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This review is from: Gone Tomorrow: (Jack Reacher 13) (Hardcover)After Bad Luck and Trouble I skipped Nothing To Lose. Reading the reviews convinced me it just wasn't worth the trouble. Early reviews for Gone Tomorrow however suggested a return to form. Which form though?
Certainly not Killing Floor or Persuader form. This is similar to the far superior The Visitor in that it's more mystery, less action. I'm fine with that. What I'm not fine with however are the outrageous liberties Lee Child is taking with Reachers pragmatic abilities.
We know Reacher is gifted but Child has been taking the rip for a while. (Remember how he located his old partner in a diner in Vegas?!) This intrinsic radar ability is prevalent more than ever here. How Reacher continually manages to track his quarry through NEW YORK totally drains any credibilty from the book. We're not talking a rural town here. Reacher knows what street, what hotel, what house and it's just ridiculous. I'm all for artistic license but Child has gone too far. How Reacher works out where the USB stick is tipped me over the edge. It was a deux ex machina and almost ruined the book.
It's not all doom and gloom however. The narrative is interesting enough and it kept me reading but Reacher is becoming almost a parody of himself. The mystery was good but with a more realistic, visceral approach it could have been excellent. The liberties in credibility however have dragged it firmly into the land of fantasy. Not where I want Reacher to be at all. Not to this extent anyway. Let's make the next one even a little plausible. Please? Thanks.
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Initial post: 4 Apr 2010 15:53:35 BDT
Quite right. This is the first Lee Child book I've read, and, while I enjoyed the ride, Jack Reacher's "abilities" seem superhuman and stretched credibility almost to breaking point. (Also, there didn't seem strong enough motivation for him even to be tracking the 'villians', at all in the first place.)
But there you go. I expect I'll read another Lee Child when I'm in the mood for another enjoyable page-turner. But Reacher had better not get any more unbelievable or I won't bother.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Apr 2010 15:21:50 BDT
G. Nisbet says:
Hey BL, thanks for posting. Not the greatest place to start for Lee Child I have to say. I suggest you give Killing Floor a try, it's his debut and probably his best. Regarding the point of why he should even be tracking the villians - yeah, almost all the books have that theme. Reacher seems to make a habit of making other people's business his own. Still, they almost always have it coming! I would recommend some earlier novels though, they really are worth a read. Bye for now. :)
In reply to an earlier post on 14 Oct 2011 17:33:31 BDT
Ive read this book so many times now that the implausability issues don't get noticed anymore, but well pointed out - they are a bit far-fetched! Still, all the best stuff takes liberties with believability. Sometimes you have to just enjoy the ride : )
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