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I can't believe people are already leaving 3, 2 and 1 star ratings only hours after this book being released, and not leaving a review as to their reasons. That's not fair to other readers or the author.
When this book first started I thought oh boy... this doesn't sound like the Reacher I've been hoping for. Michelle Chang has left him and returned to her home. He's feeling a little melancholy.
It didn't take too long and my opinion changed. By chapter 3 I was off that fence. This IS Reacher! The way Lee Child wrote this book is very similar to Make Me. It seems to me that people expect Reacher to be what he was at 36 when he left the army. For the books to be believable he has to age (along with the rest of us ). I'm a Mitch Rapp fan as well and I haven't seen any one complain that he's getting old and creaky and needs joint replacements.
In Wisconsin Reacher gets into a situation with seven bikers outside of a bar and a local cop offers him a way out that he refuses, the bikers decide he's "Bat shit crazy". I actually laughed. Oh happy day! This is the kind of Reacher book I LOVE! All he wants to know is where they got the West Point ring he found in a pawn shop window. After putting down six, the seventh directed him to Rapid City. Off he goes and there he threatens to put a local fence into a tumble dryer. The guy sends him onto the next link on the chain in Wyoming.
I've said it in other reviews, Dick Hill is the voice of Jack Reacher. As always he does an outstanding job. I wish the three books narrated by Johnathan McClain would be rereleased with Dick Hill narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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As I write this review 30 people have written reviews on The Midnight Line at Amazon and the average rating is 4.8 stars while at Audible there has been one review by Shelley of Raleigh NC. Her review is 5 stars, but 17 people have rated the novel at Audible and the average rating is 3.0 stars. The 1, 2 and 3 star ratings are BS probably rated by people who hate Lee Child for some unknown but childish reason. I predict the average Audible rating in one month or less will be higher than 4.5 stars.
The Midnight Line is classic Reacher as good as the best of the series including Killing Floor, One Shot, Bad Luck and Trouble , 61 hours or any of the other 21 novels in the series. Shelley's review, the first Audible review, is informative and dead on. This is a solid 5 star thriller where Reacher is wandering until he finds a purpose (finding a small West Point ring in a Wisconsin pawn shop) and then following the clues until he finds the person the ring belongs to and fixes whatever he can. Along the way he wins a one on seven fight and he puts a bad guy in an industrial tumble clothes dryer set on high heat.
Lee Child has written another wonderful Reacher story and Dick Hill has narrated it perfectly.
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