It starts a little bit weird because the main character is not as usual I used to be. Later it turns more interesting because the story gets to be better, but by the end of the book, it becomes a bit predictable. Although I've finished the book off, maybe it's been because I've not wanted to leave it unfinished. I don't know, if you like so much Lee Child and his genre, you can also like this book, but I prefer more mystery or difficult to predict facts. I suppose it's depending of the period of time I could have.
Empieza un poco extraño porque el personaje principal no es tan común como suele ser. Más tarde se vuelve más interesante porque la historia consigue ser mejor, pero para el final del libro, ello llega a ser un poco predecible. Aunque he finalizado el libro, quizás ha sido porque no he querido dejarlo sin acabar. No lo sé, si te gusta Lee Child y su género, puede gustarte este libro, pero yo prefiero más misterio o dificultad para predecir hechos. Yo supongo que depende del periodo de tiempo que yo pueda tener.
I was a bit underwhelmed after reading all the hype about the Jack Reacher series of violent action novels. This book serves as in introduction of sorts allowing the reader to acclimatize to the Reacher character.
The story is engaging enough though I thought Reacher would be a bit more impressive - he is essentially supposed to be a "super hero" of sorts, isn't he? With all his special forces training he is supposed to be reminiscent of movie action heroes like Schwarzenegger, Willis, Stallone, and so on, and let's face it, the heros those characters play are entirely the stuff of fantasy. So why does Reacher come across as pretty tame in comparison? I was looking forward to over-the-top, unrealistic fantasy action. I put it down to Child's first attempt and not yet being in the swing of things. (It turned out that the second book in the series was much more like what I was expecting.)
Overall, Child definitely has skill. His characters are not wooden, the female love interest bits are not clunky, the action, when it happens, is exciting. Though I was slightly disappointed with this first book, I would still recommend it because it does provide a good introduction to the world of Jack Reacher, which stands one in good stead when reading the second book of the series which suffered from none of the weaknesses of this book. Besides, I have a sneaky feeling that if I had read the first book after having read some others in the series, I would probably have enjoyed it more, having been acclimatized to the characters and type of story found in this series. Besides, maybe you would really enjoy this one (many have), in which case the second book might even blow you away.
This is definitely a series to consider for quick, light reading where entertainment and kick-ass action of the mostly mindless sort is wanted. Perhaps a holiday read? A break between more serious literature? Just a break of the purely escapist sort? Take your pick....Continua
This is the first Jack Reacher novel that I read and, honestly, it doesn't make me feel wanting to read another one.
The story is good, full of suspance and twists. The hero is all right, if a bit too macho and provided with that annoying quality of not just always being the smartest guy in the room, but turning otherwise smart people into idiots as soon as he steps into a room.
It's the style that really drags the novel down. It's verbose, occasionaly repetitive, and full of "elementary my dear Watson" moments where the author takes the pain to explain things that were already evident.
The same novel could have been written (better) in 500 pages....Continua
This book is another thriller that keeps me up at night. And Jack Reacher is the ultimate action hero - gigantic, smart, fast, experienced, and invincible. But that makes him totally unreal. Seriously, can one person take on a whole legion of rich, cold-blooded, psychopathic serial killers? What a joke. Fortunately, the plot twists always manage to surprise and satisfy me....Continua
This was the first Jack Reacher book I read; it hooked me. It was a beat-up copy that I planned to read only in the whirlpool, then discard, but I couldn't put it down.