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Don't Know Jack: Hunting Lee Child's Jack Reacher (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
USA Today Bestseller! Jack Reacher: Friend or Enemy? FBI Special Agent Kim Otto doesn't know what she doesn't know...
It’s been a while since we first met Lee Child’s Jack Reacher in Killing Floor.
Fifteen years and more than twenty novels later, Reacher still lives off the grid, until trouble finds him, and then he does whatever it takes, much to the delight of readers and the dismay of villains.
Now someone big is looking for him. Who? And why?
Hunting Jack Reacher is a dangerous business, as FBI Special Agents Kim Otto and Carlos Gaspar are about to find out.
Otto and Gaspar are by-the-book hunters who know when to break the rules; Reacher is a wanted man, and a stone cold killer when things get personal.
But is he friend or enemy? Armed with disinformation, Kim Otto intends to find out. Only the secrets hidden in Margrave, Georgia will tell them.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Diane Capri brings her insider knowledge to bear on her friend Lee Child's iconic character. The Hunt for Jack Reacher begins here. Have you joined the hunt?
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The Hunt for Jack Reacher is On!
"Full of thrills and tension, but smart and human, too. Kim Otto is a great, great character. I love her."
Lee Child, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Jack Reacher Thrillers
"[A] welcome surprise....[W]orks from the first page to 'The End'."
"Swift pacing and ongoing suspense are always present...[L]ikable protagonist who uses her political connections for a good cause...Readers should eagerly anticipate the next [book]."
Top Pick, Romantic Times
"...offers tense legal drama with courtroom overtones, twisty plot, and loads of Florida atmosphere. Recommended."
"[A] fast-paced legal thriller...energetic prose...an appealing heroine...clever and capable supporting cast...[that will] keep readers waiting for the next [book]."
"Expertise shines on every page."
Margaret Maron, Edgar, Anthony, Agatha and Macavity Award Winning MWA Past President
From the Author
"Where is Reacher hiding?" I asked my friend, Lee Child, at a writers' event in New York City.
"Reacher doesn't hide," Lee said. Maybe a little huffily?
Lee's a lot bigger than me. And he writes violence like a man with experience. I've always thought him a gentle giant, but .... I backpedaled a bit.
"Right. But where does Reacher live?"
"Wherever he wants," the tall guy said.
I thought I detected a slight challenge in his tone.I backed out of arms' reach before I pressed on.
Like my characters, I don't know when to quit sometimes. We call it tenacity, but maybe it's plain old stubbornness.
"Okay, well, Reacher waits until trouble finds him and then he wipes the floor with the bad guys. Perfect. But what's he doing between books?"
Lee shrugged, said nothing.
I took a deep breath and tried again. "Reacher's killed a lot of people by now. A lot of books. A lot of bodies. Surely someone wants payback, don't you think?"
Lee leveled the patented Reacher stare at me. His tone was menacing now. "Who in his right mind would go looking for Reacher? You?"
Only an idiot with a death wish -- or an FBI agent who knows nothing about Reacher's, er, talents -- would undertake such a foolhardy quest.
Even then, she wouldn't do it if she had a choice. She's not an idiot.
But matching wits with Jack Reacher, now that would be interesting, I thought, even though it could very well be deadly.
Then again, the bigger they are the harder they fall.
Whoever tames Reacher will become a legend in some circles.
What if a determined, ambitious woman .....
Not long afterward, with Lee's full support and encouragement, I began writing what became the first book in my Hunt for Jack Reacher series.
Lee loves what I've done with it. In fact, here's what he said, "Kim Otto is a great, great character. I love her."
To date, more than a million readers have joined the hunt and read my books. Don't Know Jack and the other books in my series have made every bestseller list out there, several times. How cool is that?
I'm hoping you'll love Kim Otto, too. She's a tiny stick of dynamite with a deadly aim. And her partner, Carlos Gaspar, is a devoted family man who might have turned out to be a loner like Reacher, in an alternate universe. Two FBI Special Agents on the hunt for Reacher who never, ever give up.
Find out what happens in Don't Know Jack. And work your way through the whole series as Otto and Gaspar find out that what they don't know can be more deadly than Reacher.
Oh, you might want to read Lee Child's Killing Floor either before or after Don't Know Jack. Many readers tell me that these books are even better together.
Readers often ask for a list of the titles in The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series paired with their Lee Child/Jack Reacher source books.
This list updates with every new book and you can always find it on my website at: DianeCapri.com
The Hunt for Jack Reacher (With Lee Child's source books listed for your convenience)
Novels: Source Books:
▪️ Jack Knife (Never Go Back)
▪️ Straight Jack (A Wanted Man)
▪️ Jack of Hearts (Worth Dying For)
▪️ Jack Frost (61 Hours)
▪️ Full Metal Jack (The Affair)
▪️ Prepper Jack (Die Trying)
▪️ Jack of Spades (Past Tense)
▪️ Ten Two Jack (The Midnight Line)
▪️ Black Jack (Running Blind/The Visitor)
▪️ Jack the Reaper (The Hard Way)
▪️ Deep Cover Jack (Persuader)
▪️ Jack and Joe (The Enemy)
▪️ Get Back Jack (Bad Luck and Trouble)
▪️ Don't Know Jack (The Killing Floor)
Jack in the Green
Jack and Kill
Jack in a Box
Welcome to the Hunt for Jack Reacher. Enjoy!
- ASIN : B0072JJTIG
- Publisher : August Books (January 26, 2012)
- Publication date : January 26, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 4085 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,485 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Number one: I am the world's number one Jack Reacher fan (I also love Richard Sharpe and a few other characters, but none more so that Reacher).
Number two: I received this Kindle book free in exchange for an honest product review as part of an established Review program not associated with Amazon or any other e-book dealer.
That said, I had bought one of the "Hunt for Jack Reacher" series before getting this offer. Fortunately I held off reading until I picked up this first book.
IMO, a reader will get more out of this book by having read the Jack Reacher series (and for this book, especially "The Killing Floor")... as it is important that you DO know Jack (pun intended).
Because in this book the main (and future) protagonists - a female and male FBI agent - clearly do NOT know Jack. And their lack of knowledge of Reacher complicates things for them tremendously. At times that makes for interest to the story line (but at other times is infuriating as one finds themselves wondering why characters in the book who did know Reacher aren't more forthcoming in regard their knowledge about him... And yet another reason to have read up on the Jack Reacher series - characters from his continuing storyline pop up, with some major roles, in this book and presumably in future one).
With this being basically Book One in the series, I feel that it is off to a relatively good start. It definitely holds one's interest. There are plot twists galore (sometimes too many? But then the Jack Reacher series was often famous for that also). If one is the type to try and keep up with the (known) facts and try to "figure out the case", then you will definitely be on their toes (and doing a lot of backtracking).
On the negative side, I'm not sure that I am a big fan yet of the two protagonists. They are FBI agents but seem to get overly fixated on a specific theory rather than constantly keeping all options open (I have, aside from military experience, a 29-year career in law enforcement so things like procedures, weapons, gun fighting techniques and tactics, combatives, crime procedures, reviewing evidence constantly, thinking out potentials, etcetera, are always at the forefront when reading things like this). I agree that often they were not provided information that they could have been - whether by their superiors, high level "shadowy figures", and important book characters - about particulars of both the story and Reacher that they could have been provided (and sometimes for no really noticeable reason).
So my "attachment" to the protagonists will be something that I will have to see how it develops as I continue through the series.
Which I definitely will be (as well as starting up my 3rd, or 4th?, re-read of the Jack Reacher series... it's that time again!).
I don’t think Kim Otto could survive the story - with all of her acid reflux attacks she should be hospitalised with a perforated ulcer by chapter 15. Acid filling her stomach? Have another cup of coffee. Dark roast preferred.
The author uses the Jack Reacher brand to sell her novels. The positive blurbs by Lee Child are undeserved. I will not read the next book in the series.
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The Reacher novels have taken on an almost mythical literary status and have spawned countless knock-offs, so with Lee Child recommending this and Amazon giving me a discount I thought I’d try it. Yet if falls short on many levels.
As other reviewers have noted, it makes Reacher out to be the villain. I’m happy with that as the main characters in this novel are investigating events and have no prior knowledge of what actually happened in Killing Floor, so it’s reasonable to take that view. Yet despite all the evidence they seem to maintain that view. Maybe it changes in future books, not sure I’ll take the time to find out.
And the Reacher angle is really a set-up for the main plot, which I could accept if it wasn’t so bloody tenuous and tedious. There are discrepancies dotted throughout and some of the scenarios were unbelievable. Reacher works partly because you can believe what’s happening, yet in Don’t Know Jack you don’t get that same level of belief. It feels disjointed and cobbled together.
The characters are awful, bland with very little back story or development provided, while the whole number 1/number 2 rivalry fell flat. You could tell the author was trying to build tension yet it didn’t work. As for the habit of giving each other different ‘names’, I’ve no idea where that came from and as a storytelling method it was terrible.
And as a stand-alone thriller it has little going for it. A weak plot, no plot twists, and uninteresting set pieces.
All in, a forgettable read that plays too heavily on the Reacher story. Poor character development, plot holes, some editing errors, uninspiring plot. Not recommended.
The whole concept of writing a series of books about chasing the character from another series of books smacks not a little of plagiarism or desperation and, honestly, there was nothing in this book to encourage me to read another.
I read it a while ago and, aside from recalling I felt the whole exercise of writing and reading the book was pointless, I recall nothing at all about it.