A Wanted Man eBook by Lee Child
Click Here to Download the Book Reacher is back! A Wanted Man is a new masterpiece of suspense—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child. Four people in a car, hoping to make Chicago by morning. One man driving, eyes on the road. Another man next to him, telling stories that don’t add up. A woman in the back, silent and worried. And next to her, a huge man with a broken nose, hitching a ride east to Virginia. An hour behind them, a man lies stabbed to death in an old pumping station. He was seen going in with two others, but he never came out. He has been executed, the knife work professional, the killers vanished. Within minutes, the police are notified. Within hours, the FBI descends, laying claim to the victim without ever saying who he was or why he was there. All Reacher wanted was a ride to Virginia. All he did was stick out his thumb. But he soon discovers he has hitched more than a ride. He has tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat—to both sides at once. In Lee Child’s white-hot thriller, nothing is what it seems, and nobody is telling the truth. As the tension rises, the twists come fast and furious, keeping readers guessing and gasping until the explosive finale. A single story arc: 61 HOURS, WORTH DYING FOR and now A WANTED MAN. Simply a man trying to get to a warm, sexy voice he heard over the phone lines coming from Virginia.
Reviews Reading a Jack Reacher novel is like going to a pub with an old friend. I know I can trust him and count on him. We always have a good time together. I know him so well, I can finish his sentence, but he still can surprise me. He tells good stories. They are interesting and entertaining and compelling. We have our common history, and I know his past successes and failures. But he still has his twists and turns in his backpack. Or rather in his pocket, since he doesn't need a backpack for a toothbrush and a bank card. He lives the way I always dreamed of, but never been able to. He beats guys I would ran away from. He finds clues and discover the truth just before I do, keeping me listening to him with curious attention. And when his story is over, I hardly can wait until the next time, when we sit and order a beer again. Or more. Last time his story was about a wanted man. This man got in trouble right after the previous trouble he got in. Not intentionally, of course, but once he was in, he could not resist to see to that the truth is unravelled. He was simply hitchhiking to get to the woman who had nice voice on the phone. He just wanted to go to Virginia. But soon he found himself in the middle of crime investigation and kidnapping and antiterrorist counterattack. All the same time. After he was shot at - but mysteriously missed - he could not resist to involve himself in the events. It's in his blood. In the blood of the former military investigator. He cannot let innocent people killed and the bad guys unpunished. He uses his brain and his muscles and his experience. He chases the bad guys until they are dead. Reacher is dead serious about this.
A WANTED MAN (Pub. Sept 2012) teased and taunted me for eight weeks. Waiting for the book's publication date was almost painful. Amazon finally delivered and I locked the door behind me while the mailman drove off. It was worth the wait, as Lee's books and Jack Reacher always are. What I like best about this, Lee's 17th masterpiece, are several unexpected plot twists - I anticipated one or two, but the rest caught me by surprise. The scoop of mystery/clues the author sometimes clued the clueless into were the whipped cream of the novel, the bernaise sauce on this great read. Okay, I admit I did not catch the 'driving for three hours' bit until he clued me in - next time Lee, I promise to pay more attention. I love the reverse 'what if' related to the hitchhiker scenario that kicks the story off. I also really like the way Lee brings two women in as main-supporting characters, popping surprises along the way, never another strong male in the picture, and yet, it's not Reacher that helps these women survive the onslaught of the story. They
stand on their own and help him out. You just gotta love it. It seemed there were a few spots with a small difference in the style we expect from Lee's Reacher novels, very subtle, but there. Taking a bit more time with details, perhaps some of them unnecessary, but in the end, Master Lee uses these to ratchet up the tension in such a subtle way the reader doesn't notice, but there are metaphors and clues hidden in there so don't rush through those few passages of trickily stacked details serving dual purposes. And as I read the last page of this excellent story, I had only one question. Who do I have to bribe to get on Lee's early readers galley list?
Loved this book just as I have the previous sixteen. Reacher, a man somewhere between Sherlock Holmes and Jack Bauer, is the guy you'd want to be watching your back if you were in trouble. He's a character that has grown over the last fifteen years but Child manages to weave the essential parts of his back story into the book (as he always does). This means it doesn't matter if you read the books out of sequence because Jack remains, well, Jack. For me, the best books in this series are still The Killing Floor and Die Trying but this, like all the others, is right up there with them. If you don't know Jack, you should.
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