- File Size: 4462 KB
- Print Length: 399 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0593078209
- Publisher: Dell (November 5, 2018)
- Publication Date: November 5, 2018
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B079R2H6M9
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,533 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“[Lee Child] shows no signs of slowing down. . . . Reacher is a man for whom the phrase moral compass was invented: His code determines his direction. . . . You need Jack Reacher.”—The Atlantic
“Superb . . . Child neatly interweaves multiple narratives, ratchets up the suspense (the reveal of the motel plot is delicious), and delivers a powerful, satisfying denouement. Fans will enjoy learning more of this enduring character’s roots, and Child’s spare prose continues to set a very high bar.”—Publishers Weekly (boxed and starred review)
“Another first-class entry in a series that continues to set the gold standard for aspiring thriller authors.”—Booklist (starred review)
“With his usual flair for succinctness and eye for detail, Child creates another rollicking Reacher road trip that will please fans and newcomers alike.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Cerebral . . . One doesn’t want Mr. Child’s storytelling to end. . . . Get your copy soon before Past Tense sells out. Then enjoy the ride.”—New York Journal of Books
“The way everything winds up for all the participants shows a satisfying generosity of storytelling spirit.”—Kirkus Reviews
Praise for Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels
“There’s a reason Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre.”—Associated Press
“This series [is] utterly addictive.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Jack Reacher is today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of.”—Ken Follett
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When "Past Tense" popped up in my Vine queue, I decided to see if this latest effort was worth reading...and I'm very glad that I did!
"Past Tense" is most definitely a return to the writing style that most of us early Reacher fans embraced. This book features a plausible plot, with interesting twists and turns, but most of all, it lets Reacher be Reacher! There's some interesting character development, local history, coupled with a bunch of epic action scenes we Reacher fans live for!
Kudos to Lee Child for re-connecting with his "Inner Reacher", and delivering the best novel in many years!
This book had hints of the Reacher we know and love but this had all kinds of holes in it, the characters were all over the place and not a one was memorable. The plot was a trainwreck.. Nothing ever really stuck. I kept waiting for it to pull itself together because I know he must be in there somewhere, but it never got there. I want to forget I read it.
If you compare this to the Midnight Line you would swear this was not written by Lee Child.
In the novel, Jack starts to hitchhike from the East Coast to San Diego, but takes a side trip to Laconia. NH, his father’s birthplace. He visits various public records offices, and gets a lot of help from the locals when dad Stan Reacher doesn't show up right away in the town’s 80-year-old census records.
At the same time, a young Canadian couple has car trouble, and ends up at a remote motel near Laconia. They can’t leave, because the weird motel owners keep making excuses for not calling a mechanic or driving them to town to get a tow truck. Eventually the couple finds themselves imprisoned, because the motel owners have secret plans for them.
SPOILER ALERT: Naturally the two plotlines--Jack’s search for his roots, and the couple’s predicament--merge, but only in a superficial way. The couple’s plotline is basically “Psycho" meets “The Most Dangerous Game", and it isn’t even close to the quality of either one. The motel owners’ intentions are easily guessed, long before the reveal.
This novel is the latest in the long, popular Jack Reacher series, and it works fine as a standalone. It’s well-written, but, as previously mentioned, darned boring.
Second; he sets in motion what APPEARS will be the starting off point of the next several books by having Jack the lad start to hitchhike across America,starting from Maine and, eventually, ending in San Diego California
One guesses the hitch-hike premise will be used for a while based on the fact that, in this "first" episode he gets not much further than Laconia, NEW HAMPSHIRE!
But, since he also gets into one of the best Reachers EVER, one can forgive his lack of forward momentum.
Some of Child's best characters and a real sense of emotional truth and some truly hilarious (albeit, possibly for specialized knowledge and tastes) fun, make this a book that has REACHES new heights
Indeed, if you can accept the premise that, in this day and age ANYONE would stop for ANY hitch hiker (let alone one who looks nothing like a certain former Jerry McGuire) this is a very promising opening to later adventures
Gene Barry would be proud!
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To any die-hard Reacher/Lee Child fans who want to own this book I'd suggest waiting a while until the price comes down; it really isn't worth a tenner.
I pre-order every Jack Reacher and read straight away hoping for a true return to form.. and always come away disappointed.
Lee Childs is cashing in all the brownie points he amassed early in the series, but for me, he has now spent up, I will no longer pre-order and feel the need to start leaving HONEST reviews to counteract the blinded fans.
The book starts superbly, Jack Reacher takes one of his little side trips that becomes an adventure, and at the same time another story 20 miles away is woven into the narrative, except in this case the side story is probably the main one. To be honest the Jack Reacher 'side' story is pretty much wasted text, as the only exciting part of it (Jack making trouble with the wrong people), I literally think Lee Childs forgot it existed and forgot to finish it.
When the main story wraps up however, it is a damp squib, and all the build of of tension becomes a.. 'is that it?'
I won't lie, the build up is like a perfect starter and main course, but the dessert turns out to be a dry digestive biscuit.. slightly stale and I now realise the truth, finally accepting it with sadness.. Lee Childs has lost his spark and is the not the genius author we thought he was, and Jack Reacher has run its course and needs to end
When it came to the so called main story it felt as though I had read this before, especially the bit about her finding a cotton bud on the floor behind the bin in the bathroom. I am certain it was used in another one of his books. The plot resembled a film and the only one I can think of is VACANCY, it seemed to copy the plot down to a tee. All along while reading the book I knew what was going to happen next it was getting so predictable and boring I just had to finish it. I don't think I could say anything good about this book. Apart from the cover looks good. I feel as if I have wasted my money. Since this was a Christmas gift for someone and felt robbed. Either Lee Child is going to have to up his game if he does another one or maybe retire. It is no good re-hashing old stories or either taken plots from films it doesn't work.
Hope this review is helpful. To be honest I should have waited till it was more reduced in price or bought it from a charity shop
The basic premise is great - why can't Reacher find any record of his father in the records of the town he said he was born in? The resolution (no spoilers from me, although TBH if anyone who hasn't yet read it reads all the review all the way down to mine, I doubt they'll have escaped a few) is good, though.
Although I enjoyed the scenes with the two canadians, I did feel they went on a little too long. I managed not to skip ahead, but often had the desire to do so - only the thought that I might miss a vital clue kept me from doing so!
Reacher seemed strangely 'absent' at times. Compared to other books in the series I felt as if some of it was a little rushed or not fully explored, and his usual reluctance to kill was strangely absent, indeed at times he seemed almost heartless, and I kind of didn't like him -though i liked the bad guys even less!)
My main complaint is that it seemed way too short - took me two days to read and i didn't have to read late into the night to do it.
If after 23 books the author is getting a tad bored with Reacher I couldn't blame him. I think the next book or two should really focus on Reacher getting older and then maybe end it at 25. Wait, what am I SAYING???
To sum up: i did enjoy it, just not quite as much as previous books in the series. Sorry, Mr Childs!
The first half,for me, was tedious and boring, full of page filling waffle that did little to hold the attention. The back and forth, between offices in town, was far from riveting and it was difficult to build any kind of rapport with Shorty and Patty, who came across as so unlikeable, you wouldn’t care what happened to them.
You knew something was building up, at the motel, but it lacked the tension that makes you want to turn the next page.
Two very minor skirmishes in the first half of the book wasn’t made up for by the increased action at the end.
I have the entire Jack Reacher series, including the short stories, but will not be pre-ordering the next book, when it is written.
I will probably buy it, out of hope and habit, but will check the reviews first.
Jack decides to go south for some sunshine but doesn't get far. He ends up in a small town where his father was born and grew up, so that he can find out some more information about him.
At the same time a couple from Canada are making a long journey south for a new life in the US. Sadly, they chose an old and unreliable car to do that in.
While Jack is in town, trying to find out information about his dad, he gets involved in a couple of fights and in one of them he takes on 5 opponents. Nothing new there though; he's done that before.
As far as the thread about the Canadian couple is concerned, you soon become aware that all is not well with them, and that something is going to happen, but you don't know what it is.
You just know that at some stage these two story threads will come together, but it's quite a long time coming.
Without giving away any spoilers I thought it was so funny when it finally dawns on Jack what is happening. Lee Child puts in a great sentence immediately afterwards. I'm sure he enjoyed writing that one. Another one to add to Jack's list.
All in all I loved it, but I grow a little impatient when there is more than one story thread and I can't work out what's going to happen. By the time you find out, you know you've nearly finished the book and will have to wait at least another year for the next one.
This book would be improved by Tom Cruise playing the lead in an on-screen adaptation. That’s how far the hero has fallen.
Don't waste your money, the plot is bizarre and thought up by someone whose favourite films are the Hunger Games...no, in fact, it's the Hunger Games plot with bows and arrows, people paying to hunt youngsters in a forest till Our Man Jack wipes the floor with thme, and then shoots them in the head??
Jack Reacher?? I think not. This is a shameful stitch up of loyal readership, by the publisher, just like the Jason Bourne movie that didn't have Jason Bourne in it.
A scam, avoid, go watch Countdown, its more exciting.
Usually with Jack Reacher novels he's built such a world that you genuinely care about the side characters and love interests. This was boring and predictable, and the side characters were flat and uninteresting, with barely any time spent on them at all. Really pointless book.
I am pleased to say the original magic is back: Lee Child has portrayed his modern day Shane as well and as convincingly as he did in the earlier volumes and this one has as good a second plot as those first few did. If you're a long time fan, you'll see much of it coming but fear not that simply increases the heat of the action when it blossoms.
I enjoyed this one more than the previous two or three. Lee Child still has it.
Post Script I should add "Let's see Cruise act this one." I have refused to watch his portrayal of Reacher for obvious reasons and Mr Child seems to have made sure this one cannot be made with a stunted puppet. Well done Sir!