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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 of: Four Days in June by Iain Gale


Battle of Waterloo, painted by William Sadler ...

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Four Days in June
Four Days in June by Iain Gale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Four days in June a Battle Lost, a Battle Won, June 1815 By Iain Gale

TUESDAY, 16 AUGUST 2011

I don’t remember who recommended this author and novel, but I am glad they did as I really enjoyed it, one of my favourite eras in the historical fiction drama is the peninsular wars, and have read all of the Sharpe stories by Bernard Cornwell and many others by various authors.

“Four days in June a Battle lost, a Battle won, June 1815” is up there with the best, Bernard Cornwell said ‘A powerful novel of men at war. A triumph.’
If that isn’t a recommendation I don’t know what is.

I will unquestionably give Iain Gale’s other stories a go, anyway let’s get to the book;

It is June 1815, and three armies have converged on the fields of Waterloo to fight a historic battle for honour, glory, and civilization.
Amidst the masses of soldiers, five men prepare to face one another: General De Lancey, Wellington‘s new Quartermaster-General, recently married and yearning for his beautiful wife; Colonel MacDonnell, a Scot who must hold his post to the last man; General Ziethen of the Prussian army, distrustful of the British but vital to their cause; Marshall Ney, mistrusted by Napoleon but revered by the French soldiers; and Napoleon himself, who must prove his worth as a great warrior for the glory of France.
As the conflict develops and draws to its bloody conclusion, each of the five men view the battle from a different perspective, and all experience defiance, desperation, and great courage.
A magnificent book. Even though the outcome, of course, is never in doubt this reads like a literary thriller. The author writes from the perspective of a number of officers from both sides and the story cuts back and forth between them and the battles they are engaged in as the armies struggle to group behind Wellington and Bonaparte and then finally, on the fourth day, the incredible battle at Waterloo.

Iain Gale is a gifted story-weaver and the reason I say this, is that this battle and the actions that lead up to it were incredibly convoluted and have been told and retold by many authors, fiction and non-fiction alike consequently the conclusion is under no circumstances open to question.
Now a story-weavers gift comes into the telling of the story, it should deliver exactly like a thoroughly good thriller, I think that Iain Gale has done just that with this story.

It was such an exhilarating story he brought his characters to life and what I especially like was the way he laid out the chapters concentrating on just one or two characters, he had obviously make sure of his research, and he has shown that he has a profusion of information about the battle, the military, and the combatants themselves. Most of all though it is story of unforgettable adventure a factual boys own adventure.

I have no misgivings about giving this book 5 stars I liked it and will no doubt read it again and again.

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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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Review: Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy


Dead or Alive
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy

I have been reading Tom Clancy’s books since 1984 when he brought out his first book “The Hunt for Red October”, and I was hooked not just on his books but the films made from the books.
I have read all of his 12 Jack Ryan Yarns and found them to be some of the most excellent thrillers yet. Bear in mind Tom Clancy is America’s, and the world’s, much-loved worldwide thriller author, and starting with “The Hunt for Red October”, all thirteen of his previous books have reached number 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, furthermore his books, “The Hunt for Red October”, “Patriot Games”, “Clear and Present Danger”, and “The Sum of All Fears” have been made into major movies.

That is why I am so disappointed in “Dead or Alive” I just couldn’t believe that Tom Clancy was involved in this book at all, I do read some collaborations but with this yarn I just could not find out what the book was really about.

The characters had all the familiar names but the conversation was so wordy that I just gave up, apparently they planned to be looking for somebody called the Emir but it was never explained why or what he was alleged to have done.
I was expecting a huge Tom Clancy story from this book but I found it difficult to keep going and by the third chapter gave up altogether, it just didn’t flow, it wasn’t what I had come to expect from Tom Clancy.

I will always be a fan of his and will always give him a chance with the next book, but “Dead or Alive” was a big disappointment, not what I was expecting, you of course may think differently, let me know what you think!

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