One Shot (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – November 6, 2012
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Elsewhere by Dean Koontz
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- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 485 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0345538196
- ISBN-13 : 978-0345538192
- Product Dimensions : 4.23 x 1.1 x 7.49 inches
- Publisher : Dell (November 6, 2012)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #397,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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There's a mass shooting in an Indiana municipal plaza leaving five dead (a number that seems almost quaint in comparison to similar tragedies we see today), seemingly random victims of a madman. The police quickly find a suspect who has left an evidence trail that a blind man could follow. James Barr is a former Army sniper who is quickly apprehended, he isn't talking but the only thing he's said is "Get Jack Reacher". JR soon finds himself in the midwest embroiled in assisting Barr's lawyer who happens to be the daughter of the city DA. Reacher wonders why Barr asked for him, they're not friends and in fact Reacher knows some of Barr's dark past making him a questionable ally for the defense. Naturally things are not as they appear (or it would be a short story) and once JR starts digging he uncovers a complex conspiracy and facing ruthless enemies who think nothing of leaving bodies in their wake.
I enjoyed "One Shot" and happily in this novel Child avoids making any of his usual gaffs in talking about firearms or military issues which was nice for a change. I've already started "The Hard Way" and it's very good.
The 1-star is for the tiny writing, so I hope someone takes notice and does something about it.
PS, I won't be buying any more paperback Jack Reacher novels for this reason alone, but I will probably download the ebooks. But I have 4 recently purchased (jack reacher) paperbacks that I have yet to read. Maybe I can return them to amazon and get the ebooks instead.
There were many differences between the book and the movie. I might have liked the movie better, but I don't think that comparison is fair to either. I liked the 'new' characters and the way Reacher used a totally different set of clues to solve the mystery of James Barr in the book.
There was one paragraph that I noticed that might not have meant a lot to many readers. It had nothing to do with the plot of the book. Just Reacher musing while riding in the back seat of a car traveling through a section on the outskirts of town. It is on page 392 of the 2012 Dell Mass Market Edition paperback. It is the first paragraph after the scene break beginning with "The co-worker lived in a plane...." I agree totally with Reacher's last sentence in the paragraph.
I would like to have given the book it's fifth star, but Child is still suffering a bit from living in the UK so very long.
Can't wait to read others in the series. Mike
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GET JACK REACHER FOR ME.
Upon hearing this Jack Reacher knows he cannot ignore it, and so he heads for James Barr's location, but not to help him, to provide evidence AGAINST him, for as Reacher knows, James Barr has done this before.
But when Reacher gets to his destination he realises that although the evidence against James Barr is overwhelming, there are still something's that don't add up.
And so, with the help of Barr's attorney, a former police officer turned private investigator and Barr's sister Reacher investigates.
If like me you've seen the film before reading the book, then don't expect many things to be the same, but don't let that deter you from reading the book, the storyline is the same. To me it's a great film and a great book, worth 5🌟.
The story without giving too much away. A lone sniper kills five people during rush hour. The police manage to solve the case extremely quickly, the captured man just has one request he wants Jack Reacher. They have not met for 14 year, and given the circumstances of their last meeting Jack Reacher should be the last person James Barr should want anywhere around. The first problem with that is you don't find Jack Reacher unless he wants to be found. Luckily or unluckily he has unfinished business with Barr. What follows is a thrilling investigation in to a case that as far as the police are concerned is closed. Reacher's style of investigating is more nose to the grindstone, interviews/interrogations, and deduction rather than computer analysis, which I have to say I prefer. There is not as much action in this book as I expected maybe that will change in the movie version.
Really good book making use of technology and good old detective skill. By the end of the book I wanted it to be longer. I will definitely read another Lee Child's book, just got to decide which one.
I bought "Never Go Back" with "Killing Floor" at half price almost on a whim. I started with "Killing Floor" and am currently on "The Affair" having bought every one of the series and have pre ordered anything not yet in print.
Why? I found that the character was so believable AND readable plus in each of the books I found Lee Child had inserted and described in such absorbing detail, small almost irrelevancies that were as good to read as the main storyline that they became, not just fillers as other authors insert, but real and very readable. I can't praise the series enough - each and every book has really brought back my love of reading - "Thank you", Lee Child - brilliant!!