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I was surprised how drawn I was into this book & I really couldn't put it down. The title didn't exactly appeal to me but it was a cheap download from Amazon. A definite bargain.
The plot is based on ex military police officer being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Luckily for him he has the guile and skill to deal with some very harrowing situations with agility and strength. The author clearly has a good knowledge of the military as there were many in depth descriptions of firearms and tactics. Whilst normally this would make me run for the hills, in this context it works.
Jack Reacher's character gradually unfolds and while you learn only tit-bits about his past you do really want to learn more. There are some big moments in the book which really surprise you, there are also some gory parts. I'm really not a fan of gory books/movies/etc however it was manageable in this story & is probably necessary to contribute to the plot. Throw in a strong female character & some romantic tension & you've got a real page turner.
An easy, entertaining and at times surprising read.
This is the first Jack Reacher novel and gradually through the book introduces his background as an ex-military police officer. It is set in a very small town in Georgia (USA) and Reacher as an outsider passing through is accused of murder.
The story has a few twists and turns and but the 'reveals' are not dramatic but can be gory. The book tends to focus on character development of Reacher and the supporting cast (the local police force). I am aware that the Reacher books tend to have more of a female following but I would not state it as a 'girly' read. Reading the descriptions of female characters and romantic elements, it is obvious that it is written from a masculine point of view and is not overly romanticised.
The depth given to the characters more than compensates for the lack of a big shock factor, that some action/thriller books can be rely on. There are of course a few implausible and morally dubious subplots and resolutions but nothing too audacious.
I would recommend this book as an easy and enjoyable read, it made me want to find out more about the character and subsequently read the next few Jack Reacher books.