- Series: Jack Reacher (Book 7)
- Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Dell (May 19, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440245982
- ISBN-13: 978-0440245988
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Customer Reviews: 4,167 customer ratings
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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
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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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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.
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.
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.
I would recommend this book as a good read.
If it were believable, it would be repulsive. But this is a thriller that knows its audience and delivers. It begins with a chance encounter in a Boston street, develops -through a kidnap which may or may not be genuine - into the weird lifestyle of a Persian carpet salesman who may or not be genuine. To reveal more would be unfair and, anyway, dauntingly complicated.
In time, the plot develops a counterpoint which is sustained to the end. Lee Child's achievement in this book is to keep a firm grip on the many strands of a complex plot without - once the first premise is accepted - overstepping the bounds.
It will spoil no one's enjoyment to disclose that there is a romantic involvement, nor to mention that in the end Reacher moves on. Where to? The next unlikely tale, of course. And will we follow? Of course.
It's hard to put my finger on why I didn't enjoy it so much as the others. I thought about it halfway through and this is probably the first book where (despite knowing this is a franchise) I didn't get the impression that Jack was going to make it to the end. But not sure why that would put me off. I also found myself page turning during a fight sequence at the gate house (trying not to give anything away). It was 4-5 pages of "he hit me here" and "I stood on his hand" and I wanted to get back to the storyline.
But it was full of suspense with Reacher having to 2nd guess what the people around him knew as he went undercover to try and retrieve a missing female agent. Would still recommend it...
If you read for fun (rather than for work) I would suggest that you try at least one Lee Child book. Obviously, you won't impress anyone, but you'll be left with a feeling that the good generally conquer the bad.
A bit like The Lone Ranger or Bonanza one hundred years ago ... but definitely worth a read.
It was unusual for it to be written in the first person; I am reading them in strict order so it will be interesting if this continues.
Each book is a satisfying read, but "The Persuader" is my favourite so far. The storyline has you hooked from the beginning, when you discover, with horror, that our hero has "crossed over to the dark side" and has shot dead a cop. Of course, this is Reacher, and so the story unfolds and you realise just how far he will go to reap revenge on past enemies.
Jack Reacher is the epitomy of an action hero; fearless but with a sense of compassion. Child's coins the phrase "Men want to be him. Women want to be with him". This certainly seems to be the case as Reacher never fails to "bed the leading lady". He is a complex character, but highly likeable and leaves you wanting to find out more. I can't wait to read on!!
You know what to expect from these books, Jack is a loner and is recruited to deal with some trouble. He goes in and deals with it.
I liked this story more than some as the set up was interesting and the villains seemed to have a bit more character and motivation than sometimes. I can see this as a decent film for the future with a few tweaks here and there.
Definitely worth a read if you like Jack Reacher or have a couple of spare hours to kill.
What stars out as a simple case with a rug importer develops into something complex.
Reacher drifts around anonymously but you can guarantee when he visits a small town 2 things will happen:
1 There will be trouble
2 Reacher will be in the middle of it.
Lee Childs has created a character, like a modern day Clint Eastwood, who you know can do anything.
Even if he is outnumbered by 4 to 1 you know that 4 people will end up in hospital and Reacher walks quietly away.