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Tripwire (Jack Reacher, Book 3)

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Well, let's look at an example. Reacher has been in Florida when he's drawn into the "mystery" (no spoilers, sorry). He's been making a living hand digging swimming pools. Once he's drawn Mere beauty does not trip Reacher's trigger. He tips waitresses. He sleeps with women who could drop you in a firefight.

Okay, more like it. I have found myself running hot and cold in the Reacher series. There can be a huge eye roll factor in some of them...and there is a bit of that here. However...this one is very well constructed and the story pulled me in and wouldn't let go. Reacher wins a final fight. He says “You’re not Victor Hobie. You’re Carl Allen.” Reacher beats & kills Carl Allen. I could go on and on, but I won't. Tough guy characters need tough-guy prose. To properly craft terse, tough-guy prose, Child needs a good editor. He doesn't have one. I really liked the villain in this novel. He is cunning, psychotic and has extraordinary mental strength and physical prowess. A worthy adversary to our hero!In one novel, Reacher recalled that he mostly finished near the top and once won in series of world-wide military long-range shooting competitions. This foreshadowed the rare instance in which hitting targets at 1000-yards was important to the plot. More often he makes do at seemingly "long odds" with pistols. In those cases 4-to-1 is nowhere near an even fight. This book is escapist fiction at its very best! The action, mystery, suspense and twists would keep you hooked. There are other sub-plots which are equally entertaining to a thriller lover. You just need to - borrowing the clichéd phrase- suspend your disbelief, that’s all. This isn't a review, because I just started reading this book, but I couldn't help sharing my irritation. A notable example was when he permitted himself to be captured without a fight by the bad guys as they also abducted a blond FBI agent - reason being that if they'd started shooting on that busy Chicago street others might be shot. (view spoiler) Reacher is living as a swimming pool digger and minding his own business, when a private detective comes looking for him. And very soon – yes, you have guessed it! – the detective is tortured to death, and thus begins the adventure.

The reason for the opening of the book taking place in Key West was a vacation Child spent there in 1996. [4]I think what I liked best about this book was the more usual format of doing detective work and plotting ahead what you're going to look up next vs reacting to a situation (how the other books were). Maybe it's because I'm a fan of crime shows and like that procedural element or maybe it's due to it being a change of pace. What we learn later as part of the twist at the climactic moment is that Reacher doesn’t actually go to St. Louis but is still in New York. Why didn’t he go? And this is the actual quote in the book: “Why fly himself all the way down there when there were telephones, and he had already built a working relationship with Conrad?” Previously, Jodie & Reacher research found the dead crew were “skeletons” from a Vietnam fighter helicopter crash. There were survivors from the helicopter crash. Okay, don't get too excited now. According to Child, Reacher is 6' 5" and about 250 lbs of hard muscle. This is what that might look like. The prologue describes Victor Truman "Hook" Hobie's carefully planned escape route in the event of somebody discovering his "really big, well-guarded secret". His "early-warning system" consists of geographically-located "tripwires" that will warn him that he has been discovered. The first is eleven thousand miles from his home in the United States and the second is six thousand miles out. His response to their activation would be to tie up loose ends, cash in, transfer his assets, and disappear without trace. Over thirty years of quiet success have made him feel somewhat secure. But he did not expect both alerts to arrive on the same day.

Tracing the dead man's trail to New York, Reacher discovers the PI was working for Reacher's former commanding officer, mentor and close friend Leon Garber. Reacher teams up with Garber's daughter Jodie, a sharp Wall Street lawyer, to find out why Leon needed Reacher's help and they find themselves embroiled in a life-threatening search for the truth—and the deeper they dig, the more dangerous and twisted their path becomes. It’s the kind of book that has somebody repeating questions a whole bunch of times while other characters ponder things so if you’re already irritated you should probably avoid it.

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Reacher, as written here, is a character that I simply can’t invest my time in. In another life, he was an army cop, yet his deductive skills seem to come out of nowhere, without reason, logic or a clue as to how a conclusion was drawn. He’s a mannequin that I just hoped would do something – beat on thugs or get in a shootout, instead, I get bogged down in Child’s lifeless prose.

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