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I always used to look forward to the next Jack Reacher adventure but the last few books have been a poor imitation of the early stories.

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.
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I had waited a few months for this having pre ordered it back in April. I am sad to say that it wasn't really worth the wait. I read my first Jack Reacher book about 12 months ago and then felt compelled to read the the other 17. I would have give 5 starts to all of the preceding 18 books in this series and I really can't put my finger on what this one is lacking. Don't get me wrong, this is my rating based on my having read the earlier books in the Reacher series and it may well work as a stand alone read for you. There is just something with this book doesn't work. Maybe it is down to the fact that this story is based more in the UK and not in Reachers home country (America) where he drifts from state to state. As a UK reader I enjoy the journeys as Reacher is very good at describing rural and urban America. Romford just doesn't conjure up the same mystique. Perhaps the fact that Reacher was created by an English Author and our hero is an American unfamiliar with England compels the author to over egg it.

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.
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Very disappointing! I feel sad that the great Jack Reacher character has gone from being an interesting laconic lone drifter, to an International CRUISE missile.The storyline was very poor and seemed contrived to attract Hollywood interest.
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I've read all the Reacher books and, as usual, looked forward to this but it was poor. I skimmed a lot of it as it was boring and implausible. What was all the rubbish on the bowling green? If someone told me Lee Child didn't write this, I'd believe them. Poor
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By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2014
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Despite my attempts at literary pretension I am still easy duped by a solid story. Having gone through all of Stephen King's books I picked up a Jack Reacher book (One Shot) from a community library. Determined not to like it from the outset I was hauled in, slapped around and converted within a few chapters.

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.
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By J. E. Parry VINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2014
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I am a big Reacher fan. I have read every book and they have been one of the most look forward to events of the year. Unfortunaterly something has broken. In reality I think they have been hit and miss since 61 Hours. However even an average Reacher has been entertaining, just not at the same level.

Personal has ended that run.

I have found this hard to maintain interest in. The story should have been more gripping than it was. The pace has been much slower than usual and with little of the action and adventure you normally expect. This will sound like heresy to many of the other Reacher Creatures but maybe it's time for a rest. Time for Lee Child to try something else and regain his vision and re-hone his skills.

Another problem is that he has become so successful that there are now imitators aplenty. Therefore Reacher has begun to lose his unique selling point.
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