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- Print Length: 402 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Press (September 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 8, 2015
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080417878X
- ISBN-13: 978-0804178785
- ASIN: B00R04MDAE
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“Lee Child has another winner with Make Me. . . . There’s a reason why Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre: He can take all these strange elements and clichés and make them compelling and original.”—Associated Press
“A superb thriller.”—New York Daily News
“Child’s complete command of the story makes this thriller work brilliantly.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“I’ve read all twenty of Lee Child’s novels. Maybe there’s something wrong with me. But I can’t wait for the twenty-first.”—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
“[The Reacher series] is the current gold standard in the genre. . . . In Make Me Lee Child delivers another Jack Reacher specialty; the total knockout.”—Dayton Daily News
“Child serves up wingding plots, pithy dialogue, extraordinary background on intriguing topics, and cunningly constructed suspense. But what keeps us coming back—by the millions—is the chance to walk around in the skin of that big guy in the middle of everything.”—The Oregonian
“A dark thriller . . . Lee Child’s Make Me, the twentieth in his wildly popular Jack Reacher series, delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the perennial bestselling author: interesting characters, tight plots and page-turning action. . . . Readers won’t be disappointed.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Jack Reacher is back. . . . Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again.”—LibraryReads (Top Ten Pick)
“The reigning champ ups the ante. . . . Yes, there’s breakneck action, but what gives this one its zing is the multilayered plot. . . . The beguiling Chang offers a new treat for series fans as well, and a surprise at the end will keep readers short of breath until the next installment begins.”—Booklist (starred review)
“This series remains as compulsively readable as ever. Child is a master of pacing, stretching out the mystery through short chapters that give rise to bursts of well-choreographed violence. . . . Of course, the biggest strength is Reacher himself: impassive, analytical, secretly romantic, and relentlessly honorable. It’s impossible not to root for him. . . . Reacher is still going strong. Will satisfy fans—and newcomers, too.”—Kirkus Reviews
Lee Child has another winner with"Make Me." . . . There s a reason why Child is considered the best of the best in the thriller genre: He can take all these strange elements and cliches and make them compelling and original. Associated Press
A superb thriller. New York "Daily News"
Child s complete command of the story makes this thriller work brilliantly. "Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
I ve read all twenty of Lee Child s novels. Maybe there s something wrong with me. But I can t wait for the twenty-first. Malcolm Gladwell, "The New Yorker"
[The Reacher series] is the current gold standard in the genre. . . . In "Make Me" Lee Child delivers another Jack Reacher specialty; the total knockout. "Dayton Daily News"
Child serves up wingding plots, pithy dialogue, extraordinary background on intriguing topics, and cunningly constructed suspense. But what keeps us coming back by the millions is the chance to walk around in the skin of that big guy in the middle of everything. "The Oregonian"
A dark thriller . . . Lee Child s "Make Me, " the twentieth in his wildly popular Jack Reacher series, delivers exactly what readers have come to expect from the perennial bestselling author: interesting characters, tight plots and page-turning action. . . . Readers won t be disappointed. Minneapolis "Star Tribune"
Jack Reacher is back. . . . Readers new to this series will find this book a good starting point, and fans will be pleased to see Jack again. "LibraryReads "(Top Ten Pick)
The reigning champ ups the ante. . . . Yes, there s breakneck action, but what gives this one its zing is the multilayered plot. . . . The beguiling Chang offers a new treat for series fans as well, and a surprise at the end will keep readers short of breath until the next installment begins. "Booklist "(starred review)
This series remains as compulsively readable as ever. Child is a master of pacing, stretching out the mystery through short chapters that give rise to bursts of well-choreographed violence. . . . Of course, the biggest strength is Reacher himself: impassive, analytical, secretly romantic, and relentlessly honorable. It s impossible not to root for him. . . . Reacher is still going strong. Will satisfy fans and newcomers, too. "Kirkus Reviews""
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1) I don't live in Oklahoma but the internet has cell phone coverage maps. It sure looks like almost every square inch of the state has some type of coverage. (Maybe someone from Oklahoma could confirm that.) Yeah, there might be some dead areas but not when driving for three hours. Which brings us to point number 2.
2) Oklahoma City is smack dab in the middle of the state. All of the wheat fields are west and northwest of OC. It is only 100 or so miles from downtown OC to the Texas border. Add another 100 and you're in Amarillo Texas. It's hard to tell exactly where this fictional town is set but even if it is up in the far northwest corner, it is only about 100 miles back down south to Amarillo. The northern border of the state is only 100 miles from OC and I-35 runs up that way, add another 100 and your in Wichita KS. Three hours at 50 mph and you should hit a good size town somewhere. And it probably has cell phone service.
3) Chicago. Our heroes determine that the bad guy has a network behind him because he has a gun. He couldn't take the gun on the airplane so someone must have supplied him with it. They incapacitate the bad guy and start using their cell phone again which they knew had been traced before. Why would you do that if you thought there was some network of bad guys? Go get a burner phone like you did earlier in the book.
4) The library. Our heroes find out their guy phoned from the library. Our heroes know they have been traced by their cell phones. Our heroes are so smart that they can't figure out that maybe the bad guys just might have the library under surveillance.
5) Chang uses an old FBI business card to fool people into thinking she is still with the FBI. No one ever asks to see, I don't know, A BADGE!!! Who on this planet doesn't know that any scam artist can print their own business cards? At home, on their personal printer.
I may have forgiven some of this nonsense if the book was any good but it was just deadly dull. I didn't care anymore. One last observation about my fellow readers. If you don't want a violent book don't read Lee Child or John Sandford. There are plenty of light mystery books out there you can select from.
It starts in the usual way with Reacher turning up in a small town and immediately running into a woman in need of assistance (in this case Michelle Chang, a former FBI agent turned private investigator who is looking for her missing colleague), but it turns into a cross-country investigation that touches on issues that are current and very nasty.
And that is one of the issues that I had with the book: it's dark. It goes places that are unpleasant and disturbing. The majority of the book is like a regular Jack Reacher novel, but it changes tone towards the end when it becomes evident what it is that Reacher and Chang are investigating. The villains in this instance aren't just bad guys - they are evil. And I can honestly say that this is one Lee Child book I will never re-read. I didn't like putting those images in my head.
Another thing. It struck me halfway through this book that every woman that Reacher teams up with is exactly the same. Even as I write that it occurs to me that Lee Child would probably protest that it's not true because Chang is in her 40s and Chinese American, but that kind of proves my point: only the superficialities change. The banter - and yes, sexual chemistry - between Reacher and Chang is indistinguishable between what he had with Susan Turner or Elizabeth Deveraux or Theresa Lee or Susan Duffy or...you get the picture. There is nothing distinctive about Chang whatsoever.
So not the best Lee Child book - far from it - but it's hard in this genre to maintain a consistently high standard and when you compare him to his contemporaries he still does a better job of it than most.
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Regrettably, it’s time for Jack to start thinking about a future that doesn’t involve a bus/coach/truck/train trip to nowhere and contemplate a safer future. The early stories were a breath of fresh air in an arguably stale genre when Reacher bestrode the thriller universe. But twenty books in twenty years is a long, long time: too long! We know he gets the girl, we know he mangles bad guys, we know he outwits all and sundry – and we know how he does it! Sadly, what once had me pining for the next instalment, now has me trying to avoid Tom Cruise’s face on book covers that should have featured Vin Diesel’s (or any suitable alternative!)
Don't get me wrong: it's okay by Reacher's standards and if you haven't read (m)any of the previous books - hence, the three stars. But journey's end is beckoning.
I got to the point midway where I had to skim and scan pages to alieve the boredom- plot equals Reacher stops at small backwards town - finds something suspicious- beds a girl- gets help solves the problem !!!!! Same old !!!! Very disappointed!!!!
Make me has all the elements of a typical jack reacher novel and then some. There is more action in this than some of the previous ones and the violence more extreme. An interesting character progression here is that, where as reacher was always concerned about justice and bringing the bad guys to book. Here , he's a cold clinical killer that would sooner blow the baddies away.
As always in a reacher book. Child never let's on till the end what's going on and when we finally do find out the truth here.......well what can I say except this is probably the most disturbing conclusion to any reacher book!
This is a book for connoisseurs of the series (it is book 20, after all). I wonder what first-time readers would make of it. There is a laconic Hemingway feel to Child's writing, but he does not seem to take himself seriously. His main character does not develop much from book to book, and his girl of the novel is enigmatic. Some would say she is a cipher, but the ending makes me wonder whether Child is setting up for a new direction. It is about time.
Without getting into it when he realised he was being followed and her phone was being monitored why did she later continually use it leaving their intentions and plans compromised? They had bought burners(disposable unregistered mobiles)but didn't use them later in the book, it felt like that one part had been written and then left and then when the author had got back to it he had forgotten about the mobile being compromised.
The ending was gruesome but a bit of a sudden end, this was what has been happening lets kill the bad guys, yes I suppose thats how they all end but the ending felt me a bit let down. looking forward to the next but hope its better than this.
Make Me is Child at his finest because it begins with Reacher and a name, Mother’s Rest. Long-time Reacher readers will know the backstory, but even newbies can appreciate and respect the need for Reacher to get off a train and spend the night in place called Mother’s Rest simply because it is an odd name for a town, even one in the middle of nowhere. A often-levelled criticism of Reacher novels has been realism—would a man really wonder America for years and get into so much trouble?—but that is easily set aside in Make Me, because Reacher is back to his curious best.
A private investigator has gone missing and his partner is in need of a friend. Add to the mystery a town that seems eager to be rid of the duo and odd strangers staying at the only motel for, what seems, their last nights on Earth, and Reacher thrives. The novel eventually moves on from Mother’s Rest as Child drives the plot forward and unravels the mystery. There is the Deep Web, overweight Russian gangsters and some much needed downtime for Reacher, all woven together expertly before the return to Mother’s Rest for the big reveal, which is shockingly violent and sad.
Where Make Me is at its strongest is the fight scenes. Child slows everything right down so that the reader can be given a blow-by-blow account of the violence, and it’s always expertly balanced between Reacher winning or losing. The description given to a headbutt that Reacher delivers to a Russian assassin is a particular treat, because the reader can truly appreciate that there isn’t much left of the man’s face afterwards, given that Reacher took a three-foot swing to deliver it and had to stop himself headbutting the floor on the follow-through, due to the force applied. Ouch.
Make Me ends abruptly, as Reacher novels always do, but an ongoing relationship between a female investigator and Reacher in future novels is teased. It could be a job for the big man, or is he finally ready to settle down? Only the 21st book will tell, and here’s hoping that Child keeps Reacher doing what he does best—getting his retaliation in first.
Despite a suggestion I read in one review you can't suddenly have this eternal loner setting down with a mortgage and a job in Wal Mart. That would go against all the character build up of the first 20 books and LC would be pilloried for it. I'm not sure what he's supposed to do - he can't change who Jack is - but the very nature of him being a restless nomad kind of restricts where you can go with it.
I've noticed some people thought the end was violent - I thought it was in keeping with the type of people that would be involved in the DW (trying not to spoil the plot) and this is not the first book I've read that has covered this topic and had the same "service" being offered. There are some very disturbed people in this world.
For me the most important point was that I didn't guess what was going on in Mother's Rest and it kept me gripped. So it was the usual high standard, writing is concise but descriptive and I can't wait for 21.
To being with it's not the action packed Reacher novel that we are used to but there is a slow build up and gradually, as events start to unravel, we see the Reacher of old with his brilliant battle plans and fighting techniques. A little love interest too, which at the end of the day he deserves. Plenty of mystery and intrigue and at the end a rightful conclusion.
As always, I enjoy Lee Child's witty comments and remarks which always make me laugh and I was sad to get to the end. But of course there will be more Reacher to come (I hope).
Please try harder for book 21! Please!!!