The Uncomparable Jack Reacher

Lee Child signing at Bouchercon 2009 in Indian...
Lee Child signing at Bouchercon 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

I started reading Lee Child’s Reacher series a few years ago. Well, actually listening. The audiobooks are really great with Dick Hill’s narration.
I had just finished the last of the Mitch Rapp series,  The Last Man: A Novel (A Mitch Rapp Novel) actually written by Vince Flynn before his untimely death. We lost a great American author and a great American hero, Mitch Rapp. While Kyle Mills has done a fairly credible job carrying forth the series, for me it’s not quite Vince Flynn.

This is when I discovered Lee Child and Jack Reacher. About three fourths of the way through Killing Floor: A Jack Reacher Novel, the first in the series I found myself questioning this protagonist. He was a hell of a man but not so much the Captain America version bad-ass that is Mitch Rapp. By the end of Die Trying (Jack Reacher), the second in the series, I heard myself just saying “Reacher” out loud.

To say I’m a fan is an understatement. Lee Child is a extremely gifted story teller juxtaposing multifaceted plots with perfect timing, tension and relief keeping the reader completely engrossed as we move from scene to scene.
And Reacher? He’s like no other.
Jack Reacher comes from the military, or more specifically, the military police, where he held the rank of major, was highly decorated, and a part of an elite team known as 110th Special Investigations Unit. These are the guys that arrest some very well trained bad guys.
It’s been said he’s a sort of cross between the Lone Ranger and a one man A-Team.

This writer and this charactor now top my list and serve as my base for thriller comparisons.
If you like American-Thrillers then do yourself a favor an start this series as soon as you’re finished with what you’re reading. You’ll want to order the first three… trust me. Except for the latest these are all paperbacks and reasonably priced.

I can’t recommend enough… here they are in chronological order.

 

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