A Review of Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child

Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel

by Lee Child

Do you like a slower paced action thriller, with some mystery, quite a few twists and surprises, and a hero who is very low-key, but can do much more than nearly any human alive. Jack Reacher has been around for a long time. This is the nineteenth book in the series, and there has also been many short stories, and even a movie. But if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, this one will be a fine starting point. You can decide if you like the strong, silent, former U.S. Army M.P., who is so dominant in hand to hand combat, that he feels more like a Marvel SuperHero, than a normal human being. And most likely you will enjoy this episode of the Jack Reacher saga, because it is well paced, exciting, and has all the elements of a good mystery thriller. You will probably want to read some of the earlier books too, because they all have the same feel, and I think you really will like Jack Reacher.

If you already know Reacher, you probably have been waiting for this book, You may have read the short story Not a Drill, released last July, or picked up Faceoff, just to read Good and Valuable Consideration, a story putting Jack Reacher and Nick Heller together. Well you won’t be disappointed. This is a very good Reacher book. There are some interesting characters, and the story has a few more surprises than normal. The action is good, and Reacher is, well Reacher. But even though this is a good Reacher book it isn’t a great book. As in many action thrillers, most of the characters are rather flat. The story is more important than developing well-rounded characters, but a couple of them feel a little filled out.

I always enjoy the books in the Jack Reacher series, and this is no exception. I give Personal a solid 4 Stars out of 5, and a Big Thumbs Up. If you like Reacher, you will have a good time with this. If you don’t know the Reacher books, give this one a shot, if it sounds like something you might want to try. I think that you will become a Reacher fan.

I received this book for free from NetGalley and the publisher, Delacorte Press, in return for an honest review.

Book Description

PersonalJack Reacher returns in the latest fast-moving, action-packed, suspenseful book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child.
 
You can leave the army, but the army doesn’t leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon pulled back into service. This time, for the State Department and the CIA.

Someone has taken a shot at the president of France in the City of Light. The bullet was American. The distance between the gunman and the target was exceptional. How many snipers can shoot from three-quarters of a mile with total confidence? Very few, but John Kott—an American marksman gone bad—is one of them. And after fifteen years in prison, he’s out, unaccounted for, and likely drawing a bead on a G-8 summit packed with enough world leaders to tempt any assassin.

If anyone can stop Kott, it’s the man who beat him before: Reacher. And though he’d rather work alone, Reacher is teamed with Casey Nice, a rookie analyst who keeps her cool with Zoloft. But they’re facing a rough road, full of ruthless mobsters, Serbian thugs, close calls, double-crosses—and no backup if they’re caught. All the while Reacher can’t stop thinking about the woman he once failed to save. But he won’t let that happen again. Not this time. Not Nice.

Reacher never gets too close. But now a killer is making it personal.

Book Details

Series: Jack Reacher (Book 19)
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press (September 2, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0804178747
ISBN-13: 978-0804178747
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

 About the Author

Lee Child is the #1 internationally bestselling author of the Jack Reacher thrillers. His debut, Killing Floor, won both the Anthony and the Barry awards for Best First Mystery, and The Enemy won both the Barry and the Nero awards for Best Novel. “Jack Reacher”, the film based on the 9th novel, One Shot, stars Tom Cruise, Robert Duvall, Rosamund Pike, Jai Courtney, and David Oyelowo and debuted in December 2012. Child, a native of England and a former television director, lives in New York City and the south of France with his wife and daughter. Find out more about Lee Child and the Reacher novels on his official website: LeeChild.com, on Facebook LeeChildOfficial, on Twitter @LeeChildReacher, and YouTube leechildjackreacher.

Book Description and Details are from Amazon.  Personal (Jack Reacher) Hardcover

 

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