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A Review of Tripwire (A Jack Reacher Story) by Lee Child


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Its official I am now addicted to Jack Reacher and his adventures and can’t wait to read them all in the order that Lee Child meant them to be read.

Jack Reacher is the very essence of what a super hero should be, enigmatic, intelligent, courageous, and sensitive! And like Lee Child’s tagline for him “Men Want To Be Him, Women Want to Be with Him” I should be so lucky!

The books of Lee Child are more of the books my wife Maureen chose for me to read the first one being “Gone Tomorrow” and the second one was “Killing Floor” so once again a series I have started out of order but I do not think it really matters as Lee Child is a great story teller and will always write a darn good yarn, but I have put my list in order and asked that if I can’t get out to the library Maureen gets these books in order if possible.

Book Description/Synopsis

The third Jack Reacher adventure finds the ex-military policeman living in Key West, digging pools by day and working as a bouncer by night. After three months in the islands, Reacher is settling in to his relaxed lifestyle and thinking of staying for good. But his idyll is interrupted when he is approached twice in one day for information on one Jack Reacher, first by an amiable private investigator named Costello, then by a pair of hulking thugs hot on Costello’s trail. Reacher sidesteps their questions by denying his identity, but is drawn into matters after Costello is found dead, the victim of a savage beating apparently administered by the two thugs.

What Do I Think?

Yeah I am now in sync with this 3rd book by master story-weaver Lee Child and I loved it 5 stars all the way!

This story is unreservedly gripping, with loads of twists and turns to solve, the baddie is an outstandingly menacing character, and there are more than enough less important characters to keep you busy trying to solve the crime/crimes.

Jack Reacher goes on with getting himself in and out of trouble with some panache; I found the story a nail-biting fast-moving book, incredibly difficult to stop reading even to making a cup of tea.

The main villain is perhaps the best villain that Lee Child and Jack Reacher have come across so far in these stories he is without doubt a really malicious man which Lee Child has given an excellent background story, and I believe that like me you just can’t wait for him to be exposed and for Jack Reacher to give him a slap or two!

Tripwire is a superbly written story by a master story-weaver and it is always awfully hard to divine just what happens next, I promise that this book will keep guessing from the very beginning.

I urge you to read this story from an awesome story-weaver and if you haven’t read any of Lee Child’s books yet now is the time to start.

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Review: Die Trying by Lee Child


Die Trying

Lee Child

Die Trying by Lee Child
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

Die Trying by Lee Child

MONDAY, 8 AUGUST 2011

Its official I am now addicted to Jack Reacher and his adventures and can’t wait to read them all in the order that Lee Child meant them to be read. Jack Reacher is the very essence of what a super hero should be, enigmatic, intelligent, courageous, and sensitive! And like Lee Child’s tagline for him “Men Want To Be Him, Women Want to Be with Him” I should be so lucky!

What is the story about?
A Chicago Street in bright sunshine. Jack Reacher, strolling nowhere. An attractive young woman, struggling on crutches. Naturally he stops to offer her a steadying arm. And then he turns around to see a handgun aimed straight at his stomach.
Locked in a dark, stifling van racing across America, chained to the woman, Reacher needs to know why he’s there. The kidnappers are saying nothing. The woman claims to be an FBI agent. She’s tough enough to be one. But at their remote destination, will raw courage and cunning be enough to overcome the hopeless odds?

Hey! I think Jack Reacher is a real man’s man and I absolutely would not want to upset him in any way “Die Trying” is a story full of action and tension with a powerfully thought out plot, as you would expect from the creator of fiction’s most exciting action hero, Lee Child has for me done it again and produced a rollicking good read.
This book keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through, by means of several twists and turns in the tale, you can really empathize for Jack Reacher as he attempts to comprehend just what’s going on and escape from the dilemmas he finds himself in, I specifically like the way he is shown to have flaws when he we find out he has a dread small spaces.

The concept of the champion who conquers evil and rescues the girl may well sound a hackneyed and passé, except that Lee Child’s approach is one hundred per cent brilliance.

I urge you to read this story from a thrilling story-weaver and if you haven’t read any of Lee Child’s books before now is the time to start, why?
Because pretty soon Hollywood is going to get hold of them and when that happens you just might find these books rising in their purchase price.

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Review: The Enemy by Lee Child


The Enemy
The Enemy by Lee Child
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Enemy by Lee Child

The books of Lee Child are more of the books my wife Maureen chose for me to read the first one being “Gone Tomorrow” and the second one was “Killing Floor” so once again a series I have started out-of-order but I do not think it really matters as Lee Child is a great story-teller and will always write a darn good yarn, but I have put my list in order and asked that if I can’t get out to the library Maureen gets these books in order if possible.

Anyway to the book “The Enemy” which I think is really a prequel to the whole series of the Jack Reacher stories, I just have to say I will get around to putting down on paper my thoughts about the first 2 books at sometime.
The tough and resourceful Jack Reacher is in North Carolina on New Year’s Day, 1990. Elsewhere, world-shaking events are underway, such as the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. But Jack’s job as a Military Police Duty Officer has him concerned with what initially seem to be less significant happenings: a soldier has been found dead in a sleazy motel and when Jack goes to the house of the soldier (a two-star general) to inform his wife, he finds her also dead. Needless to say, events in another part of the globe are having fatal repercussions in the US, and Reacher is soon up to his neck, with the body count rising.

Lee Child’s fast paced and exciting thriller turns back time and we encounter a younger Jack Reacher, in the army, as far as you can get from the rolling stone of the other stories. A Jack Reacher who enforces his own version of army discipline, as a glance into Jack’s early life we find out why Jack is such an unfathomable man, and we realise that Jack Reacher is a man of many parts.

Lee Child is a careful author who when telling us his stories sticks to a meticulous sequential method of story-weaving and these stories tend to move along at a awe-inspiring velocity.
This story-weaver creates twists and turns unlike any other and at times I was on the edge of my seat and trying to get to the next section so quickly that I had to go back a few pages to re-orient myself.

I heartily recommend this book and indeed fully recommend Lee Child as a fantastic author of the ultimate crime thriller!

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