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Classic, quite outstanding. Proof that there are far more to come - if Anno Domini do not catch up with Reacher.
on 20 September 2014
I am totally baffled by all these derogatory remarks about this being the worst Reacher yet and can only believe that the plot was too clever or well hidden for the writers to understand. I had read all the remarks before I started reading and gradually noticed vague similarities e.g the clown who said it was no more than a travelogue trip across America. What utter piffle or, as the Archdeacon so memorably says to the Warden, 'Pish!' in the book 'The Warden'. Yes Reacher and his lady love,[ how one wishes all these books were now films but I do not wish to sidetrack on the Tom Cruise fiasco], whom some critic dismisses as of no consequence who turns into a more than adequate sidekick for Reacher to travel to California and back because that disposes of one charge against Reacher. It also demonstrates that Reacher is pretty deadly whether on the ground or 30,000 feet up; very cleverly done. I could have lost track of the Counsellors who are appointed to Jack but there really is no need to remember who exactly is dealing with which case. Cleverly Lee Child has come up yet again with an outstanding Sergeant and I do wonder whether he actually had a military background or just spoke to the right people. The 'daughter' in California is perhaps just a bit too clever and I did for a fraction of a second wonder whether she may have appeared in future books but it was splendid to see the way her brain had worked out the various 'Who goes there and why and when' - almost a very young female Reacher. There is no point to examining the plot in detail but have no fear, Reacher is not losing his brain or his brawn - if you ever felt short changed on gang brawls etc. then fear not, there is more than enough here to keep you happy. I can now look forward to 'Personal' and remember not to take any of these scurrilous rundowns at all seriously.
A thought has just occurred to me - whenever I wonder just how peachy the new crumpet is in any of Reacher's adventures, I have only to bring Rosamund Pike to mind, she'll do anytime. Oh just one more query; does Reacher never shave? I seem to remember one or two books wherein he has used his girl of the moment's razor and blunted it quickly but not in Never Go Back. So does he usually sport a full set with a beard which must now give him the appearance of a wild man of the mountains?