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The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2018
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“Reacher is the purest distillation of the white knight in contemporary mystery fiction. This novel is a tightly plotted ride with characters who will break your heart and linger after you close the book.”—Mystery Scene
“Reacher [is] one of the most alluring and popular characters in contemporary fiction. . . . As always in a Child novel, pace is fast, twists and turns surprise, characters are well-developed, dialogue is exactly right, and the plot is very plausible. . . . Highly entertaining . . . This one is among the best [in the series]. It doesn’t matter in what order you read them since each stands entirely on its own.”—The Washington Times
“A timely, affecting, suspenseful and morally complex thriller. . . . One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.”—The Washington Post
“Jack Reacher has become arguably the most iconic fictional hero we have.”—Men’s Health
“Compelling and moving . . . bold and mysterious.”—Associated Press
“This, Child’s twenty-second book in the series, has heart to spare, and it proves the franchise has plenty of gas left in its tank.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] multifaceted novel about dealing with the unthinkable . . . It’s automatic: Reacher gets off a bus, and Child lands on the New York Times bestseller list.”—Booklist
“The book is very smart . . . [and] suggests something that has not been visible in the series’ previous entries: a creeping sadness in Reacher’s wanderings that, set here among the vast and empty landscapes of Wyoming, resembles the peculiarly solitary loneliness of the classic American hero. This return to form is also a hint of new ground to be covered.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Child does a stellar job this time by not following his customary formula; his usually stoic hero who rarely displays softness and compassion is hit hard emotionally by this case.”’—Library Journal (starred review)
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It's the content I reject. It is one thing to make the tragic victim of a horrible destruction of her entire face the centerpiece of the book. But that should be enough. Having to have this poor women living with a leaking gaping would that won't heal, and covering it up with a aluminum foil which she does not wear all the time in the book, is gratuitous to the extreme. On top of that, the author describes in morbid detail why the would won't heal. It had been saturated with tissue and feces of a dead dog in the road when the IED went off. Deleting such details would not have detracted from the book, it would have made it better.
But if that weren't enough, the damaged army veteran and friend of our tragic heroin is always high as a kite on heroin. As this coarse yarn unfolds we learn that he deliberately overdosed to commit suicide. The reason? He had his manly vitals shot away and is in constant pain. There is no telling where the money comes from.
But out of pure lack of imagination or because one victim with a ghastly wound that leaks and never healed, HE IS LEAKING PUS AS WELL!
That such trash became one of the most sold books of the year in its category does not speak well for the intellectual develution of its readers. The plot has enough holes to drive a dope laden panel truck through. Apparently its readers don't mind. I found out after I ordered the book on Amazon, that this author has a whole long list of books, featuring the same hulky hero, a drifter whose travel gear consists of one set of clothes and one tooth brush and nothing else.
The ending is, as is usually the case with such "literature", a rush job and a big downer. I could have thought of five better ones to allow the author to extricate himself more gracefully from this embarrassing work of gore and implausibility. Just like when you are still having to answer three more questions on a test and it is five minutes to the bell.
Lastly, obviously knowing his readers, he uses a dumbed down minimalist vocabulary, not to mention his atrocious grammar. The actors in the piece of course are talking street English which makes it authentic. But the narrator's language skills are equally pathetic. To make such deplorable, formulaic rubbish a bestseller by a huge number of
American buyers speaks volumes about the tastes and dulled senses of today's readers.
I have read all 22 of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels and this one might arguably be his best. The longest journey begins with but a single step and Mr. Child takes his readers on what appears to be a simple quest to make things right. Nothing official, nothing legal/illegal, just simply Jack Reacher trying to do the right thing -- possibly to atone for some of his past actions. But of course his journey becomes more complicated the longer he pursues his goal. We are exposed to our current opioid epidemic and how the legal system of manufacture and distribution of pharmaceutical grade opioids has been corrupted and circumvented. And we are shown the horrible plight of our disfigured and disabled veterans. Interestingly enough these two timely problems are tied together and become a major part of the plot.
Lee Child is definitely at the top of his craft. This novel is a perfect example of how someone's imagination has allowed them to create an interesting, insightful, and enjoyable read while informing us about two major problems affecting today's society. The fact that it is extremely well written doesn't take away from the snarky and cynical humor peppered throughout this book. The characters are all well described and their motives are crystal clear, even if they contradict one another's. When you finish reading it, and I'll bet that you won't want it to end, the artistry with which Mr. Child tied all of his subplots together will be wonderfully apparent. And at the end, while pondering what you have just read, you will consider once again who the real monster in the room is.
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I didnt really get the point of the story to be honest. It started off well, all based around finding the owner of a ring which he found in a pawn shop. Its a particular academy ring which someone wouldnt give away so easily as they have to work hard to get it. But after that, with all the travelling around and vast descriptions of log cabins and dense trees, I just got bored and kind of lost the will to read. But I persevered hoping there might be some action.....but no. Even the end was dull and, as in all the Reacher books, he ends up sleeping with one of the women. But there was no indication of any chemistry....unless I just didnt pick up on it.
It was just an empty story.....I dont even know what happened to one of the characters at the end who was handcuffed to a table, unless I missed that bit too.
I love Jack Reacher, but this was as dull as they come. Im even reluctant to 'buy' another book and just hope it appears at my local library.
far to much time talking about tracks, log cabins and the like suddenly you get to the end and it makes you think is that it
I hoped JR 21 was just a blip on the radar but 22 is worse, if this was your favourite Netflix show, it would just have been cancelled.
PS - the Jack Reacher series / character really is begging for a parody of some sort. Anyone out there going to step up?
I am very happy to report that there is not much swearing here, the swear words are of course unnecessary but there are worse books in this respect. The story in itself is great, I enjoyed 3 quarter of the book though ….
The end is disappointing …. SPOILER ….
There are many lose ends …. For example
What happens to the detective that remains locked in the office?
Forgive my ignorance, but
Can anyone really put a man in the tumble drier? If yes, can he survive?
What happens to the bad guy anyway?
I do not understand why it was necessary to make our hero go to bed with, for the people who have not read the book but are venturing to read my review, I will call her the mystery woman once, before she leaves …. This is not only inconclusive but pointless …. Unless the author wanted to prove to us, short women who are not perfect, that there are real men who only look in a woman’s eyes and know if ‘they want to knock on her door’…. So he is saying, at least in fiction, there are men who do not care about height, deformed bodies, disabilities and /or addictions, who only look into your eyes …. I know this, but it is nice to be reminded! Actually … I am grateful for this …. Not many fiction writers paint such picture of hope and optimism. However ….
I would like to know …. Where are these men in real life?!!!! Do they exist at all?
Except for the ending, which looked rushed to me, there is a perfect balance between the book being a thriller and a story line which, maybe not always realistic, is nonetheless entertaining without being too cruel or too violent and this is what I liked more about this book.
I laboured my way to about 50% through and then remembered that reading was supposed to be for pleasure and I didn't have to finish it.
So I bought a book that made me what to find out what happened next. One I looked forward to picking up at every opportunity.
It was a huge relief.
However, being a lifelong addict myself, I like the refusal to decide one way or another if so please
Not all is good or bad just because it's tainted with something that for all of you life was told is evil, dirty, unacceptable under ANY circumstances.
I will warn you the start of this book will give you hope as it actually starts pretty well, with the standard Reacher style take downs, but then it goes downhill at a rapid pace and just meanders through chapter after chapter of annoying cryptic dialogue, which is trying make up for a rather dull plot and when the big showdown eventually occurs it’s rather uneventful.
Mr Child I really think it’s time you sold the books off and made some super TV series out of Jack and get someone other than an egocentric midget to play him.
As for the books as you showed with Night school the only way forwards is back in time. Reacher will be sixty soon and is getting little less plausible.
At times, Reacher comes across as being very self-righteous. This in some stilted conversations that are not typical of Child, almost as if they were inserted later.
We're half way through before much happens, despite some ritual violence and loads of miles in cars. Typical Lee Child...
I didn't like the sympathy sex at the end. Very patronising.