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I enjoyed this one. I actually quite like the ones where Reacher is working with other people to fix something.
And I prefer the buildup of the story, rather than the conclusion where Jack kicks arse. I often skip bits of the endings where there's lots of fighting etc. ( )
  infjsarah | Aug 24, 2014 |
I've never read Lee Child before but based on what I've heard thought he would be one of the better thriller writers. Downloaded this book for free on Kindle about a year ago and in retrospect that wasn't cheap enough to justify getting it.

It started out promisingly enough with an action scene that propels the protagonist, Jack Reacher, forward into the thriller plot. Although the book was a thrill a minute (if you count extensive descriptions of firearms, hackneyed descriptions of killing and occasional sex), I was kept going by the feeling that there had to be major surprises in store. It just couldn't be that the people who appeared good (and most of them were really good) and those who appeared bad (and they ranged from very bad to extremely bad) really could be what they appeared. But sadly, they all were. The "plot" was just a question of how Reacher would kill them all the bad ones while rescuing some of the good ones and avoiding being killed himself.

Some of the purported suspense comes from situations you can't possibly imagine how Reacher will escape. Like a 300 pound killer with two guns who has cornered him weaponless. In that case, the killer decides to put down his guns and beat Reacher to death with his bare hands -- which doesn't work out too well. About three more bad guys similarly take their time describing their diabolical plans to Reacher while letting him handle what they think are unloaded guns -- but surprise, surprise, they're loaded. Similar plot devices make this increasingly a chore to read. ( )
  nosajeel | Jun 21, 2014 |
written in first person
  kpm1230 | Mar 28, 2014 |
My blog post about this book is at this link. ( )
  SuziQoregon | Mar 26, 2014 |
Persuader is one of the many Lee Child novels featuring Jack Reacher, an ex-military police officer who now passes his time as a loner and vigilante. He doesn’t go looking for trouble, but it keeps finding him. (Actually one isn’t sure what he is looking for, but it’s a moot point since “bad luck and trouble” as one of Child’s other books is called, keeps following Reacher around.)

Like the other six or so Jack Reacher books I have read, this one features snappy, macho dialog, short sentences, at least one very attractive, competent woman, and a few surprising plot twists. In this book, the biggest surprise takes place in the first 30 pages, but the rest of the book holds one’s interest and is not anticlimactic.

Lee Child is very consistent in his portrayal of Jack Reacher: tough, very tough; completely uninterested in monetary rewards; and driven to see that evildoers get their comeuppance. This book may be significant in that for the first time Reacher encounters a bad guy who is bigger (a lot bigger) and tougher than he is. Don’t worry. Jack hasn’t gone soft. This bad guy, at nearly 7 feet tall and over 400 pounds, would be more than a match for Hulk Hogan in his prime. To find out how Jack handles this monster in hand to hand combat, you’ll have to read the book.

The book is pure escapism, well executed. As always, the bad guys are really bad, and the good guys will have to overcome some serious obstacles to prevail. As an added bonus, the author treats (if that’s the right word) the reader to a discussion of the comparative merits of a host of different assault weapons. Child keeps the action taut, usually ending most chapters with a brief sentence that makes you reluctant to put the book down.

Evaluation: I would rate this book as one of the best Reacher novels, with Child at the top of his game. This is the seventh book in the Jack Reacher series, but there is no need to read them in order.

(JAB) ( )
  nbmars | Jan 15, 2014 |
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Jack Reacher, the taciturn ex-MP whose adventures in Lee Child's six previous solidly plotted, expertly paced thrillers have won a devoted fan base, returns in this explosive tale of an undercover operation set up by the FBI to rescue an agent investigating Zachary Beck, a reclusive tycoon believed to be a kingpin in the drug trade. The novel begins with a bang as Reacher rescues Beck's son from a staged kidnapping in order to get close to his father--and trace the connection between Beck and Quinn, a former army intelligence officer who tried to sell blueprints of a secret weapon to Iraq but was murdered before he could pull it off. Or so Reacher thinks, until he spots Quinn in the crowd at a concert in Boston.
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Jack Reacher, the taciturn ex-MP whose adventures in Lee Child's six previous solidly plotted, expertly paced thrillers have won a devoted fan base, returns in this explosive tale of an undercover operation set up by the FBI to rescue an agent investigating Zachary Beck, a reclusive tycoon believed to be a kingpin in the drug trade. The novel begins with a bang as Reacher rescues Beck's son from a staged kidnapping in order to get close to his father--and trace the connection between Beck and Quinn, a former army intelligence officer who tried to sell blueprints of a secret weapon to Iraq but was murdered before he could pull it off. Or so Reacher thinks, until he spots Quinn in the crowd at a concert in Boston. As usual, Child ratchets up the tension and keeps the reader in suspense until the last page, although his enigmatic hero hardly ever seems to break a sweat. In the tough guy tradition, Reacher and his creator are overdue for a breakout, and this muscular, well-written mystery might be the one. --Jane Adams

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Ex-military cop Jack Reacher gets caught in the middle of an off-the-books FBI drug investigation when he spots an old nemesis--believed to be dead for ten years--alive and well in Boston and his attempts to tap into his old resources for help brings the federal agents to his door.… (more)

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