(First Thrills) By Lee Child (Author) Paperback on (Aug , 2011) Paperback – 1 Aug 2011
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Con men and killers, aliens and zombies, priests and soldiers - just some of the characters that kill and thrill in this compelling collection of gun-toting, double-crossing, back-stabbing, pulse-pounding stories. Jeffery Deaver investigates the suspicious death of a crime-writer in 'The Plot'; Karin Slaughter's grieving widow takes revenge on her dying ex-husband in 'Cold, Cold Heart'; Stephen Coonts discovers a flying saucer in the depths of the ocean in 'Savage Planet' and John Lescroat's secret field agent finds himself caught up in a complex game of cat-and-mouse in 'The Gate Conundrum'. Handpicked by world number one Lee Child, celebrity authors and stars of the future are brought together, writing brand-new stories, especially commissioned for this must-have collection. Whether you're reading today's bestseller or tomorrow's phenomenon, grisly horror or paranoia thriller, historical suspense or supernatural crime, one thing's for certain. You'll be thrilled to the core.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Downside: avoid if graphic violence and torture disturb you.
Without spoiling it for anyone I will just say that the plot is totally unbelievable - well beyond any possible suspension of disbelief. The coincidences are just too many, the reactions of the White House absolutely uncharacteristic and the response of the FBI against every procedural guideline. And the hero is too damn lucky!
For over 100 pages he manages to walk in, out and around the (alerted!) enemy encampment as he pleases. He explores, loots, escapes again and again, rescues, assassinates and saves the day with no trouble. Sure, he is Jack Reacher - but shouldn't the reader be even a little inclined to follow the story without rolling his eyes?
Finally, if one is not inclined to read the most minutiae details of how every single gun is designed, engineered and fired (from the firing pin hitting the bullet, to its path down the striated barrel and the release of the heated gases!), this is not a book I would recommend.
Unfortunately there is a major plot flaw which is where the 5th star is lost. [POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT HERE] Reacher is protecting the girl. He is VERY careful. The baddie knows who Reacher is and who the girl is. But suddenly Reacher lets her go into her office, be driven somewhere else by someone he doesn't know, to a client none of them knows, AND takes away her mobile phone. Sorry but no way. It's easy to understand LC wanted to make a dramatic situation out of that but he could have and should have not been so clumsy about it.
There's another much smaller flaw in the narrative but I include it just for fun:
Chapter 13 around two thirds of the way through - "The first button locked the oak door out to the elevator lobby. There was an electromagnetic mechanism that snicked the steel tongue into place, silently and unobtrusively."
Chapter 16 around one third of the way through - "His left hand moved and touched a button. In the silence she heard a click from the entrance door."
Either the lock is silent or it's not!
sooooo boring because page after page we have to put up with pointless details that add nothing to the story at all.
ie :- How guns work, describing every detail of the compound, road, trees, houses, doors etc etc etc He drones on and on because
these unnecessary details are a cheap way to write a book, page fillers.There is no skill to this way of writing at all
Is Child trying to copy Matt Hilton style in his Jo Hunter series ? To any one that hasn't tried Hiltons books do so you will understand
the difference between an author like Hilton and a page filler who writes complete dribble like Lee.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gritty gripping story full of excitement twist and turns. Would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thriller novel. Makes me want to read more Reacher novels.Published 12 days ago by Satchmo
A classic Jack Reacher thriller, though this time it's more luck than skill that gets him out of some scrapes. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Country girl