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Don't Know Jack: Hunting Lee Child's Jack Reacher (The Hunt for Jack Reacher Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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
- 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
- Print length : 305 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,052 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The writing was workmanlike, and the author repeatedly has the protagonist merely following the only, obvious, path offered, with very little actual thinking or problem solving on her part. She’s led along by the nose, with convenient prods, pushes, and hard shoves from the shadowy sidelines whenever she would otherwise need to actually think and investigate. The constant rushing about between appointments she’s been given to receive the next shove, never more than a few hours in any location, preventing thorough examination of clues or character development, was just absurd.
The result isn’t worth buying, except perhaps as a “free” read in Kindle Unlimited.
**Update** I'm updating this now that I've finished the book. The ending was very unsatisfying. Without including spoilers, I will simply say that there were many unanswered questions regarding the case the detectives solved in this book. I have no problem with the unresolved questions about Jack Reacher since that is the premise of the series but there were at least a half a dozen loose ends that were not tied up at the end of the book. Not what I expected from a series endorsed by Lee Child.
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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.