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Jack Reacher Novel Review "Personal", By Lee Child

Updated on October 1, 2014

“Reacher is the stuff of myth, a great male fantasy. . . . One of this century’s most original, tantalizing pop-fiction heroes . . . [Lee] Child does a masterly job of bringing his adventure to life with endless surprises and fierce suspense.”

— The Washington Post

Review: Lee Child's #19 Jack Reacher Novel "Personal". *No Spoiler Alerts*

Synopsis:

Your favorite ex-Army M.P. Jack Reacher is back better than ever in Lee Child's #19 book in the series, "Personal". "Personal" starts off like all the previous 18 books in the series, with Jack Reacher touring around the United States visiting sites that he missed out on when he was in the military. His means of transportation? When he isn't walking, he's riding on a Gray Hound bus (Side Note: Us in the military and veterans, get an awesome discount on all Gray Hound bus fares). Then, the poop hits the fan in France.

Someone took a shot at the French president with a sniper rifle. One of Reacher's previous commanding officers, cashes in a favor Reacher had owed him. In this novel, Reacher isn't just staying in the United States, he's going to France and the UK to get in trouble. Don't feel to bad for Reacher, like always, Reacher is surrounded by the ladies. He is the Army version of James Bond. When Reacher realizes who the villain in this novel, he realizes this is personal (hence, the name of the book).


Author's Review:

First, I have a confession to make, I didn't actually read this book, I listened to the audiobook. I like to listen to books on long car rides, and when I go on long-distance runs. You can buy "Personal" audiobook at www.audible.com.

I liked this book. It does seen like Child is getting a little tired of the series, but he still brought his A game to the table. I did like the new setting of the book, with Reacher going to France and the UK. It was interesting to see how America jurisdiction and intelligence agencies interact with their European counterparts. While I know Reacher has played judge, jury, and executioner, I was still a little a little surprised how little his conscious effects him when he has to kill someone. Just like every book, Reacher gets partnered up to a very attractive lady.

It must be a hard life Reacher, guns, girls, and glory.

"The best one yet".

— Steven King

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Picture of author Lee Child. Lee Child is actually his pen name. This British author who was never in the military, he was born Jim Grant. Jim Grant is another famous author, so perhaps that is why he uses a pen name.
Picture of author Lee Child. Lee Child is actually his pen name. This British author who was never in the military, he was born Jim Grant. Jim Grant is another famous author, so perhaps that is why he uses a pen name. | Source

List of All the Jack Reacher Novel Series by Lee Child in Order

1. Killing Floor (1997)

2. Die Trying (1998)

3. Tripwire (1999)

4. Running Blind (2000)

5. Echo Burning (2001)

6. Without Fail (2002)

7. Persuader (2003)

8. The Enemy (2004)

9. One Shot (2005)

10. The Hard Way (2006)

11. Bad Luck And Trouble (2007)

12. Nothing To Lose (2008)

13. Gone Tomorrow (2009)

14. 61 Hours (2010)

15. Worth Dying For (2010)

16. The Affair (2011)

17. A Wanted Man (2012)

18. Never Go Back (2013)

19. Personal

Movie: "Jack Reacher" Based on Lee Child's "One Shot"

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Merrci, then you're in for a treat!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks Marja, 61 hours is a great book!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I love James Patterson, if you like him you will love Lee Child!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank Rebel, it is my favorite book.

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      Gilbert Arevalo 3 years ago from Hacienda Heights, California

      It sounds like an exciting read, Allison.

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      Dana Tate 3 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      This review sounds interesting. I am an avid reader, more of a James Patterson kind of fan. However your review of Jack Reacher sounds interesting. I may give it a try.

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      Marja79 3 years ago

      I love Jack Reacher! I am reading 61 hours. Cannot get them in order, not all of them are translated to Finnish, which is a shame! I had not heard about this book, but I must check out if this has been already translated. Unfortunately it can take time. Thanks for sharing this!

      Ps. I did not know there is a movie of one of Jack Reacher novels. Too bad Tom Cruise is starring. He is so not Jack Reacher. Where do I start... Tom is not tall and edgy, hehe.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Love Jack Reacher! I'm reading them in order, and trying to stretch them out a bit, but this is definitely going on my list. Thanks for sharing.