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I’ve always thought that an inherent problem
with the Jack Reacher series is that, as it goes on, Reacher becomes
more known to ‘The Authorities’. The Army already knows all about him.
But over course of the books, he’s worked with the Secret Service, CIA,
and other outfits and it becomes unbelievable that they wouldn’t call on
him for help in situations suited to his talents because his talents
have been proven time and again. By this time in the history of the
books, everyone’s files on Reacher should scream “IF HE’S INVOLVED –
In Personal, Lee Child takes the story right
out of the middle of that paradox. Picking up a copy of “The Stars and
Stripes” abandoned on a bus, he sees an ad aimed directly at him, from
someone he can’t say no to.
And we’re off – East Coast, Paris, London,
English and Serbian crime gangs, snipers (the American is from Arkansas,
a nod to Bob Lee Swagger?), US, British and Russian operatives and a
young CIA agent detailed to the State Department named Casey Nice (a bit
of Ian Fleming in that) who has Reacher as a guide into his world of
acting fast and thinking faster.
As many have said to us, the Reacher series has felt stale of late, with many fans feeling that 61 Hours
hit a logic wall from which the series couldn’t recover. I’m happy to
report that Child seems to be taking Reacher out of his rut and back out
into the world where he should operate – with the professionals, the
Big Boys and Girls, and into an international arena where he can loose
his sense of justice on who could not possibly have experienced anything
But, having said all of that, the book falls
apart at the very end. The ‘solution’ (the who and why) felt rushed and
half-assed, as if he got to the end, didn’t know how to end it and
didn’t really give a damn, and, in a book and a series that is based on
reason, cobbled together one that was unreasonable and unbelievable.
A huge disappointment.
#1"NEW YORK TIMES"BESTSELLER Jack Reacher returns in another fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book fromLee Child.
"You can leave the army, but the army doesn t leave you. Not always. Not completely, "notes Jack Reacher and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.
Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott an American marksman gone bad is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he's out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.
If anyone can stop Kott, it's the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses and no backup if they re caught. All the while Reacher can t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won t let that that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.
Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.
Praise for "Personal"
The best one yet. Stephen King
Reacher is the stuff of myth, a great male fantasy. . . . One of this century's most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes . . . Child does a masterly job of bringing his adventure to life with endless surprises and fierce suspense. " The Washington Post"
Yet another satisfying page-turner. " Entertainment Weekly"
Reacher is always up for a good fight, most entertainingly when he goes "mano a mano" with a seven-foot, 300-pound monster of a mobster named Little Joey. But it's Reacher the Teacher who wows here. Marilyn Stasio, "The New York Times"
Jack Reacher is today's James Bond, a thriller hero we can t get enough of. I read every one as soon as it appears. Ken Follett
Reacher's just one of fiction's great mysterious strangers. "Maxim"
If you like fast-moving thrillers, you ll want to take a look at this one. John Sandford
Fans won t be disappointed by this suspense-filled, riveting thriller. "Library Journal "(starred review)
Child is the alpha dog of thriller writers, each new book zooming to the top of best-seller lists with the velocity of a Reacher head butt. "Booklist"
Every Reacher novel delivers a jolt to the nervous system. "Kirkus Reviews.
About the Author
Lee Child is the author of nineteen "New York Times" bestselling Jack Reacher thrillers, ten of which have reached the #1 position. All have been optioned for major motion pictures; the first, "Jack Reacher, " was based on "One Shot." Foreign rights in the Reacher series have sold in almost a hundred territories. A native of England and a former television director, Lee Child lives in New York City.