Jack Reacher books - any good?

(58 Posts)
AnonYonimousBird Thu 27-Jun-13 09:49:12

I know I am late to the party, but I keep hearing about JR books - are they for kids/teens, or are they "grown up" books?

And, furthermore, are they actually any good or just holiday/beach fodder to read with only one eye open? I genuinely know nothing about them and as the name keeps popping up I am interested to know!

Looking for some reading material for DH for over the holidays, he always leaves it til the last minute and I suspect deepest rural France may not have a massive supply of books in English!

bamboobutton Wed 10-Jul-13 10:06:11

Love them! My fave is the one set in Montana, can't remember if it's called die trying or worth dying forconfused

Your dh might like Andy mcnab too, books about an ex army guy being all hard and heroic.

AnonYonimousBird Wed 10-Jul-13 10:16:44

He's read every McNab going!!! But we've only just discovered Jack Reacher and it seems he has a year's worth of reading already set out in front of him......

ZacharyQuack Wed 10-Jul-13 10:27:02

Tripwire and The Visitor (which was published as Running Blind in the USA) are both very good too but didn't make my top list because of the annoying Jodie with her skinny arms and skippy wee legs. Those two kind of go together because of annoying Jodie, but with standalone storylines.

Die Trying is set in Montana, Worth Dying For is set in Nebraska.

TheMoonOnAStick Wed 10-Jul-13 10:30:36

Oh good lord yes isn't Jodie annoying??hmm

I'd rather she wasn't in the books. Her presence doesn't bring out the best in Jack. I want him free to roam. Not squirming with indecision and being a bit of a prat about it.

AnonYonimousBird Wed 10-Jul-13 11:17:23

Ooo, I reckon DH will get irritated by annoying Jodie (not that I've met her!) so maybe we need to skip over those!

interregnum Mon 22-Jul-13 17:12:03

If you like Reacher may I recommend Tom Wood with his three
Victor books, you won't be disappointed.

TerribleTantrums Mon 22-Jul-13 18:57:32

Die Trying was the first one that I read, and it's still my favourite. I think some of the later ones try a bit too hard to convolute the plot.

Liam Neeson is perfect for older Reacher, but Philip Winchester is the embodiment of younger Reacher.

Jack Reacher is a briliant character, and the books aren't exactly hard going so the perfect holiday reading. Lee Child does go a bit OTT on the details of weaponry at times though, but I don't really mind that. One Shot is my favourite of the series so far, so I was really annoyed that that was the one they decided to make with Tom Cruise.

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