The Midnight Line by Lee Child

The Midnight Line, A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child; 2017; $28.99; 368 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59348-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 11/21/17-11/23/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read every book in the series and enjoy reading them.

Reacher gets off a bus, walks past a pawn shop and sees a West Point class ring in the window.  He buys it and searches for the owner of the ring to return it.  It puts him right in the middle of two of today’s biggest issues, treatment of disable veterans and the opiod epidemic. As he gets the bad guys to play tag and name the next step of the ladder he puts himself and the allies he picks up in harms way.  But they don’t mind because the ring belongs to a family member of one and the other one is also on the side of right.

Grade A


No Middle Name by Lee Child

No Middle Name, The Complete Collected Jack Reacher Short Stories by Lee Child; 2017;$27.00;418 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-399-59357-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gregory Heights; 7/6/17-7/9/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read all of the Reacher novels and really enjoyed them.

A series of stories that cover a wide range of time.  Stories of Reacher from when he was in middle school to the current day.  These stories show why Reacher is who he and how he became to be the man he is today and all the different influences that have shaped him.  As a former military brat I could relate to some of the stories of Reachers’ early life.  If Lee Child is not a former military brat, he talked to someone who was to picture that so vividly.

Grade A

Night School by Lee Child

Night School by Lee Child; 2016; $28.99; 369 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-8041-7880-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham; 1/18/17-1/22/17

Why did I read this?  Because I have read every other book in the Reacher and find Lee Child’s work to be an enjoyable escape from real life every once in awhile.

Jack Reacher is bigger and uglier than he appears on the movie screen and a bigger badass also.  Now that my opinion is out of the way, let me tell you about the book.  It’s a prequel to all the other Reacher books.  This one takes place while Reacher is still in the Army, he is given a temporary assignment to attend a school for the Army.  It’s cover for a mission that pairs him with someone from the CIA and the NSA.  It involves travel to the European continent, relics of the Cold War, both human and otherwise.  It shows that Reacher can work as part of a team, but that he still prefers human interaction and wants to do what is right.




snuff said

Make Me by Lee Child; 2015; $28.99; 402 pages; Delacorte Press; New York, NY; 978-0-8041-7877-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 9/21/15-9/23/15

Reacher takes a train and gets off at a place called Mother’s Rest.  He is intrigued by the name and how it came to be in the middle of nowhere.  He, being Reacher, tries to find out the meaning of the name but in doing so he becomes the object of suspicion among certain members of the community.  He hooks up with a retired FBI agent who is trying to find her fellow private eye who disappeared in Mother’s Rest.  As they investigate they are subject to several indignities and acts of violence all over the southwest.  They begin to think they know what is going on in Mother’s Rest but in a twist that neither they nor I saw coming it is completely different.  The people who are involved are taking advantage of those who are attempting, for what ever reason, to end their lives.

Grade A

Did I enjoy it?  The character of Reacher is awesome and Lee Child’s ability to keep the suspense going for so long is amazing..

What is with the title of the review?  No explanation offered, you will have to read the book.

Reacher comes to Oregon and ends up in London

Personal, A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child; 2014; $28.00; 353 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-8014-7847-7; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Hillsdale; 10/9/14-10/12/14

Someone has tried to assassinate the President of French and the only thing that stop them was a new composite material that stopped a bullet.  There are only a certain number of snipers who could have made the shot and one of them had been apprehended by Reacher when he was a military policeman.  Reacher is brought in to try and find him again, to figure out what his plan is and  to try and stop him.  He is faced with interference from all kinds of intelligence agencies from around the globe even perhaps the United States.  He has to face someone even bigger than himself along with English and Serbian gangsters.  Reacher manages to put it all together and realizes what has really been going on and brings everything to a conclusion.


Did I enjoy it?  Yes it was a wild ride that took Reacher around the world and gave him a chance to use his detective skills as well as just beat the crap out of some people.

What is with the title of the review?  Reacher travels around the country and happens to pass through Portland on his way to Seattle where he is pulled into his latest adventure.  Wish Lee Child would set one of the stories in Oregon.