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Author: Lee Child / Genre: Crime / Thriller

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      09.03.2010 13:44
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      A great read and will get you hooked on the Jack Reacher series

      Killing Floor is the first of Lee Child's Jack Reacher novels.

      This book is written in the first person so you really get a feel how Jack Reacher thinks and his reasons behind certain things. The basic information about Jack is that he is ex-military, he has no paperwork, no home and he just travels around America, seemingly always ending up in the wrong place at the wrong time. This book is no exception to that.

      I can't go into too much detail about the storyline as it will spoil it, but basically Reacher ends up in a sleepy town called Margrave. This town has just seen its first murder in 30 years so naturally Reacher being the stranger in the town is the prime suspect. It is clear that he has been set up from the start so when he is arrested he simply says nothing, and throughout the book you realise that not only is Reacher exceptionally handy when it comes to beating people up and getting answers, but he is also incredibly smart.

      After Reacher's arrest that's when the twist and turns in the storyline start to occur and that's when you will really get hooked. I literally couldn't put this book down until I found out who had committed the murder, and then I started reading the rest of the Jack Reacher novels, which are all equally as good, some are a bit better, but I haven't read a bad one yet.
      There are a few gory bits in the book (especially when Reacher is in the local jail) so be aware of that if you're not a fan, but I personally think they make the story much more interesting and real.

      The character of Jack Reacher is just one of those fictional characters you will love, he is a bit of a bad a** but he still has a heart, and due to some of the circumstances in this book, the vendetta against the people who have clearly set him up becomes extremely personal and you learn a lot more about Jack Reacher's character.

      This is a brilliant book, that will have you hooked from the very first chapter, and will encourage you to read the rest of the books in the series.

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        29.10.2009 15:11
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        The start of a major Jack Reacher crush

        If you have never read a Lee Child book featuring Jack Reacher the ex army loner who lives no where, has no Id and does not stay in anyone place too long then you really should. I read Killing floor the first Jack Reacher book last year and since have read all of the subsequent novels in the series.

        The story telling is amazing and you just cannot put them down it draws you into the story so much that you believe in the character and everything he stands for, if only he was real and i wasnt married i am pretty sure my fifty something year old mum feels the same way, we are absoloutly hooked on the stories all of which are woven in a way you feel like you are experiencing the action alongside Reacher.

        I have not heard anyone say a bad word about any of the Lee Child Jack Reacher books so far and i am only surprised that no-one has made them into a tv series yet. They are ideal for men or women of all ages and you will struggle to put them down the added benefit is they are available in hardback or paperback and often featured in the promotions at supermarkets so can be picked up as cheap as chips and you can guarantee you will pass them along as you will know someone else who will also love them i am sure my Killing floor went around 15 people before coming back to me.

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          11.10.2009 12:38
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          great debut novel with plenty more to follow!

          I picked up this book at the airport when I had run out of things to read and really enjoyed it, kept me entertained and gripped throughout my flight and I didn't want to put it down.

          This thriller introduces the inimitable character Jack Reacher. He is a bit of a loner hobo and a hero with a military past particulalry the military police. He turns up in a small town in Georgia on a whim as a homage to a long time dead guitar player and is subsequently arrested after the first murder in Margrave for over 30 years on the sole premise that he is the only stranger in town.

          There are plenty of twists and turns in this book with several conspiracy theories along the way that may just blast the perfect little town tag of Margrave, Georgia and further afield. Reacher goes to hell and back to clear his name and find the truth behind the murder which may be closer to home than he thinks! I don't want to spoil any of the twists and plot details just in case you end up reading it.

          I couldn't put this down it is a real page turner and as it is the first Lee Child Jack Reacher novel it leaves you wanting more and there are plenty to choose from, the hard part could be choosing which one!

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            24.06.2008 13:56
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            The perfect introduction to a rip-roaring hero

            Killing Floor is the first novel in a series written by Lee Child, that stars the character Jack Reacher.

            Jack Reacher, who has a habit of introduces himself as Jack Reacher (no middle name), lives nowhere, never has lived anywhere, unless you call a small box on an army base home. He's an ex military policeman who after being mustered out of the US military has become a loner. He has no driving licence, no picture ID's and no dependants but most of all he enjoys being as untraceable as a man in American can be. He may be a loner, he may be tough and he may have the skills to be a brutal killer but that is one thing he definitely is not.

            His decision to get off a bus and walk fourteen miles in the pouring rain into a no-account little town called Margrave is an arbitrary one. After spotting it on a fellow passengers map he made a thirty-second decision to pay a tribute to a long-dead guitar player who died there. Had his decision taken him longer he would have forgotten all about this place. So why when he's eating his breakfast is a murder suddenly pinned on him?

            The reason is Margrave doesn't have homicides in fact this is it's first in thirty years and Reacher being the only stranger in town is ultimately the prime suspect. Proving his innocence shouldn't be difficult - he didn't do it, but when people in top authority claim to have seen him in places he never could have been, the job suddenly becomes more difficult. There is however one thing he is certain of - they chose the wrong guy to take the fall.

            Killing Floor is a fantastically written novel. The story flows perfectly from beginning to end creating a novel you feel you cannot put down. The writing style of Child's is rather unique. His near constant use of short punchy sentences, which often make a novel seem patronising, simply build up drama and tension and aid him to tell a story that grabs and holds attention.

            The characters are written and describe with a true flare. They are loveable, mysterious, powerful and more importantly memorable all in one go. The lead character Reacher is in this novel given a wonderful introduction, which enable him to continue living on in future books. What we learn about him is never enough making us determined to find out more about this rather illusive character. In this way therefore Child not only ensure that we finish this novel but that we finish it wanting more and ultimately go on to read the next novel in the series.

            What makes the novel so good however is the fact that although the story is full of twists and turns that make sure you never know what to expect, it doesn't wander of the path of the main story. It is through Reacher's thoughts, feelings and fantastic investigative mind that Child keeps us constantly facing in the right direction and reveals to us drip by drip information to keep our own minds ticking over.

            All in all therefore I would highly recommend this book. It is a perfect introduction to the Jack Reacher character should you want to continue reading the rest of the novels in the series, which I'm sure you will, but is also suited to being read as a stand alone novel, as are the others in the series. Reacher himself is "one of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes in recent fiction" (JEFFERY DEAVER) and through being this also the reader to escape into his world.

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              29.10.2001 01:06
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              I have finally made a decision and put “Killing Floor” at the top of the list of this series of five novels about Jack Reacher, ex US army major and military cop. Reacher is the stranger in a small town in the middle of nowhere in Georgia and when a body is found all fingers point to him and he is arrested. The eyewitness is the chief of the town’s police dept so it must be true, and he is flung into jail for the weekend and ‘accidentally’ ends up on the wrong floor and spends the weekend trying to survive the jailhouse gangs. There he is sharing a cell with a skinny little nerd type who keeps half telling him things about the town and why he is in trouble – Reacher doesn’t care, on his release he is planning leaving town anyway. The town is very strange and the only reason Reacher was even there was that he had heard about an old guitarist that had possibly been murdered there a lifetime ago and thought he may as well visit. Although the town is well off the beaten track and he is the only stranger, all the businesses seem to be raking in money – even although they don’t appear to ever have customers! Then it turns personal – a loved one is brought into the mess and if there is one thing about Reacher, he takes things personally when someone does something to a loved one. Reacher makes it his mission to uncover all that is going on……. Bodies start appearing out of every corner – mostly mutilated – and Reacher ends up helping the main detective in the police dept to try to find out what is going on. His cell mate had told him there was a deadline this weekend then everything would be fine…… they have to find out what is going on and sort it out within the week. As always, Reacher’s army survival & defense training and detective skills come in highly useful. This book has it all: corrupt officials, dodgy warehouses,
              gossiping barbers, gorgeous Officer Roscoe and the tale of old Blind Blake!! The book is very well written and the plot is brilliant – kept me wondering throughout (again, I am too ashamed to admit to all the stupid stuff I thought was going on but wasn’t!!). If you have read any of my other opinions you will know that Reacher is my hero, that is what is so good about the way the author writes, all the characters come alive and you actually feel for them.

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                06.07.2001 04:35
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                Great debut

                Killing Floor is the first Jack Reacher book. The plot is quite involved and in the usual Child style we find out the facts slowly along with the main character. I thought that we would find out a lot about Reacher's background in this book but it is mentioned fleetingly. I suppose when this story was written Child would not have been considering future Reacher books so the background isn't as covered as much as it maybe would have been with hindsight.

                Killing Floor is written in the first person, which is a bit disconcerting if you have read any other Jack Reacher books which are all written in the third person. To begin with I thought that this was, well, wrong, Lee Child is not Jack Reacher, all the other books have taught me that so it took a bit of time to get used to it. In addition to this because it is written in the first person I found the writing to be a little stunted and felt that a lot of the description which features heavily in other books isn't as prevalent. Also because it is in the first person Reacher has to be present at a hell of a lot of events. This means that the story is limited in that we can't see what anyone else is up to. I am sure that Child would write this in the third person now and it would be a better read, having said that it is his first novel so he probably wouldn't change a word but his future novels have shown that he has learned from his first book. Having said that because Reacher has to be present at most major events it gives a fast pace to the book. Another criticism of the book could be that there are a fair amount of coincidences and events that stretch belief a little too far but that didn't detract too much from the book in my opinion.

                The story is based on a murder in a small town. This is the first murder for 30 years in Margrave and Reacher has just arrived in the town. Suspicion is immediately cast upon him and he has to prove his innocence. Before he can do so he becomes involved in the conspiracy and because of other events feels that it is responsibility to discover what is going on in Margrave.

                As is the usual fare for Reacher there is the element of romance, an intricate plot, a fair amount of violence and a great story.

                At the moment I would probably say Child is one of the best consistently excellent writers around. My favourite thing about Child's writing is that the plots are involved and there is seldom a wasted word. The start of the book is the start of the story; the end of the book is the end of the story, no unnecessary padding which is impressive when the book runs to 530+ pages. His writing is excellent and this is another book where I kept thinking I would just read another page but there was always something to hook the reader. The extra insight he gives, especially but not exclusively, in combat situations really adds to the story. The detail he goes into would be lost or missed in a movie which is a real pity as until there is a Jack Reacher movie then Child's work will be lost to a large audience.

                The book is generally available for £6 although can be purchased at whsmith online at a 20% discount (post and packing negates the savings though).

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                  30.05.2001 01:22
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                  Lee Child’s Killing Floor gives us yet another stunning Jack Reacher story. This ex military policeman bums around the U.S. doing his own thing, minding his own business. He enjoys being alone, nobody to answer to, nobody to feel responsible for. Reacher gets on a Greyhound bus in Tampa Florida and hours later he gets off on the outskirts of a small town called Margrave in Georgia. He doesn’t intend to stay long he just wants to make enquiries about a long-dead guitar hero who used to live in the town. Margrave puzzles Reacher – it is frighteningly perfect. No litter, precisely cut lawns, no peeling paint. Within minutes of sitting down to breakfast in the town’s perfect diner he is arrested and charged with murder. He isn’t worried, he has witness who saw him get on the bus and he spoke to the driver before he got off. He has his ticket stub as evidence. No, Reacher isn’t worried – but he should be!! This suspenseful novel twists and turns for chapter after chapter – just one bizarre fact is that the man Reacher is accused of killing turns out to be his brother whom he has not seen for nearly twenty years!! A guy like Reacher has to avenge his brother's death, and those of us who are familiar with him just know he will stop at nothing to do just that. Businesses in Margrave are paid $1000 dollars a week by the town council just to stay open!! Where does the money come from? Reacher asks too many questions and finds himself temporarily in prison where he sees plenty of action. His only chance of proving his innocence is by helping the local law enforcement officer and what a mistake that turns out to be. There’s a touch of romance too for this big macho guy with the looks and muscles of Arnold Schwarzenegger and the investigative skills of Columbo!! A must for Jack Reacher fans and a great introduction to those o
                  f you who have yet to read a Lee Child novel

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                  It has been a while since I read this book, but it still sticks out in my mind, whenever discussions on books arise. I first read it as a proof, and was so blown away, i went straight out and bought it as soon as I could. For a first novel, this is a great achievement. To drag the reader in and leave him/her wanting more is a great skill to have. Basically, a man finds himself in a place and a situation that he does not mean or want to be in. But he is the type of man that takes what comes, and deals with it. Through the book we get to see how he deals with it, and as the suspense grows, we begin to build our own little conspiracy theories in our minds as we learn more about what is going on in the town. Bet you can't guess!!!1 I have to admit that maybe the basic premise of the book is a tad far-fetched and contrived as to certain co-incidences and happenings etc, but we all know our world is strange and co-incidences do happen. But, by the latest book, that is part of what draws you closer to the author, because you know the situations are going to be extreme, and unlikely, but you are sharing that with the author. I have just picked up the latest Jack Reacher book, so will review that later.

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                  13.01.2001 04:20
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                  Killing Floor was Lee Child’s debut novel. The Story; Jack Reacher is a former Military Policeman, a nomadic loner and a man of few words. He is just passing through the sleepy town of Margrave, Georgia when he's arrested for a brutal murder he didn't commit. After some intricate plot-setting which has you completely mesmerised, the victim turns out to be Jack's brother. Don't alow this stretch of the imagination put you off, as this author has a way of making you believe. Jack is one cool customer and we find that this trait must have run in his family, because the motive behind his brothers killing would appear to be connected with the fact that he was conducting an investigation into wrong doing in Margrave. Jack decides to avenge his brother's death, but in order to do so, he must uncover Margrave's secrets before he becomes the next victim. Killing Floor is chock full of suspenseful. This excellent yarn keeps you in suspense from the first page, right though to the climatic finish. Killing Floor never lets up. As well as the action which runs through this book like an electric current, there are some genuinely unforgettable characters, including the local barber . . .yes folks, Lee Child can even make a decrepit old man exciting. I found myself drawn to this particular character and I was delighted when it turned out that the growing relationships between Jack and this elderly man is integral to the intelligently crafted plot - and their mutual survival. As well as being Lee Childs' first novel, Killing Floor was also the first in a series of ‘Jack Reacher’ thrillers, something I only recently discovered and as a result I now find myself looking for his books every time I spend a few minutes in my local bookstore. I’m going to read the other ‘Jack Reacher’
                  books just as soon as I can. According to On-Line book people opengroup.com, "a major Hollywood film of 'Killing Floor' from the producer of 'Rain Man' is now in progress". All I can say is, when I was reading this book, which is some few months ago now, I though to myself, what a great film it would make, as Lee Child is one of those authors who can ‘paint pictures’ with words. Only problem is, I seldom find the movie is as good as the book. - Well, not one of this calibre at any rate. Oh, and you find out one or two 'Very Interesting Facts' about worl finance in to the bargain. Enjoy - I know you will. GG PS I've just this minute found out that Lee Child has written yet another Jack Reacher book, Amazon have an interview with Lee Child about his new thriller, "The Visitor" . GG

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                  Jack Reacher is framed for a crime he didn't commit in a small town he's never visited.