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The Affair: (Jack Reacher 16) Paperback – 16 Aug 2012
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"Just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any better, Lee Child pulls Jack Reacher out of another hole and, bang, he produces nothing short of a thriller masterpiece... Here, we get what we've been waiting for... the story of how Reacher became Reacher" (Henry Sutton Daily Mirror)
"Jack Reacher has long since earned his prominent place in the pantheon of cool, smart-talking American heroes... Shakes up the status quo by delivering the Reacher creation myth... stealthily funny... this book is really about the man himself" (Janet Maslin The New York Times)
"With its revelations and its bonk-fest, it's an unabashed fan-pleaser, but also a timely, reassuring wallow in the undiluted essence of Reacher" (Telegraph)
"Child on top of his game. It could well be his best book yet... The paradox of Reacher is that he is both a great big grizzly bear of a fighter... and a thinker, both Schwarzenegger and Socrates. Make love and war is his credo" (Independent)
"Just finished The Affair. As always, hero Reacher grabs me on page one and never lets go. Right now Lee Child is my No1 thriller writer" (Ken Follett (on Twitter))
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Jack Reacher is a drifter and a problem-solver, moving from place to place and helping those who need help, either with his quick intelligence or his right hook. The Affair tells of what started Reacher on his long road, way back in 1997. He's an Army Military Police officer, sent down to Carter Crossing, Mississippi, where a woman has been murdered, potentially by one of the soldiers stationed at the Army base there. Reacher is there to mingle with the townspeople as another officer investigates on the base itself. The murder may have drastic political implications where the cover-up is sometimes worse than the crime. Reacher gets involved with the beautiful local sheriff, and the affair may be affecting Reacher's thinking--and might end up getting him killed.
Reacher constantly reminds the reader that this story takes place in 1997, before the heightened security caused by the 9/11 attacks. This method of storytelling confused me at first, because I thought this would end up with Reacher telling the story to someone else. However, there is no framing story, and I soon learned to just go with the flow. It gives the story more immediacy and power, especially because this is the first Reacher book (at least in my experience) to be told in first-person.Read more ›
On the other hand, there are some serious flaws to the storyline itself. One is Reacher's reason for leaving the Army and the other is the rather dubious conclusion to the book. The Sheriff is just too gorgeous and the gratuitous sex scenes are over-done and unnecessary. I would have preferred to see a deeper reason for Jack leaving the Army, disagreeing with Black Ops or cruelty to prisoners of war, that sort of thing.
If the storyline was as developed as the character then this would definitely be a great thriller. As it is THE AFFAIR is good, but for me far from the best in what remains a gripping series.
This time round we go back to the very latter part of Reacher's army career to find out how he blotted his copybook in the eyes of the military. The last of these books I read had Reacher rather overdoing it on the analytical front and even analysing his cups of coffee - strength, stewed, cup smaller than average, bigger, thicker china than normal? However, in the Affair it is a pleasure to see Reacher much less anally retentive and really only bothering with issues which may have some bearing on what was going on - maybe he acquired these more irritating habits with age!
When Reacher gets into a fight its a foregone conclusion whether he is up against two, four, six or really any number of opponents. Similarly on the love front, this man can never fail. There was rather more of this latter aspect than strictly speaking was necessary or usual in a Reacher tale here. However, I did find the concept of using the midnight train as a marital aid innovative and quite amusing!
To summarise, Lee Child writes these stories very well and I normally end up rating at four or five stars as they are generally very enjoyable page turners. On this one and to put it in Reacher's words. Not the best. But very good. Right up there.
This is Jack Reacher 16, and having read all of them, Jack is starting to feel very time-worn. Lee Child writes as if he is narrating from the future e.g. "remember, this was 1997, four years before the event that changed security procedures" and this is very distracting. If you are going to base a book in the past, that is fine, but don't interject the narrative with information or perspectives that the characters couldn't have possibly known/had at the time.
The story is basically the same as The Enemy with a few minor variations and Reacher's invincibility & infallibility is getting more & more unbelievable; he wins a 6 on 1 fight, taking no hits and wanders off to a date immediately afterwards...
Anyhow, more of the same, if you're familiar with Lee Child then you know what to expect. Otherwise, not one of the best Reacher stories by a long shot!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Typical Lee Child Jack Reacher book, though I do thoroughly enjoy them and I am aware that other people do complain that they are predictable but I find it to be like reading with... Read morePublished 13 hours ago by Hannable
Love the series, love the author, love the main character, what is not too like!Published 9 days ago by CBL Stu
A cracking read - once again Lee Child writes a real page turner a gripping book keeping the reader entertained until the very endPublished 12 days ago by Judith Haire
Bought this for my partner as he read all the previous books. He absolutely loved it, read it in one day. For fans of the series, definitely get it!Published 13 days ago by abbygail wood