Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child

In the morning, they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school.

It’s just a voice plucked from the air: ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars’.

For what? Who from? It’s 1996, and the Soviets are long gone. But now there’s a new enemy. In an apartment in Hamburg, a group of smartly-dressed young Saudis are planning something big.

Jack Reacher is fresh off a secret mission and a big win. The Army pats him on the back and gives him a medal. And then they send him back to school. It’s a school with only three students: Reacher, an FBI agent, and a CIA analyst. Their assignment? To find that American. And what he’s selling. And to whom. There is serious shit going on, signs of a world gone mad.

Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he’s not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders, in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make the cold sweat trickle down your spine.

Jack Reacher’s back for his 21st adventure, this time he does things a little differently, this time he’s going back to school – Night School, army style!

I’ve always enjoyed reading the Jack Reacher books and I guess I’d class myself as a fan, the Reacher series is a series I can’t wait to read. It’s not only the character that draws you in with this series; it’s the humour, literary subtlety, action and the storytelling. Who needs Bond or Bourne when you have Reacher to fight your corner?!

On the face of it there’s very little to the books. Reacher gets caught up in a situation at the beginning of the book and you know there’s really only one outcome – he has to put things right by the end. Simples. A, B, C. 1, 2, 3.

But here’s the hook, these aren’t simple books. From scene setting, character development, plotting and enough action to satisfy the most critical fan, these are complex stories written in such a way that make them easy to read and follow. You could say they’re infectious! I just adore the way the author adds complications as he goes along, it’s as if – half way through writing – he decides to make it even tougher for Reacher. Let’s face it Reacher has it easy! Just when you think things are reaching an explosive dénouement the author cranks it up and another sub plot is introduced, destined to make Reacher’s life a little more complicated.

There’s more than enough dry humour to satisfy everyone, the passages really made me smile! And of course Reacher has a dalliance or two – he deserves it, after all he is saving the world! Overall the book has a different feel about in from some of his previous books, I can’t put my finger on it but perhaps it’s the fact that Reacher goes back in time to his army days that has something to do with it. One this is certain, this is another great example of action and thriller writing at its best.


  • Hardcover:400 pages
  • Publisher:Bantam Press (7 Nov. 2016)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0593073908
  • ISBN-13:978-0593073902
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Make Me - Lee Child

Make Me – Lee Child

Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother’s Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover.

He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat … but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people.

Reacher’s one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest…into the heart of darkness. 

Make Me marks Jack Reacher’s 20th adventure and isn’t as relaxing as the location suggests, it’s anything but! The book in reality is no different to the previous 19 books Lee Child has penned, all devoted Reacher fans know that what lies within is a man on a mission to right the wrongs of those in a position to take advantage whatever the cost and reason, it’s almost always financial but will Mother’s Rest be any different?

I always find it fascinating that our action hero can find himself in these predicaments but without him and his past history this genre would definitely be the poorer without him, Reacher has helped shape the thriller genre and long may it and he continue.

Reacher is one of those guys everyone wants to have in their life, as a friend, not an enemy. When Reacher, intrigued by the name Mother’s Rest, leaves the train in the middle of nowhere on a whim he stumbles into a small town with a harrowing past, a town where everyone knows the deadly secrets but no one will admit to them or answer questions. Mother’s Rest is an insular town and as far as the locals are concerned long may it continue.

The big question is how can a small holding like this survive, Reacher strives to answer the questions and discover the truth about the missing private detective and former FBI agent. Drawn into the investigation and with no plans to stay for more than 24 hours, Reacher roams the town and countryside and soon discovers that things aren’t what they first appear. Armed with nothing but refilled coffee and diner food Reacher begins to do what he does best, kick ass!

The story moves along quickly and the partnership with former FBI agent Michelle Chang definitely promises longevity. They work well together and there’s something about the coupling that make both characters step outside their comfort zone and attack the investigation as a well-oiled unit. Not at first but slowly but surely their relationship gains momentum and the pair combine to make inroads into a past that begs to be uncovered.

It’s great to have Reacher back and within these pages there’s more than enough killing to satisfy the most ardent of critic, not too much, not too little, just about right. Definitely not a book to be compared to Goldilocks and the three bears but hopefully you get my point!!!

Make Me is a great read and is over, like most of Child’s books, quicker than Reacher can brush his teeth and drink his second cup of Joe – and that’s fast! But like his appetite to refill his coffee cup so is our desire as readers – and fans – to gorge on another adventure and I for one can’t see that changing anytime soon.


  • Hardcover:432 pages
  • Publisher:Bantam Press (10 Sept. 2015)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:0593073886
  • ISBN-13:978-0593073889
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Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he’s a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French president.

Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This new heart stopping, nail-biting book in Lee Child’s number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris – and then to London. The stakes have never been higher – because this time, it’s personal.

Personal - Jack Reacher 19

Personal – Jack Reacher 19

From the very opening until its thrilling conclusion, it’s obvious Lee Child is an author at the top of his game and on very steady and well trodden ground with his latest book Personal. Jack Reacher is back for his 19th adventure and few things have changed over the years. He’s still an enigmatic and multi layered character, a loner, a go to man and a problem solver, I doubt these traits will ever disappear – I certainly hope not! Those who get in his way know all about his speed, guile and power – most ignore his stature but they soon discover that he is a powerful weapon in his own right.

Travelling by bus from San Francisco to Oregon he finally ends up in Seattle where he happens upon a personal message in a military newspaper. Given the nature of the message he has no alternative other than to act on its request and make a call to an old friend, fortunately for us that is!

One of the things I absolutely love about Lee Child’s writing is the voice he gives Reacher and the reasoning behind all the problem solving – it’s a little like Sherlock Holmes discussing forensics and angles but with a modern twist! There’s always a reason behind his thought process and he approaches each problem like a mathematician – or so it seems to me! An intelligent giant – both figuratively and physically, with the charisma to match, Reacher is one of the literary giants that has shaped how we all view the action/thriller genre. To say he is ground-breaking is an understatement!

Although a loner, Reacher is forced to join up with Casey Nice a young rookie CIA agent suffering with anxiety. As the pair travel from Paris, France and on to London we delve into Casey’s background and discover what makes her tick, the partnership is strong and the pair well matched.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to read any of Reacher’s nineteen adventures – where have you been? – the great thing about this series is that anyone can pick up a book and not feel lost, you are never penalised for not reading in order.

Full of twists and turns Personal will not disappoint. It will engage the brain from the outset and you’ll never want to leave the safe hands of Reacher. I for one can’t wait for the next adventure; Lee Child has a knack of leaving the reader wanting more! C’est Magnifique monsieur Child!

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (28 Aug 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0593073827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593073827
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Never Go Back by Lee Child

Never Go Back by Lee Child

After an epic and interrupted journey all the way from the snows of South Dakota, Jack Reacher has finally made it to Virginia. His destination: a sturdy stone building a short bus ride from Washington D.C., the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. It was the closest thing to a home he ever had.

Why? He wants to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner. He liked her voice on the phone. But the officer sitting behind Reacher’s old desk isn’t a woman. Why is Susan Turner not there?

What Reacher doesn’t expect is what comes next. He himself is in big trouble, accused of a sixteen-year-old homicide. And he certainly doesn’t expect to hear these words: ‘You’re back in the army, Major. And your ass is mine.’

Will he be sorry he went back? Or – will someone else?

Jack Reacher is back and don’t worry folks he’s back with his usual swagger, confidence and his remarkable ability to get things done, completely on his own terms and in his own time of course. Never Go Back is another rip roaring adventure with arguably the most iconic action hero of the modern literary world. Who wouldn’t want to be in his shoes? Yet again he takes no prisoners and his no nonsense approach is refreshing, one can never get enough of The Reacher!

Although we come across a little violence, a few deaths and your fair share of bad guys suffering at the hands of our protagonist there was one scene – in a diner – that was the polar opposite and incidentally my favourite part of the book. I’m not going to go in any kind of detail to avoid spoilers but the scene was intelligently written and well crafted,the dialogue was sharp and on point with a great deal of subtlety and personality. I really enjoyed the verbal tennis and the scene proof, if ever it was needed, that Lee Child doesn’t have to rely on Reacher creating havoc wherever he goes just to be entertaining. Brilliant.

The book moves along at a furious pace from beginning to end thanks mainly to an enigmatic leading man but equally to a well crafted and thought out storyline and a sound narrative that keeps the reader keep turning the pages to see just what happens next. I really enjoyed how Child took the story one way and then the next, introducing characters full of depth and flavour allowing them all to play a growing role in the outcome of the book.

For me Jack Reacher books are never about the ending, sure they’re important as one book tends to lead into another, for me however they are about the journey within. I love how he interacts with characters, who he tolerates and who he can’t and won’t abide. He has a wise head on his shoulders does our Jack and he more often than not uses it wisely. Between you and me I do like it when he acts a little rashly, loses control – not that it happens much – and just goes at it, carnage ensues and a few broken bones follow. I’m sure deep down he’s always itching for a fight but he does have an inner strength that reins it in.

Never Go Back delivers, simple as that. From beginning to end it entertains with a crisp narrative, intelligent dialogue and two storylines running concurrently that somehow, magically, gel together at the end to deliver a fitting climax (even though I felt it was a little rushed in the end) to another Jack Reacher novel. There a few authors out there that will make me stop what I’m doing and lose myself in a literary adventure – Lee Child is one of them. Terrifically taut, Never Go Back will not disappoint.

Available to buy in Hardback and Kindle Formats.

Hardcover: 448 pages

Publisher: Bantam Press (29 Aug 2013)

ISBN-10: 0593065743

ISBN-13: 978-0593065747


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A Wanted Man - Jack Reacher 17

A Wanted Man – Jack Reacher 17

When you’re as big and rough as Jack Reacher – and you have a badly-set, freshly-busted nose, patched with silver duct tape – it isn’t easy to hitch a ride. But Reacher has some unfinished business in Virginia, so he doesn’t quit. And at last, he’s picked up by three strangers – two men and a woman.

But within minutes it becomes clear they’re all lying about everything – and then they run into a police roadblock on the highway. There has been an incident, and the cops are looking for the bad guys …

Will they get through because the three are innocent? Or because the three are now four? Is Reacher just a decoy?

Jack Reacher is back for another thrilling encounter. For me the 17th adventure with the world’s greatest action hero and nomad is a departure from the last few books I’ve read. Without giving too much away – and don’t worry I won’t give any spoilers in the review – this is a more thoughtful Reacher. He takes his time, ponders one way and then the other, decides on the best course of action and then strikes! And when he does – he takes no prisoners!

As the book cover blurb points out Reacher is bruised but not broken – apart from his nose that is – and hitchhiking in the chilly Nebraskan air he struggles to hitch a ride. Not surprising given his appearance, I mean who in their right mind is going to pick up a giant of a man with silver duct tape adorning his face?!! Just when all hope is gone a car stops and three strangers offer our hero a ride and although things initially look normal it becomes clear to Reacher that his fellow passengers are hiding something. It’s up to Reacher to discover what it is before he loses control and becomes another victim.

Without doubt a more sedate novel it was the humorous dialogue between FBI agent Julia Sorenson and Reacher – and to some point Karen Delfuenso -that impressed me. Full of cutting remarks, dry quips and an intelligent conversational dialogue I absolutely loved the dialogue and the interaction between these two. I had to put the book down a couple of times due to an attack of the giggles. Brilliant stuff. I really felt as if, with every turn of the page, I gleaned more about both personalities and what made them tick. In fact watching Reacher lower is guard a few times was worth the admission price alone!

As with all Lee Child books A Wanted Man is another quick and fluid read and his writing style appears to be effortless, for me Lee Child can do no wrong and although I haven’t had chance to read all his books as soon as I finished reading this one – out at the end of August incidentally – I went out and bought six of his back catalogue for my kindle! I guess I can’t say more than that!

We meet a number of characters along the way, some more interesting than others but the one thing you’re never certain of is what will happen at the end of the book but the way Child unravels the mysteries is once again impressive. He weaves one way then the other introducing characters along the way, sometimes for effect and sometimes key to the storyline but no one is wasted, Child makes the most of all his characters even the fat motel owner who’s only roll in life is to demand compensation – he’s seen it in the movies so it must be true!

There’s a strong female presence in A Wanted Man and they certainly hold their own. Once Reacher gets going there’s no stopping him, once he sniffs out there’s something wrong – not that easy when sporting a broken nose – his spidey sense demands a solution. If you want one man fighting in your corner then Reacher would be on my speed dial – if only he could use a mobile phone!

With a dialogue intensely crisp and a fluid narrative Child had me turning the pages so fast I thought I’d get a paper cut.

A Wanted Man is available in Hardback & Kindle.

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Press (30 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0593065735
  • ISBN-13: 978-0593065730
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The Affair by Lee Child

The Affair by Lee Child

March 1997. A woman has her throat cut behind a bar in Carter Crossing, Mississippi. Just down the road is a big army base. Is the murderer a local guy – or is he a soldier?

Jack Reacher, still a major in the military police, is sent in undercover. The county sheriff is a former U.S. Marine – and a stunningly beautiful woman. Her investigation is going nowhere. Is the Pentagon stonewalling her? Or doesn’t she really want to find the killer?

The adrenaline-pumping, high-voltage action in The Affair is set just six months before the opening of Killing Floor, and it marks a turning point in Reacher’s career. If he does what the army wants, will he be able to live with himself? And if he doesn’t, will the army be able to live with him? Is this his last case in uniform?

If you happen to be one of the rare and isolated readers who have yet to discover – full on action hero -Jack Reacher, I only have one question for you – where have you been this past fourteen years, Mars?!! The Affair marks Lee Child’s 16th Jack Reacher adventure and is without question the book Reacher fans have been waiting for, for one very simple reason, we discover why Reacher left the army.

Incredibly well paced and remarkably fluent, The Affair is another multi-layered adventure that entertains on so many levels. There’s a little action – not as much as I’ve come to expect from Reacher mind – some romance, explosive encounters and a depth in a protagonist I didn’t anticipate. Reacher, for me, is more guarded, more circumspect yet given the fact that he is still working under the express orders of the Army and Pentagon this is to be expected.

Billed as a prequel The Affair is without question an ideal place to begin reading Lee Child. Narrated by Reacher he pulls the reader in from the very beginning as he reminisces on how it all began with a visit to the Pentagon way back in 1997. Standing at 6ft 5inches Reacher is about to end a 13 year career with the army and in this case we discover the politics behind his enforced decision to become the world’s most secretive nomadic drifter.

Travelling light – armed with just a toothbrush, pack of gum and the clothes he’s wearing – Reacher boards a Memphis bound bus to Carter Crossing marking his first undercover mission as a civilian.

The woman in the picture was black, probably in her middle twenties, and was every bit as spectacular as Janice My Chapman. Maybe even more so. She had flawless skin and the kind of smile that starts the AC running. She had the kind of eyes that start wars. Dark, liquid, radiant. She wasn’t looking at the camera. She was looking right through it. Right at me. Like she was sitting right across the table.

One of the things that stood out for me in The Affair was the crisp dialogue. Humorous in parts, it was incredibly well-crafted and delivered in such a natural way it allowed the book to move unhindered with a staccato pace that I found both exciting and rhythmical. Whether talking to Garber, the police, the unsophisticated local yokels or officers at the Pentagon – hell bent on obstructing his progress – it remains real throughout, believable and most certainly unforced.

The Affair - US Version

The Affair - US Version

The story itself is well structured and Child thankfully doesn’t deviate from his formulaic approach and tempo that has served so well in his previous novels. Reacher arrives in a town and attempts to solve a problem in his own inimitable style. Working outside the law and yet ironically at times within it, he befriends key locals and tries to solve the unsolvable. But who is the culprit in The Affair? With a variety of key witnesses, red herrings and shocks this novel will have you guessing until its explosive dénouement.  You never quite know who to trust – I for one wouldn’t want it any other way!

But this is what we come to expect and demand from Reacher. This is why we buy the books. No one writes action thrillers like Lee Child.

Another key aspect of The Affair is the midnight freight train that speeds through the town every night, throwing the town into a roaring inferno of sounds and explosive vibrations for 60 seconds. Some use the nightly arrival to their advantage while others surrender to its irrepressible power. Incredibly atmospheric and evocative there was only one thing that came near to challenging the train as a main character – a slice of peach pie and coffee in the local diner!

An enthralling prequel, The Affair commands your attention from the moment Reacher walks through the corridors of power at the Pentagon and receives his orders for the very last time. Highly recommended, this is the book Reacher aficionados will return to time and time again. Brilliant.

Published by Transworld The Affair is available in Hardback, Kindle and CD Audio

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"Tripwire" by Lee Child - Jack Reacher 3

Jack Reacher returns in this his third outing as the enigmatic, no-nonsense maverick courtesy of bestselling author Lee Child. His first two books Killing Floor and Die Trying were sensational hits introducing the hero to the masses on both sides of the pond – Tripwire is no different.

Reacher, an ex-military policemen, is currently held up in Key West digging swimming pools by day and working as a security guard by night in a small strip joint – it’s a no-nonsense lifestyle that suits Reacher down to the ground. No ties, no commitment; Florida is just another step on his nomadic travels. Available in the US from Amazon US.

When a private detective (Costello) turns up asking questions about Jack Reacher, the 250 lb. maverick denies all knowledge and sends him on his way. Later that night Reacher stumbles upon Costello’s dead body and all roads lead to New York and an old friend.

It’s not long before Reacher is knee deep in trouble. While mourning the death of an old mentor, Reacher faces a new foe and is attacked by two ruthless thugs, he escapes and a whole new journey begins.

So what does Tripwire offer? The Reacher series is fairly formulaic offering nonstop action, entertainment and incredible twists and turns that lead to a climactic conclusion. We wouldn’t want it any other way! The main villain is pure evil and has a psychopathic air about him – he is deviously intelligent and Reacher has to dig deep to overcome his new enemy.

One thing I’ve come to enjoy about Reacher is his vulnerability and the fact that he isn’t perfect. He makes mistakes but when they happen; he works twice as hard to put them right. He is a moralistic character, fights for the underdog and has a certain softness about him; although he’d never admit to it!

Tripwire is a fast paced thriller measuring a little over 400 pages of non-stop, high octane action. Child weaves his magic and ties up the story with an effortless ease as we journey to Hawaii, New York and Vietnam. Full of twists and turns and tremendous supporting characters, there’s more than enough to keep you entertained.

Child yet again proves he is the master of action and suspense with Tripwire. Although another standalone novel Child develops Reacher’s character offering another level to the maverick hero. Not to be missed.

Available at Amazon UK, Amazon US and Waterstones.

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Worth Dying For by Lee Child

Astounding, brilliant, magnificent and dynamic – just some of the superlatives that best describe Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series. His latest offering “Worth Dying For”, out at the end of September incidentally, is another jaw dropping sure fire hit and one you’ll fail to put down. Available in the United States 19th Oct.

The 15th Jack Reacher novel moves on from the explosive end in “61 Hours”, leaving South Dakota our maverick hitches south making his way to the wilds of Nebraska.

Nebraska is flat and cold – it’s winter time!

Jack Reacher has a knack for finding trouble. He doesn’t go looking for it, trouble finds him – it’s that simple. A nomad and a drifter, Reacher is high on moralistic values and tries to do the right thing no matter what the cost. It’s these principles that continually land him in high adventure and low company.

The Duncans rule the town, slowly but surely they’ve sucked the heart and soul out of the farming community – they own the trucking services, the harvesting and the suppliers. If the town had police, they’d own them too, the clan is powerful and dangerous.

The local farmers are stuck, lifeless and without a say in how things are run – the Duncans rule everything. De-spirited over time, the farmers are frightened and with nowhere to run, fight eludes them; they’ve given in, bowing to each and every whim the Duncans desire.

Reacher arrives at a desolate crossroads and makes his way to the only motel in town, Hotel Apollo has seen better days; so has the owner.  After checking in he makes his way to the bar and drinks stewed coffee; not the best he’s had but it’s hot. The only other person drinking is the local doctor, an alcoholic set on a collision course for self-destruction.

A phone call changes everything. Eleanor Duncan has a nosebleed; the doctor in no fit state to drive dismisses the injury. However, Reacher smells domestic abuse and drives the doctor to the house, a decision that will change the community forever and not before time.

One thing leads to another and Reacher is a wanted man. The Duncans want him dead and when Reacher is blamed for a delayed shipment, the net widens and the hunters are out in force.

Worth Dying For” is one of the fastest paced novels I think I’ve ever read, I just couldn’t put the book down, a true page-turner in every sense. The storyline is believable and the way Child’s wraps things up is magical. In fact I’d go so far as to say the final third was breath-taking.  Sitting back and watching the story unfold before my eyes was like watching a master craftsman shaping a sailboat from beginning to end.

This is the third Lee Child novel I’ve read and reviewed – “The Killing Floor” & “Die Trying” the first two books in the series, I found it highly entertaining and is without doubt my favourite book of the series so far. I just need to sit down and read the other twelve books now!

The book, like his others, is violent at times, but you never feel it is overused and unnecessary. The violence is justified.

“Game Over. Eight blows in six seconds, which was grievously slow and laborious by Reacher’s standards, but then, the guy was huge, and he had an athlete’s tone and stamina and he was accustomed to a certain amount of physical punishment. He had been competitive, just barely. In the ballpark, almost.”

Powerfully descriptive, Child’s utilises the natural Nebraskan landscape; the barren fields, the dilapidated disused barns and the frost covered ground all adding a sense of realism and honesty to the book – even the stewed coffee on offer at Hotel Apollo will tempt you.

The book is highly recommended and is my book of the month for September.

Published by Bantam Press, the book is available from Amazon  & United States Here.

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The Killing Floor - Jack Reacher 1

In the “Killing Floor”, Lee Child’s introduces us to Jack Reacher the ex military cop and army major who is now a nomad travelling from state to state seeing America at his own pace.

Margrave, a sleepy little town in Georgia hasn’t seen a homicide in 30 years but when Jack Reacher jumps off a bus and walks fourteen miles in the rain things are about to change. Little does he know it but Reacher has walked into a hornet’s nest of corruption, deceit and money laundering. Lee Child’s Website

Reacher is a victim of circumstance. Wrong place, wrong time – Simple. Sitting quietly in the local diner he is arrested and taken to the police station and charged with murder. Needless to say he’s innocent but has a hell of a job proving it.

The police force is corrupt and it doesn’t take Reacher long to figure out things aren’t what they appear to be. He doesn’t know who to trust but he has no choice but to figure out who is involved, if only to clear his name.

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As he investigates, secrets leak out and the body count mounts.

The book is faced paced, a true page turner in every sense. With a great blend of horrific violence, conspiracy and intrigue the novel is an emotional rollercoaster from beginning to end. Reacher receives news that makes the situation intensely personal. One thing is for sure, the crooked cops and town folk picked on the wrong guy in Reacher.

Forget Arnie; Reacher is the all American Action Hero and with an eye for the ladies, the book offers a softer side to the ex-Major hell-bent on revenge.

The supporting characters are incredibly well balanced and play a huge role in a very successful novel. The book is narrated in the first person by Reacher himself and is a triumph in storytelling.

Reacher is the kind of guy we all want as a friend and not as an enemy, circumstance however gives some people little choice in the matter. Killing Floor is a magnificent page turner, violent at times and full of twists and turns. You won’t be able to put this book down that’s for sure.

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Die Trying - (Jack Reacher 2)

Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is back in Lee Child’s second instalment “Die Trying”. Following on from his first novel and critically acclaimed “Killing Floor” Child is not only back on form but is better than ever!

In the “Killing Floor”, Jack Reacher stumbles upon a web of corruption, murder and money laundering. Unable to escape due to corruption at the highest level of the local police Reacher is hell-bent on proving his innocence and bringing those guilty to his own unique level of justice.

Similarly in “Die Trying” Reacher is minding his own business when he walks past a small dry cleaners in Chicago and bumps into Holly Johnson, an attractive FBI agent new to the agency. Holly, recovering from a knee injury sustained while playing soccer, stumbles and Reacher is on hand to stop her from falling. At that very moment the pair are hurried into a waiting car, kidnapped at gunpoint and taken far away.

Reacher is once again a victim of circumstance but once he gets to know Holly he commits to the “relationship” and is determined to look after the rookie agent.

Child’s is at his descriptive best, effortlessly filling in Holly’s back-story as their journey unfolds.

Killing Floor - (Jack Reacher 1)

We discover the truth about Holly and her family, why she is critical to Borken’s master plan of destruction and why despite kidnapping her he is adamant that no harm comes to her. Beau Borken is the enemy. There’s something different about his character, as a reader you want to side with Reacher (and you do) but I can’t help thinking some level of admiration for the cult leader for his ingenuity and guile. Borken is a clever but ruthless enemy who will stop at nothing to achieve the end game.

Full of twists and turns, “Die Trying” is another masterpiece and its descriptive powers will have you salivating from chapter to chapter. Reacher is Holly’s only hope, surrounded by a 100 enemies, all armed; her chances of survival are slim.

This wonderful and highly recommended novel comes in three formats: Paperback, Hardback and Kindle edition (eBook).

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