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Jack Reacher Books In Order

Updated on September 27, 2014
Lee Child on stage talking about the Jack Reacher series
Lee Child on stage talking about the Jack Reacher series | Source

Reading The Jack Reacher Novels In Order - Is It Worth It?

Should we read the Jack Reacher books in order?This is the very question almost all fans of Lee Child's novels asks themselves. And this is what I was wondering as well when I started with this cool series. Afterall Lee Child himself says that the order is not so important - you can read them starting with any book you pick at random. But...

Personally I find that reading the Lee Child books in order gives you timeline and references to previous stories that it's good to not miss if you want to have the whole picture.

For example the novel The Enemy (the prequel) will truly mean something to you once you know already Jack Reacher through the previous novels. You will understand him better by then and you'll really feel the book in a different way, even though chronologically the order is different. At least that's how I felt when I read the book and I think I was right.

Jack Reacher has become very popular ever since the first novel was written by Lee Child (Killing Floor). This book hooked me on the series and now every year I'm waiting for a new one to be published.

Lastly one question: which is your favorite Jack Reacher novel? Mine is Gone Tomorrow (see pic below). I loved it!

All The Jack Reacher Books - The Lee Child Books In Order Of Publication

There are many books written by Lee Child with Jack Reacher's character, and while they pretty much stand alone on their own, reading the series in order is beneficial because there is a story line to follow and you also get to learn more about Jack and how his character develops.

  1. Killing Floor (Jack Reacher #1) - Lee Child's first every novel, the one that made him famous for the new thriller series featuring Jack Reacher. Published in 1997.

  2. Die Trying (Jack Reacher #2) - it is the second Jack Reacher series, it's the one that really hooked me up on this tormented hero. Book was published in 1998.

  3. Tripwire (Jack Reacher #3) - Tripwire is book number 3, published 1999

  4. Running Blind (Jack Reacher #4) - Published in 2000, is book #4. In the UK the book is called The Visitor.

  5. Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5) - His 5th book was published in 2001.

  6. Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6) - Book #6 in the Jack Reacher series, and it was published in 2002.

  7. Persuader (Jack Reacher #7) - The book was published in 2003 and is Lee Child's 7h novel featuring Jack Reacher.

  8. The Enemy (Jack Reacher #8) - It was published in 2004 and is book #8. However chronologically the story happens before Killing Floor. However it makes more sense to read iall the previous books first, so that everything makes the most sense when you get to the actual prequel.

  9. One Shot (Jack Reacher #9) - Whether you read the prequel or not, this is the 9th book in the series, and it was published in 2005.

  10. The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10) - Book #10, The Hard Way got published in 2006.

  11. Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher #11) - Lee Child's 11th novel about Jack Reacher. Published in 2007.

  12. Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher #12) - This is Jack Reacher story #12. It was published in 2008.

  13. Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher #13) - Here we have his 13th Jack Reacher novel, which was published in 2008.

  14. 61 Hours (Jack Reacher #14) - Jack Reacher is back again in a new thriller in Lee Child's 14th book. It was published in 2010.

  15. Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher #15) - Here is Jack again in book #15. 2010 publication.

  16. Second Son (Jack Reacher #15.5) - A shorter novella in the series, published 2011

  17. The Affair (Jack Reacher #16) - The Affair was published in September 2011.

  18. Deep Down (Jack Reacher #16.5) - This is a shorter Jack Reacher story found only in ebook (Kindle) format.

  19. A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher #17) - The new book that everyone expected featuring Jack Reacher. Already available at Amazon.

  20. High Heat (Jack Reacher #17.5) - A short novella, published in 2013

  21. Never Go Back (Jack Reacher #18) - The 18th book in the series has been published in 2013

  22. Not a Drill (Jack Reacher #18.5) - This is another short novella in the series, published in 2014

  23. Personal (Jack Reacher #19) - Currently the latest book in the Jack Reacher series, released in 2014

My hardcover copy of Gone Tomorrow - one of my favorite books in the series!

My hardcover copy of Gone Tomorrow - one of my favorite books in the series!
My hardcover copy of Gone Tomorrow - one of my favorite books in the series! | Source

The Book Reviews

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher, No. 1) - by Lee Child

Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)
Killing Floor (Jack Reacher)

Killing Floor Killing Floor is the first Jack Reacher novel ever written. Truth be told, this was the first book I read, after I've read Die Trying. However once I got through the first two books, I religiously read each new one in strict order.

In this very first book Jack Reacher gets arrested for murder, and one of the victims is no other than his estranged brother. He has to find out who really killed his brother if he ever wants to get ticket free.

Jack is a very complex anti-hero, one that is extremely likable, despite the fact that he tries too hard not to be. If you've never picked a Jack Reacher novel before, I think you'll love this new series!


“I'm not a vagrant. I'm a hobo. Big difference.”

~Lee Child, Killing Floor

Die Trying (Jack Reacher #2)

The second installment of the Jack Reacher books in order is full of action, suspense and you'll find yourself turning the pages until you get to the very last one.

Here Jack is taken as a hostage in a van along with Holly, an FBI agent. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Or was it the right place and right time, to stop a crime from being committed?

Tripwire (Jack Reacher, No. 3) - by Lee Child

Here we find Jack Reacher all spent out digging pools for some pithance in Florida Keys. During the night he plays a bouncer at the local strip club. He is quite content doing these things and not getting involved in anything deadly until he find the PI Costello who was watching him and asking around about him, killed. He then realizes that his paradise days are over.

Another gripping chiller from Lee Child, this book is just as engaging and suspenseful a thriller as his previous one. I loved it!

Btw, Have You Seen The Jack Reacher Movie With Tom Cruise? - I loved it, but not everyone did

Running Blind (Jack Reacher #4)

Running Blind is called in the UK 'The Visitor'. I actually have the UK edition at home. At the time almost bought Running Blind as well, thinking that they're two different books. Here Jack Reacher once again is under suspicion of having killed two army women, especially that he knew both from before.

However when the third woman also is found dead, Jack starts his own investigation to find the real killer and avenge the women.

The more books I read with Jack, the more I like this reluctant hero. In a way he reminds me of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosh, yet with is own personal style and charm.

Echo Burning (Jack Reacher #5)

In Echo Burning our hero Jack Reacher returns for yet another installment of fun, thrill and suspense. Here we find him on the road hitchhiking his way in Texas when Carmen comes along in her car and picks him up in her shiny new Cadillac.

And of course, she comes with her own set of problems that only Jack Reacher can fix for her. Not her husband, not the police are any good. So of course, Jack once again saves the day.

These books are all rather predictable in style, but still they're such fun to read that you don't actually care that the plot in a way is always the same...

“I know I'm smarter than an armadillo”

~Lee Child, Echo Burning

Without Fail (Jack Reacher #6)

This 6th book in the Jack Reacher series starts with a bang: Jack is asked by the Secret Service to kill the US Vice President. And that's one request he doesn't get every day!

I won't spoil the fun with giving away the plot, but let's just say that this book is just as fun to read as the previous ones, with constant action and suspense throughout.

Do You Think Tom Cruise Makes A Good Jack Reacher?

What do you think of Tom Cruise in this role?

I think he's the perfect Jack Reacher!

I think he's the perfect Jack Reacher!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      He fits the SAS profile. We don't need 6'4 300 pounders all the time. Good choice quintessentially played by TC

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Not my first choice, however he fits the SAS/Special ops profile size wise which makes a change from usual 6'4 300 pounders.

    • CornellMarCom LM 3 years ago

      I loved the movie. This is a great lens. Good job!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I think Tom Cruise is a great actor. I have enjoyed all of his movies in the last 10 years or so. MI4: Ghost Protocol being the best. Many complain that Cruise looks nothing like Reacher in the novels. But when you can get star power like Cruise, who doesn't match Reacher's description, versus some lunkhead like The Rock or Dolph Lundgren or worse, go with the star power. Cruise's depiction was enough to make me want to read a Reacher novel. Had it been the Rock or Vin Diesel, I would have completely ignored it and missed a chance to get turned on to the novels. I hope there will be another Reacher movie soon. 61 Hours would be good to make. Just my opinion though.

    • SamanthaHaupt 3 years ago

      There couldn't have been a better Jack Reacher! This was the best action movie I've ever seen by far!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I thought Tom Cruise was perfect in the role! He may not fit the character description but he definitely portrayed the spirit of the character perfectly.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I thought he was ok because I saw the movie before I read the books. Once I read the book, not so much. HOWEVER, once you buy the DVD you'll see that Lee Child himself LOVES Tom Cruise and everyone involved simply couldn't figure out any GOOD 6'5" actors. So, you might as well have a good actor.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I had never known Jack Reacher until the movie and (aside knowing what he looks like in the book) what is there to complain about? Tom Cruise did a good job, introduced me to the character and today a friend of mine gave me 5 books of the series....I'm hooked. And, really, for me Cruise's less intimidating stature lends to more of an "every day" person ~ a regular guy. I loved it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Loved it. He was perfect! Not too much or too little.I will be waiting for more.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      In the novels he seems less arrogant. Cruise did a good job, but seemed more smug than the book Reacher. All in all...very good job. Weak supporting roles from the others (except Duvall...he's good in everything!)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I was surprised that Tom Cruise could pull it off - but he did. He did a good job!! I enjoyed the movie and hope for a sequel.

    • Marika 4 years ago from Cyprus

      Ok I've seen the movie twice now and in all honesty, he's not that bad at all. Granted, he's much shorter and with not the same build as Jack Reacher, but he acted quite well. I think they could have chosen a better one, but he did put through in the end.

    • badaniels 4 years ago

      I saw the movie when it came out and Tom Cruise did a really good job in the role.

    • mrknowitall54321 4 years ago

      He's fantastic

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      his best role to date

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The Rock LOOKED perfect. There are better actors who resemble Reacher better, but in terms of acting itself you can't get much better than Tom Cruise, The Rock isn't a good actor. People need to get past the height, ain't a huge deal. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale are two actors I would've preferred, but I'll settle for Tom Cruise over The bloody Rock. Hahaha c'mon people.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Cruise is a good actor, but The Rock would have been perfect.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      If he were 6'5" tall he would be perfect. We will have to see how he does in the next few. It is not like we have a choice.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I thought Cruise portrayed Reacher excellently. Child's quote about Cryise and Reacher says it all.

    • anonymous 4 years ago


    Noway, I can imagine so many other actors in this role (such as...)

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        How in hell can anyone believe a 5 ft 7 inch guy can convincingly play a 6 ft 4 inch really tough guy.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        please Jim, Tom! really what happen to the image that all of us have, 6.5" jesus, Tom? 250 pounds.... rough guy, DOLPH LOUNDGREEN..if that his name... (they guy in Rocky IV) that is more likely to be jack...

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Tom Cruse has been and will always be a mediocre actor with no depth and a penchant for over-acting. Couple that with his conceit, arrogance and inability to take responsibility for his actions - which all show through in his acting - makes for another "hack" actor and reduces the viability of any project he is involved with.

        Jack Reacher is 6' 5", with a 50-inch chest and weighs in around 210 - 250 pounds...That is THE definite persona for the character in the movie - And Tom Cruise is none of that, even if he is wearing his "big boy", high-healed shoes. Cruise doesn't do the part justice nor has he done any movie where he tries, and fails, to be the hero. If it were not for the very well written book and screenplay, Cruise would tanked the movie just as he did with Oblivion.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I didn't think he was right at all but he's a good actor and did a pretty good job. Physically Lee Childs is more how I imagine Jack Reacher to look. Liam Neeson fits the part better for one.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I was very disappointed to see Tom Cruise play Jack Reacher - read the book refused to see movie -

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I did not and will not see the movie. I've read every Jack Reacher book and the little whimp of Tom Cruise, it certainly no Jack Reacher. Reacher is supposed to be over 6 feet tall and very large size.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        so many other good choices, just can't see cruise playing jack reacher

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        The worst possible choice for Jack Reacher. Lousy actor and a dwarf to boot. Jack Reacher was supposed to be 6 ft. 5 in. tall. What is Tom cruise? 4 ft. 5 in. on his tip toes.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Too small to be reacher!

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I do not think Tom Cruise is the guy for the roll--Maybe if he had a John Wayne body on his handsome face, but does not seem to fit. I have read all seventeen books

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        He was the opposite of Jack Reacher, missed so much out of the film as well

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Tom was good, but Jack is 6'5" Tom is a little short, they should get The Rock to do the part he would be good

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        No, Sorry, but Cruise ruins my picture of Reacher in my head. He supposed to be so tall and blond and Cruise is like the total opposite. He is the anti-Reacher

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        No, he's not the right build, rugged look or attitude to be Reacher, nothing about him seems right for the part. I don't care for Cruise as an actor anyway.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        NO, NO, NO! He is too girlish to portray Jack Reacher. Br


        No, No, No! Cruise is too girlish for Jack. Vin Deisel, Duane (the Rock) Johnson, John Stratham.


      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I haven't seen the movie. But seems crazy to cast Cruise in that role. The Jack Reacher I've read for years would be nothing like Cruise.

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Worst possible choice. He is a good actor but, Jack Reacher is a complete different make-up than he is. Almost a disgrace to have a little wimp like Cruise playing the role of a person who has trained for years and is tall with board shoulders recognized immediately for his size and strength. Takes away from the movie

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Dolph Lundgren

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        Please, not Tom Cruise again. Jim Caveizel has proven he can play a dramatic avenging character effectively

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        PLEASE enough is enough 4 OR 5 movies down the road it'll be like Tom who .I'm really not sure if theReacher movies will ever live up to the books there's just something about reading a book you can put yourself inside of the storyinside of reachers mind you see what he sees you say what he says you have time to mull it over to think you know Lee Child is magnificent his mind is sharp as a tack he's always right there in the middle of it making it all happen because he knows everything!!

      Persuader (Jack Reacher #7)

      Quinn, Jack Reacher's nemesis is back. Jack thought he'd eliminated him many years ago, but it seems not. To finally kill him for good, Jack has to go undercover to flush out Quinn.

      This is again a book that you simply can't put down once you've started reading. It does start a bit slow, so bear with it as it really picks up its pace. Twists and turns at every corner, Jack is always the hero who saves the same and everyone in danger. A great read!

      The Enemy (Jack Reacher #8)

      The Enemy is Lee Child's 8th Jack Reacher novel. Chronologically this story takes place before the events in The Killing Floor, in 1990 when a general is found dead in a hotel room in North Carolina.

      While apparently it is a heart attack, it seems there's more to the story than that, so Jack has to get involved and solve the case.

      The book is full of non-stop action, and it makes it a great and fast read. If you liked Jack Reacher so far, you'll eat this book up as well.

      One Shot (Jack Reacher #9)

      In this new novel, Jack is finally off work, enjoying the sun and beach of Miami with a gorgeous blonde. Unfortunately he can't enjoy his status quo for long because he has to find a sniper who ruthlessly kills randomly 5 people.

      While the guy is easily found, he asks for Jack Reacher saying that he is not guilty. So the easy case turns out to be not so easy afterall.

      Yet again Jack Reacher is at his best, following leads, solving crimes and being his adorable gloomy self.

      Lee Childs Talking About His Choice For Tom Cruise In The New Jack Reacher Movie

      The Hard Way (Jack Reacher #10)

      It's interesting how the trouble always finds Jack when he's not even looking for it. Here he is sipping quietly his espresso at a cafe when he's dragged into a case of kidnapping (that he has to solve, of course).

      No stranger to violence, he's not shy to use it, along his charm and knowledge to solve the puzzle.

      Sure, the story is a bit predictable, but it's just as enjoyable as his very first novel.

      Bad Luck and Trouble (Jack Reacher #11)

      Book 11 finds Jack Reacher again alone, just the way he likes it. But he won't be alone for long. One of his old team members has been thrown out of a helicopter, so Jack can't NOT get involved.

      He meets a few of his old team mates and together have to find out why their old mate was killed and why a few other old team mates have disappeared as well.

      Almost just as good as his previous ones, for some reason though this book didn't grab me as the others. However it's still a great read, don't get me wrong. Jack seems a bit more mellow and soft, compared to how he acts in older novels.

      “Now they broke my toothbrush, I don't own anything.”

      ~Lee Child, Bad Luck And Trouble

      Nothing to Lose (Jack Reacher #12)

      As usual we find Jack Reacher alone. This time walking on the road between two desolate towns because he can't find a ride. All he wants a cup of coffee, otherwise he's quite happy in his skin alone. Which he can't be for long since thugs find him, no matter where he is.

      In all honesty, this book was my least favorite of all the Jack Reacher books in order. I couldn't relate to the story and I found it a bit dragging. It was not bad, but personally I found it not up to Lee Child's usual standard. But still worth a good read.

      Gone Tomorrow (Jack Reacher #13)

      After the rather disappointing Nothing to Lose, here we find Jack back in full force. It's the old Jack as we know and love him. The story starts with a bang: Jack is in a subway in Manhattan when he witnesses an apparent suicide.

      But apparently the suicide has other origins in fact, and Jack is drawn to find out what really happened. How could he not?

      This is one of Lee Child's best books in my opinion. Jack is back and all the ambient and action that we are used to is back with him as well.

      61 Hours (Jack Reacher #14)

      A typical Jack Reacher novel, this is Lee Child's 14th book. It's a good, solid plot which reads quite fast. If you're in for lots of action, this book doesn't have that many. Jack is more running after clues and solving the puzzle than using his fist to fight.

      But still a great novel with a wonderful character that you can't but like.

      “I'm not afraid of death. Death's afraid of me.”

      ~ Lee Child, 61 Hours

      Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher #15)

      This is a perfect example why you'd want to read the Jack Reacher books in order. This story takes place shortly after the plot in 61 Hours ends. I'm not going to give away the plot, just to say that it's just as good as the previous stories. Action, suspense, thrill and good old Jack, even though battered and tattered, but alive and kicking.

      The Affair (Jack Reacher #16)

      This is so far the latest book in the Jack Reacher series, #16. Again, chronologically speaking, The Affair is a prequel, coming before Killing Floor, but after The Enemy. It is 1997 when Reacher is still in the army. Here we understand more about why he actually dropped out and became the loner he is in most of the books.

      The story is set again in a small town (like many of the previous books) and Jack has to find a murderer, while at the same time help cover up a any scandal that might be headed the army way. Which might not suit Jack's philosophy too much...A great read, one that is highly recommended. Can't wait for Lee Child's next Jack Reacher novel!

      Deep Down (A Jack Reacher Story #16.5)

      This is a shorter Jack Reacher story that takes place after the events in the #16th book, The Affair. His new assignment involves going undercover to find out who is the spy who leaks sensitive information about the new rifle for the US military.

      Obviously this being a rather short story, you won't find the complex character development of the full fledged Jack Reacher novels. However for its size I found it quite fast paced and well written, typical of Lee Child's writing.

      It's cheaper than the actual novels, so it's worth getting, especially if you want to read everything by this author.

      A Wanted Man (Jack Reacher #17)

      This is the 17th Jack Reacher book in the series by Lee Child. While the plot and the style seems to be repeating somewhat in a formulaic fashion from the previous books, I think it's exactly what the fans want because we're so used to the rugged Jack Reacher saving every time the world that getting him do it just one more time is exactly what we want :)

      A great read, however I do agree with other readers, it might be that we've just gotten so used to this style, to what comes next, to predict the plot and the outcome that I'm really hoping the next book that comes out later this year will be like a breeze of fresh air.

      Not A Drill (Jack Reacher #17.5)

      Not a Drill is a short novella (52 pages only) which is squeezed between Never Go Back and Personal (currently the latest Jack Reacher novel).

      I've read it as I can't stop myself to always get the lastest Jack Reacher book, and I was not impressed. At all.

      I love Lee Child's novels, but somehow the novellas - due to their short size probably - just can't bring across what the large novels do. I know the trap, and yet I keep buying them...oh well

      Never Go Back (Jack Reacher #18)

      And here is the latest Jack Reacher novel published in September 3. I was waiting patiently until I saw the Kindle edition up on Amazon and I snagged ti with the 1 Click buy option right away.

      Finished reading it and I was not disappointed. Jack Reaches is back again in action in the same style that we already know and expect from Lee Child.

      This particular novel follows directly the story from 61 Hours (book #15) where Jack is trying to find Major Susan Turner, his new commanding officer - but without luck. Of course now he has his work carved out for him and the action simply doesn't stop until the last page. I loved the book!

      If I'm not mistaken book #20 will be the last one, so we have 2 more goodies to receive until the series if finally over (insert sad face here).

      ...the army is different. Whatever else is wrong with it, you can trust your brother soldiers. And believe in them.

      — Jack Reacher in Personal

      Personal (Jack Reacher #19)

      So we're at the latest Lee Child offering in Personal. As usually, Jack Reacher is on the road. Alone. Right until he is called back to action by the military, since he is the only one who can stop the killer who has took a liking to the French president.

      Having just read the book, at this point I have to say I'm rather glad the series is coming to an end soon. I think the author has run out of steam and can't keep up. That's fine, he has given us some great books, a great hero and many hours of fun past time enjoyment. Like everything else that's good, it has to come to an end.

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          entertainmentev 5 years ago

          Great information! I love learning about new authors and books. I'm going to try to read the Killing Floor soon.

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          Lawrence Hebb 5 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

          I've read some of them and I agre with you about reading a series in order. I'm halfway through that with the Bourne series by Robert Ludlum and Eric Von Lustbader.

          Great info here for the likes of me who likes to follow a timeline

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          DamienGC 5 years ago

          These are great books and easy to read, i've read pretty much all of them and as you come to expect from Child, it is fast paced, tense and fun to the end with a real protagonist that you will never tire of, probably why they sell so well despite being the same thing in different settings. But hey I'm not complaining i love these books! Great Lens! And as for reading them in order, its not necessary but it does give a nice sense of perspective to the reader which i enjoy more than just 16 stand alone thrillers

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          PennyHowe 5 years ago

          Just wanted to say thanks for the great lens. I love the Jack Reacher books and have nearly read them all. I can hardly wait to get my hands on the new one. Enjoy! Having one of these to read on the National Goof Off day is my idea of a fun way to goof off!

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          Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

          I love the Jack Reacher series and have read all of these books. Other than the first book, I think I have read them in order. Can't wait for the next one to be published. I think Jack Reacher is one of the most interesting characters that has ever been developed. He is such an enigma.

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          JimDickens 5 years ago

          I would have preferred to see Matthew McConnaughy as Reacher instead of Tom Cruise -- Cruise is too short. Just finished The Affair. Great book

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher-they turned Jack into a hobbit

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          Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

          I also enjoy the Jack Reacher books, I'm reading Tripwire right now, I'm afraid I haven't always read them in order.....but, I'm trying to catch up before reading the latest books. It takes a lot of imagination to think of Tom Cruise as Reacher!

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          June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

          I am a huge fan of Jack Reacher. His more recent books are not as good as the earlier ones, though. He is turning into too much of a cowboy.

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          KatPalmer LM 4 years ago

          I love the Jack Reacher books and have read every one of them. Bad Luck and Trouble will always be my favourite because of all of his cheeky one-liners!

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          Helen Phillips Cockrell 4 years ago from Virginia

          I've read all the Jack Reacher books...can't say I'm real happy about the choice of Tom Cruise to play Jack Reacher...just can't see it...

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          TedWritesStuff 4 years ago

          Had never heard of the character or series until the movie was advertised for release here on 3/1/13. I'll be seeing it.

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          Monica Lobenstein 4 years ago from Western Wisconsin

          I tend to like this genre of books. I'll be checking out Jack Reacher in the future. Thanks for the book list.

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          John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

          I have only just discovered Jack Reacher/Lee Child, I thought I was a fan of science fiction but I made up a number of books at a charity sale with a Jack Reacher novel. (6 for £1 - a bargain!) I was absolutely enthralled and read it in very short time, not being able to put it down. I have read a couple since but want to definitely read more. I will be reading them as I find them so going against your advice but I don't think that will affect the enjoyment. Thanks for the run down on the books.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          The movie was entertaining but Tom Cruise was extremely disappointing as Reacher. Forget the size issue. His attempt at the strong, silent, intimidating personality of Reacher just came off as comical overacting. Strutting around the motel room shirtless reminded me of his dressing room scene in Rock of Ages. Dozens of other actors could have done better. Despite this, it was an entertaining movie.

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          Lee 4 years ago from Derbyshire, UK

          Love the Jack Reacher books! I've got a Reacher lens to :-)

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          Angela F 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

          Big fan of the series - can't imagine Tom Cruise in the title role tho on the big screen! *blessed

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          Tara Wojtaszek 4 years ago

          I haven't read any of the Jack Reacher books yet but you've piqued my curiosity. I'll have to check them out. Thanks.

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          DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

          Very nice Jack Reacher Lens! I am a HUGE fan, as you know. I am almost finished reading the in order!

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          badaniels 4 years ago

          I am a huge Lee Childs/Jack Reacher fan. I had fun reading this lens.

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          DvdMovieGirl 4 years ago

          Glad I have seen this as it really annoys me when I read books out of sequence. great idea for a Lens too.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Cruises' acting ability was perfect for this part, but, Sasha Roiz (AKA Capt Renard) on the tv series Grimm would have been a great choice. Good acting ability and physically much closer to Reacher.

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          novelsinorder 4 years ago

          No real need to read in order - the "prequels" work better as backstory IMHO, and the rest are almost entirely self sufficient. As an acid test on the subject - I'd recommend picking up any one of them at an airport regardless of its place in the series

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          PaulRyan 4 years ago

          I love the Jack Reacher novels and yes, I do read them in order (even if it's not necessary, it's just a "habit" of mine).

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          HalloweenRecipes 4 years ago

          Whenever I find a new author I enjoy reading I get all the books available and read them in chronological order. It just makes sense to me to do that even though with most authors you can read the books in any order you like. I am a big Jack Reacher fan.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I so disagree, as I was very disappointed with Tom Cruise playing Reacher. Nothing like the character, first and foremost too too short. Did not have the look, almost a youthful baby face. I will not ever watch another Reacher movie with Cruise playing the roll

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          John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

          Back again! I have been reading and catching up with these novels. I don't believe that reading them out of order has been a problem. They are so good anyway and they all stand on their own perfectly adequately

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Since Lee Child does not even write them in chronological order, It stands to reason that reading them that way isn't a priority.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I saw the phrase "ticket free", as in if he ever wants to get off ticket free. Not something we say in America.

          We say to get off scott free , which ironically is a Scottish expression!

          Scott Free

          1. To completely get away with something, like murder.

          Just amused by this. So many different slang terms.

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          anonymous 3 years ago


          I am retired age 79 going on 80 in Dec. I went to work part time for harric county kibery 4 years ago shelfing books. Love the work. This is when I saw a book by Lee Child. Yhey don't have all reacher book but I read all they have. Love the Jack Reacher books. Be glad when "Never go Back" is at HCPL.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          I have almost read all the Jack Reacher books and thought you didn't really need to read them in order. But now I regret thinking that because at some parts or the story I didn't know what was going on.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Hey John

          My husband died at age 85, three years ago---without knowing the Reacher series---he would have loved them and so I am reading them for the both of us! I can't get enough! Read on!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @Frischy: If you get the E Book version you can make the characters as large as you want on the computer or tablet. The other choice is to get the audio version.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          I am almost finished reading them all in order I have been averaging two books a week I will start the last book tomorrow. So now I have a problem I need to figure out what to read next. I love the Reacher type characters last author I read was Nelson Demille love the John Corey Character as well anyone have any suggestions?

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          RANADEEP 3 years ago

          Hey I haven't heard him before,now I got it and It is in my reading list,thanks you for sharing it!!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @John Dyhouse: I agree. I have read "A Wanted Man," #17, but have not yet read "Killing Floor," #1. Child does a good job of recapping pertinent facts, data, etc., to keep each book flowing on its own. I have only seven left to read (including the new one due out in September) and don't know yet what I will do next. Maybe I'll try the female Jack Reacher series.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Try John Sanford and James Patterson

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          Kristen 3 years ago from Boston

          I'm shopping for a new Lee Childs book and not sure if I feel like reading them in order or not. There are definite pros and cons, but usually with a good author like Childs it doesn't matter.

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Try Mitch Rapp

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Try William Connelly's Harry Bosch, Ted Bell's Alex Hawke Series, J A Jance's J P Beaumont and Joanna Brady Series, so many great books, so little time.......

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @anonymous: Try the Travis McGee series by John D MacDonald. Even Lee Child has recommended these books. They are great!

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          Faye Rutledge 3 years ago from Concord VA

          I always like to read in chronological order if I can, but in some cases you just can't. There are so many Reacher books, it would take a long time to get current. Reading any one of them would be a great start!

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          anonymous 3 years ago

          @Faye Rutledge: Yes, it would take a long time to get current - but can you think of a better series to read in order. I take them to the gym with me and have large rubber bands to keep them open while working out on the elliptical - times FLIES by and I find myself cooling down for 10 or 15 minutes so I won't have to stop!

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          bames24 lm 3 years ago

          I have a set of Jack Reacher books in my Kindle still waiting to be read. I guess I better start reading them then :)

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          Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

          I haven't read any of these yet, but I'd like to. I have found it's usually best to read a series of books in the right order. They make more sense that way.

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          Taranwanderer 2 years ago

          For anyone still on the shelf about reading Lee Child's masterwork involvin Jack Reacher - allay your fears; you won't be disappointed. The books are true page-turners and I'm on book 4 right now.

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