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"Consistently pulse-raisingan exhilarating ridePersonal wrests back the sheer gusto of the earlier novels; it's the best Reacher adventure in some. download the eBook Personal, (Jack Reacher 19) by Lee Child online from Australia's leading online eBook store. Download eBooks from Booktopia today. You can leave the army, but the army doesn't leave you. Not always. Not completely, notes Jack Reacher—and sure enough, the retired military cop is soon.
Lots and lots of them. John Sandford and Lee Child Usually I read Lee's in a single sitting This one took me over two weeks to muddle through it.
I've been trying to figure out why this one is so different for me. It's taken me a bit, but I think I figured it out finally. Reacher wasn't on his own. I understand he's been part of makeshift teams before. However, even as a team member he was always on his own This book was full of politics. It was just bogged down. The story line just got lost in all the politics and the conspiracy and back office deals.
Reacher felt like a puppet in this novel. He had no personality. I won't continue on I wouldn't have even finished it if it were not a Reacher novel. That makes it a very sad day in the life of a long time Reacher fan Will I wait for the next book? Damn right. Will I read it right away? Damn straight I will. This is one book out of almost 2 dozen I'm still a loyal fan and I still have massive love for Lee Child and Reacher I will still be putting on a pot of black coffee next time he comes to town If I could say one thing to Lee Child it would be this Forget your editors The Real Jack Reacher is worth the wait as well That is all ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review www.
View all 33 comments. Aug 14, Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it it was amazing Shelves: No, only fooling. Does Reacher even wear underwear? Has Lee Child ever told us? And if he does, are they tighty whities or boxers? Anyway, how did we get on the subject of Jack's foundation garments? Oh, yeah, I was talking about seeing England and France, which we get to do in this novel, and that's what makes it fun to read.
Those of us who have been with Jack Reacher from the start have grown a mite weary of seeing him land in yet another creepy one-hydrant small town somewhere in the bowels of America. So Lee Child got smart and made him a world traveler in this latest installment. I don't know about the rest of you, but it really purples my nurples when I look at a review of a book I've been anticipating with great relish, only to have one or two lines in that review ruin it all for me by giving away too much information.
So how to review this book? Without spoilers. Without even a hint of spoilers. You can read the publisher blurb and get a pretty good feel for the general plot, but even those dadgum blurb writers seem to include spoilers these days. What I will say is that this book was one heck of a lot of fun to read. There's a great mix of characters we've never met before.
There are colorful English hoodlums and American military has-beens and world-class snipers, one of whom takes a shot at the president of France, which sets the wheels in motion for Reacher to seek a confrontation with a guy he put in prison over 15 years ago.
This is a super-intelligent thriller with some great humor thrown in. I won't tell you my favorite laugh-out-loud lines, because I want you to be as surprised and delighted by them as I was. Seeing how Lee Child is so smart and does his research so well, I was surprised to find that he didn't do his homework on pharmaceuticals for this novel.
He apparently has Zoloft confused with Xanax, and has a major female character popping a Zoloft whenever she's nervous or needs to sleep. That's my only real criticism of the book. I read an advance copy, and I hope the error will be corrected in the final version.
Thanks for reading my rambling review. Nanu nanu. View all 40 comments. Feb 21, Ahmad Sharabiani rated it really liked it Shelves: The novel was published on 28 August The plot of the book revolves around Reacher's pursuit of a sniper who has attempted to assassinate the President of France.
It all began with a personal advertisement in an Army publication. After a military official reaches out to him, Reacher is flown to DC, where he learns that a sniper he put away is free again, and may have been responsible for the attempted assassination of the President of France. Reacher joins the investigating and begins with a quick trip to Arkansas, where he learns that an unhealthy personal obsession brewed during those fifteen years behind bars and has continued with a vengeance.
Undaunt It all began with a personal advertisement in an Army publication. Undaunted, Reacher and the team head out to Paris to assess the scene of the shooting, where the only thing that left the world leader safe with a pane of bulletproof glass.
Reacher soon learns that the assassination attempt may only be the warm-up in a larger plan to take down world leaders at the upcoming G8 Summit. He heads to London with a young State Department official to scope out the Summit's locale and try to find the cold-blooded killer before he makes more headlines.
When he determines that the sniper's being protected by a local ganf, Reacher has no choice but to infiltrate to stop any further bloodshed. A page-turner if ever there was one that takes Reacher off the continent for the first time since he's become a loner without a fixed address. Child knows just how to captivate his audience with thrills, chills, and just the right amount of drama, while adding an ending that will leave readers slapping their collective foreheads.
Child continues to captivate his readers and provide new and exciting options for Reacher to expand his adventures.
For a man with no fixed address and unencumbered by family, Reacher seems to be tailor-made for the life of a spy. He is, however, deeply loyal to those he chooses to protect and will stop at nothing to ensure their safety.
Able to connect with the opposite sex with ease, Reacher is always getting himself into trouble or antics that tell a wonderful secondary story along the way.
Each new book proves to forge new ground, just when the reader thought they'd seen it all from this man of mystery.
Child has a wonderful handle on his character and his uncharted future adventures, sure to gain fans at every turn. Having now completed the Jack Reacher collection to date, let me take a moment to offer some views of the series as a whole and its central character. From the outset of the series, Reacher has been a lone man on his own mission, traipsing into towns with his own agenda and sometimes no agenda at all.
He ends up part of the central crime or is willing to use his years as part of the military police to help local law enforcement with whatever crime or crisis arises.
There are times that this goes smoothly, but clashes with authority and a determination to follow his own rulebook can, at times, leave Reacher at odds with those he seeks to assist.
While he is known to get close to a key female character in the story, he is not as Bond-esque as to bed every woman who shows an interest. While Child has ensured the reader is offered only breadcrumbs as it relates to Reacher's back story, as the series progresses, the reader learns more about his military past, the closeness he felt with his brother and mother, as well as his active role in the military for thirteen years.
Grabbing hold of these loose ends, the reader can sketch a better idea of Jack Reacher, the only character who recurs in each novel. The dissociative nature of the central character and his ever-changing setting makes any book in the series a possible starting point.
That said, certain nuanced clues within the novels make reading the series in its chronological order a little more exciting, at least from my perspective. Child has perfected his storytelling, offering not only up to date adventures, but flashbacks to earlier, more structured times for the protagonist. With a smattering of novels, short stories, and novellas, Child keeps his fans occupied and sated with explosive tales and wonderful thrills. Kudos, Mr.
Child for your wonderful storytelling and passionate attention to detail. Keep it up for another score of books and I am sure you will keep finding new fans.
View all 6 comments. Sep 04, Lissa rated it did not like it. The "edge" seems to have gone from the books with lots of wandering around, pointless dialogue and side tracks that take the stories no-where.
It is almost as if someone else is doing the writing!! I'd love to stay addicted but am finding it hard. I was desperate for Jack to find Susan we waited two books was it, to get there and then was there an explosion upon meeting? No - a whimper!! Ever since 61 Hours the pace of the books has slowed. I'd love to love Jack again - please!!
View all 12 comments. I see there is a lot of debate between Lee Child fans about whether this is a good book or not. I liked it four stars worth! Okay it was a bit different especially as the action takes place in Europe instead of America. I actually found that a refreshing change.
And it does get a bit wordy in parts but makes up for it with some great action and an intriguing game of double guessing who the real baddy is. I really enjoyed it. I've read every Reacher novel Lee Child ever wrote. Some of them are good, and some of them are magnificent. Recently there have been a few substandard, but Personal is the worst Reacher novel I've ever read. It was even worse than the one where he was supposedly being held prisoner in a car, and it all took place as they drove across country, and that's really saying something because that one really sucked.
The beginning started out okay, and the ending was okay, but what was all that bullshit I've read every Reacher novel Lee Child ever wrote. The beginning started out okay, and the ending was okay, but what was all that bullshit in the middle? The ending seemed to rationalize some of what went on, but it in no way makes up for the boring, adolescently contrived nature of the bullshit we had to endure for pages.
Maybe he needs to lay off the cannabis for a while, because that was the biggest pile of confusing horseshit I've ever read. Cannabis accusation according to his own claim in an interview with the Daily Mail: I felt like I'd been had, that these guys are slacking and leaning a little too heavily on their fans to prop them up, like they are coasting, like they are semi-retired rich dudes just waiting for the checks to roll in.
Well, screw that, boys! There are too many people out there who are still TRYING to write something worth reading for me to waste too much time or money on that crap! I've already scrapped Sandford's Virgil Flowers series as he carelessly allowed one of his golfing buddies to get a little too involved and turned out a piece of crap, and I'm not afraid to throw any future efforts in the Reacher series on the scrap-heap, too. It was crap. It was insulting. Look at it this way, if this had been his first novel, there never would have been another one.
Nobody would have published a piece of crap like that, so I don't see why I should cut him any slack based on his previous efforts. Each effort needs to be good enough to pass this test. Every one of them. View all 4 comments. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
The visceral pull of the plots; The lure of identification with the action hero; They persuade us that however terrible the situation, some sort If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.
Apr 19, Kerry rated it liked it. A page turner filled with action, thrills and violence aplenty. However it feels like something is missing that exists in the other Jack Reacher books. I don't think Jack being the narrator helps as it seems to spoil the action having everything explained, often beforehand.
Enjoyable and a quick read but not the best in this series in my opinion. View 1 comment. Nothing really happens until the 16th chapter, page Lee Child likes to set the foundation in detail. He goes into all the technical stuff, such as velocity of bullets, ranges, angles, specificat Nothing really happens until the 16th chapter, page He goes into all the technical stuff, such as velocity of bullets, ranges, angles, specifications, material used, etc.
The knock-down drag out fist-fighting is much the same, a blow by blow description of how it went down, to get the bad guy I've skimmed through this part of his novels in the past, but found myself tempted more often by this one. I like the character of Jack Reacher, and will continue reading any future releases.
If you haven't read a Reacher novel, don't start with this one. Even though each can be read independently, you will enjoy the series a lot more if you start with Book 1: The Killing Floor. Then you can see how Jack grows through the years as he stumbles across various situations, always ready to help the underdog.
It pains me to give such an acclaimed author a rating as low as 2-stars, but I'm trying to be honest here. I was provided a complimentary pre-release ARC of this work by site for my unbiased opinion and review on site. Feb 24, Brenda rated it liked it Shelves: By coincidence, Jack Reacher picked up a discarded Army Times newspaper and discovered a classified ad directed at him — contact Shoemaker it said — and as he owed the General a favour, he did just that.
But in doing so, the direction of his aimless wandering changed considerably; sixteen years previously Reacher put a man in prison — he learnt that man had been out for twelve months; was Reacher going to have to hunt him down again? On learning that the President of France had been targeted by a By coincidence, Jack Reacher picked up a discarded Army Times newspaper and discovered a classified ad directed at him — contact Shoemaker it said — and as he owed the General a favour, he did just that.
On learning that the President of France had been targeted by a sniper, and an expert in long range shooting as well, the governments of each country reacted immediately. With the G8 summit destined for London in the near future it meant that cooperation was needed on a grand scale.
As Reacher and Nice moved deep into the London underground, the danger mounted. Reacher knew who he was after — but there were other elements at stake. Would they manage to get out with their lives? I was disappointed in this latest instalment by Lee Child. An extreme amount of dialogue by Reacher with occasional bursts of action — it had me wondering when it would improve.
It almost felt like it was written by someone else. But in saying that, I urge Reacher lovers to give it a go — it could just be me! With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. View all 10 comments. Sep 19, Ammar rated it really liked it Shelves: A solid Jack Reacher novel by Lee Child. A sniper is wild The sniper and Jack Reacher got a history.
Jack Reacher had put him in jail 16 years ago and how he is released A solid page turner and full of blood and guts Paris and the USA. May 17, James Thane rated it really liked it Shelves: One day in Paris someone takes a shot at the President of France from three-quarters of a mile away and damn near hits him, but a sheet of bullet-proof glass in front of the podium deflects the shot.
Only a handful of people in the world could have made that shot, and probably only one American--a sniper named John Kott who was released from prison a year earlier after doing a fifteen-year stretch. The evidence suggests that this may have only been a practice round. The leaders of the G8 nations One day in Paris someone takes a shot at the President of France from three-quarters of a mile away and damn near hits him, but a sheet of bullet-proof glass in front of the podium deflects the shot.
The leaders of the G8 nations are about to hold a summit in London where they will all be exposed to a sniper who could hit from that range and so, needless to say, the international intelligence people are having apoplexy trying to identify and track down the sniper before he can take dead aim at one or more targets at the summit meeting.
It's not clear that the sniper actually is John Kott; intelligence officials in a few other countries have identified potential suspects, but the bullet fired in Paris was American made, and, one by one, the international suspects tend to fall by the wayside, leaving Kott as the most likely suspect. Well, naturally, you put a personal ad in the Army Times asking Jack Reacher to get in touch.
Then you hope that Reacher will find a copy of the paper lying around on whatever damned bus he's riding at the moment. Happily, Reacher sees the ad and reports for duty. He was the guy who arrested Kott sixteen years early and the Powers That Be are hoping that Reacher can find him again.
Naturally, if you are the PTB, you don't want Reacher wandering too far off the leash, though, and so they assign a young female analyst named Casey Nice to tag along and report on Reacher's activities.
The hunt covers a lot of ground in the U. It's a gripping tale, somewhat reminiscent of the excellent The Day of the Jackal , and it moves along at a very fast pace. All in all, it's an excellent choice for a summer read, or any other season for that matter. Look, I've read every Jack Reacher book. Lee Child is one of my favorite authors. But by the time you get to the finale, you're just like "Wait, what? This doesn't even make sense.
Is this really happening? In the end, I decided to use one of my rare one-star ratings to wave off other folks. Just to check that I wasn't crazy, I handed it off to my wife without saying anything about the book. She's a Lee Child fan too, but she really didn't like Personal either.
She considered it a two-star book. If you're a Lee Child fan, then consider it. But if you've never read a Lee Child book before, I'd read all the other ones before you start this one. Somebody takes a shot at the french president and he gets saved by a new safety glass but suddenly all major security servies get mighty nervous.
This list contains one wrathful person who has been put into jail by a certain military policeman by the name of Reacher. So the powers that be in the US want Reacher on the case and ship him to France were Reacher finds the weather pleas Somebody takes a shot at the french president and he gets saved by a new safety glass but suddenly all major security servies get mighty nervous. So the powers that be in the US want Reacher on the case and ship him to France were Reacher finds the weather pleasant especially the wind.
His Russian counterpart loses his head due to the weather. Next stop London England where the organised crime find out that while Sherlock Holmes might be fiction, Sherlock Homeless as some people call him makes a quite formidable threat. When Reacher flies home he has tracked down the sniper and finds the one responsible for aiming the shooter. A quick and easy read that is certainly not one of the better Reacher novels but it is not too shabby either. It does what all Lee Child novels do entertain only this one is somewhat predictable and a more straightforward told tale.
Great holiday reading fodder. More Jack Reacher then and I enjoyed this one more than the last not as much as the early ones but it was very good. They always are. No messing around here, Jack Reacher is Jack Reacher and that is kind of comforting.
Don't expect any surprises there are not any. The thing I mostly enjoy about these when I think about it is the fact that they are easy, predictable, do exactly what you expect them to do and are perfect reading when you don't want to have to think too much but want to be enterta More Jack Reacher then and I enjoyed this one more than the last not as much as the early ones but it was very good. The thing I mostly enjoy about these when I think about it is the fact that they are easy, predictable, do exactly what you expect them to do and are perfect reading when you don't want to have to think too much but want to be entertained.
Jack Reacher is highly entertaining. He was here. The story is good, flows out in its usual indomitable style, Jack pops into some lives, gets rid of some bad guys, puts the good guys back on track, doesnt stand for nonsense and, well, downloads a toothbrush. And some new clothes. Considering how simple it sounds and in a lot of ways it is I was enthralled as ever.
These are good readable books of the type that don't make promises they can't keep and the success of the series does not surprise me one bit and is absolutely deserved. Lee Child may never write War and Peace but he will be read forever I have no doubt. Recommended for thriller fans.
Happy Reading Folks! Dec 27, Mike French rated it it was amazing.
Reacher is playing an away game in this non-stop action thriller. Mostly takes place in Paris and London, but now he is a one man wrecking crew on two continents! I enjoyed this episode in Reacher's life as much if not more than previous books.
View all 3 comments. As part of the "praise" for the book at site. The only real downside was the monumental effort it took not to envision the comparatively scrawny Tom Cruise in the role of 6-footinch, pound-plus Jack Reacher in the movie of the same name. If it's action you want, you'll get an overload here. It begins as Reacher is called back into As part of the "praise" for the book at site. It begins as Reacher is called back into service for the State Department and the CIA, who inform him that someone has taken a shot at the president of France.
The bullet was American-made, and the super long-distance shot could have been pulled off by less than a handful of snipers even though it missed the target by a few hairs. One probability comes to mind immediately - John Kott, who, thanks to Reacher, spent the past 16 years in prison and was released recently. Almost all of the time, Reacher works solo; but this time, he gets a rookie partner named Casey Nice young and beautiful, naturally - and it's hard for Reacher to forget thinking about a different female partner who bit the dust on his watch years earlier.
Nice proves herself to be competent, which is nice, but he still doesn't want the same thing to happen again. Trying to catch the shooter before he tries again - the conventional thinking is that the next target will be one or more of the world leaders who will be attending an upcoming G-8 summit - puts both Reacher and Nice within shooting distance of mobsters from various countries and, of course, whoever turns out to be the sniper.
If it is Kott, the whole scenario could change; his reason for killing and his intended target could turn out to be very personal. View all 9 comments. Dec 25, Bharath rated it really liked it. If you have been reading Jack Reacher novels, you surely know what to expect.
Jack Reacher books are great to relax with. As a tough guy speaking his mind, and very resourceful, he is a character who is fun to read. There has been a shot taken at the French President. There are four possible snipers who could have taken that difficult shot. One of them is John Kott, who has a grudge with Reacher who sends him to jail, and he has just completed his sentence.
Reacher now takes off to Europe with an If you have been reading Jack Reacher novels, you surely know what to expect. Reacher now takes off to Europe with an enthusiastic Ms Casey Nice for company. After a lot of violence with gangs in London, the story heads to a climax. There is a twist in the tale towards the end - a plot which Reacher reasons through. Sep 09, Rebecca McNutt rated it liked it Shelves: Personal is a thrilling novel at times, but after the first few chapters, it becomes really repetitive and dull.
Audiobook - Jeff Harding 4. A number of my GR friends have awarded "Personal" 4. We both wondered aloud about this dichotomy, so I resolved to review each novel again and determine whether or not the 'DNF's' were justified.
Apparently I am blessed with a probably defective! Loaded with the usual detailed repetition weapons and ammo; etc. Surprisingly Reacher kept his zippers in place and neither of the women tempted him to do otherwise.
I listened to this in virtually one 'sitting' until 2: It is a novel that thoroughly deserves 4. To my GR friends who rated this a four stars or higher, you have greater initial discernment than I and thank you for the 'prod' to review my first impressions of "Personal".
View 2 comments. Jul 09, Rob rated it it was amazing. I was a Lee Child fan before Lee Child was cool my hazy recollection is that I started reading him around the time of his first novel , and as such, I have spent a lot of time recommending his novels to people.
Each one seemed as crisp and exciting as the last. But in the past several years I've started to worry.
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