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Running Blind (Jack Reacher) Paperback – February 5, 2013
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“Swift and brutal.”—The New York Times
“Reacher is one of the more interesting suspense heroes to come along in a while.”—San Antonio Express News
“A superior series.”—The Washington Post Book World
“A great read.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Spectacular...muscular, energetic prose and pell-mell pacing.”—The Seattle Times
“Jack Reacher, the wandering folk hero of Child’s superb line of thrillers faces a baffling puzzle in his latest adventure…a brain-teasing puzzle that gets put together piece by fascinating piece...and a central character with Robin Hood-like integrity and an engagingly eccentric approach to life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Deeply satisfying...plan to stay up long past bedtime and do some serious hyperventilating toward the end.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This fourth Reacher thriller is easily the best. The plot is a masterpiece. Reacher belongs at the same table with…Parker’s Spenser.”—Booklist
“With numerous plot twists and turns, Child puts Reacher through his paces brilliantly, arriving at an unusual solution. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
About the Author
LEE CHILD is a #1 bestselling author worldwide. His debut novel, Killing Floor, won two awards for best first mystery and was nominated for two more. Foreign rights in the Jack Reacher series have been sold in ninety-five countries. The movie franchise stars Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher. Child, a native of England, is a former television director. He lives in New York City, where he is at work on his next Jack Reacher thriller.
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The Ugly: Not so much something wrong with the story or anything, but it’s more with the design. There is a cover to the book cover that was the wrong thing. It depicts a desolate road with snow all over it in the woods. Has nothing to do with the book. It gives off the wrong impression. A classic case of don’t judge the book by the cover.
The Bad: Somewhat predictable is the best way to describe this book. Is the right way? No. But it is the way to describe it. Child made the killer the most predictable part of the book. You could tell who it was once they showed up in the book.
The Good: As I said in my opening, the story is what made this book. It was the best story in the first four books. Definitely a step up from the last book. Keep that in mind when you read it.
Final Thoughts: So far, there has only been one miss the Jack Reacher stories. This one isn’t the best one, but it’s worth it. Give it a try why don’t you.
You know for a guy who essentially lives off the grid, he sure gets swept up into all kinds of conflict simply by walking around minding his own business. I’m assuming there’s plenty of other times in which Reacher visited some city and nothing of note happened, and while that wouldn’t be too fun to read about, it would make Reacher a little more believable. I mean, this guy is a magnet for bad guys and their plots, and I’m only on the third book! Seriously though, I love this character, he’s admirable, strong, self-reliant, capable, and kind-of unstoppable in his own way. He’s like justice rolling into town. It’s enjoyable to watch this guy move through our world fixing stuff as he goes and punishing the bad guys. I could see this becoming a serialized TV show at some point, but I don’t know if they could improve upon what Child has been able to craft in the books. They are almost the perfect blend of mystery and action, the definition of a page-turner.
Reacher, the hero of the series, is one of the most likable I have found. As I have a strong "Don Quixote Complex," I relate to his ideal of righting wrongs, protecting the weak and killing bullies.
In every story he beds a beautiful, strong, smart woman. He spares us most of the details, which is appreciated since I would rather experience them myself than read about them. Lee Child's women characters are feminine while possessing the qualities which, coming from a long line of capable feminine forbearers, I admire in the weaker sex. (These characteristics have bread true for the next two generations, and show signs of expression in my Great Granddaughter.)
Don't read these books looking for some great literary masterpiece. There is no great wisdom shared, other than the need to right wrongs, protect the weak and destroy bullies. They are "pot-boilers," but good entertainment.
This applies to at least the first 7 books in the serries.
Of course, this is a work of fiction which provides requisite human interest and some semblance of truth.. And, as it is with most involved crime stories there is a need to suspend disbelief concerning the proceedings and accept the implausibility and amazing "coincidences" in order to comfortably "enter the story" and enjoy the bumps, twists and turns.
I liked Running Blind very much and will perhaps read it again--but not for awhile, as I still have other Jack Reacher books to read first.