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Dissapointed. Very dissapointed.,
This review is from: A Wanted Man: (Jack Reacher 17) (Hardcover)
Is it ok to actually be angry about a book? I am. I have listened to every Reacher story in audiobook format and I listened to this one too. I have really enjoyed all the previous ones. Yes some have been better than others but they have all been good so when this one turned out to be such an awful stinker I was angry.
I just can't understand how a writer can fall so far. I felt like I was listening to a parody. All the Jack idiosyncrasies seemed magnified to a silly degree. We know Jack has an strange talent with numbers but does he have to know the height, weight, distance and age of everything?
I found myself speaking back to the book and telling him to "get on with it" as he stated a detailed deduction and then stated it again, and then laboured it a bit and then a bit more until finally smashing the point home with a sledgehammer. I have to say too, that some of the theories were incredibly tenuous especially those to do with use of language.
Was it just me or did Jack get bigger in this book? Early on he is described several times and it seemed to me that he was painted even bigger than before. Now I know that Jack is a big guy but here he is likened to a gorilla at one point and other descriptions make him sound monstrous. Is he fighting against the view of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher? Who knows?
The story was all over the place and there were times that I almost didn't continue with the book but being and audio reader is a fairly passive role so I continued. Not good.
I love finding books whith a great recurring central character (Spenser, Elvis Cole etc) and Reacher was one of those. I enjoyed the excitement of an impending new book. I think that romance with Jack may be over. That book was just bad. If I had read it first I would not be reading anymore. I hope he can turn it around.