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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 9 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 28 Aug. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MQJMQEG
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The usual route followed, quickly picking up and reading all of the books. Some I have even read a couple of times.
Child has the gift of being able to write with a spare economy which drives the story forward without fluff and flannel and it also suits the main character very well, a man who prefers his own company, is equally happy to dish out theory or a punch is likely to forego flowery waffle and get down to brass tacks.
Unfortunately, where some of the Reacher books has plot in spades, I'm thinking Gone Tomorrow, Echo Burning, One Shot and Nothing to Lose in particular, this latest offering seems to have run out of steam.
Whilst we still have the pared down writing, alpha male machismo and searing insight on behalf of Reacher, what we lack here is gripping plot. It feels a bit boilerplate, rushed out for a deadline and lacking in that rollercoaster feeling that we have come to expect from Child.
Still, Child is a man of almost mythic reputation and it is unfair to shake heads and tut-tut because one of this series is slightly weaker than the others. I will be still be in the queue to buy his next book when it comes out in hardback.
Good but by no means the best Reacher novel.
The latest in the series, "Personal", starts off OK but soon loses it's way and lost my interest as well. Sad to say, it became very boring and I couldn't wait to finish it.
For the last few years, I have been reading the Gabriel Alon spy/assassin series of books by Daniel Silva which I find far more exciting, realistic and a damn good read.
Quite honestly, I lost respect for Lee Child when he approved the casting of Tom Cruise in the film "Jack Reacher" (who is also due to star in the sequel "Never Go Back"). Wouldn't Jason Statham have "measured up" to the role far better than the diminutive Mr.Cruise?
Sadly, it now seems that Mr.Child is writing to order for his publishers rather than his fans and is bereft of new ideas.
P.S. If you haven't already tried it, read "I Am Pilgrim" by Terry Hayes, without doubt, one of the best books of the past 5 years.
Eagerly picking up the latest offering (which I had saved until I had read all the other books I'd got - to extend the pleasurable anticipation) I was disappointed to find that it wasn't grabbing me in the way that all the others had. Had I gone off Reacher as a character? Was I still too wrapped up in an excellent previous novel I'd read? I carried on reading, but quite honestly I found the story tedious - I didn't enjoy the fact it was set in London; as a previous reviewer mentioned, we're used to Reacher travelling alone and drifting through various US towns - being almost trapped in London just didn't seem to work.
I hope we see the return of the old Reacher and Lee Child hasn't sold out to his publisher - and as another reviewer mentioned, casting Tom Cruise as Reacher was absolutely ridiculous; the whole thing about Reacher is that he's BIG! That's one of the reasons why he gets into (and out of) trouble. I'm sure the film with Tom Cruise is great, but it's not something I'd ever want to watch - I'd feel I was selling out too....
The story moves from the US to Paris to London and starts with the possibility of three potential assassins working together, or alone to assisinate one or more of the worlds leaders at a conference in the UK. A couple of the characters just seemed to be there to pad out a thin plot as we soon find out that two of them are dead so we are back at square one with our main suspect. Reacher has a Russian and a UK counterpart who drop in and out of the story in fact the most intriguing one drops out very early on. So we then find ourselves in England but to be host it could have been anywhere.
Now in England our leading villain is a caricature of a London gangster. Apparently a huge man who is an enforcer for two stereotypical Ronnie and Reggie type characters.Read more ›
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So disappointed by Personal. The pace is lacking and the story line has failed to keep my attention. I hope something happens soon because I'm two thirds of the way through it!Published 6 hours ago by A. J. Morison