thing altogether.

I agree with TMStyles in that I'm not interested in Child's view of American foreign policy, and I ESPECIALLY don't want to be beaten over the head with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 18, 2009 7:05:48 AM PDT
V. Sanders says:
well said

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2009 3:04:06 AM PDT
Well yes. I am a Jack Reacher fan but find that he has now over-reached himself. I was immediately put off by the 'Good Mossad, Bad Muslim' scenario that revealed itself on the very first page. Child is a Brit living in the USA, probably as near to a spiritual home as he could find! But as a South African with a different take on the world I felt supremely uncomfortable reading the book and dropped it after 3 pages. Try again and better luck next time Mr Child. Really.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2010 5:57:12 AM PDT
M. Verity says:
I am reading this book now and I don't think I will finish it. I find it very boring.
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