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Definitely One of the Best Reachers,
This review is from: The Affair: A Jack Reacher Novel (Kindle Edition)
If you're a fan of the Jack Reacher series, you already know that Lee Child is currently the undisputed master of the unputdownable thriller. When it comes to narrative momentum and expertly wrought tension, his only rival is the late, great Dick Francis.
However, the last two Reachers - though good - left me a bit cold because I was getting tired of the "Reacher stumbles into small-town corruption" formula. Fortunately, THE AFFAIR flashes back to his army career, where he faces his true arch-nemesis, the military bureaucracy, and we learn why he decided to drop out and become a toothbrush-packing drifter. Even though the novel is mainly set in yet another bleak small town, I'm happy to report that Reacher is back to form. This latest adventure delivers the expected page-turning excitement, plus a few other bonuses:
* Both the beginning and the end are better than usual. Child tends to be too abrupt for my taste. Here he takes the time to set the scene at the Pentagon and ease past the climax in a very satisfying way.
* The love interest, the ex-marine sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux, is Child's most entertaining female character so far. She's not just there to be Reacher's girl. She has an extra dimension and is important to the story.
* The "midnight special" train that roars past Carter Crossing every night is an ingenious device Child uses to ratchet up the suspense, provide a menacing undercurrent, and structure the complicated action in a clear way. It's the most impressive example yet of Child's narrative skill. Plus, choo-choos are just plain cool.
A new reader to the series may find the staccato rhythm of the sentences a bit off-putting at first, and Reacher's tough-guy terseness here and there verging on self-parody. But they're essential ingredients in Child's hugely enjoyable, impressively consistent franchise. Overall, I rank THE AFFAIR with the best of the series, up there with PERSUADER, ONE SHOT, and THE ENEMY.
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Initial post: Sep 29, 2011 12:15:53 PM PDT
A Reader says:
One loose thread that was left waving conspicously--what is happening to his brother in Georgia? I did enjoy it. Good chuckle about all the references 'remember, this was all back before 9-eleven.' I had been guessing through all the other books that Reacher had been separated because he had proven corruption. Not that biggy--he was kicked out because a colonel did not like his smart mouth and proving that three Rangers warriors were no challenge to one MP brawler.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 11:39:47 PM PDT
LOL. I had a similar reaction. Child may have been a bit concerned about appearing "anti-American" because of Reacher's lack of enthusiasm for the current Iraq war.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 1, 2011 6:41:29 PM PDT
D. L. Jones says:
This book takes place before his first book "The Killing Floor" and his brother plays a big part in that. I also think that story was set in Georgia but I could be mistaken. It's been a long time since I read that book.
Posted on Oct 3, 2011 4:56:35 AM PDT
Michele Laracy-andre says:
Anyone who writes this well should write their own book! somehow he has to incorporate "choo choos are just plain cool.". That line charmed me! Way to go,Barney! mimi
Posted on Oct 8, 2011 5:28:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2011 5:31:35 AM PDT
William B. Bennett says:
I agree about the two previous Reachers, particularly 61 Hours. But I still assert Tripwire was the best Reacher of all.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 8, 2011 11:17:51 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 8, 2011 11:18:46 AM PDT
B. Junkin-Mills says:
Oh - the postcard from Joe in GA was a huge continuity shoutout! His very first book-- which takes place after Reacher has left the army -- has him going to Georgia because of the postcard about Blind Blake! And if you don't know what happens to the brothers Reacher in Georgia, I won't tell you, but I will recommend the read.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 10, 2011 10:23:42 PM PDT
Jessica Dennis says:
Tripwire is my favorite! And then maybe persuader
Posted on Oct 13, 2011 5:27:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2011 3:56:01 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2011 5:29:56 AM PDT