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Publisher Description

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Jack Reacher is back in a brand new white-knuckle read from Lee Child, creator of ‘today’s James Bond, a thriller hero we can’t get enough of’ (Ken Follett).

In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, one Albanian, the other Ukrainian, are competing for control. But they hadn’t counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch.

Reacher is trained to notice things. He’s on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too ... obviously hoping to get rich quick.

As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher’s offer to help him home. He’s vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble.

What hold could the gangs possibly have on the old guy? Will Reacher sit back and let bad things happen? Or can he twist the situation to everyone’s benefit?

‘This is a random universe,’ he says. ‘Once in a blue moon things turn out just right.’

The odds are better with Reacher involved. That’s for damn sure.

Jeff Harding
hr min
29 October

Customer Reviews

rhitc ,

Once more with feeling

English. Former TV producer, now one of the world’s best selling novelists. His protagonist Jack Reacher is American, a West Point graduate and retired military policeman, who travels around the USA on buses, sometimes trains, with only the clothes he’s wearing and a toothbrush in his pocket. He gets off on a whim, and sticks his nose and fists in other people’s business by standing up for the defenceless against those that exploit them, a la Superman. Superman is a reasonable analogy considering Reacher stands six-five and weighs 250 pounds. Tom Cruise was the obvious choice when they made a movie about him. Not.

Reacher lobs up in unnamed medium sized city, half of which is controlled by Albanian gang and the other half by a Ukrainian gang. Employing the deductive abilities of Sherlock Holmes and the destructive abilities of The Terminator, he wreaks havoc, aided by a feisty short term love interest and a small, hastily assembled band of irregulars.

Reacher, a pensioner couple up to their necks with loan sharks, two groups of bad guys in competition to see who can self destruct first, a Dr Evil-type computer genius (mandatory nowadays), as well as the above mentioned feisty short term love interest and small, hastily assembled nceband of irregulars.

Short, punchy sentence structure as always with Mr Child’s work. Ditto pacy and ridiculous plot.

Bottom line
Mr Child keeps writing the same book over and over, yet I keep reading them. I can think of no explanation other than I’m six-five and weigh 250 pounds myself.

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