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Tripwire: A Jack Reacher Novel (Jack Reacher Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, 7 Mar 2013

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  • Audio CD: 12 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161176193X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611761931
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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"Brings to mind the knight-errant adventures of John D. McDonald's Travis McGee." --Booklist

Grabs hold with the first page . . . This is pulse-pounding suspense. Arizona Daily Star
A stylistic thriller as complex and disturbing as its hero. Stephen White
A bang-up finale . . . Makes the reader sit back and gasp. The Denver Post

Gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be. Michael Connelly"

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Format: Paperback
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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After the gung-ho action of "Die Trying", it was definitely a sensible move to reign back the kill count for this third Jack Reacher novel. Tripwire is actually similar in style and structure to the original (Roacher roams about freely, gradually unravelling the mystery).

It's not giving away much to mention where the bulk of the tale takes place. The cities of Miami and New York are used splendidly, and again, it's a nice change from Die Trying as that was set almost entirely in the countryside.

The chief bad guy, 'Hook Hobie', is probably the finest lead villain of the series so far. He's a monsterously evil man, and waiting for him to come a cropper to Reacher is one of the guilty pleasures of the book. Hobie has a good backstory too. He's very well developed.

Also good is the introduction of Jodie Garber, Reacher's new love interest. In a change from the previous books, Garber is not just a random cop or agent-on-scene, she's a ghost from Reacher's army past. This allows some good page time to be spent exploring Reacher's feelings towards the army (and Jodie), providing good depth to the narrative.

Overall, this is a huge improvement over Die Trying, itself an excellent yarn. Tripwire though is a wonderfully crafted thriller. It's difficult to predict what will happen next and it will keep you on your toes from beginning to end. Fully recommended.
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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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What the hell is going on here? I've read 5 or 6 of the Reacher novels, in no particular order, and absolutely loved every one of them. Totally astounded that this one turns out to be the worst book I've read in about 2 years. The plot meanders and drags. There is virually no action and what there is is written with lacklustre. Child manages to invoke in the reader no empathy for the good guys and no animosity for the bad guys, even the over-theatrically evil Hobie. Worst of all, the love story dominates and overwhelms the entire novel. Most of the book is Reacher flying from one place to another and then somewhere else, with long and detailed descriptions of the interior of the plane cabins, even down to the construction of the 1st class seats. At one point Child devotes 6 pages to a excrutiatingly detailed description of how a one-armed man undresses for bed. I had figured out the entire plot, including the 'twist' at the end, by a third of the way into the book, making Reacher look very stupid for the rest of the story as I had it figured out with the same information he had. I can't believe this was written by the same author as the other books. Surely they must have got Jackie Collins or Jilly Cooper in to write it under the Child name?
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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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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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