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Personal (Jack Reacher) Hardcover – September 2, 2014
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Jack Reacher returns in another fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from Lee Child. You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA. Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin. If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won’t let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice. Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.
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I've skimmed through this part of his novels in the past, but found myself tempted more often by this one. I've read all the Reacher novels and enjoy his character. It pains me to give such an acclaimed author a rating as low as a 2-star, but I'm trying to be honest here. If you haven't read Lee Child before I would pass this one over. The series can be read out of order, each novel can stand alone, but it's more enjoyable and you can see how the character of Jack grows if you start at the beginning with book 1: "The Killing Floor" and go from there. It is a great series.
Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary pre-release ARC of this work by Amazon for my unbiased, true opinion and review on Amazon.com, of which any opinion I give for review always is the truth, like it or not, IMHO.
I have read all the Jack Reacher novels numerous times and enjoyed them immensely—until this one.
I pre-ordered from Amazon and counted the days until it arrived. After the first few pages it was obvious this book was different. What happened?
Jack Reacher is famous for his habits. He buys clothes every few days and dumps the old ones in the dressing room. He only bought clothes once. Jack Reacher folds his clothes and places them under the pillow at night. He didn’t in this book.
Jack Reacher thinks seconds ahead of everyone else and has the ability to make decisions in advance that benefit him, we don’t know why he does something until later and then ping we figure it out. He didn’t in this book.
Jack Reacher likes to hitchhike. He didn’t in this book.
Jack Reacher always gets the girl. He didn’t in this book.
Jack Reacher is witty. He isn’t in this book.
Is this a Jack Reacher imposter?
I really had trouble finishing this book. Why change something great? Why fix something that is not broken? I do not think I will attempt to read it again.
I'll start by saying I've read every Reacher / Child book, and most of them twice. But this one and the last few are just total garbage. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING happens for the first half of the book. Could it be more boring? Way to phone this one in, Lee- if you even wrote this tripe. Boooriiing... Then Jack gets in a brief fight, 1 page, then another 10% of the book, then maybe 5 pages of action, then nothing until the finale.
Oh wait, I'm sorry, "nothing" isn't exactly accurate, the whole book reads like some inane Facebook update bred with a Fodor's Guide Book. Please, devote another 9 pages to what a wall looks like and document every worthless minute of every day. I get it- you like to describe things, Mr. Child. Here's an idea: Describe a decent book where things actually happen. Clearly Child missed Leonard's rule of writing: Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.
If you can't tell, I'm actually angry at how stupid this book was. Just painful to read. Was anyone else wanting to pull their hair out every time Reacher went on, and on, and on about the stupid Zoloft? Leave her alone, you nosy bastard. And let me get this straight, Reacher can always tell the time with his superhuman internal clock down to the minute, but he asks questions like, "What day is it?" Stupid.
This book, however, is still on my reading recommendation list. It just moved from the "I recommend you read" column, to the "I recommend you tear out your eyeballs to avoid reading" column.
Thanks for wasting my time.
Edit: I swear I'm a nice guy in person- but, another thing that pisses me off about this book are all the fake glowing reviews. This is so clearly all part of an orchestrated marketing campaign to manipulate the general buying public and prop up a lame product. It's like the publisher had a meeting and was like, "OK guys, this book is awful, and we know it's awful- the question is, what are we going to do to get in front of this thing?"