Jack Reacher dishes out a big helping of revenge.
Reading time: 2 minutes –
Since I’m teaching my son to drive, I thought this title sounded like a perfect read. This is my fifth Reacher novel, and I love that you don’t have to read them in order (11th in the series, published in 2007). Reading in order might be sacrosanct for some; sorry if I just trampled on your belief.
This was my favorite so far, just edging out Killing Floor, his first.
I enjoyed that Reacher wasn’t a lone wolf in this novel. He teams up with some of his old army buddies, although he’s a little late on the scene because half of his old brigade is dead before page 1 opens. How’s that for a non-spoiler; I’m telling you about pre-page 1 stuff!
So here’s what I love about Reacher, and if you’re like me, this is enough to entice you to pick up one of Lee Child’s books. The guy is a drifter. Hands the size of a watermelon, body reminiscent of Paul Bunyan and a mind as sharp as Garry Kasparov. But as a drifter (he’s having some issues reacquainting himself with civilian life after nine years in the army), he travels light. Not light like you and me. Light as in, he carries a toothbrush. When it’s time to wear a new shirt, he tosses the old one out and buys a cheap new one. Love that. So here’s the piece from Bad Luck and Trouble that’ll convince someone like me to give Reacher a try.
Some bad dudes break into his hotel room and trash the place. When you travel like Reacher, there’s not much trashing you can do. They throw his toothbrush on the floor and crush it. His reaction: “Bastards.” Now they’re gonna pay.
One more way to decide if you’ll like this novel, which reads super fast. This is how Reacher gets his assignment in Bad Luck and Trouble. He decodes some numbers that he receives at an ATM in Oregon. Causes him to call one of his old army pals, a woman named Neagley. He calls her office, where her assistant answers and tells Reacher, “She said if you can’t find her, she doesn’t want you.”
Yessssss! If you love that line, you’ll take the assignment right alongside Reacher. And if you do, hang on for a wild ride.