Past Tense | Book Review


Midnight Line, Lee Child’s previous Jack Reacher novel, was a page-turner, but it left me wondering whether Reacher was getting a bit old for all the action Child put him through. I gave it a four-star review, but to be honest, I promised myself I would give Child only one more chance to keep my interest in Reacher. Past Tense kept my interest. The novel has three storylines. One, Reacher finds himself in Laconia, New Hampshire, where his dad was born and raised. The only problem? There’s little trace of Stan Reacher there. Two, while searching for records of his dad, … Continue reading Past Tense | Book Review

Review of ‘Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel’ by Lee Child


Lee Child, Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel (New York: Delacorte, 2015). Hardcover | Kindle Reading fiction requires a willing suspension of disbelief. With Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels, this suspension usually comes easily. Child is a talented writer whose narrative pacing grabs your attention and drags you along with it until Reacher gets his man. Unfortunately, I had a hard time suspending disbelief while reading Make Me, the twentieth novel in the Reacher series. The novel is a page-turner, which I read in its entirety on the day of publication. But unlike previous novels, I found myself increasingly skeptical … Continue reading Review of ‘Make Me: A Jack Reacher Novel’ by Lee Child

Review of ‘Small Wars: A Jack Reacher Story’ by Lee Child


Lee Child, Small Wars: A Jack Reacher Story (New York: Delacorte, 2015). Kindle In the spring of 1989, Lt. Col. Caroline Crawford of the Pentagon’s War Plans department is executed—military style—in the Georgia backwoods outside Fort Smith. Maj. Jack Reacher is called in to investigate and in the process uncovers a traitor and exonerates an innocent man. A quick and entertaining read, Small Wars will whet your appetite for Make Me, the Jack Reacher novel forthcoming in September. P.S. If you found my review helpful, please vote “Yes” on my Amazon.com review page. Continue reading Review of ‘Small Wars: A Jack Reacher Story’ by Lee Child

Review of ‘The Affair’ by Lee Child


Lee Child, The Affair: A Reacher Novel (New York: Delacorte Press, 2011). Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle If a whodunit is still a page-turner on the second read, it’s a good book. The Affair is a good book. Even though it’s my second time reading it, even though I knew how it would end, I still found myself turning pages late into the night until I finished it. The Affair is set in 1997. Major Jack Reacher is an active duty soldier and an experienced investigator in the military police. In response to the Clinton Era peace dividend, the U.S. … Continue reading Review of ‘The Affair’ by Lee Child

Review of ‘Personal’ by Lee Child


 Lee Child, Personal (New York: Delacorte Press, 2014). Hardcover / Kindle  Lee Child has done it again. With Personal, he has written yet another Jack Reacher novel—the 19th in the franchise!—that is unputdownable. From the first sentence to the last, Child grabs your attention and doesn’t let it go. Reacher owes a guy a favor. The guy happens to be a one-star general and the protégé of a master spy. To repay the favor, Reacher needs to track down the military-trained sniper who took a .50-caliber shot at France’s president before he tries to assassinate other G8 leaders at an … Continue reading Review of ‘Personal’ by Lee Child