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Review of ‘Jack Reacher Series: Best Reading Order’

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Some people like to read the end of a book before the beginning, and some people absolutely hate reading series books out of order. Lee Child, who writes the Best Reading Order series, writes for the latter. In his book Jack Reacher Series: Best Reading Order, he lists all the Reacher series books up to the 2017 publication date, with a synopsis and commentary.

You really don’t need this. If you’re not a read from the top type, you won’t care, and if you already are, well, you don’t need to be told. But, at 99 cents, what have you got to lose? If you haven’t read the books, this is a good way to get a sneak look at the ones you’ve yet to read.

Not a total waste. I give it four stars. It was technically well done, and I did find a nugget or two of useful information. I received a free copy of this book.

Review of ‘Night School’

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Night School by Lee Child is the 21st book in the Jack Reacher series, but it is takes us back to Reacher’s early years when he’s still a major in the army MP Corps.

One morning he’s given a medal for the successful conclusion of a big mission, and that afternoon he’s assigned to a training course; a vague course in an isolated location just outside Washington, DC. The class has only two other students, an FBI agent and a CIA analyst, both of whom, like Reacher, have just successfully finished big cases. They soon learn, though, that this ‘is not a school.’

Washington has received information that a Jihadist cell in Hamburg, Germany received a strange note: ‘The American wants a hundred million dollars.’ Who the American is, and what he is offering for such a sum is unknown, but the fear is that it means a massive terror attack. The three are assigned to find the American, learn the potential target, and put a stop to whatever is planned.

Fans of Jack Reacher will love this story. It’s classic Reacher, a man of few words, but lots of action, who thinks and acts outside the box to get the job done. The action is nonstop, and in true Jack Reacher form, often bloody. This one is a prime candidate for a movie.

I received this book as a gift.

A great five-star read.

Review of ‘Make Me’

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Ex-military cop, Jack Reacher, hasn’t much to do and no place in particular to go. So, when the train he’s on stops in the little farm town of Mother’s Rest, he decides to get off and explore. The town’s not much; a few grain silos and miles of wheat fields. But, he encounters Michelle Chang, a PI who mistakes him for her missing partner. He was working what she thought was a trivial case, and had asked for backup; now he’s missing. With nothing else to do, Reacher decides to hang around with her a while. In doing so, he soon finds himself in the crosshairs of people who want him gone, but Reacher has a motto—if you want me to leave, ‘make me.’

Lee Child’s Make Me is another mile-a-minute, no-nonsense thriller featuring Jack Reacher, a man with no home, but with large principles, and he hates being pushed around. This book, like Reacher, will grab you by the short hairs and hang on until you squeal like a stuck pig. Pulse-pounding excitement on every page will keep you turning pages to see what happens next, and next, and next, until you’re finally satisfied that justice has been done. The only problem is, you’ll never be sure.

Not a book for the faint of heart, or for those who like their heroes cut and dry. Reacher is the uncompromising anti-hero who has his own concept of right and wrong, and when he feels he’s right, it’s best not to stand in his way.

I received a copy of this book as a gift. It wasn’t my birthday, and it wasn’t Christmas, but it was the best gift so far this year.

If you like your fiction dark, you’ll love this. I give it five stars.