“Personal” (Jack Reacher, #19) by Lee Child Review

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Personal

Author: Lee Child

Release Date: April 2015

** spoiler alert ** I know we’re probably not supposed to apply logic or continuity to these novels, but 19 books that’s impossible for me to do. I wish Lee Child did a better job or cared more about how Jack Reacher gets drawn into these high stakes investigations as a retired hobo. This isn’t the first book that **spoiler alert** Reacher was picked as a patsy. Given his history, this is the most ludicrous reason to draw him in as who would think “there’s a guy I can pull one over on.”

Other common Reacher tropes reappear; the attractive younger female sidekick, the presence of snipers, and the 7 foot tall bad guy (thi one is getting ridiculous; just because the main character is 6’5 doesn’t mean the main physical threat has to be 7’0. The only book this worked in was Persuader.). The plot was kind of a cross between One Shot and Without Fail (other Reacher books) and felt recycled).

Basically the story is a sniper tries to shoot the French Prime Minister and Reacher had to catch the guy that he caught the first time. About the only part that felt original was the setting for the finale, Little Joey’s house which provided some fun action set pieces and redeemed the book slightly at the end.

2-star

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