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- Print Length: 546 pages
- Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (August 28, 2007)
- Publication Date: August 28, 2007
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000UZPHC6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,944 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Reacher is one of the more interesting suspense heroes to come along in a while.”—San Antonio Express News
“A superior series.”—The Washington Post Book World
“A great read.”—St. Petersburg Times
“Spectacular...muscular, energetic prose and pell-mell pacing.”—The Seattle Times
“Jack Reacher, the wandering folk hero of Child’s superb line of thrillers faces a baffling puzzle in his latest adventure…a brain-teasing puzzle that gets put together piece by fascinating piece...and a central character with Robin Hood-like integrity and an engagingly eccentric approach to life.”—Publishers Weekly
“Deeply satisfying...plan to stay up long past bedtime and do some serious hyperventilating toward the end.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This fourth Reacher thriller is easily the best. The plot is a masterpiece. Reacher belongs at the same table with…Parker’s Spenser.”—Booklist
“With numerous plot twists and turns, Child puts Reacher through his paces brilliantly, arriving at an unusual solution. Highly recommended.”—Library Journal
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The story was great; never saw the end coming. The story would have been a five. But, going around as a bum (unnecessary), and meeting nice women that gives the illusion that he “might” settle down (unnecessary).
If he could have a backpack with a few changes of clothes, so he would be clean somewhat, that would help. But the women. Better to be a womanizer than hooking up with nice women.
You’ll never guess the ending. It’s a suspenseful book. But he’s walking around dirty, unshaven, yet hooks up with classy women. Not plausible.
The Bad: Reacher poses simple observations to the FBI that are sooo obvious, but they are apparently oblivious to these points. This is no where near real life. FBI is pretty well at the top of the game in law enforcement and to make them look stupid is . . . well, it’s stupid. I was holding a 4 to 4 1/2 rating for this book until coming to the climax conclusion. The premise behind the evil mastermind is simply and totally impossible in reality. My heart sank and so did the rating. Maybe a 3 is even too high in retrospect.
This is a serial-killer thriller, a whodunit in addition to a how-and-why-dunnit, and Lee Child shows that such stories are not his forte, for he all but rubs the reader’s nose in the killer’s identity less than a quarter of the way in. All his red herrings and misdirections are clever, but alternately either too clever or not clever enough, and if you haven’t figured out who’s doing the killing long before the reveal, you haven’t been paying attention. And I’ll admit it right here: I’m not all that bright. But the solution smacked me in the face at a moment I’m certain Child didn’t intend for readers to figure out.
Child isn’t usually so inept about showing his cards, and subsequent volumes in the series show a reversion to his usual superior form, so, despite the line-by-line pleasures of one page to the next, RUNNING BLIND has to be considered a clunker, an outlier, in the Child oeuvre.
The Ugly: Not so much something wrong with the story or anything, but it’s more with the design. There is a cover to the book cover that was the wrong thing. It depicts a desolate road with snow all over it in the woods. Has nothing to do with the book. It gives off the wrong impression. A classic case of don’t judge the book by the cover.
The Bad: Somewhat predictable is the best way to describe this book. Is the right way? No. But it is the way to describe it. Child made the killer the most predictable part of the book. You could tell who it was once they showed up in the book.
The Good: As I said in my opening, the story is what made this book. It was the best story in the first four books. Definitely a step up from the last book. Keep that in mind when you read it.
Final Thoughts: So far, there has only been one miss the Jack Reacher stories. This one isn’t the best one, but it’s worth it. Give it a try why don’t you.
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I enjoyed the slight change and it was a nice change.
Lee Child's writing continues to bug me a bit, describing places far too much with far too much description. Characters having conversations that lead the plot nowhere and feel like filler.
But this can all be forgiven as this was the most interesting Reacher book yet that has me guessing until the end. Whenever there's intrigue and suspicion to be had, you're always guessing in your head who the villain might be but it wasn't too obvious at any point for me.
This is a poor offering from a normally excellent series with Jack Reacher. If written earlier in the Author's writings it would possibly explain its lack-lustre.
However, I believe, it does little for Child's reputation.
It's no better or worse written than the others, and none of them are master pieces of literature, but I do enjoy the protagonist character, he's deeply flawed and often criminal, but he seems to appreciate that morality and legality are not inter twined, like the characters from 70's cop shows he knows how to get things done right, sometimes he may bend the rules and sometimes break them, but it's always the right thing to do, at least by his code.
The story is solid, and you may see the twist coming, I did, but it's a good story none the less, it's hard to say more without spoiling the story, if you're looking for your first Reacher book then I'd day read them in orde,r but I did enjoy this one more than the others.
I read the first book, it was quite good. I tried this one because it had good reviews but it is really disappointing. I seriously don't like Reacher's character in this book, and the plot is so predictable that I flicked through to the end and yes, I was right. Far too obvious.
I didn't bother reading any more and I wont be wasting my money on any more Jack Reacher books. I'll stick to the films, if they bother to make any more.
If you enjoy it, good, but it's not for me.
What redeems it then? If you put aside any expectations of an all out blockbusting thriller, this is really quite a good mystery. The villain is cold, calculating and unfathomable, although I unfortunately guessed the identity of the killer a couple of hundred pages before I was meant to. Even so, the how's and the why's remained unanswered until the reveal.
All in all, not my favourite Reacher ever, but still a decent read.
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