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The Midnight Line: A Jack Reacher Novel Kindle Edition
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BONUS: Includes a sneak peek of Lee Child’s new novel, Past Tense.
Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?
So begins a harrowing journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest, from a lowlife bar on the sad side of small town to a dirt-blown crossroads in the middle of nowhere, encountering bikers, cops, crooks, muscle, and a missing persons PI who wears a suit and a tie in the Wyoming wilderness.
The deeper Reacher digs, and the more he learns, the more dangerous the terrain becomes. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Powerful forces are guarding a vast criminal enterprise. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.
Praise for The Midnight Line
“Puts Reacher just where we want him.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A gem.”—Chicago Tribune
“A timely, suspenseful, morally complex thriller, one of the best I’ve read this year . . . Child weaves in a passionately told history of opioids in American life. . . . Child’s outrage over it is only just barely contained.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“A perfect example of Lee Child’s talent . . . Lee Child is the master of plotting. . . . This is Child’s most emotional book to date. . . . This is not just a good story; it is a story with a purpose and a message.”—Huffington Post
“I just read the new Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. . . . It is as good as they always are. I read every single one.”—Malcolm Gladwell
“Reacher is the purest distillation of the white knight in contemporary mystery fiction. This novel is a tightly plotted ride with characters who will break your heart and linger after you close the book.”—Mystery Scene
“Reacher [is] one of the most alluring and popular characters in contemporary fiction. . . . As always in a Child novel, pace is fast, twists and turns surprise, characters are well-developed, dialogue is exactly right, and the plot is very plausible. . . . Highly entertaining . . . This one is among the best [in the series]. It doesn’t matter in what order you read them since each stands entirely on its own.”—The Washington Times
“A timely, affecting, suspenseful and morally complex thriller. . . . One of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.”—The Washington Post
“Jack Reacher has become arguably the most iconic fictional hero we have.”—Men’s Health
“Compelling and moving . . . bold and mysterious.”—Associated Press
“This, Child’s twenty-second book in the series, has heart to spare, and it proves the franchise has plenty of gas left in its tank.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“Compulsively readable.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“[A] multifaceted novel about dealing with the unthinkable . . . It’s automatic: Reacher gets off a bus, and Child lands on the New York Times bestseller list.”—Booklist
“The book is very smart . . . [and] suggests something that has not been visible in the series’ previous entries: a creeping sadness in Reacher’s wanderings that, set here among the vast and empty landscapes of Wyoming, resembles the peculiarly solitary loneliness of the classic American hero. This return to form is also a hint of new ground to be covered.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Child does a stellar job this time by not following his customary formula; his usually stoic hero who rarely displays softness and compassion is hit hard emotionally by this case.”’—Library Journal (starred review)
About the Author
- ASIN : B06WP486XH
- Publisher : Dell (November 7, 2017)
- Publication date : November 7, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3974 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 372 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,211 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's the content I reject. It is one thing to make the tragic victim of a horrible destruction of her entire face the centerpiece of the book. But that should be enough. Having to have this poor women living with a leaking gaping would that won't heal, and covering it up with a aluminum foil which she does not wear all the time in the book, is gratuitous to the extreme. On top of that, the author describes in morbid detail why the would won't heal. It had been saturated with tissue and feces of a dead dog in the road when the IED went off. Deleting such details would not have detracted from the book, it would have made it better.
But if that weren't enough, the damaged army veteran and friend of our tragic heroin is always high as a kite on heroin. As this coarse yarn unfolds we learn that he deliberately overdosed to commit suicide. The reason? He had his manly vitals shot away and is in constant pain. There is no telling where the money comes from.
But out of pure lack of imagination or because one victim with a ghastly wound that leaks and never healed, HE IS LEAKING PUS AS WELL!
That such trash became one of the most sold books of the year in its category does not speak well for the intellectual develution of its readers. The plot has enough holes to drive a dope laden panel truck through. Apparently its readers don't mind. I found out after I ordered the book on Amazon, that this author has a whole long list of books, featuring the same hulky hero, a drifter whose travel gear consists of one set of clothes and one tooth brush and nothing else.
The ending is, as is usually the case with such "literature", a rush job and a big downer. I could have thought of five better ones to allow the author to extricate himself more gracefully from this embarrassing work of gore and implausibility. Just like when you are still having to answer three more questions on a test and it is five minutes to the bell.
Lastly, obviously knowing his readers, he uses a dumbed down minimalist vocabulary, not to mention his atrocious grammar. The actors in the piece of course are talking street English which makes it authentic. But the narrator's language skills are equally pathetic. To make such deplorable, formulaic rubbish a bestseller by a huge number of
American buyers speaks volumes about the tastes and dulled senses of today's readers.
Author Lee Child takes on some serious issues in this novel--drug addiction is rural America and treatment of returning disabled Iraq and Afghanistan war vets. The latter is more a look at the complexity of war wounds and somewhat less a blanket condemnation of the VA hospital system, I might add.
As always, the great think about a Reacher novel is that the character is written as truly and purely heroic. The reader knows that his path is straight and honest and that he will always triumph over the black hats. Admittedly, this is a form of escapist lit, but it's therapeutic as heck. So, celebrate the appearance of "The Midnight Line" and start living for the arrival of the next JR adventure.
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I didnt really get the point of the story to be honest. It started off well, all based around finding the owner of a ring which he found in a pawn shop. Its a particular academy ring which someone wouldnt give away so easily as they have to work hard to get it. But after that, with all the travelling around and vast descriptions of log cabins and dense trees, I just got bored and kind of lost the will to read. But I persevered hoping there might be some action.....but no. Even the end was dull and, as in all the Reacher books, he ends up sleeping with one of the women. But there was no indication of any chemistry....unless I just didnt pick up on it.
It was just an empty story.....I dont even know what happened to one of the characters at the end who was handcuffed to a table, unless I missed that bit too.
I love Jack Reacher, but this was as dull as they come. Im even reluctant to 'buy' another book and just hope it appears at my local library.
I hoped JR 21 was just a blip on the radar but 22 is worse, if this was your favourite Netflix show, it would just have been cancelled.
far to much time talking about tracks, log cabins and the like suddenly you get to the end and it makes you think is that it
PS - the Jack Reacher series / character really is begging for a parody of some sort. Anyone out there going to step up?