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Persuader (Jack Reacher) Mass Market Paperback – May 19, 2009
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“A page-turner . . . [Lee] Child’s tale drives hard and fast.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Wickedly addictive . . . so fast-paced it makes the eyeballs spin.”—Orlando Sentinel
“A story that will sweep you along as fast as some of the riptides Reacher survives.”—St. Petersburg Times
About the Author
- Publisher : Dell (May 19, 2009)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0440245982
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440245988
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.17 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Well, finally after seven books Lee Child has figured out that Glock pistols don’t have an external safety and even goes into some detail about their two part trigger mechanism. I still don’t think he really understands these types of double action only pistols; he’s got Reacher carrying one in his pocket with a round in the chamber. Without a doubt one of the surest ways of getting a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a pro like JR would never do this especially given how sensitive a trigger pull they have.
There’s a backstory about tank rounds and in particular the Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot (APDS) munition. Supposedly there’s some big secret plan about this technology and enemy attempts to steal them. This book is set around 2003 and all I can say is we had APDS rounds when I served in the Army as a tanker in the mid-70’s and there wasn’t anything classified about them. Other minor things like his describing a female NCO in a Reacher flashback having removed her uniform blouse and having a t-shirt on with name/US Army tapes on it- nobody’s got tapes on their t-shirts. On the side of realism later when the same NCO hints at maybe the two of them start dating he nixes it for the right reasons. Reacher explains it’s unprofessional and that their fraternization will only hurt her career. As his subordinate any future achievements she makes will always have an asterisk next to them because the assumption will be they happened because of his influence and not her talent. Absolutely true!
“Persuader” (named after the Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun) is a classic Reacher tale; a taught, page turner with plenty of suspense, action and violence that fans have come to expect. Lee Child has a gift for telling a story and I’ve already started reading the next in the series.
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Reacher witnesses an attempt to kidnap a college kid from campus, in the melee, a cop gets shot. You spend a lot of time wondering if Reacher's moral compass has broken. He doesn't seem worried about the innocent cop who got killed.
Reacher manages to get the young lad to safety and back to his family. The boy's father, a "rug" importer, is extremely grateful and also security conscious, so offers Reacher a job with his security team, and a room in the family's remote mansion. Again, you're left wondering if Reacher has crossed to the dark side.
However, Reacher does spend at lot of time protecting the wife and boy & himself from the other "bouncers"', whilst also trying to find out a bit more about who would want to kidnap the lad and why. The main question is what is his father REALLY importing?
The plot keeps you guessing right up until the end. Child introduces new characters and obstacles along the way to keep the story interesting and flowing. His characters are written with consistency, and Child's description of pretty much every person and place is so rich you can imagine them as clear as day.
I tend to read a few other books between reading Jack Reacher books or I would start to find them a bit the same.
The Persuader is a good read but starts to get a bit to far fetched for me, although I am sure I will continue reading Jack Reacher books, once you are into the books its hard to watch the films with a very small Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher.
I would recommend this book as a good read.
This time Reacher is undercover, investigating a drug dealer, and more importantly, an old enemy. There is of course, an intelligent love interest too. There is unusual gadgetry and there are gun battles as well as fist fights. This is another cracking good read.