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Great Collection, Good to Read Second Time Around
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2017
I'd read these stories before with the exception of the first one, new, "Too Much Time". Even so, I enjoyed them almost as much as the first time I read them. Lee Child's meticulous attention to detail, along with his excellent character development, dramatic timing, and well-paced plots, makes for enjoyable "page-turner" reading. One fault I find in his writing/stories. Despite that aforementioned meticulous attention to detail, Mr. Child obviously knows very little about the progression of a military career (I am retired after 26 years in the military). The characters often have reached rank much quicker than is possible, to include Reacher. One of the most glaring errors is his brother. The various stories establish that he is born in 1958, and would have graduated from West Point in 1980, plus or minus one year. How then, as in "Small Wars", can he be a full colonel in 1989, a mere 9 years after graduation. Even being promoted at the earliest possible opportunity, he would be pushing it in a highly accelerated year group to make major by then (and since I am a contemporary of Jack Reacher in age and know what the group two years ahead of me did, that also wouldn't be true). Okay, a small nagging complaint for what are otherwise engaging stories. Oh, PS, how in the world do you justify Tom "pretty boy" Cruise in the role of Jack Reacher? I hope the money was worth sacrificing your principles Mr. Child. Jack Reacher sure wouldn't have taken that deal!