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4.0 out of 5 stars Some minor quirks but a rousing good read., June 22, 2005
This review is from: Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, No. 1) (Mass Market Paperback)
I'm new to the Jack Reacher series but I have to say that I enjoyed this first book. I was interested in reading what other reviewers had to say: Author was charged with using the word "shrugged" too much. I never noticed, I was busy turning the pages I guess. Author was charged with using short, choppy sentences. Is that a literary offense? Because if it is, it's time to take Hemingway's work out and burn it, he having been critically lauded for years for that short, choppy style which is supposed to be very manly -- in a literary sense, I suppose. All I know is that I find old Hem's work mindnumbingly dull. At least Mr. Child keeps me awake, those choppy sentences lend a sense of urgency to the story. (Just like Earl Emerson's short chapters in 'Pyro'!) Author is charged with not being an expert on America. Neither am I and I've spent 48 out of 50 years here. Oh, and one review bemoaned the fact that somehow the author failed to realize the US has no Marines stationed in Europe, that we have no naval base there. Hm, I don't keep up with the exact locations of all US bases but I spent two years at Zaragoza Air Base, Spain, and when I was there, the US had a naval base at Rota. Author is charged with having a written a very violent book. Well. There you have me. It IS violent. If violence disturbs you, what the heck are you doing reading books in this genre in the first place? There was a great honking picture of a bloody handprint on the cover of the paperback I bought -- I would have thought that was a (you'll excuse the pun) dead giveaway as to the nature of this book. Oh, almost forgot. The author is also charged with too much coincidence in the brother/killing plot point. Stranger things happen every day -- gee, Bush got elected twice. I think THAT's stretching coincidence!

Yes, Jack Reacher is an anti-hero. Yes, the books has some flaws (as most every book I've ever read does). But I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to seeing Reacher's character progression in the next book. Do I think he's the next Lucas Davenport? Nope, not unless he gets a stronger sense of humor and a lot more sexy. But Reacher is verrrry interesting!

OK, I'm done defending the book. Now, here's the bit that bothered me: A top gun in the Treasury Dept drops out of sight and the Feds don't swarm all over looking for him when his prints come across the computer? A second Treasury Dept worker is brutally murdered in an airport and (1) it's the busy airport at Atlanta and no one sees it??? and (2) the Feds don't follow up on this either? Still -- I was able to suspend my disbelief long enough to overlook these things, just because I wanted to see what Jack would do next.
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Initial post: Jun 15, 2009 6:42:04 AM PDT
I disagree with your comment about Lucas Davenport. Davenport, having started out dynamic, has become more one dimensional as the series has progressed. I've read every Davenport novel. I used to eagerly await them. Now, after the last three our four books, I read them solely out of loyalty to Sandford's character. Reacher, on the other hand, has gotten better with time. More dimensional, more dynamic.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 6:32:45 AM PDT
OneFreeMan says:
Your silly metaphor about Bush getting elected renders your review the intellectual equivalent of a third grader's. Congrats.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009 10:49:45 PM PDT
VB says:
I thought you gave a great review, but why bring Bush into it? You've got to figure that approximately 50% of voters voted for him and approximately 50% voted against him. When you bring politics into a review like you did, 50% are going to find the comment less than agreeable. That's too bad because other than that, you gave a fantastic review.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 2:09:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 31, 2012 9:35:16 AM PST
W. Hinds says:
Naomi Johnson writes:
"bemoaned the fact that somehow the author failed to realize the US has no Marines stationed in Europe, that we have no naval base there."

Where do all of the American Embassy guards come from?

Since I wrote this before Benghazi, Please overlook my ignorance. I didn't know the U.S. was using renta-guards locally for protecting(or not) our Embassy staffing. I would think they(CIA? and State Department leadership) would be more carefull in monitoring the volatility of such areas especially with our long time and ongoing unpopular commitments in the Moslem world.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010 5:38:51 AM PDT
Birdie says:
I began to get annoyed with reading the word "shrugged" and "he grunted" I don't think that I will buy another book by this author.

In reply to an earlier post on May 17, 2010 7:34:32 AM PDT
I got annoyed by the repetitive "car nosed into traffic" ;) Still, great read!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 1:53:48 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2010 3:24:34 PM PDT
Donald says:
I agree with you regarding the comments about Bush-look what we have now!

Posted on Nov 8, 2010 4:59:24 AM PST
Ken T. says:
OK, I'll defend your revues since I agree with it. I did notice the "Shrugging" too much. I fully agree with the Treasury Dept observations

Posted on Nov 20, 2010 5:56:54 AM PST
Joe Howard says:
More Bush derangement syndrome. You had a good review until you started in on that stupidity. Are you really that shallow and bitter?
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