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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

 

A Review of Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel by Peter Robinson

Children of the RevolutionChildren of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel
by Peter Robinson

When I jump into a long running series with the current book, I always have a mixture of excitement and dread. I’m never sure if the lack of familiarity with the series will drag me down, but I really like to explore a popular series, to see what I have been missing. Mr. Robinson welcomed me with open arms. I never felt lost, and the characters came alive in very short order. Children of the Revolution is a great starting point to “The Inspector Banks Novels”, even though it is book 21 in the series. I will be keeping my eyes open for other books in this series.

I connected with Inspector Banks right away. Part of this connection may be that Banks and I have a very similar, eclectic musical taste. That music pops up quite often in the story and always drew me in. But even more than that, Banks feels very real, a well-fleshed out character, and this is just jumping into the middle of a long series. I imagine I would feel even closer to him after reading a few more books in the series. The other people that he works with, also feel quite realistic, though not quite as complete as Banks. I am looking forward to getting to know them better.

This is a Police Procedural, but since it takes place in northern England, near Yorkshire, it has a different feel than an American PP. It is more thoughtful, slower-paced without any intense, thriller-type scenes that many PPs set in the U.S. have. There is a psychological and philosophical component to the story that raises it above most PPs.

I give Children of the Revolution 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. I enjoyed the story very much. I recommend it to anyone that likes a slower-paced, more thoughtful mystery story, along the lines of the novels by Camilla Lackberg or Karin Fossum.

I received this Digital Review Copy for free from edelweiss.com.

Book Description
Release date: March 25, 2014

Multiple award-winning, New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Peter Robinson returns with Children of the Revolution, a superb tale of mystery and murder that takes acclaimed British Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks back to the early 1970s—a turbulent time of politics, change, and radical student activism.
The body of a disgraced college lecturer is found on an abandoned railway line. In the four years since his dismissal for sexual misconduct, he’d been living like a hermit. So where did he get the 5,000 pounds found in his pocket?
Leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks begins to suspect that the victim’s past may be connected to his death. Forty years ago the dead man attended a university that was a hotbed of militant protest and divisive, bitter politics. And as the seasoned detective well knows, some grudges are never forgotten—or forgiven.
Just as he’s about to break the case open, his superior warns him to back off. Yet Banks isn’t about to stop, even if it means risking his career. He’s certain there’s more to the mystery than meets the eye . . . and more skeletons to uncover before the case can finally be closed.

Product Details

Series: Inspector Banks Novels (Book 21)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (March 25, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062240501
ISBN-13: 978-0062240507
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pound

About the Author

Peter Robinson’s award-winning novels have been named a Best-Book-of-the-Year by Publishers Weekly, a Notable Book by the New York Times, and a Page-Turner-of-the-Week by People magazine. Robinson was born and raised in Yorkshire but has lived in North America for over twenty-five years. He now divides his time between North America and the U.K.

The book description is from Amazon.  Children of the Revolution: An Inspector Banks Novel