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A good read, but over priced for a shortish book. And flagrant profiteering/marketeering by Lee Child.
on 7 April 2013
For the story - 4 or 5 stars.
For the price and making it come up with Lee Child as author 1 star. Lee Child wrote 3 pages to introduce the author and get his name linked to the book so that contemporary readers will be drawn to an "old author". I was not fooled and I don't think many will be - it did draw me in as I had run out of Reacher novels to read.
I am not disappointed by the book - it is an easy read and easy to see where Lee Child got his influences from - Travis McGee is not Jack Reacher, but if you like Reacher books, this will be familiar in style and content.
I can take the flagrant use of Lee Child to draw us to this latest re-print - I had never heard of John Macdonald, despite him being the author of Cape Fear and 60 other books, less famous and well known I assume in the 60's-80's.
What is unreasonable is paying nearly £10 for a book about half the length of a Reacher novel that can be had for 2/3 the price. So about 3x the price per page.
Kindle users of course will rejoice - finally a book that is way cheaper in kindle than in print. But as a "old fashioned reader" who likes to be able to leave his book in the sun, sit on it by mistake, drop it, read it with sunglasses in bright light, on the beach, by the pool and not worry it will stolen while I swim, or run flat at an annoying moment etc etc, the quad price over Kindle is way too much. So while Kindle prices should be less (for patently obvious reasons), I think the pendulum has gone too far the other way.
Price this re-printed series at £4.50 a pop and I'd rate this one 4-5 stars.
(Let's not turn this into a Kindle thread - they have their place and in the end its a personal choice - there is no right or wrong, really !!!!)