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Make Me: (Jack Reacher 20) Hardcover – 2015
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“Lee Child’s Reacher series has hit Book No. 20 with a resounding peal of wisecracking glee. Everything about it, starting with Reacher’s nose for bad news, is as strong as ever. . . . The big guy’s definitely on the upswing. The guy who writes about him is too.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Lee Child has another winner with Make Me. . . . There’s a reason why Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre: He can take all these strange elements and clichés and make them compelling and original.”—Associated Press
“A superb thriller.”—New York Daily News
“Child’s complete command of the story makes this thriller work brilliantly.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“I’ve read all twenty of Lee Child’s novels. Maybe there’s something wrong with me. But I can’t wait for the twenty-first.”—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
“[The Reacher series] is the current gold standard in the genre. . . . In Make Me Lee Child delivers another Jack Reacher specialty; the total knockout.”—Dayton Daily News
“Child serves up wingding plots, pithy dialogue, extraordinary background on intriguing topics, and cunningly constructed suspense. But what keeps us coming back—by the millions—is the chance to walk around in the skin of that big guy in the middle of everything.”—The Oregonian
“A dark thriller . . . Lee Child’s Make Me, the twentieth in his wildly popular Jack Reacher series, delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the perennial bestselling author: interesting characters, tight plots and page-turning action. . . . Readers won’t be disappointed.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Jack Reacher is back. . . . Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again.”—LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)
“The reigning champ ups the ante. . . . Yes, there’s breakneck action, but what gives this one its zing is the multilayered plot. . . . The beguiling Chang offers a new treat for series fans as well, and a surprise at the end will keep readers short of breath until the next installment begins.”—Booklist (starred review)
“This series remains as compulsively readable as ever. Child is a master of pacing, stretching out the mystery through short chapters that give rise to bursts of well-choreographed violence. . . . Of course, the biggest strength is Reacher himself: impassive, analytical, secretly romantic, and relentlessly honorable. It’s impossible not to root for him. . . . Reacher is still going strong. Will satisfy fans—and newcomers, too.”—Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of twenty New York Times bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, eleven of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, Jack Reacher, was based on One Shot. Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.
From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
It starts in the usual way with Reacher turning up in a small town and immediately running into a woman in need of assistance (in this case Michelle Chang, a former FBI agent turned private investigator who is looking for her missing colleague), but it turns into a cross-country investigation that touches on issues that are current and very nasty.
And that is one of the issues that I had with the book: it's dark. It goes places that are unpleasant and disturbing. The majority of the book is like a regular Jack Reacher novel, but it changes tone towards the end when it becomes evident what it is that Reacher and Chang are investigating. The villains in this instance aren't just bad guys - they are evil. And I can honestly say that this is one Lee Child book I will never re-read. I didn't like putting those images in my head.
Another thing. It struck me halfway through this book that every woman that Reacher teams up with is exactly the same. Even as I write that it occurs to me that Lee Child would probably protest that it's not true because Chang is in her 40s and Chinese American, but that kind of proves my point: only the superficialities change. The banter - and yes, sexual chemistry - between Reacher and Chang is indistinguishable between what he had with Susan Turner or Elizabeth Deveraux or Theresa Lee or Susan Duffy or...you get the picture. There is nothing distinctive about Chang whatsoever.
So not the best Lee Child book - far from it - but it's hard in this genre to maintain a consistently high standard and when you compare him to his contemporaries he still does a better job of it than most.
Things heat up from there. There are plenty of plot twists and turns, and trips to Los Angeles. The subject of the investigation is dark, but in the end, Jack and Chang put a stop to it. I highly recommend it.
This was vintage Reacher and another great read. I really don't get some of the negative reviews. Mr. Child has never portrayed Reacher as a Super Hero. He's human and can be hurt like anybody else. This is not the first time he's been injured. He's been shot before, badly burned once, and beat up lots of times. Unlike some of the complainers, Mr. Child's descriptions of Reachers fights are my favorite things. Describing the logistics of a fight makes me understand that Reacher wins because he knows what he's doing, and his experience will usually (not ALWAYS) tell him what to expect from his opponents, and be ready to counter. He wins because he is an experienced professional, not just because he's "cool". Lots of others are speculating about his latest injury, the girl, and the open ending. I am not reading anything into these things yet. Mr. Child could easily begin the next book with a description of how Reacher recovered, and the nice time he spent with the girl before they figured out that she couldn't live his way, and he couldn't live her way and they ended up going their separate ways. Or not....who knows? Why worry? I have also read other people saying THEY have read that Mr. Child is "tired of Reacher" and wants to end it. I have not read that and don't know if it's true. I can only hope not. I will continue to read them as fast as he turns them out, which I hope is as long as he lives. Like Rex Stout with Nero Wolfe. As for selling out to the movies, I do not begrudge him whatever money he can make. I have not seen the movie and never will. Reacher stories are better read than watched, in my opinion, because it's really all about what's going on in Reachers head. I guess the movies will do ok as long as there are people who haven't read the books and can accept Tom Cruise as Reacher. I doubt that any fan of the books will ever accept him. Lastly, others have complained that the stories are all becoming the same. Duh. Actually they ARE all the same story. Reacher goes someplace, meets people (usually a woman as well), finds something wrong, and deals with it. That's what he does. But the magic is all in the where, who, what, why and how. I personally think Mr. Child is a genius for keeping me hooked on the same story all these years. The REAL question is, with all his knowledge of the science of fighting, weapons of every kind, and the workings of the military, who is Lee Child really?