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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