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Good Sunday morning! I hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the transition to fall.

Book 19 in the Jack Reacher series is titled Personal, by Lee Child, and it’s another butt-kicking doozy. As is typical in these stories, retired military cop Reacher suddenly finds himself pulled back into service when he’d really rather just keep wandering the countryside. When the President of France is shot at by someone using an American bullet, Reacher is called on to help. The distance between the shooter and the target was exceptional, and the experts have narrowed it down to only a handful of people in the world. The primary suspect is a recently-released sniper who Reacher locked up fifteen years before, who’s now unaccounted for and presumably wreaking havoc. Is it possible the sniper maintained and even honed his skills while locked up? Is it possible that he has the financial backing and organizational skills required to take a shot at a President? That’s for Reacher, and his newly-appointed sidekick, novice Casey Nice to find out.

In Personal, like the others in the series, you can count on some heavy-duty action with a big body count at the end. While I generally like Reacher being the loner that is his nature, I enjoyed the twist of adding the rookie agent to work with him in this story. I wouldn’t want Reacher partnered up in every book, but it was nice to see a different side of him through his interactions with her. If you’re looking for a fast-paced story with dangerous political ramifications, this book is for you. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy drizzly Sunday morning, readers! I hope this finds you well.

So, this was book #18 in the Jack Reacher series, and Lee Child nailed it again with Never Go Back. In this story, former-military-Major-now-badass-drifter Reacher finds himself traveling from South Dakota to his old unit, the 110th MP, outside of Washington, DC. His intent is to meet the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, but when he arrives Turner is nowhere to be found. Coupled with her suspicious disappearing act, Reacher is blindsided with two pieces of shocking news upon arrival: one could land him in jail for the death of a man he supposedly assaulted sixteen years ago, and the other might mean he’s a daddy…I’ll leave you to picture that for yourself. The remainder of the book leads you on a cross-country chase with Reacher being pursued by the feds–from DC, through the hills of West Virginia, to Pittsburgh, to LA–in an attempt to clear both his and Turner’s good names. As always, there’s plenty of action-packed butt kicking along the way.

If you haven’t read any of the previous Reacher stories, you don’t need to in order to read this one. All of the books are independent of the others and give you enough “Reacher background” to understand his character. So give Never Go Back a try, and let me know what you think. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy Sunday everyone! I hope this finds you well.

This week’s read was a Lee Child book with his butt-kicking main character Jack Reacher, titled Persuader. I’ve read so many of these books that I can’t keep track, and I’ve read them completely out of order, but this was my favorite one so far.

In this caper, Reacher happens to be visiting the lovely city of Boston when he sees a man from his distant past. A man who’s been dead for a decade. When Jack reaches out to some of his old contacts to inquire out about the license plate of the dead man, let’s just say things get interesting. DEA agents suddenly become very interested in Reacher’s inquiry, and once they realize who he is, he’s asked to go undercover in a heavily guarded Maine mansion on the ocean. Why you may ask? As it so happens, the supposed-dead-man-in-question has ties to the mansion, a place where the government has placed an undercover female agent who hasn’t been heard from in days. The officials and Reacher setup a ruse–with some pretty big holes in it that will come back to bite him later–to get him inside the home on the rocky coast, and then he’s to take it from there. With a deadline of just a few days, it doesn’t seem likely that he’s going to accomplish the mission, but hey…it’s Reacher.

This book is the typical theme for Lee Child, but the stories never get repetitive, and this one really is great. It was super fast-paced and hard to put down, so set aside some time if you’re going to start this one. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Happy last day of September! And a big WOW to that.

This blog is going to be short and sweet, because a golf course is beckoning. 🙂 Gone Tomorrow was this week’s read, another Lee Child book, starring his vigilante bad*ss, Jack Reacher.  In typical form, Reacher finds himself inadvertently in the middle of a mess, which begins on a late night/early morning ride on a NYC subway. What initially appears to be a suicide bomber on the subway car turns out to be much, much more, with government implications leading to Osama bin Laden. And some of the bad guys in this book—who are evil to the core—are actually women. Don’t let that pretty face trick you, Reacher…

In my opinion, the book started out at a bit of a slow pace, but it found its rhythm pretty quickly. The ending was absolutely GREAT and well worth getting through the tempo of the early pages. So if you don’t mind a bit of blood and guts, give this one a go. Reacher has some classic one-liners and rids the world of lots of bad guys and girls in the process. ‘Til next week, happy reading!

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Happy Sunday morning readers~and Happy Father’s Day to many of you! I hope this finds you doing well.

This week’s read/listen was titled The Hard Way, by Lee Child, with his always-entertaining main character, Jack Reacher. This is probably my sixth of seventh Reacher book, and he’s still the drifter vigilante that he’s been in the previous reads. And like the other stories before this one, it was VERY good.

In this adventure, Reacher inadvertently witnesses a ransom drop off and pick up, and needless to say—it’s on. He’s subsequently hired by a very rich—and very psycho—man to find his kidnapped wife and step-daughter. Interestingly enough, the man’s first wife was also kidnapped and eventually killed. Hunh. Coincidence? Well, that’s for you and Reacher to find out…

As with all Reacher books, it’s very fast paced and will have your heart thumping throughout. Reacher uses his brain as much as possible to solve the mystery, but it wouldn’t be a Lee Child story if he didn’t have Reacher stomping some major *ss in several sections throughout the book. So yes, there’s definitely some broken bones, blood, and dead bodies by the end of it, but all those people had it coming. 🙂 ‘Til next week, happy reading!

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