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One Shot (Jack Reacher, No. 9) Hardcover – Large Print, June 21, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
While reader Hill has proven himself to be an all-purpose narrator with a 200-plus audiography, his specialty is interpreting suspense and crime fiction like this bullet-paced thriller. Written lean enough to make Hemingway seem chatty, the ninth novel to feature the resourceful ex-military cop Jack Reacher begins with a bare-bones description of an unemotional sniper prepping for and carrying out a mass slaying in the business area of an unnamed Indiana city. The killer's dispassion is chilling, and Hill, who has narrated the author's previous titles, matches the mood with an objectivity that raises the goose-bump level even higher. When Reacher, one of fiction's more reticent heroes, arrives on the scene, Hill provides him with a brusque, confident, properly manly voice, but adds a note of wariness that subtly suggests the adventurer's cynical nature. This tops a gallery of smart audio portraits, each with his own identifiable accent. Child has purposely designed the novel to move forward unfettered by stylish flourishes, and Hill follows that plan, concentrating mainly on increasing the pace as the story speedballs to its satisfying conclusion.
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From The New Yorker
Child's new novel begins when a sniper methodically kills five office workers with six quick shots and then disappears. But in a Child thriller the expectations aroused by one page are sure to be dashed on the next; unravelling and re-tangling violent narratives is the writer's specialty. This is the ninth of his books to feature the drifter-investigator Jack Reacher—a hybrid of John D. MacDonald's Travis McGee and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer—and it certainly ranks in the first tier of the series. There is considerable mayhem, lovingly described ("A long time ago the bones in his spine had been methodically cracked with an engineer's ball-peen hammer"), and there's a good cast, including suspicious law-enforcement personnel and an elderly Russian who is missing most of his fingers. Before it's all, vividly, over, one feels confident that Reacher—smart, rootless, and brave—will not only get his man but make him suffer.
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Top customer reviews
My only real gripes were that Child describes a revolver as loaded with "Smith and Wesson .38 Specials" (I was pretty sure S&W doesn't make their own branded ammo, and it turns out that although they did a few decades ago, they don't now. The point is, it made me stop, which is not generally desirable); he has a bad guy using a "sawn-off" Benelli Nova Pump (I'll have to look it up, but the only Novas I've seen have synthetic furniture and trying to saw off a plastic stock would be ridiculous); and he misunderstands the differences between night vision and thermal imaging.
I can see why the series is so popular. If I didn't have a steamer trunk's worth of books to read already, I'd start at the beginning and work through the series until I got bored. So there you go.
Then I heard rumors about a movie based on the series being made with action big shot Tom Cruise. My ears (eyes?) perked up when I read an article that the book that the movie was based on was "One Shot (Book 8)" not "The Killing Floor (Book 1)".
Perhaps the first book was a fluke, I thought. "one Shot" must be good!
So I gave it a shot (no pun intended), and I loved it. Bought a old used paperback and read it cover to cover in less than two weeks. I started out reading it for 15 minutes on the subway to and from work, and would up lunching alone so I could finish a chapter and then another and another. I finished the second half of the book in a day-and-a-half, thanks to a super long lunch and turned down offers to hang out with my friends. The book was that good.
Buy it today. Get it right now.
Instead of a slam dunk case though, many, MANY complications pop up. Look for an airtight police investigation.....then look for Russians, rednecks, downtown corruption, Army Jag, USMC, fast cars, beautiful women....and of course, plenty of Jack Reacher brutality as he reeks havoc on the bad guys.
This is a pretty good story. It's a little wordy at times and a little complicated, but I finished the book and was entertained by it. I also saw the movie (Jack Reacher) and liked that version a lot better (once the movie editors decomplicated the story and cut it down to size).
Book: 3 stars
Movie: 4 stars
Most recent customer reviews
Love The movie too. Have read all the books have never been disappointed.
with some of it. Very quick and entertaining. Would recommend it to anyone enjoying this kind of a