Going Back – Reacher 2

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So I’m one of those Jack Reacher fans who always comments on how Tom Cruise doesn’t fit the main character in Lee Childs books of the same name. Having said that, I must admit that Cruise’s acting fills the void in his character’s size.

In Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, our hero adds two female sidekicks. That is very unusual for Reacher, who, at one point states, “I usually work alone.” His two female partners in crime fighting soften the story somewhat, adding both humor and sexual tension.

The depth of Cruise’s acting is shown in his subtle facial expressions, when he learns that his companions can actually help him catch the bad guys. Some critics say the movie lacked superhero action, but that’s the whole idea behind Jack Reacher-he’s not a superhero. He’s only one man.

The movie wasn’t really a sequel to the first, just Reacher’s continuing adventures while he travels around the country. Cathryn and I thought it did well on it’s own and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We both gave the movie a 9 out of 10.

 

 

A Devil is Waiting – Jack Higgins

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by Jack Higgins

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Oct 09, 2016  · 


I thought this book was mediocre at best. Although this is the first Jack Higgins novel I’ve read, I have seen movies made from his books.
In considering the high praise this author has received, I was disappointed with this book. I thought the action was a bit lackluster, or maybe too predictable.
Are other readers tiring, as I am, of characters who are independently wealthy, but choose to be superheros for something to do? Honestly, I expected more.

The Escape – David Baldacci

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by David Baldacci

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Feb 18, 2016  


I thought this was a great book with an intriguing story and interesting characters. John Puller seems more believable than Jack Reacher.
My only complaint is that it was a bit long, and could have easily been trimmed shorter by eliminating repetition. It was my first novel by this author, but it won’t be my last.
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The Bone Bed – Patricia Cornwell

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by Patricia Cornwell

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from April 28 to May 11, 2014

 

Not my cup of tea.
For a best selling author I expected much more.
Ninety-five percent of the book was dialog, and half of the time I was confused as to who was saying what.
The story evolved at a good pace with great character development, but then it ended very abruptly.
It bothers my how many top authors today divide  chapters wherever they see fit…sometimes in the middle of a conversation, resulting in up to a hundred chapters with no rhyme or reason. Just saying.

The Kill Room – Jeffrey Deaver

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by Jeffery Deaver

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

Sep 18, 2016  · 

 

This is the first Jeffrey Deaver novel I’ve read, although I’ve seen the movie, The Bone Collector, based on another of his books.
For anyone who loves forensics and whodunits, this novel will more than satisfy your appetite. It was more of a spy thriller, than the serial killer story in Bone Collector.
I found the story a bit slow at first, but then it changed gears and I couldn’t put the book down. Deaver gives us lots of twists and turns making the good guys into bad guys, then flips it around to make you wonder who is good and who is bad.
Personally, I was let down by what I thought was an anti-climatic ending. It seemed like the story ended chapters earlier, but the author dragged it on to tidy things up.
Overall the book is very well written and it keeps you thinking and guessing until the end.

Threat Vector – Tom Clancy

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Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from February 08 to 15, 2014


This is my kind of book!
A complicated spy thriller that is meticulously woven together with great drama and action.
I love the Jack Ryan character and the movies that have been built around him.
My only complaint is how Clancy gets a bit too wordy at times, causing me to skim.
As an author, I must say I’m puzzled at how he continues to write books while being deceased. My guess is it helps to have a stable of authors like Mark Greaney who can obviously write, but rely on Clancy’s name for sales. I suppose it’s just like Kentucky Fried Chicken – the Colonel is dead, but we continue to eat his chicken.

Inferno – Dan Brown

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by Dan Brown

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Edmond Gagnon‘s review

 
Read from May 18 to June 02, 2014


Probably the best book I’ve ever read!
Maybe I was taken in by Dan Brown’s style. The book had my kind of action from the start, and it never stopped. I love how he blended in history and art lessons, while giving readers a closeup look at some of the worlds most famous places in Florence and Istanbul.
I was a bit intimidated by the length of the book, but I breezed through it with pleasure.
I’m sure it will make a great movie!

The Lost Symbol -Robert Langdon

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Posting my previous Book Reviews:

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
by Dan Brown (Goodreads Author)

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Edmond Gagnon‘s Review on Goodreads

Read from May 25 to June 10, 2015


Excellent book!
Dan Brown grabs you within the first few pages and holds on to you through the whole book. There’s a great character twist at the end, but I was a tiny bit disappointed with the ending. The story went so deep into the symbolic and mythical world, I expected more. Perhaps I just wanted more.

Pursuader – Jack Reacher

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If I could only get the vision of Tom Cruise out of my head when I’m reading Jack Reacher novels. I like his work, but surely they can find another actor who’s at least a foot taller. And Cruise is returning for another Reacher film.
Anyway, I enjoyed the story in Persuader, and Reacher’s usual antics. My only complaint with Lee Child’s writing is that he goes overboard with details. I don’t need to spend two pages finding out how someone exited a car door.
Being a writer, I have to wonder how he gets away with run on sentences, with no punctuation, for up to a whole page at times. Fame and style I guess.
Enough said. The book is a good action thriller that has me looking forward to my next Reacher escapade.

The Two Bill’s – Part 2

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This story appears in my first book, A Casual Traveler

 The Way Back 

            Usually, going somewhere is more fun than coming back. Whenever I plan a trip I try to take that into account. I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I hate covering the same ground twice. I’d much rather make a loop and go out of my way, than drive down the same road more than once. Unless something is worth seeing again, from a different perspective.

            Cathryn and I had a great ride getting to Vancouver, but I knew I had my work cut out for me, trying to find an eventful and scenic way back home. The whole idea of the trip was to cover new ground, since both of us had been out west before. Seattle came to mind. Although I’d been there twice, I never had time to see more than a few token attractions on the waterfront.

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