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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 FaceOff, Edited by David Baldacci

FaceOff
Edited by David Baldacci

I was drawn to the concept of this book of short stories. The idea of bringing two characters from different authors’ series’ together intrigued me. It works fairly well. Some of the match-ups are perfect and you can even get the feel of both author’s styles in the writing. Many of the stories the two characters work well together, but the style feels more generic. But none of the stories were bad. I enjoyed the book, but it just didn’t meet my high expectations. I was ready to be blown away, and that didn’t happen. Most of the stories seemed too short to fully develop the whiz-bang, golly-gee, this-is-great feeling that I was hoping for.

I give this short story collection 4 Stars out of 5 and a Thumbs Up. If you like thrillers and short stories, I think you will enjoy reading this. You will like seeing some of your favorite characters working with someone who you know from a different series. You will have fun reading it, just like I did.

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

Book Description
Release date: June 3, 2014

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). All of the contributors to FaceOff are ITW members and the stories feature these dynamic duos:

· Patrick Kenzie vs. Harry Bosch in “Red Eye,” by Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly
· John Rebus vs. Roy Grace in “In the Nick of Time,” by Ian Rankin and Peter James
· Slappy the Ventriloquist Dummy vs. Aloysius Pendergast in “Gaslighted,” by R.L. Stine, Douglas Preston, and Lincoln Child
· Malachai Samuels vs. D.D. Warren in “The Laughing Buddha,” by M.J. Rose and Lisa Gardner
· Paul Madriani vs. Alexandra Cooper in “Surfing the Panther,” by Steve Martini and Linda Fairstein
· Lincoln Rhyme vs. Lucas Davenport in “Rhymes With Prey,” by Jeffery Deaver and John Sandford
· Michael Quinn vs. Repairman Jack in “Infernal Night,” by Heather Graham and F. Paul Wilson
· Sean Reilly vs. Glen Garber in “Pit Stop,” by Raymond Khoury and Linwood Barclay
· Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona in “Silent Hunt,” by John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker
· Cotton Malone vs. Gray Pierce in “The Devil’s Bones,” by Steve Berry and James Rollins
· Jack Reacher vs. Nick Heller in “Good and Valuable Consideration,” by Lee Child and Joseph Finder

So sit back and prepare for a rollicking ride as your favorite characters go head-to-head with some worthy opponents in FaceOff—it’s a thrill-a-minute read.

Product Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (June 3, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1476762066
ISBN-13: 978-1476762067
Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the International Thriller Writers

The International Thriller Writers is an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This would include (but isn’t limited to) such subjects as murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and myriad similar subject areas.
ITW’s mission is “To bestow recognition and promote the thriller genre at an innovative and superior level for and through our Active members; to provide opportunities for mentoring, education and collegiality among thriller authors and industry professionals; and to grant awards for excellence in the thriller genre.” ITW By-laws: Article II, Purposes, Section 2.
One of the main purposes of the organization is to provide a way for successful, bestselling authors to help debut and midlist authors advance their careers. To that end, ITW has designed numerous, effective programs and events which promote debut and midlist writers and their work, sometimes in partnership with bestselling authors. In addition, ITW promotes literacy, gives money to worthy organizations, supports libraries, and advances the genre. Finally, it brings together almost a thousand writers, readers, publishers,  editors and agents at its annual conference, ThrillerFest, as well as at CraftFest, a writing workshop program, and PitchFest, where aspiring authors can meet and pitch top literary agents.

The book description is from Amazon.  FaceOff