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I liked this book - I've read (and enjoyed) many of the other Lee Child Reacher novels, but this one seemed to make Jack Reacher more approachable and human. He's the ethical and hard-ass he is in the other books, but the relationships with his mother and brother, her history, put Reacher's character in a context where I really liked him. In the earlier books I've read, he was always the "good guy" but not quite as whole a person. It's also a really good listen..
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I have to give this book mixed reviews. The major positive (no pun intended!) is that it is a prequel for the retired military MP Jack Reacher we have come to know to this point. Personally, I have been craving to know more about his life while he was actually in the military, and this aspect of the novel was a wonderful treat. The story thoroughly immerses the reader into military life and gives us great insight to its lifestyle. We are given more background to fill in the gaps of what makes Reacher tick, and how he came to acquire his special "talents." As always, Child creates interesting characters and Dick Hill does a wonderful job with the narration.
On the down side, I have to say that this investigation was slow as molasses, sometimes to the point of being downright boring. It is the first Reacher novel that I was actually relieved when it was over. It was long and drawn out, there were tons of dead ends that didn't even give the reader a chance to begin to speculate who-dunnit, and I was very disappointed with the story. And to top things off, the ending was very sad for Reacher. After a seemingly endless struggle for him throughout the ordeal of the investigation, I felt unsatisfied and exhausted at the end of the book. I love the Reacher character, and have followed the series from the beginning, but this book left me feeling conflicted. Perhaps that was Child's intention, but I read these books for entertainment, and it was a bit of a downer.
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