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Wish I had read the earlier reviews
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2018
I recently became hooked on the Jack Reacher series and blew through the first 11 books. Yes, I knew they were nonsensical fiction but everyone wants to dream about the elusive revenge-seeker that always knows the answers and eliminates the bad guys (and lives to walk away). Running Blind was pretty silly with the whole hypnosis thing but I still got through it.
However, you can skip this one. It's obvious that Lee Child, a Brit who never served in the U.S. Army or was ever himself in any particular danger, was not getting invited to the elite parties in Manhattan and Great Britain. He had to start impressing his own liberal opinions on the matters at hand in order to gain entrance to this society. Terrific, Lee's an Atheist so that must mean that those who believe are evil and capable of only screwing up the world. It's also terrific that he has now exposed himself as a pacifist but only when it comes to matters of the state. Jack Reacher can fry all of the bad guys in a single stroke without any political control over him, but a country going to war must mean that the citizenry was hoodwinked and the politicians only wanted to generate profits for their cronies in the military-industrial complex. Ergo, desertion is a badge of honor and those who partook are to be commended. Never mind that some other poor soul took the deserter's place while they hid in Canada, etc. Thank God Lee thought that WW II was worth it. Probably only because the U.S. saved Great Britain's bacon.
I did not finish this book when it became evident where Child was going. I will probably give the next book a try but if it's more of the same, I'll be looking for nonsensical fiction elsewhere.