if it’s not one thing it’s another

Never Go Back by Lee Child; 2013; $28.00; 400 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; Fiction; 978-0-385-344-340; checked out from Multnomah County Library; 10/12-10/14

Why did I pick this up?  Because I have read all the previous Reacher novels and really enjoyed them.  Lee Child has created a character that moves about the country and also has grown and changed throughout the series.

What is the story?  Reacher finally gets to Washington to meet the woman whose voice he has only heard on the telephone. She is currently the commanding officer of a unit of Military Police that Reacher was formerly the CO of.  When he arrives at her office she has been arrested and thrown in a cell on a charge of accepting a bribe and some marionette martinet has replaced her.  Reacher is returned to duty and summarily arrested on a 16 year old complaint.  Reacher then breaks himself and Major Susan Turner out of the stockade, so they can investigate.  The investigation takes them from DC to LA and back again, the investigation ranges from Afghanistan to the highest levels of the U.S. Government.  We meet a couple of new characters that I would like to see again.  Reacher moves on after clearing his and Major Turners names and foiling a group miusing the US government, (and no it’s not Congress).

Did I like it?  Yes, once again Reacher lives to investigate and helps someone in need.  He is constantly growing and changing.


What is with the title of the review?  With Reacher there are always things coming from Reachers past to impact his future.  In this story it is an old assault complaint and a possible paternity suit.

PS. I wish people would quit talking about Tom Cruise in the Reacher movie because I am trying to put that completely out of my mind.


Lee Child made me stay up Late!

A Wanted Man by Lee Child; 2012; $28.00; 405 pages; Delacorte Press, New York, NY; 978-0-385-3443-3; Checked out from Mutlnomah County Library, St. Johns; 1/17-1/18

Why did I pick this up?  I am a big fan of Lee Child’s Jack Reacher series and this is the newest entry in the series.

What is the story?  As the end of the last contemporary Lee Child book Jack was leaving Nebraska to head to Virginia to meet Susan, and that is where this story picks up, with Jack on the Interstate hitchhiking east.  He is picked up by two men and a woman in a sedan.  Little does he know that he has managed to land himself in the middle of a case that involves the FBI, the State Department, the CIA, Local law enforcement and international terrorists.  To say anymore would be to spoil the story.  Know that all the action and personality you have come to expect from Jack Reacher is here.  By the way the real Jack Reacher is nothing like the pretty boy portrayed in the the new movie.

Did I like it?  Yes, each and every Jack Reacher novel is an exciting page turner and an exciting adventure.


What is with the title of the review?  I was reading this at bedtime last night and ended up staying up until the book hit me in face multiple times and then I knew I needed to go to sleep.

What I Read

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    One Shot

by Lee Child; 2005; Delacorte Press, New York; 376 pages;Fiction Child;6/16-6/17
The latest in the Jack Reacher series from Lee Child continues in the same suspenful tradition. This time Reacher starts in Florida and ends up in Minnesota, headed to Colorado. This time Reacher sets out to bury (figuratively) someone he investigated during the first Gulf War. The military covered up something and it has come back to haunt Reacher and the guilty party. There are plot twist aplenty, sometimes it seems like riding a roller coaster in the dark. RRRr