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of which 61 Hours was easily the most disappointing
Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2017
I'm a huge fan of Child's Reacher series, and I've read 16 so far... of which 61 Hours was easily the most disappointing. First, I knew instantly (on page 97) who the assassin was, and that's the first time that's ever happened to me with Child's work. Second, the author went way over the top with his expressed desire to put Reacher in a cold-weather environment, which manifests itself in repetitive descriptions of how cold it is. Third, the undercurrent of excitement common to the Reacher books is barely detectable here... the tension levels are relatively low and the pace is leisurely to the point of somnolence. And finally, while Child's books usually deliver a rich array of supporting characters, the only one in 61 Hours who feels both realistic and interesting is present in the story only as a voice on a phone.
I'm glad I didn't read 61 Hours as my first exposure to Jack Reacher. There wouldn't have been a second.