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Tripwire (A Jack Reacher Novel) Hardcover – Large Print, December 15, 2010
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- Publisher : Thorndike Press; Large type / Large print edition (December 15, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 676 pages
- ISBN-10 : 141043009X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1410430090
- Item Weight : 1.67 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #688,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first book, Killing Floor, was full of suspense and intrigue that I could not put it down until I finished it.
This book, 3rd book in the series, albeit the story was interesting and touched on the Vietnam war, I found it very difficult to complete. The book was very detailed and highly descriptive, particularly on the torture bit, that I had to put it aside to take a break. I have read a lot of murder and mystery book , and some of the parts in those books were gory but obviously not as descriptive and detailed as this one that I could not stomach it.
Additionally, I feel that the book drags on a bit that I got bored at times and skipped a few paragraphs and pages. I am not the type of reader who like skipping sentences, paragraphs and pages as I believe that every word, sentences counts. Hence, I took a long time to finish this book.
I know that it is his earliest book so I am not going to be too judgemental and critical on the author as his later or recent books have been excellent, such as the Midnight Line.
Therefore, the rating is 3 stars maybe representing neutrality, i.e. neither good nor bad but overall conclusion still sits as “Not Sure”.
I would really enjoy his writing if his ignorance about the military and guns wasn’t so obvious. No, every Army post doesn’t have an identical HQ and the post commander doesn’t have an MP sergeant as a secretary, nor are you likely to find an MP in the HQ guarding the General with a polished M16. The most egregious errors could have been caught by a competent editor or avoided altogether with a few minutes research on the internet or a 10 minute discussion with someone who actually spent time at more than one post as a soldier.
Everyone makes mistakes but established authors shouldn’t be blowing details over and over and over again-it distracts from the story.
I found the tale engrossing and freely admit that I read it avidly, but it is undeniably long-winded. Are writers still being paid by the word? Further, it is basically unbelievable. For example, in the final pages, Jack is in the hospital, recovering from, among other things, a bullet wound from a .38 caliber pistol fired at close range into his chest. But this is Jack Reacher’s chest, whose pectoral muscle is “so thick and so dense” that a bullet fired into it was stopped 3” in by an intervening rib. This is not a normal pectoral; it is an unpeeled coconut. In addition, Jack Reacher’s skull was penetrated by a nail that thrust a quarter inch into the frontal lobe of his brain, but he remained Jack Reacher, alert as ever behind a Neanderthal skull. Sorry, Charlie; pulp fiction. Four stars.
Not so with Tripwire. It's just as good in 2019 as it was in 1999 when I read it for the first time. It is so much better than anything I've read recently that it should have a category all its own - alongside all the Jack Reacher books. There''s a reason Reacher is a cult hero with a huge following.
If you haven't read the Jack Reacher books already, do so now. If you have, wait awhile and read them again!
I really enjoyed Book 1 - The Killing Floor.
Book 2 - Die Trying, was also really good, but not quite as good as the first.
This one, Book 3, simply made me want to take a break and restart the series later.
It's a good, well-written story, though again, some parts do stretch the imagination a bit. Like the lengths the US Army may go to cover up some of it's poorer decisions while at the same time allowing outsiders to access classified information. Or why someone who has access to enough funds to bribe key officials in other countries and paranoid enough to leave safety mechanisms in place for decades has such such a light personal protection detail. Or the way not even a bullet to the chest does much to harm Jack Reacher...
Also, the story drags on a bit at times, and after two books, Reacher is no longer such a novelty.
But, the actions scenes are fun, the suspense is constant and Jodie makes a good, strong female lead at Reacher's side.
So, in short, I enjoyed the book and will probably be reading Book 4 some time soon...