- File Size: 5977 KB
- Print Length: 113 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Ketingas Press; 1.0 edition (December 28, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 28, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RKH7KMW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,597 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Jack Bleacher: A parody Kindle Edition
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Stephen Arnott doesn't miss a beat.
Jack Bleacher unexpectedly stumbles on to an abandoned town in the middle of nowhere Arizona when his car breaks down. The town seems part ghost town, part nefarious secret headquarters for an unknown evil force. Jack stumbles smack dab in the middle of a lot of danger.
Lucky that Jack Bleacher has been everywhere, knows everything, and done it all. He flawlessly negotiates any predicament no matter how dire. The story is complete with a cast of eccentric and unforgettable characters (Gummy Pete, Moosehead, Sheriff Pam and the police donkey). This story pushes hard on the limits of parody, but never crosses the line into too much. I was drawn in and kept engaged from the beginning to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, well written read. I highly recommend Jack Bleacher and can't wait to read more!
Well, it should. In a lighter moment, Lee Childs could have written this splendid parody of his more serious oeuvre. Every Childs stylistic cliché is here; short choppy sentences, masses of similes, a plot to undermine the American Way, dim-witted thugs and an evil mastermind (who else but the Chief Director of the Third Reich's Domestic Science Division).
Arnott has captured perfectly the atmosphere of Childs' masterful Reacher novels in this novella. The pace never flags, the dialogue is classic Childs grit suffused with Pratchett'esque irreverent wit while the atmosphere and plot are so typically Reacher that, at times, you could forget you're reading a parody. That is, until something funny happens. And it does. In spades. Like a royal straight flush when everyone else is holding one pair. Sorry... it must be catching.
Without a doubt the best parody since the previously incomparable Bored of the Rings. A clever, well observed, chuckle out loud, generally excellent way to while away a couple of hours. Absolutely brilliant and thank-you to the author for providing the opportunity to read it free of charge.