Running Blind: Jack Reacher, Book 4 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Across the country women are being murdered by a killer who leaves no evidence, no fatal wounds, no signs of struggle, and no clues to a motive. They are, truly, perfect crimes. In fact, the only thing that links the victims is the man they all knew: Jack Reacher.
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|Listening Length||13 hours and 45 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||October 30, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,374 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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I have often wondered why, with all the money that Lee Child must have brought in from his writing, he can’t seem to afford a staff who will proofread and correct the many mistakes throughout his books. Same goes for his publisher.
I held onto hope with each successive book that he might learn something about writing and make his books easier to read. I hoped, with the addition of his brother on the last couple, that the books would improve but seemed to get only worse. Sometimes, 2 whole pages of back-and-forth banter are written with nothing to occasionally let you know who is speaking, so multiple readings may be needed at times to sort it out. I think almost all, if not all, of the pages have sentences with commas where none are needed, periods where commas are needed, clauses used as sentences, and a new paragraph starting from a clause that belongs in the previous sentence of the preceding paragraph. As I said, hard to read if you understand basic sentence structure.
There are often times where I wish Lee had done one iota of research to get facts right. I refer to passages in the stories where it was apparent that Lee Child had no experience or knowledge; I guess, more or less, the writing is off the top of his head.
Some problems are:
1: He thinks the flashing emergency lights of vehicles in the western states are the same as in much of the New England states (blue on fire trucks and red on police).
2: He didn’t know what the average shoe size in America is actually 10 ½ (stating it as 9)
3: He thinks a large man like Jack Reacher would have what Lee evidently thinks of as a large foot size of 11, instead of something closer to 14 or 15 (I am 6’1” and wear a 13.) I assume Lee has a small foot.
4: Lee has never been near a fast-moving train, thinking there is violent ground movement when the train is even over a mile away and hurricane force winds near one traveling 60 mph.
5: He seems to think that all gas stations and quick marts sell khaki pants and various shirts, packs of socks, and underwear.
6: Jack Reacher can knock anyone unconscious and very often dead with one punch. I can remember only a couple times when it took two.
7: He thinks face bones will “shatter” from a Jack Reacher punch and can knock out a gorilla or even an elephant. Jack also never has injuries to his hand or elbow from such amazing blows.
8: Jack Reacher’s hands are said to be as large as a dinner plate and his fists as large as Thanksgiving turkeys…really?
Yes, his books are hard to read for these and other reasons caused by lack of oversight by his publisher and lack of staff. Please, I hope never to find out he has a staff that lets this stuff through. Good storyteller, other than the lack of research on details and no idea as to sentence/paragraph structure..
Rating would be five for the story.
Won't buy future books
This one was a cliffhanger of suspense , typical Lee Child style with more Sherlock Holmes’ like climax where all facts , circumstances and decisions culminate in Reacher’s mind.
It’s just a conventional yet edge of the seat mystery thriller novel with its own bells and whistles.
If you like to forget abt everything and just want some old school mystery thriller that’s a real page turner , this one is right up your alley.
He has learned to construct images out of words
I like paretsky better still because she has learned how to construct perceptions out of words
Both are great storytellers with something more to offer than a story
‘Running Blind’ is the fourth Jack Reacher adventure. The book was published in 2000 and the World Trade Center makes a cameo. It can be read independently of the other books in the series, but I prefer to read such collections in the order they were published. Yet again, Mr. Child has written an engrossing adventure/mystery. The violence done by Reacher is minimal and focuses heavily on the mystery of how the murderer is killing the victims. I felt pretty smug about figuring out the culprit at about half way through the story. However, there are plenty of twists, turns, and excitement to keep the story fresh. There are currently 24 Jack Reacher books at the time I am writing this review. You know the dude isn’t going to die in the installments. The same cannot be said about the people around him including innocent civilians. Another appealing factor in the storylines is the author’s efforts to keep the adventures grounded in reality. There are no super serums or otherworldly attributes in the books. ‘Running Blind’ deals with a serial killer who leaves no evidence or cause of the victims’ death. It also touches on such issues as sexual harassment in the military and turf battles by various government agencies that hinder instead of help in solving murders.
‘Running Blind’ is pure escapism. I’m still amazed Mr. Child continues to create wonderful stories about a hero who seems practically invincible but makes me care so much about the story’s outcome. The author is one of my go-to writers when I’m looking for great entertainment and a break from more serious books. Mr. Child has not disappointed me yet. If I ever find a magic lamp, I’m likely to ask the genie to grant me most of Jack Reacher’s attributes.
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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.
He is constantly outmaneuvered by the protagonist and the reader is constantly given (in italics) the thought process of the perp but as usual, Childs twists and turns the plot and is always two jumps ahead.
I would not dare to suggest this is the top Reacher novel but it's in there, swinging.
It just felt sloppy and muddled and it was a slog to get through at the end.
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.