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Tripwire (Jack Reacher Novels) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Lee Child , Dick Hill
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May 2010 Jack Reacher Novels (Book 3)
Digging swimming pools by hand in Key West, Florida, Jack Reacher is as tanned and as fit as he's ever been.A local girl says he looks like a condom filled with walnuts.Being invisible has become a habit.He doesn't want to be found. So when a private detective comes nosing around and asking questions, Reacher is not pleased.Especially when he later finds the guy dead. With his fingertips sliced off.Why was he so determined to find him?What does the vicious Wall Street honcho Hook Hobie have to do with it?And what about the reappearance of a woman from Reacher's own troubled past? Tripwire is a taut, nailbiting adventure which once again stars Lee Child's irresistible hero, the maverick former military policeman Jack Reacher.
--This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Abridged edition (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781441856432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441856432
  • ASIN: 1441856439
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 873,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers.His novels consistently achieve the number one slot in hardback and paperback on bestsellers lists on both sides of the Atlantic, and are translated into over forty languages.His debut novel, Killing Floor, was written after he was made redundant from his television job in Manchester, and introduced his much-admired maverick hero, the former military cop Jack Reacher.Born in Coventry, he now lives in America.

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Ex-military policemen Jack Reacher is lying low in Key West, digging up swimming pools by hand. He is not best pleased when a private detective starts asking questions about him, but when the detective, Costello, turns up dead with his fingertips sliced off, Reacher realises it is time to move on. Soon (as in Child's two previous excellent thrillers Die Trying and Killing Floor) Reacher is up to his neck in lethal trouble involving a vicious Wall Street manipulator, a mysterious woman (of course) and the livelihood of a whole community. Even the fate of soldiers missing in action in Vietnam is stirred into the brew. But this is not a book by one of the new breed of US thriller writers: Child prides himself that, as an Englishman, he writes American thrillers that are utterly convincing in milieu and toughness of action, without a trace of English sensibility. This new one is no exception-- every bit as lean and compulsive as its predecessors, it also builds on the freshest aspect of those books: Reacher may be a tough, epic hero, but he always remains human and vulnerable. Here's one for that long plane or train journey.

--Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A slickly effective thriller which confirms Child's ability to keep the reader guessing - and sweating" The Times "A fast-moving, violent and gripping mystery with a very bad baddie, and a tough, pragmatic hero in Jack Reacher" Daily Telegraph "Lee Child continues his meteoric rise and mastery of suspense with Tripwire. It's a tightly-drawn and swift thriller that gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be" -- Michael Connelly "Establishes Child in the premier division. Taut, with more than a touch of sweet romance, this is dangerously compulsive, so be warned - don't start it at bedtime or you'll be up all night" Manchester Evening News "Good thrillers exist in a class of their own. The point of such a book is total escape and Tripwire fills the bill... includes a bang-up finale which makes the reader sit back and gasp with both wonder and understanding" Denver Post --This text refers to the Unknown Binding edition.

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Jack Reacher novels are always pretty good. Child's got a knack for keeping what are essentially quite similar stories fresh and interesting.

Here, however, he turns it up a notch and delivers probably the finest Reacher novel I've read.

While the novel is not going to win any awards for great literature, the so called heavyweights like Dan Brown and Michael Reilly could take a leaf out of Lee Child's book when it comes to penning a good thriller.

The story begins when a man sent to find Reacher by a woman Jack's never heard of turns up dead behind a motel in Florida with his fingers cut off. Reacher's curiosity is piqued and he journey's to New York to find out why the man had to die, and what it has to do with him.

His search brings him face to face with his own past, and with Victor `Hook' Hobie.

Hobie is far and away the best villain to feature in any Jack Reacher novel I have read so far. A man with a secret that he will go to any lengths, no matter how brutal or sadistic, to protect. For the first time, you feel that Reacher has met an adversary worthy of the name, and as the book winds towards its climax, it grabs hold of you and won't let you go.

An essential read for Child fans and a great book in its own right to keep the Reacher virgin entertained, I honestly can't recommend this book enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Menarc 12 Aug 2011
This book is a great read as are all of the Jack Reacher series, could not put it down, if you have not read any of this series you must, you will be hooked.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tripwire 6 Aug 2011
Another winner from Lee Child!He clearly puts some much into these and we really reap the rewards in every page. The ideas are so original, the prologue sets up the story and throughout its purpose is slowly revealed and at the end it all comes together beautifully.

I'm glad that there are so many more Reachers out there.

Keep them coming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars tripwire 22 Jun 2011
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Tripewire by Lee Child is as usual a facinating read. I have now read all the Jack Reacher novels nd enjoyed them all
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near flawless thriller 9 May 2006
I've read most of Lee Child's thrillers and this is my favourite. The story is compelling, with plenty of twists and mysteries to unravel. The villain is exceptionally threatening. There are plenty of minor characters to identify with, so every reader can think "what would I do if that was happening to me?" I also found Child's tough-guy hero Jack Reacher more rounded and convincing in this book than in eg Killing Floor or Persuader. All in all, a tremendously good read.

Downside: avoid if graphic violence and torture disturb you.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, great hero..... 7 Sep 2000
This was my third Lee Child novel, and I was not disappointed. This story moved at a cracking pace, but was different in style, which was refereshing. It allowed more depth & insight into the character of Jack Reacher. The standard has been maintained, I am looking forward to 'The Visitor' next...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Given the number of positive reviews for this series I persevered with the first two but gave up part way through this one. In their favour these novels are page-turners, but you do need to come to terms with some negative elements evident in all three that I have read.

The plots all too frequently stretch credibility too far.
The central character is a shallow two dimensional being from the superhero mold who I find it very difficult to empathise with and what appears to be the token female seems to fit a very predictable profile.
The dialogue totally lacks humour of any kind - even the blackest of scenarios should occasionally be lightened with suitable humour.

I do appreciate that this series is not meant to be 'great literature' but other authors, and I can immediately think of Peter May, Jo Nesbo and perhaps Stuart MacBride, can produce thrillers with really good story lines and believable characters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much padding 1 Mar 2013
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As in all his books he goes into far too much detail, for example several pages telling the reader how he got from one location to another. By the time youve read all the unnecessary informative you've forgotten the plot.
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