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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 I picked up this, the 17th of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels, at an opportune time. I had become morosely tired of stories that wandered all over creation as seen through the eyes of a myriad of characters. Child's story unfolds in a straight-forward, chapter by chapter linear fashion full of building suspense. I have not always enjoyed Jack Reacher as a character. He seems so unique as to be bizarre. He hitch-hikes his way across the American heartland without a suitcase or even backpack. Every three days or so, he buys a new set of clothes and discards those that are soiled. Cheaper he believes than paying the rent or mortgage on a house. But I have to admit, Reacher has grown on me. In this story, Reacher, a discharged military policeman nursing a broken nose, is picked up on an interstate by a car with three occupants heading for Chicago. One is driving. Another tells stories that don't add up. A woman in the back seems worried. Something is not right. Like other stories Jack Reacher is heading to some unidentified rendezvous with someone—or perhaps he is not—perhaps he is just on the go. And like the few other stories I have read in this series, the drama takes place in wide open spaces where towns are few. In this case, Nebraska and neighboring states. The car and its occupants leave behind a man stabbed to death at an old pumping station. Within minutes the local sheriff, a good man, arrives. Soon the FBI in the person of Julia Sorenson, a 20 year veteran of the service, arrives. Her interaction later in the story with Jack Reacher proves quite interesting. As with others in this series one wonders if Reacher is averse to romance...with this one finally be his undoing or renewal. Other agencies also figure in the puzzling raises a myriad red herrings. This was altogether a good read, although Reacher's prowess seemed a bit over the top. But I got a bit tired of the story at the end. However, I defy anyone to guess the ending. The author, Lee Child, is an interesting character on his own. He is really Jim Grant who was let go by a television channel in England in 1995. Since that event, he has remade him becoming an extremely successful writer of thrillers.
#17 in the Jack Reacher series. Reacher is an ex-Army CID MP Major and several of the books in the series are flashbacks to that time in his life. Now, he travels where he wants, has no fixed address or luggage and buys a new set of clothing every 3 days or so. When he stumbles across a situation that his experience says is wrong,
he has the knight-errant urge to rectify it. One of his often mentioned characteristics is his large build and 6'5" height (It will be quite a feat for 5'7" Tom Cruise to pull that off in the upcoming movie Jack Reacher, based on One Shot (2005). Jack Reacher series - Four people in a car. One man driving. A 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 toward Virginia. 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. 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 tied himself to a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat to both sides at once.
I love reading about how Jack Reacher thinks through the dilemmas he gets into. Sometimes it seems that there is too much detail and repetition in the writing, but, uncharacteristically, I like it--in a Jack Reacher story. It's the writing--and Reacher's thought processes--that will be largely missing in the movie due to come out in a few days, which makes me wonder how in the world it will be able to capture the essence of the novel it's based on (One Shot). While I don't think that this novel has as much action as some of the novels in the series, not to mention a convoluted plot, I still found it to be a good read; definitely not a waste of time. Another thing I like about this series is that it doesn't have to be read in order. That's because Reacher never really changes. There are some plot arcs that move through more than one book, but because his personal life is so in the background, you don't really feel that you've missed anything important when you read a book out of order. Which is a good thing, because I still have a lot of Reacher books to read!
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