Night School (Jack Reacher #21)
Lee Child (Goodreads Author),
I zipped through this one in four sittings, I think. It’s the first Reacher novel I’ve read where the story takes place while he’s still in the army. In this one he’s on a mission to save the world, instead of some anonymous person along the back roads of America.
There’s the usual action and fight scenes and even a couple sex scenes. I like the way Lee Child describes the smutty stuff, almost with military precision, and not like fifty shades of pornography.
The book is well-paced and it steadily picks up speed as the action and story unfold. One of my editors explained a writing trick in which the author uses short or brief sentences to speed things along. I completely understand it, having been caught up to the point where I didn’t want to put the book down. It works.
Personal (Jack Reacher, #19)
by Lee Child (Goodreads Author)
I’ve read a few of Lee Child
‘s Jack Reacher novels now, and I have to say Personal
was probably my favorite. I found a little more dry (Reacher) humor in this one, and a lot less of Child’s sometimes painfully slow narrative.
I liked the characters and the plot moved well, with a couple of twists to keep you guessing right until the end. For me, it was a fun read!
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.
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.