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"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.
Reacher has no particular place to go and all the time in the world to get there, and there's something about Chang...so he teams up with her and starts to ask around. He thinks: How bad can this thing be? But before long he's plunged into a desperate race through LA, Chicago, Phoenix, and San Francisco and through the hidden parts of the Internet, up against thugs and assassins every step of the way - right back to where he started, in Mother's Rest, where he must confront the worst nightmare he could imagine.
Walking away would have been easier. But, as always, Reacher's rule is: If you want me to stop, you're going to have to make me.
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By shelley on 09-10-15
Very reminiscent of BAD LUCK & TROUBLE
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This is the ONE series I wait a year for each new book only to listen to in one day and start counting down again the next day!! Although I have read other reviews criticizing the last few books because Reacher is/acts like an "old man" in the books, I personally think he's doing just fine. He left the military in '97, he was 36 years old. If you do the math he would have been born in 1961 (so was I). That makes him 54 years old. If the books are supposed to be in "real" time and he performed like he did at 36, I don't think it would make a believable story.
Now for this book. I think Michelle was a great sidekick and complimented Reacher well. I felt sad at the end of NEVER GO BACK, picturing him sitting alone waiting for a bus. The end of this book left me with a hopeful feeling, Reacher's basically been alone (not counting one night stands) since Jody. I think that ended with book 4.
With an awful lot of cross country travel I was completely in the dark about what was happening in Mother's Rest. I won't ruin this for anyone but this is very thought provoking, disturbing and I'm not naive enough to think it doesn't exist. I personally would like to thank Lee Child for writing this into a story. I did get an education about the "deep" web and many of the hidden sites most would prefer to not know existed.
Dick Hill is the voice of Jack Reacher. The are three other books in this series that are excellent books but without Dick Hill's narration they are better off read.
This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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By Susan on 09-10-15
Who is Mother and why does she need a rest?
I am a dedicated Jack Reacher fan. That said, I have mixed feelings about this entry. On the plus side, we get to see Reacher in some interesting and different predicaments, which is always fun. Some of the bit-part supporting characters are a real hoot. The inevitable girl sidekick has her moments but is pretty one-dimensional. The problem of "how to get in" (always a question in Reacher books) is a real puzzler and the eventual strategy is laugh-out-loud cool. And welcome to the 21st Century, Reacher actually uses some modern technology. Sort of.
But.... huge negative: new depths of gruesomeness. No spoilers here, but you'll figure out what's coming well before you get to that point.
I am continued to be amazed at what a good job Lee Child has done in keeping this series going. There's basically one plot: Reacher wanders into town, stumbles into a heinous criminal conspiracy , starts figuring out what's going on, has to "get in" (often to save a hostage), huge action scene, ride off into the sunset. (Does anyone else keep visualizing Reacher as Clint Eastwood's man with no name?)
Narration: It's hard to imagine anyone but Dick Hill reading a Reacher, but the drawn out laconic drawl tempts me to listen at 1.25x. Tempts, I say, but I remain strong and resist.
So, somewhere around 3.75 stars. Not my favorite Reacher, I'll probably skip this one when I get around to starting over and listening to the Reachers again, but all of us true fans will continue to look forward to every new addition to the series.
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