Ahhh, finally -- an actually satisfying shorter Jack Reacher story. It's longer than the others I've tried -- a novella, not just a short story. That's probably a lot of it, but there's something more to it -- just don't ask me what.
Reacher's on summer vacation before his senior year -- pretty much fully grown, has a good head on his shoulders, and is as arrogant and invincible feeling as most teenagers (he's just big and tough enough to back it up). He's visiting NYC for the day before going to visit his brother at West Point.
It's 1977, a summer in NYC known for two things: incredible heat and Son of Sam. Both have an impact on this story (no, Reacher doesn't stop the killer or anything -- phew). Reacher flirts with some college girls, breaks up a fight with a mobster and an undercover FBI agent, survives a blackout, spends some quality time with one of the college girls and helps the FBI agent out -- while engaging in a few solid fights.
The action takes place in one night -- probably 14 hours or so, but Child manages to cram a lot into those hours. Is it realistic? No, not even by Reacher standards. Is it compelling -- yup. Will it keep you interested? Oh, yeah.
Dick Hill sounded to me like he as having a lot of fun reading this one -- which is fitting, it's probably the most "fun" Reacher story I've come across (well, maybe the Reacher/Nick Heller story in FaceOff is a little more so). He does his typical job, satisfying in his delivery, keeps you engaged, doesn't wow with technique.
It's a fun story, nothing to get excited about, but something that Reacher fans will enjoy, in a complete-feeling story. Good enough for me.
Reacher sets out for the Canadian border, to make it as far north on this Interstate as possible, just because. Not too far south from there, he stops in a tourist-y town, a haven for backpackers, hikers, wilderness types in general. Before he leaves, a whole lot of military types show up and block access to the forest from the town (well, they try to -- the forest is pretty big, it's impossible to block access to the whole thing).
This gets Reacher's curiosity piqued and he starts poking around to see if he can understand why.
I don't want to sound bloodthirsty here, but not a single fight. No threat of violence breaking out. Mostly, it's Reacher walking around and observing things before making a heck of a guess/deduction that proved to be right.
Dark, cynical ending -- one of Child's more political statements.
Hill was okay, not terribly interesting, but I think that's Child's fault this time.
It's not bad. It's just disappointing, short and . . . bleh. Proof that they can't all be winners, I guess.
21 books in order. And I finished them all.
Killing Floor #1
Die Trying - Lee Child #2
Tripwire - Lee Child#3
Running Blind - Lee Child = The Vistor #4
Echo Burning #5
Without Fail - Lee Child #6
Persuader - Lee Child #7
The Enemy - Lee Child #8
One Shot - Lee Child #9
The Hard Way #10
Bad Luck and Trouble #11
Nothing to Lose #12
Gone Tomorrow - Lee Child #13
61 Hours - Lee Child #14
Worth Dying For - Lee Child #15
The Affair (Jack Reacher, #16)
A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher, #17)
Never Go Back #18
Personal - Lee Child #19
Make Me #20
Night School #21
This is not my photo. But I do have them all in different sizes.
Jack Reacher is the main characters. Lee Child wrote pretty okay stories. Sometimes good, sometimes not so much. But it is still good enough for me. I like a certain consistency in books, like the character could not jump for being mature and calm one minutes and a juvenile person in the next few chapters. Jack Reacher is a person with no future plan, with no real planning and as a drifter, he got the freedom, and the escape for someone who are tied down with schedule and some sort of plan.
It is an escape.
Fighting a good fight, and a kind of avoidance of messy relationship and emotion blackmail.
I do read women books and some are not bad. Many are not so good. I finally found in Reacher what I dislike in books. Lies, manipulation, and pettiness. That's I found in many of the chick-lit I read that turn me off. I would like women getting in hot water, not because she secretly fancy her best friend's boyfriend, but see someone in trouble and try to give a hand. The kind of trouble beyond make-up, hair-do, and style change.
I read Lee Child as an escape as it doesn't require a lot of thinking, and it would not irritate like chick-lit.
Not all escape novel read the same way.
I read some other escape man-lit and they didn't go down as smoothly as Reacher.
The plots are mostly involved with some form of detective work. And Reacher role is to get the job done. Reacher has a strong sense of justice. And he would act out this internal compass. He is more like a Batman without the dark past and the gadgets. And of course, without the rich man resource.
And he is vanilla. I don't know why he is vanilla, but he is. He didn't talk dirty, and he didn't do dirty things. It is not a lot of grey area for Reacher.
The hidden tone of being loyal to the cause is there. But not so much.
The world is a mess and sometimes we need to escape into a world where order is being restored.
And Lee Child offers just that.
So, this is long overdue. I'm not posting my August reading list, for obvious reasons, but here's a list of what I read the previous month broken down by rating.
Books Read: 11
5 star: 0
4 star: 4
The Count of the Living Death
A Country Doctor's Notebook
The Sociopath Next Door
Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal
3 star: 6
The Haunted Forest Tour
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Illustrated Edition
A Wizard of Earthsea
Fresh Off the Boat
2 star: 1
The Gilded Chain
1 star: 0
Reviews Written: 4